“Look, there’s no metaphysics on earth like chocolates.”

When someone is given the choice between good news or bad news first, it always boggles my mine they choose the good news first. I wonder why they want to be left with the bad news circling in their heads. As for me, give me the bad news first. Here we go: Grace got turned down yet again. The reason given was she didn’t qualify whatever the heck that means. She has money, land, letters of recommendation and family. I just don’t get it. Grace didn’t ask why so I told her she needed to find out from the embassy so we can correct the problem for the next time. Grace is at the, “It was God’s will,” stage, always a bad sign. She has decided to spend the winter making more money then try again next summer. She hopes I will save enough money to return to Ghana one more time and accompany her to the embassy. I will be a bit more forceful.

The good news is plentiful. The Sox won the first game of the series last night. The Cardinals made some errors which led to the Sox scoring runs. Two things about the game stand out in my memory. The first is a call made by the second base umpire which was overturned. I don’t remember that happening before. The replay showed the ump had blown the call, and overturning it was the right thing to do. Pedroia, the player involved, scored a run a bit later. The second stand-out play was an infield fly ball. It appeared as if the pitcher had called for it so the catcher just stood there. The ball fell between them for a base hit. Even the pitcher had to smile at that one. The second game is tonight. I still have my fingers crossed.

Yesterday I was on the road doing errand after errand. No longer am I a housebound sloth. I got to cross five errands off my list. I was jubilant at my industry. Each week I keep track of my mileage, not for any reason like how many miles to the gallon but rather from curiosity. When I got into the car yesterday I checked mileage and since Sunday I had gone .1 miles.

Yesterday it rained most of the afternoon. Last night was cold, not a frost but still cold.Β Today is a lovely day. The sun is shining. The morning air has that fall crispness andΒ smells sweet. I have to fill the feeders as all of them are empty. Luckily one of my stops yesterday was to buy suet, sunflower and thistle seeds.

My Halloween treats have all been bought. For the younger kids, to whom I don’t give candy, I have wind-up mummies and bubbles. The tops of the bubble bottles are either a ghost, a witch, Frankenstein or the mummy. When I visited my sister last week, I went by what used to be the red house where two old ladies lived. The house is now a bland beige color and is a real estate office. That red house will forever live in my memory because the two old ladies always gave nickel bars of candy, usually Hershey bars, for Halloween. That memory inspired me, and this year I bought regular size Hershey Bars for the older kids. I haven’t done that in years. I usually give out what are called fun size bars, but they really aren’t all that much fun if you’re a kid. They’re just small candy bars, and no kid is ever taken in by the word fun.

This year my candy is a tribute to those two old ladies in the red house.

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15 Comments on ““Look, there’s no metaphysics on earth like chocolates.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    My team has travelled to Moldova to play FC Sheriff and I am sitting at my desk in suburban Detroit watching the match on ESPN3 with a Spanish commentary.
    Its all a bit global really.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      Sports are the most global of it all.

      Good to know know work doesn’t in any way interfere!

      • Hedley Says:

        some idiots came in looking for direction and I missed the second goal.

        They have just announced that THE Detroit Lions will play Atlanta at Wembley stadium next year – surprise surprise the emails have started coming in to see if I am going to travel (of course)

      • katry Says:

        My Dear Hedley,

        Of course you’ll go. I had no doubt as soon as I read it.

        Don’t those people know not to bother you when you are otherwise engaged. Perhaps the Spanish threw them off a bit.

  2. olof1 Says:

    I’m with You on this one, why on earth do they want the bad news first?? I’ve never understood that for the same reasons as You.

    Too bad she didn’t ask why she didn’t qualify. That It’s God’s will state of mind is rarely any use to be honest πŸ™‚ We have a saying over here (and I think You have a similar) God helps the one that helpes onself πŸ™‚

    I’m holding my thumbs for good luck for the Sox!

    Warm and humid over here and last night the rain poured down so hard on the roof that it woke me up, finally we have some water in some ditches again. The strong wind is still here and it changed the weather within minutes today, one minute sun, one minute cloudy and one minute cloudy with rain. Well it wasn’t boring anyway πŸ™‚

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      I think we have a misunderstanding. I want the bad news first so I can be left with good news in my head.

      I don’t know why she didn’t ask. I told her to go back, but I doubt she will. Gracie did everything right. She has several pieces of documentation to prove ties to Ghana and a good financial state. She took trips to two different places to get copies of deeds and such.

      Keep those thumbs up!

      The rain made it feel colder down here. Boston didn’t get the rain which was okay with me as the game wasn’t delayed, but it ws still cold at the ballpark.

      Have a great evening.

      • olof1 Says:

        Sorry πŸ™‚ I wrote wrong πŸ™‚ I mean why do they want the good news first πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ My brain stopped to work for a minute or two I think πŸ™‚

      • katry Says:

        I absolutely agree. Give me the bad news so the good news can make it seem just a bit better.

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Give me the bad news first. I like to end on an up note.

    You’re right about the God’s Will state. Not a good sign at all.

    Yesterday Rocky and I went to have my hair cut. That’s 25 minutes up the highway from me. Rocky sat in the car. Afterwards I spent some time photographing my hair dresser’s garden which is lovely even in the dead flower stage. From there I drove over to Newburyport which is another 30 minutes on another highway and some backroads. I went to a farmstand, bought some veggies and meat and took some more pictures of pumpkins and gamboling goats.
    I crossed only one errand off my list (I didn’t need the food) but I got out of the house, put a lot of miles on the jeep and entertained myself and Rocky a whole lot, too. πŸ™‚ Not bad.

    I didn’t watch the game because when I do, they always lose but I’m pulling for the Sox, of course. Let’s do it in 4 but I’ll take5, 6 or 7 as long as we do it. πŸ™‚

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I’m with you on ending at an up-note.

      I went as far as Harwich to have back x-rays taken then over to Dennisport and then around town here. I didn’t mind the driving at all as it was still a nice day. Gracie enjoyed the ride but slept on the way home.

      Keep ignoring them on TV!!! I hope it is no more than 5 games. Last night was a wonderful surprise as I expected the Cardinals to be tough. Tonight will be a test as their pitcher is lights out!

      Have a great evening!

  4. Birgit Says:

    Bad news: no Grace-in-America adventures on KTCC.
    Good news: you have to visit Ghana soon.
    Good luck: Red Sox and Tottenham.
    Question: what are wind-up mummies?

  5. Bob Says:

    Who wants bad news first? The Cards pitching beat the Red Sox tonight. Wouldn’t you have rather heard that second instead of first?

    I think the time has come for you to write a nice letter to your congressman asking him or her to find out what the State Department has against your friend visiting the US. Of course, I am assuming that you are a contributor to his or her campaign fund. After all money talks and everything else walks πŸ™‚

    The game on Saturday night in St. Louis should be fun. National League rules, real baseball where everyone has to play both offense and defense.

    • katry Says:

      I saw the game and just like the first night, it was given away by errors. This time it was errors by the Sox. I don’t thin pitching was the key.

      I wrote letters the first time to the State Department, my congressman, the American Embassy in Ghana and one US senator from Mass, Warren. Not one of them sent a response.

      I don’t think the DH rule makes it less fun than not having the DH. Pitchers are notoriously bad batters, and I don’t think watching them strike out or hit to the infield in the National League is fun baseball. We’re talking one player here so “everyone” seems a bit over the top.

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