Mary Beth Writes

Last year was the Covid quarantine so most of us didn’t do very much over the 4th of July holiday.

This year, with half Americans now vaccinated there’s more freedom to do things and be with people.

So what did Len and I do? Um. Made and decorated cookies with two little girls on Friday. Saturday Len walked with Dems in a parade, and I weeded the yard. We grilled bacon-wrapped filets for dinner. Watched The Big Short, the 2015 movie about the 2008 economic collapse. Highly recommend it if you have the stomach to watch hot-shot American economic power break the world economy. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1596363/

Sunday we both read a lot. Talked to our kids at a leisurely pace on the phone. Today Len rode his bike while I took a long sweaty walk. I’ve been thinking about a story I might write. He’s been diving deep in Drupal (a computer language).

It’s been great although I’ll grant it’s hard to tell the difference between when we can leave the house and when we can’t. 

I wonder how much of the exhaustion and constant irritation around us is because introverts are being pancaked into extrovert spaces and vice versa. 

“The actual ratio of introverts to extroverts based on a random sample by the Myers-Briggs organization showed Introverts are 50.7% of the population and extroverts 49.3% of the USA.” 

Half and half.  No wonder so many of us are stressed.

About that photo of the little white cat on the porch of the little white building.

My cousin-in-law David S sent it to me. He says I can share it along with his explanation. I’ve left in his specific references to trains because some of you might be train enthusiasts, too.

“Here’s a non-railroad photo taken when I was waiting for NS trains to pass by the rail park in Locust Grove, GA. I took a couple of photos of this shabby structure across the tracks (it’s on the wrong side of the track). Judy (David’s wife, who passed away several years ago) would have been taking photos of it long before I noticed it. Then this white cat came to sit there, so I took a couple more photos. Shortly, a woman came along and parked by the building. She got out, unlocked the shop door, and let the cat in. Smart cat: it knows when it’s about time for the shop to open.”

Today while we were eating breakfast the cats were bothering us. I told them to go in the other room and read a book.

Len started thinking about titles for Romances for Cats:

  • Tom Cat on the Prowl
  • Muffy’s Secret
  • Teacher’s Pet
  • Last Licks for Old Tom
  • Clandestine Crunchies
  • The Midnight Yowl
  • Forbidden Kibble
  • Who’s There, Pussycat?
  • Calico Trouble
  • Tabby of Clarendon Manor
  • Rustle in the Sheets
  • Cinnamon Meets Cookie
  • Smokey and Cinnamon
  • Highland Mitzi
  • Silken Socks
  • Fallen for a Mouser
  • Mousekeeping Can Wait!
  • Only a Bad Cat Could Scratch that Itch

Suggested by perspicatious readers:

  • Howlin' for my Honey
  • Warm Your Mittens on our Kittens 
  • A Tale o' Nine Cats
  • Yowser, Bowser!
  • Tomorrow is for Digging
  • Murphy;s Drool
  • A Fool for Drool
  • Diggety Dogs
  • Puppy Love

Feel free to send in your titles for Romances for Cats. Or Romances for Dogs.

 

 

Comments

Hi! Love those titles.
Leonard's picture

"All right people: This is what we've practiced for!" Seriously, I know the last year has been devastating for many people, but I don't know how I could've read this much otherwise.

Howlin’ for my honey. Actual sign outside a Spenard, AK massage parlor, back in the day “ Come warm your mittens on our kittens”. True.
Mary Beth's picture

Added to the list above. And I'm laughing. Thanks!

Yowser bowser Tomorrow is for diggin Murphy’s Drool A Fool for Drool Diggetey dogs Puppy love

A Tale o’ Nine Cats

We watched the movie a few years ago (?) and McKnight just read the book on our vacation to CO. He recommends, and now wants to re-watch the movie. I don't know if I can stomach it again. Grrrrrrr.

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Happy Birthday to Len

11/30/2022 

Today is Len’s birthday. I told him this morning I might write about him but I would let him read whatever I said first. He said not to run it past him, he’d like the surprise of reading it when you all do. Let’s see what I come up with.

1. This is cute. Len was born in Chicago’s Passavant Memorial Hospital which was the grandparent hospital to Northwestern’s Prentice Women’s Hospital - where two of our grandkids were born.

Stories, Q Club, Us

The photo is not by Len or me, its from I Love Canada on FB. I've seen a sky like that just once. 

11/21/2022

Last week I read two books about young people who left their homes. They experienced some good and too many rough experiences and they couldn’t go back until they figured out how to not be who they used to be. Both novels knocked my socks off.

The People You Keep by Allison Larkin

Covid Diary #979 - Still Paying Attention?

11/17/2022

Yes, it’s been 979 days since Friday the 13th, March 2020, when everything changed.

Last Saturday one of our kids visited for several hours with their kids. It was fun though our kid looked tired. They said they’d taken a Covid test that morning and it was negative. They figured it was the wine and rich foods they’d shared the evening before with friends at the end of a very busy week.

Next Day - What Are You Seeing?

11/9/2022

It was a late night last night, wasn’t it? Len worked at a polling place 6:30 AM until 10:30 PM. He said the actual experience is a lot like working retail (which he has not done since he was 22). Stand up most of the time, pleasantly say the same thing over and over. Wonder if lunch is soon.  

Professional reporters and pundits are talking a lot about “what just happened”, but heck, we are noticing interesting things, too.  Let’s talk about what We The People saw and heard and are watching now.

Here are some things catching my attention.

Election Day

11/8/2022 

So many times I’ve thought things were going to be okay, and then they weren’t. My dad had that heart attack and the kid who was MB back then told herself to not overthink the drama because things always turn out more or less okay. Then the next day he died.

We lost a pregnancy far enough along that we had a name picked out and a crib in which to put that child. For a week I had all the misery and cramps that go with miscarrying and I still thought somehow it was going to work out okay.

That Beep-Beep-Beeping Moment.

In spring Len got a $100 traffic ticket when he turned right at a corner we’ve been turning right at for seven years. However, construction had started and there were orange barrels and cones everywhere – plus a small sign NOT facing the street Len was on, telling drivers to not turn there.

Len went back later that day and took photos. Len called the city to mention that if they posted a sign that actually faced the traffic, the city could save the cost of the cop parked there ticketing drivers.

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