Monday, July 20, 2009

The Kittenfish

Two of the cats (Ralph and Michu) keep cool on top of the doghouse, beneath the lilacs.

From moist heat to grey wind, here in Saskatchewan we are experiencing our usual unpredictable weather.

I went to bed, thrilled that as I lay there I could see the stars through my window. At about 3 a.m. the wind started blowing and tore a chunk of tarpaper loose from the wall outside the bedroom. That frigging thing pounded on the wall all night, as if a man with two hammers was standing out there trying to make my life miserable. I, always lazy, tried to sleep through the noise. Instead I was awake half the night, until about 6 a.m. when I finally found the gumption to get dressed, search for the staple gun, go outside and climb a ladder. It took all of two minutes before I was able to return indoors, chuck off my clothing, crawl under the covers again and sleep till about 8:30, when real men with hammers started beating on the other side of the house.

I'm told they got the porch reshingled this morning. I came over here at 9 a.m. to do last night's kitchen cleanup (it was too hot and muggy after supper), drive to town for a couple cheap toasters and a few more groceries to make lunch with, and to work. And now, I must wash the dishes after the noon meal, and then go over there and see how the hollyhocks are standing up to this wind. I got some of them staked up last night, so can rest easier.

See? The bad hair, the yapping ... I am a lousy photo subject. Shelly was thirsty and waiting for rain.


  1. Great photo though, I love real ones, not posed snapshots :)

  2. It's always good to see you, Kate. Bad hair and yapping, an all!

  3. Stop it -- you're hair looks just fine. You should see my short locks in the morning - they're straight up. I'm trying to grow them, but I think the follicles are on strike! I can relate to your middle-of-the-night frustrations. I was woken way too early by garbage men hauling off yard waste. It made me cranky all day. I read your next blog entry -- so sad about that little girl.

  4. OK, now I've returned the visit and found your blog, which I like very much. Will have to go back and read all the posts to catch up, but have read at least a half dozen so far.


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