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Slightly Sunburned

Took Metro North out to New Haven on Friday. We left out of Grand Central, Husband and me and Hazel, daughter and daughters  friend. Hazel did her usual tail wagging saunter through Manhattan, she loves the busy streets. We had a quiet train ride out to Connecticut.

The weather was cool enough to be comfortable, but warm enough for the swimming pool. The two girls were in their bathing suits within an hour of arrival. I was too.

MIL has a golden retriever who does not go near the pool or swim because nobody has ever shown her that she could!! In ground pool, she could just walk in. A retriever, forsooth! She is meant for duck hunting in the frigid dawn.  Instead she lives in suburbia, and gets called Munchkin. She weighs more than 80 lb. She is an affable dog,  as most goldens are, but really, she is as dumb as a bag of hammers.

Evening came on slow. Daughters friend had never been to Ct before. She is from the Bronx. The bats came out, and she got scared. We have bats right here in Brooklyn, and they have bats in parts of the Bronx too, but she had never noticed them.

The next morning I was up shiny early. I had a friend coming over to play! Everyone else went bowling, but I spent the afternoon and evening with Rikibeth! We ate Boston Cream Pie, and went swimming ourselves, and talked and talked about everything, and everyone. We did the kind of talking where one subject leads to another and another, ideas tumbling like ferrets,  and I think we laughed a lot too. I rescued a honeybee from the pool, and watched her dry her wings and fly away. Lifting the bee in my hand made we think of my mother. She was utterly unafraid of animals, and she used to do that with bees.

So that was wonderful.

Then it was today, and suddenly time to go home.

I am getting along with MIL much better now. She is on some antidepressants  and it makes her much less unkind to me. (See, we can get along if we are both medicated.)

New York is lovely to come home to. Son had stayed home with the cats. He is lovely to come to  also. Lyra is in heat again. It makes her want to dig up his cactus, I don't know why. She wants to paw in the dirt. Large prickly cactus, no deterrent.

Dogs and cats are weird.

Anyway, tomorrow is cleaning. House needs it. Then writing. Sleep well all you people out there, or get up and have your coffee all you other time-zone people.

I was thinking of you all this weekend.

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amaraal
Jul. 29th, 2013 07:38 am (UTC)
Thank you! I had my coffee, instant, and yes - the house needs cleaning.

Yesterday I was occupied scroll sawing. A victorian table for the Boyz. Awesome. Made of ply-wood, intricate pattern, final sawing time let's say about an hour each. Was fun. Listening to an audiobook, another mug of coffe at hand :)
Now I'm searching for something not too crappy to built the table plate. I discovered I had old wallpaper sample books...

Thanks for rescuing the bee :) It's a nice little story. Bats are fascinating animals. Ever had a knack for them.

Have a nice day/afternoon/evening yourself. And writewritewrite :)
Thinking of you too.
eglantine_br
Jul. 29th, 2013 01:22 pm (UTC)
I slept long and well. Just got up. It is quiet here, and quiet is lovely.

I never noticed you had a bat icon! I love bats too, but would never pick one up. (Found one stunned by the road as a child and picked up, got bit, which is not unreasonable, but not safe or pleasant. they mean us no harm, but they are human disease vectors like crazy!)

Mil explained to the little friend that bats are after mosquitoes. Girl had heard of vampire bats. Daughter explained they are after cows mostly.

Hazel and I were more wary of the strong smell of skunk in the air. There are skunks in MILs garden. Hazel got terribly sprayed a few years back. Right on her ignorant face. There is a reason that the 'kitty' in the black and white PJs fears nobody! He is one guy that makes me back away slowly.

Daughter and friend were permitted a late night swim, but I warned them about the skunk.
anteros_lmc
Jul. 29th, 2013 10:04 pm (UTC)
Mil explained to the little friend that bats are after mosquitoes. Girl had heard of vampire bats. Daughter explained they are after cows mostly.
That made me laugh out loud. I think perhaps daughter has inherited your way with words :)

I always get rather over excited when I see bats flitting around. I haven't seen them often enough to get blasé about the little creatures. Friend's ex, who was a wild life warden, had a mother and baby bat that had been brought to him injured. He was unable to release them as the baby never learned to fly properly. The were very friendly and would hang contentedly from your finger for ages!
eglantine_br
Jul. 29th, 2013 11:36 pm (UTC)
You are so lucky.The only time I ever touched a bat, i got bit! I was a kid, and found one stunned by the side of the road. I knew perfectly well what was likely to happen, but did it anyway.

