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American Tune: Paul Simon

November 11, 2018

Tessie: The Dropkick Murphys

October 28, 2018

Corn Bread Beans and Molasses: Bill Sims, Jr

October 25, 2018

“Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.”

October 20, 2018

It rained this morning. Everything was wet when I woke up. The weather calls for a warmish day with a bit of sun. So far the weatherman is on point.

When I was a kid, a rainy Saturday was about the worst thing that could happen. That meant staying around the house driving my mother crazy, but if we were lucky, there was a movie matinee, and my father would drive us, anything to get us out of the house.

Today I am waking from a sort of hibernation and am actually going to do a couple of errands. Being out of coffee has forced me out. I may even go to Hyannis. I haven’t been to Trader Joe’s in ages.

My father was a Giants fan. This was before there was a Patriots team. He watched football every Sunday. None of the rest of us did. The only name I remember is Y. A. Tittle because it is sort of a neat name so it stuck in my head. I also remember he was bald. My father and grandfather used to go to the local high school’s Thanksgiving game. I never knew why. Neither of them went to school there. I guess it was just the pull of football and the longtime rivalry as the two teams, Reading and Stoneham, had played every Thanksgiving since 1923. That my grandfather liked football was one of the few things I knew about him.

I don’t think my father ever had pets when he was growing up. I seem to remember my mother mentioning a dog, but I could be wrong. She was one of eight kids so a dog seems unlikely. From the time I was five, we always had a pet. First it was just a dog then it was a dog and a cat. When we were all older and gone from the house, my parents still had a dog and two cats. After Beebe the dog died, there were always cats. My father loved my boxer Shauna as if she were his own. She felt the same way about him. My mother always had treats and marrow bones on hand for my dogs. They followed her to the kitchen and to the fridge. She’d always give them deli meats. They knew how easy she was.

My parents gave us lots of things, but I am forever thankful to them for introducing us to the joy of having pets. My pets were also thankful. Because of my parents spoiling them, none of my pets ever thought of themselves as other than human. I admit to doing the same. Henry is already spoiled. It didn’t take long.

“Computers are like Old Testament gods; lots of rules and no mercy.”

October 15, 2018

My devices have gone crazy. My iPad won’t connect to my network. My Mac wasn’t connected this morning. That, though, was easily remedied by changing networks, but I’m on a public network which isn’t making me happy. Alexa told me several times she is having trouble connecting to the internet. That one and the iPad I haven’t solved yet. I’m thinking my router may be dead though it does say connected. Well, anyway, I’m not posting today until I can solve my network issues. If I don’t I suspect many of you will be able to hear me scream despite the distance.

I will say that my thumb is sore from using it going back and forth from the Patriots to the Red Sox. Both of the teams had me standing and yelling at various times, especially the Pats who pulled out the win with a field goal at the end of the game. The Red Sox held on. The bullpen was excellent except for Kimbrel who gave up a ninth inning homer but the hometown boys had an extra so no harm except hyperventilating!

I hope I’ll be back later!!

I Like My Toys: Idle Race

October 14, 2018

“Trees and plants always look like the people they live with, somehow.”

August 31, 2018

It is a perfect weather day. The blue sky has a few puffy clouds. The humidity is gone, and there is a breeze cooling the house. All my windows and doors have been opened since late yesterday afternoon. This horribly hot month has a good ending.

I woke up early this morning, at least early for me. It was only 8:15. I checked to see if it was still dark.

Tomorrow is the meteorological end of summer, but summer will be hanging around until September 22nd, and the heat will be back in a few days. Our respite is short-lived. My sweatshirt will stay in the closet for a while.

This morning Henry has already eaten a piece of my bedspread, a few insides from the couch cushion and some threads off the towel now covering aforementioned cushion. He threw up. I wasn’t surprised.

I have run out of excuses. I’ll be planting the flowers I just bought. Right now they are sitting in their original pots on the walkway to my house. I’ll also be watering flowers. The basil on the deck is all shriveled but a bit of water will unfold those leaves.

School starts around here on Tuesday. The street is as quiet today as it has been most of the summer. Even the weekly renters next door have been quiet. A few dogs bark periodically and some spawns of Satan chatter but that’s it for the noise.

I’m still in my cozy clothes. I was thinking of taking Henry to the vets to have his claws trimmed, but I’m going to try one more time to do it myself. I did manage to trim the cat’s front claws, and I consider the claw and teeth marks on my hands badges of honor. I don’t worry about Harry biting me. I’m just worried I won’t be able to catch him if he sees the claw trimmer. At the vets, they always tell me how easy it is to trim the cat’s claws. I figure they must keep her totally immobilized.

This is nap time for Henry and Maddie. After all, they have been up for almost five hours.

This is lunch time for me. I had only two cups of coffee and a few Animal Crackers for breakfast. I’m thinking a chicken sandwich and chips.

End of the Summer: Dar Williams

August 23, 2018

Those Shoes: The Eagles

August 12, 2018

New Shoes: Paolo Nutini

August 12, 2018