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.
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"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.
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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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Making Memories?

This morning the Washington Post has an article about how we make memories. Interestingly, just because we say we are “making memories” doesn’t mean we are. Most little kids will not start making many memories until they are around age 8. Memories get stuck in our mind if they involve several senses and we are going slow enough to pay attention. If one WANTS to remember something, stop paying attention to everything else that is going on, focus in on the thing you care about using more than one sense. Recall it again later. Deep sleep on it overnight and good luck with that.

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The vaccine was still highly effective at preventing severe illness and death, the ministry said.

(I read this in the Washington Post, though it’s other places also.)

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Nope.

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I have considered my looming doom several times a week since. Low grade anxiety. Don’t you love it?

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In honor of this milestone, I have two things to offer. One is instructions of how to wrangle TWO fabulous restaurant meals into one date. The other is a DIY interview for you and someone you love – partner, friend, family. If the one you love best is a dog or cat, these questions still apply but you will probably have to supply the words.

We celebrated our long streak of wedded bliss (hah) with a maneuver that only took 40 years to perfect; we ate two restaurant meals on one date. This is not dating for beginners.

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