Random 5 for May 23 – Holiday weekends, skin, karma, school bus, Morgan

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Holiday weekends – When you are retired, holiday weekends no longer have the appeal they used to have (unless you are invited to a picnic). There are all these people clogging the roads and places I want to go. The supermarkets are full of folks with cart filled overflowing with grillable foods and buns, salads, vegetables and fruit. It so much more peaceful when they all return to work and get out of my way.

Skin week – This week was all about the skin. I had two appointments – one with my face dermatologist and the other was my annual cancer skin check. The first appointment zapped a few spots on my face and the second doc burned off my annual batch of skin mushrooms. (That’s another thing aging does to you!) By the time I got home, I was all “zapped” out!

Some things work out – I took out food to defrost for dinner but we ended up dining out. The next two days we met friends for dinner but I decided to prepare the defrosted food so it was ready for later in the week. On the day we were eating at home again, I wasn’t feeling great. All I had to do was heat up dinner! It doesn’t always work out this way.

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I missed out! – Driving early one morning I came across a school bus that was stopped. As I watched, a child around 8 or 9, got out of a car and climbed into the bus. This was in a safe residential development. The outside temperature was 60 degrees. It reminded me that when I was a kid, except for my first day in first grade, my mother never walked me to the bus stop. Driving me was out of the question. Letting me wait in a heated car just wasn’t done. I waited with the other kids dressed in weather appropriate clothes.

More Morgan – My last adopted cat happened on a whim. I was donating goods to the shelter. There was a one-eyed cat that I was sure no one would want. I adopted her without knowing her temperament. She is wonderful, younger than I thought and very active – maybe even hyper. At 3 she still is running at full speed. She goes to bed about an hour after dinner and sleeps the night through. I don’t think she takes a pee break. No pestering or whining. But she’s not a cuddle bug. She’s friendly and playful but will not sleep in your lap. Once in a while when I am at the computer she will climb into my lap and look for scratches. It won’t last more than five minutes and I’m never sure if she is being affectionate or marking me so that the other cats know who “owns” things in this house. I’ll go with the former but it doesn’t matter. She always melts my heart when she does that.

Remember, it's not about the barbeque! Source: whmsoft.net

Remember, it’s not about the barbeque! Source: whmsoft.net

Have a great holiday weekend!

 

 

 

33 thoughts on “Random 5 for May 23 – Holiday weekends, skin, karma, school bus, Morgan

  1. We love Morgan!
    “kids will think exercise is something that happens at gyms” Astute and funny. First it was milk (cows? what are those?)….
    Yes, with the recreation seekers out there, it’s time to stay home. The traffic – both in the streets and the grocery store….(It’s possibly a cat plot. The cats probably use Twitter or something to encourage visitors to come so you’ll stay home and give the cats the attentions they deserve?)

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  2. As someone who works I loved the long weekend! We went out last night for a quick bite after 6 hours of yardwork and the streets were very quiet.

    I love coming to your blog and seeing all those kitties across your banner. Brings a smile to my face every time.

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  3. It was weird putting the recycling bins out at 6:30am and there was no traffic in the street on a Monday? What is going on? I used to live for those extra days off work, now I am totally oblivious…

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  4. Really enjoyed this post. Never thought to call those things mushrooms. I plan to be one of those folks on the road today because the fabric store has a good deal on some items I need and the coupon is good for today only. I’m in the midst of costuming a show with a lot of children in the cast, therefore lots of “pull-on” pants. Enjoy today!

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  5. We had our holiday weekend last week. Glad to hear that you are taking care of you skin to be “cancer free.” Just had my mamograms last week. I deferred for four years coz I hate the process of being squeezed. Consider yourself marked by Morgan.

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    • Good for you! A mammogram caught my cancer so I am a crusader for them. Yesterday we had some people over and she “marked” the woman’s purse by rubbing. They have two cats and I’m sure they weren’t happy about it when she got home.

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  6. I see parents driving their young children to the bus stop no matter the weather. Otherwise they’d be waiting for the bus in the dark, so I think it’s more of a safety issue. They’re are nutz-o’s out there who target the lone student at a bus stop.
    Oh please, Kate, don’t wish my holiday weekend away. I’m trying to savor each day. 🙂

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  7. With all the things growing on me, I feel like a garden sometimes. When my grandson was about 5, he asked what the brown spot growing on my neck was. I told him it was just something growing there. He later told his mother, “Grandma has a flower growing out of her neck!” I still laugh at that!

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  8. “Ready to go” food is great when cooking holds no appeal. A few moms (not mine!) drove their kids to the bus stop on rainy/cold days ~ sometimes they let us pile in.

    Tigger’s like Morgan . . . NOT a lap cat. ^_^

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    • The bus stop was like a block away so there wasn’t any hopping in. When I was in early grammar school, my school was about 3 miles and I sometimes got a ride to the school with my cousin. Those were good days as we were the first stop on the bus. That mean I got picked up at 7 a.m. and sat on the bus for 45 minutes.

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  9. I agree: who the heck do those people think they are clogging up the streets and the stores? My favorite days used to be the weekends, now they are early in the week when those poor working stiffs go to where they are supposed to be, leaving the roads and shops clear.

    No school buses for my brothers or me. We all walked to school with our friends; it was great exercise and a good way to connect.

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  10. Yes, to your first Random 5! It is nice at home on summer holidays because we usually stay home and all the other people around us get the heck out of dodge. Peace and quiet… ah. Enjoy your Sunday, Kate.

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  11. The holiday drivers make me nuts because I’m impatient and they have no idea where they are going! Give me the regular commuters, who are in just as much of a hurry as I am. 🙂

    Mostly my siblings and I walked on our own through the streets of Washington , D.C. Even at age 5, I saw myself home when my older siblings forgot me. I did have two years where I had to walk a mile up a Virginia dirt road to catch the school bus. (But I had shoes, it was only uphill in the morning, and it snowed twice.) I saw deer, snakes, rabbits, and cows. My mother and stepfather would drive by me and wave. I’m not sure it even occurred to me that I could get a ride, I was so used to walking.

    I love my walks now, and I wonder if I would had I been chauffeured all over creation like today’s kids.

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  12. I agree about holiday weekends…they’ve become a tad anticlimactic. My neighborhood thins out since the Manhattan elite migrates to the opening of their summer dwellings. I’m just happy Starbucks and Panera are open.
    Skin exams…yes, being of pale persuasion, I need to go often lying there in my undies while he peruses me in what always looks like a miner’s hat. If he zaps, it’s as if I’ve had a sudden case of measles I try to think of as a sign of youth.
    Love the Morgan Chronicles. Animals like people have their own personalities and Morgan bleats hers.
    Happy Memorial Day Madam Kate.

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    • Thanks. I used to visit NYC for Christmas, traveling there Christmas day and staying for 2 to 3 more. I seemed to always be less hectic and more friendly. Maybe the locals celebrate somewhere else? Ah Morgan. Each cat has their own idiosyncrasies. Morgan is over the top.

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