Monday Musings: In the Good Old Summertime

In the good old summertime, I am sitting inside in the nice air conditioned rooms. The air temp (Sunday) is 95. Heat index is 102. I am not going outside unless I have to. I watered all the flowers and veggies earlier, swept the deck, and took the dog out this morning. He’ll need to go out again later, but I am going to try to put it off at least until the sun is not so high in the sky.

Speaking of doggo, I was sitting in the kitchen yesterday, packing up his raw bones for freezing. He was, as far as I knew, sleeping in the living room. Of course, he came to see what I was doing, and if, by chance, there were some loose scraps of meat in those packages of bones that just might be good little snackies. I looked over at him, and he has a spot of blood above his left eye. He managed to get a scrape there somehow. I’ve no idea how. He’d been inside for hours. I heard nothing from the living room to say he wasn’t sleeping quietly. I cleaned it up and it looks like it is starting to dry up today, so it should heal quickly. It is just a surface scrape, so nothing serious. Still, it’s a mystery.

I am currently reading The Detective in the Dooryard: Reflections of a Maine Cop by Tim Cotton. Cotton is a lieutenant with the Bangor Maine police department and he is in charge of their Facebook page. I found it through a friend who would share posts from the BPD. He also has a personal page where he talks about, well, whatever he wants to. He writes in a simple, sort of old-fashioned style and you can just hear the stereotypical Mainer in his observations. Much of it is quite funny, some is touching and emotional, and all of it is worth reading. The book is more of the same. I am enjoying it immensely.

We have moved into phase 3 of the re-opening here in MA. Cautiously, I will say things are going decently. We are still rated as one of the good states as far as COVID-19 is concerned. I will say that from what I have seen, most people, when out in public, are wearing masks and keeping distance between them and others. Of course, there are a few (and, yes, I understand some of them may be among those who cannot wear a mask), but there is no excuse for ignoring the one way aisles in stores. I know- it’s inconvenient when the bread is down this aisle and you are at the “wrong” end, but it really doesn’t add that much time to go around. Anyway, I hope we stay in the good.

I had a virtual happy hour with three of my sisters and a sister-in-law on Friday. That was fun! One of my sisters set it up in Zoom and we all just hung out for a couple hours and chatted. I really enjoyed it since I am up here in MA, and they are all in PA, most in the greater Scranton area. They get together a lot (when not locked down in a pandemic). It was good to talk to everyone for a while. We may do it again this week. I’d kind of like to see it become a regular thing- maybe once or twice a month. Apps like Zoom make it easy to do, so yay, for technology!

Stay safe, wear your mask, and stay cool!


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