When my mom found out she washed the bite out with kerosine.
ba1126
Jul. 29th, 2013 11:52 pm (UTC)
That will kill most anything!! I remember having head lice and having our hair combed with it!!!!
bauhiniakapok
Oct. 9th, 2016 05:02 am (UTC)
We have lots of bats here in SE China. They are actually often depicted as a decorative motif in furniture, kites, mosaic pavements, etc, because the Mandarin word for "bat" sounds like that for "luck" or "fortune." So it seems they are viewed quite positively here. The only time you see them depicted as spooky is in Western Halloween productions, like the haunted house at Hong Kong Disneyland, or the Halloween show put on by the circus.
amaraal
Jul. 30th, 2013 09:21 am (UTC)
Bats
Bats are fascinating creatures :) Never found one, but bought a detector (for children), making their voices audible.
Vampire bats are only found in South America. They nuture from blood, and blood is not very nurturing. Water and proteine. It's all about balance: if they don't get blood for two or three days they die.
One should study biology...

Skunks are complete unknown over here! I'm glad we don't have them. Poor Hazel though :)

I stood up an hour ago. I feel I should do so many things! In the end I do nothing LOL. Agreed: sitting and enjoying watching the birds fly is good :)

Off to make poor Beanie Clarky some clothes :)

Have a nice day!
charliecochrane
Jul. 29th, 2013 11:03 am (UTC)
Sounds a grand time!
eglantine_br
Jul. 29th, 2013 01:26 pm (UTC)
Oh it was. before MIL got medicated we never passed the weekend without her reducing me to public tears. This time we got along fine. And it was good to see her husband. Nice old guy.

The bats made me think of you, Charlie.
charliecochrane
Jul. 29th, 2013 01:38 pm (UTC)
:) I'm honoured to be associated with such little beauties.
ba1126
Jul. 29th, 2013 01:44 pm (UTC)
It sounds like a lovely time! I'm so glad you and MIL got along better. That's always a "sticky wicket' when there is tension and unpleasantness with in-laws.

We had a similar weekend recently with my daughter and her two boys at a B&B. DD and I spent a LOT of time in the pool,lots of swimming and lots of talking! Plus somebody else to make and serve breakfast!!
ba1126
Jul. 29th, 2013 01:49 pm (UTC)
we had bats when I was a kid at the cottage. I always thought they were some kind of little bird. When I was made aware they were bats and not birds, it was 'too late' to be afraid of them! And yes, I was happy to know they were big mosquito eaters! Once or twice a bat found it's way into our cottage and had to be chased by my Dad with a broom (while we cowered under the covers!)I WAS afraid, then!!
wellinghall
Jul. 29th, 2013 01:58 pm (UTC)
I wonder how many other readers have actually batted on a stickey wicket ... ;-)
ba1126
Jul. 29th, 2013 02:23 pm (UTC)
LOL!I picked up that expression ages ago from a British comedy show!!
wellinghall
Jul. 29th, 2013 02:56 pm (UTC)
It originally comes from cricket :-)

(Which show, BTW?)
ba1126
Jul. 29th, 2013 11:56 pm (UTC)
It's been a family staple for so long, I'm not sure!!Monty Python, maybe?? For that matter, we might even have got it from Miss Marple mysteries!!
wellinghall
Jul. 30th, 2013 06:51 am (UTC)
Heh :-)
wellinghall
Jul. 29th, 2013 01:57 pm (UTC)
I had plenty of tea this morning, thank you :-)
donnaimmaculata
Jul. 29th, 2013 05:46 pm (UTC)
This is such an animal-themed post! Even the ideas tumbled like ferrets. The non-swimming retriever amused me. What does she do when she happens to come across water? I hope she at least rolls around in the mud.

I like how you rescued the bee. I rescued a bee from a sprinkled lawn this summer and let it climb onto my finger. It's an odd sensation - the legs feel much stronger and more substantial than they rightfully should considering that it's such a tiny animal.
eglantine_br
Jul. 29th, 2013 06:55 pm (UTC)
It always makes me laugh, Hazel is afraid of many things, she is a sensitive dog. But she walks through Grand Central with a big grin on her face and her tail wagging in large elegant sweeps.

Then she climbs up in the her seat on the train and looks quietly out the window, like any other traveler.
anteros_lmc
Jul. 29th, 2013 09:55 pm (UTC)
Sounds like Hazel is much better mannered than many travellers I've come across!

Glad you had such a splendid weekend and got on better with MIL. I confess I have never been good with MILs and I'm afraid i'm not improving with age :}
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