Mommy needs a cold one…

Yummm…

I finally got off my buttski and started looking into the stuff that’s been stuck in the storage tents outside. You know, the stuff I couldn’t get rid of, had to move quickly, and it all got ruined being outside in the moisture? The stuff the squirrels thought was their playground?

I have not been motivated to start this. I have used the cold, the rain, the heat, and my new consulting situation as excuses.

But this week, I only had some technical writing to do. And the weather was gorgeous. And I still waited until Friday to get started.

I began in the smaller tent and started carting boxes out to the picnic table. My expectations were not high. Yet, lo and behold,

— the boxes were deteriorated, yes;

— the metal rusted and the wood molded;

— but the other contents survived, sometimes beautifully; AND

— the three boxes of bedding that I’ve gone through are perfect! Perfect!

I was so heartened by this that I happily moved a ton of stuff into new boxes to take to Goodwill, setting aside another ton to give to friends whom I’ve promised wine glasses and architectural salvage. We took a few boxes of things like dishes and pots and pans into the basement — where it’ll have to be moved around again, but now it’s in the house! That’s it’s final destination!!

There’s so much more to do, and now that I’ve started and am not seeing bugs or spiders, I’ll be rolling along. I. Can. Not. Wait. I’ll be sure to let you know if any of my precious Christmas treasures survived.

But now, it’s a warm, sweet, sultry summer night. I’ve just made some odd, yet happy, memories. And now I need a beer….

Yummm…

And still more summer memories…

My family wasn’t the family that took vacations, had a pool or expensive toys, or did much of anything other than work. Right now, my life is mimicking that a bit. It’s ALL good, though — I get to live in the country, 100%!!

There have been times when there was more planned play. Frank won’t mind if I tell some tales from my past involving my ex and his large extended family…

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And more summer memories…

Time in the trailer has me thinking about the past more often. I find myself in various places in various timeliness, and understanding the meaning of life as a retrospective.

My mom and dad both loved baseball but in different ways. Mom loved to watch the games while Dad loved to listen on the old transistor radio. I loved being at the stadium or listening in the car; still do.

I don’t remember who taught me to appreciate the game, but it was the one thing that we could all agree on, ever. (Well, if you don’t count ice cream.) If the Indians were playing, the game was on. There was no quibbling, no changing of channels, no drama, just baseball. I still know how to score a game on paper, archaic hieroglyphics.

Dad used to like sitting by the kitchen table with the little radio, while Mom preferred the living room with me. I had my own little transistor radio, a fancy blue ball Panasonic Panapet that I got for Christmas one year. With the two radios on, we’d have a makeshift stereo effect going. We would pay so much attention to the games that the summer twilights would settle, yet not one of us noticed it. There was only the baseball, the ice cream, the crickets, the fireflies, the warm unspokenness, and the baseball…

We’ve had so many great sports announcers though the years, but none could top the smooth delivery of the great Herb Score. Like the athletes he described, he was The Natural at painting the picture and putting you inside the ballpark, inside the game, there yet not-there, all worth it. Herb was a former Indians pitcher, maintaining his excellence and love of the game by being the television voice and then the radio voice of the Indians for decades.

Herb called many highlights, few better than Len Barker’s perfect game on May 15, 1981. Herb swept us right into the excitement as Lenny worked his magic and wove a spell not only inside the Stadium but inside our house. Mom and Dad and I celebrated right along with the Indians that night, as did many others in the neighborhood, their transistors on in their twilit living rooms.

The trailer doesn’t hear much baseball — Frank’s not a big sports fan, and although he doesn’t mind when I listen, I know he’d rather be doing something else. I catch my Indians in the car every chance I get, listening and watching in my mind’s eye as if I were in the new ballpark, my heart “back in the day” when we clung to those golden moments of peace in the dark.

Summer memories…

summer night picture

Mother Nature has finally gone and done it.

She made it past the kinda cold and rainy season (nominally, Spring) and plunged deeply into the height of Summer. She’s all-in: hazy, hot, and humid.

We’ve had some beautiful days with all the windows open in the trailer and the breeze blowing through. I tried taking one of my engineering projects outside, but couldn’t manage the glare on my laptop, but it was so pleasant inside that I didn’t mind. The trailer has a robust AC unit as well, and we’ve had to activate it a few times just to cut the stuffiness. I’m not an AC girl, preferring to run it at about 80, and yet I’m so very glad it works when we need it. Let’s face it, Frank and Pip and I live in a metal box! (There has to be some kind of metaphor there…)

The closeness of the trailer brings old memories to mind. And when I say old, I mean old. The other evening, a particularly poignant memory surfaced. I was suddenly back in the late 1960’s at my grandparents’ house; I was there. Continue reading “Summer memories…”