Kramer’s Korner

Hello again and welcome to my world. It is Saturday morning and I am running up on my Monday deadline, so thought I had better sit down and type a few lines while Bob is occupied preparing for a dump run. I’m afraid that’s about as exciting as he gets.

Well, as you can see from the picture, I am scaling what well could be my last snowbank of the season. We have had a few days above freezing so the melt has begun in earnest. In fact, today, our forecast is to reach the fifties. Sophie, also known as Nanook of the North because of her love of snow and cold weather, is now wandering around the back yard leaving footprints in the mud. Bob, on the other hand, is wandering around the mudroom with a wet cloth and a towel.

Speaking of Sophie, it appears that she and Bob have reached an impasse on the carpet caper. One night a week ago Bob forgot to put the little rug down to keep Sophie from scratching up the carpet. Ironically, I had left two of my stuffed toys laying in the same area. The next morning, the toys were undisturbed and Sophie was curled up in the dining room. Bob could not find any traces of her scratching in other spots, so the next night he put my toys back in the same spots and again, and she did not move them. So far, we seem to have reached a silent agreement. We’ll see how long it lasts.

My new collar and leash arrived and let me tell you, I look awesome. The collar has my name and telephone number on it and they are both reflective when lights hit them at night. A friend said while he was driving home one night, he could see us walking from a long way away. He said at first, he couldn’t make out what it was, but he could see something bright moving and he could see Bob’s vest, so he slowed down as he approached. It appears they do what they are supposed to. We have both noticed that approaching traffic tends to slow down now.

Well, Bob and I had our night out at Vern’s. Vern had his Covid test and it came back negative, and Bob has had both of his shots, so last Tuesday night, we went over to his place for dinner. As I mentioned before, Vern agreed to cook a keto friendly meal for Bob, and, it turns out that it was also friendly to me as it contained oven baked chicken breast. Vern also fixed herbed riced cauliflower with grilled tomatoes and a melted feta cheese sauce on top. Bob, and the other guests that are not on keto all agreed that it was delicious. I’m sure Bob will resize the recipe and it will show up on his plate some time, and maybe a little chicken in my bowl and Sophies.

While there, I met Ruby, a border collie mix that lives downstairs. She was in the yard when we arrived and tried to climb in the car before Bob could even get me out of my seat. We were instant buddies. Turns out we have some things in common. We both like to steal Swiffer pads and enjoy dragging shoes and slippers around the house. I look forward to seeing her again.

Oh, and I almost forgot. This week, I, we, reached a milestone. Lord knows it was touch and go sometimes and there were times when I wondered whether it was going to work, but it did. Last Thursday marked one year since I adopted Bob. Doesn’t seem possible. I’ll be truthful. On occasion, I had my doubts, Bob being, well, Bob. But, although not being the brightest bulb in the lamp, he did take instruction well and is presently as good as he’s going to get, and that’s OK. He has grown on me and I can’t imagine living with anyone else at this point. So I raise a dog treat to you (and him) in celebration and look forward to the next year. Gifts can be forwarded to the attention of Bob.

Well, that’s about it for this week. Until the next time, this is Kramer saying keep a smile on your face and a treat in your pocket. And to my still homeless friends, keep the faith. It will happen for you too.

See ya


About oldmainer

I am a retired manager living in Southern Maine and a would be writer of poetry, narratives, short stories, and random opinions, and that's how Oldmainer was born. Recently, I decided to try an experiment. I added photography to the mix, using only a cheap cell phone with a limited camera and the editing software that came with it, and added the blog site Inklings at to showcase the results. So, feel free to use whatever you find interesting or worthy, but please honor the terms of my copyright when and if you do. They may not be much, but they are still a piece of me. I appreciate your checking me out and hope that you find something that will encourage a return visit. Thanks for stopping by.
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1 Response to Kramer’s Korner

  1. Paul says:

    Kramer, CONGRATULATIONS on your anniversary with Bob, you have gotten him trained rather well to this point, keep up the good work. Been a good experiment for both of you, I think.


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