“A man seldom thinks with more earnestness of anything than he does of his dinner.”

The day is wonderfully warm but cloudy. A bright sun would have been a nice touch. The breeze is strong. Pine branches are swaying, and the leaves are billowing. My neighborhood is quiet, Sunday quiet, the way I remember Sundays used to be.

Today I have nothing that needs doing. The week was a busy one so I’ll just relax in sloth mode. I’m not even going to get dressed. I earned today.

I have three dresses. Two are for summer and the third is for winter. I used to wear dresses to work every day, even in Ghana, but now I seldom wear them. They are reserved for weddings and events which happen in fancy venues. Those events tend to be special and have a dress code, unmentioned but expected.

I am drawing a blank today. Nothing comes to mind. I did think about pizza and ribs earlier, and I have no idea why. They seemed strange topics to pop into my head, but they did remind me of my mother who used to make those English muffin pizzas and freeze them for later, for snacks. She also made crabbies on English muffins and would serve them on game nights. As for the ribs, I have no idea where they came from.

My parents didn’t have much money when I was growing up, but I didn’t know that. Christmas was a wonder and under the tree was always filled with gifts. Every Easter we got new clothes. For Halloween my mother made our costumes just as my friends’ mothers made theirs. Store bought costumes had no originality, no imagination and were sort of ugly with plastic masks held on by an easily broken elastic. Sunday dinners were always special. We could count on sort of a roast, mashed potatoes, gravy and veggies. That is still my favorite dinner. Last night my friend served a roast chicken, tons of mashed potatoes, gravy and carrots. I was in heaven.

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10 Comments on ““A man seldom thinks with more earnestness of anything than he does of his dinner.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Cloudy all day and rainy on and off. Not as much rain as predicted though but it will continue like this for some time they say. It should be windy too but so far I can’t say we have much wind at all.

    We were poor but I didn’t undertand that until I was around 14 years old. Didn’t mind much though since everyone around us was too 🙂

    I made dinner for the coming week today, reindeer, broccoli, onions, mushrooms, squash and all poured down in to thick sauce so it’s more like a stew now. Very yummy too 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      Cloudy and dark here but no rain. I’d like some as it hasn’t rain in a long while. The day is still pretty warm.

      It was the same with me. All of us in the neighborhood didn’t have much money, but I always thought we had plenty. Later, my father became quite successful and made a lot of money. He was very generous to all of us.

      I like reindeer: have had it twice, Finland and Iceland. I’m not a fan of cooked broccoli but prefer it raw with a dip.

      I love stews, particularly in winter!

      Have a great day!

  2. flyboybob Says:

    When I was a kid living in Dallas my father bought a smoker and became the maven of smoked baby back ribs. He marinated them in a mixture of brown sugar and soy sauce and then smoked them slowly for several hours. They were excellent and ruined me for anyone else’s ribs for years. He never changed his recipe and smoked them until his death thirteen years ago. Unfortunately, as time goes on my memory of the exact taste and aroma of his ribs fades away. I just know that they were excellent.

    Today is another sunny day with the temperature in the lower 90s. Tomorrow there is a slight chance of scattered rain. Our weather will mimic your’s about a month later. Our first freeze is usually the second week in November and the leaves don’t start to change color until late October or early November.

    • katry Says:

      I’d have been a frequent visitor to your house. My brother-in-law has a first rate smoker and uses it all the time. He every smokes pizza. He experiments with different rubs of his own ingredients. I haven’t tasted his food as he is in Colorado, but I surely wish I could. Your dad’s ribs sound wonderful. I so love ribs.

      It will be warmer tomorrow than today which means a great day as it is in the low 70’s today. We have a beautiful fall here on the cape and it is always warmer, by at least 5˚, than off-Cape. It is my favorite season.

      • flyboybob Says:

        Although the barbecue experts in Texas consider brisket the piece de resistance, I consider pork ribs king. Regardless how slowly one smokes the brisket to me it’s never as juicy and tender as ribs. I have had them with dry rub Memphis style, Kansas City/St. Louis style and in the Carolinas with vinegar sauce. My favorite are still the way my dad prepared them and they didn’t require any sauce. He would get insulted if you asked for sauce.

        One of these days I am going to go on a Central Texas barbecue crawl. You spend the day circumnavigating the Austin Texas area going from one small town barbecue joint to another.

        Although my local favorite “The Hard Eight” didn’t make the list here’s Texas Monthly Magazine’s top 50.


      • katry Says:

        I am in pain! Those are so far away I won’t get to taste the barbecue. I am a rib fan and have been forever. That barbecue crawl sounds totally fantastic. It is the only time I’ve wanted to live in Texas!

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Ribs and pizza sounds like a great combination for contemplation. The English muffin pizzas I know about but do not know what crabbies are. I mean, other than testy cab drivers. 🙂

    I have dresses but they are not the sort of dress that one would wear to special things. They are hot summer day dresses that allow any cooling breezes to waft around freely. Any formal occasion is met with dress pants and a dressy blouse. I don’t care about anyone’s code anymore. If they want me there, they won’t care either. 🙂

    Sunday dinner almost always had to include mashed potatoes although on rare occasions it was baked potatoes which are almost as good. Mashed is preferable, though. I’ve often wondered why more restaurants don’t served mashed potatoes.

    It rained up here this morning. Afterwards, it got humid and sunny and now it’s heavy clouds again. The dogs and I are all sloths today. Nobody wants to do anything more strenuous than stretch and yawn.
    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      The crabbies are crab meat and some other ingredients I forget on English muffins and also frozen like the pizza. They are pretty tasty once toasted.

      I have a pair of black dress pants but no blouses I can wear with them so I use the dresses. They are nice summer dresses with flowers. I’m worn them maybe 3 times. One was in Ghana, and I was glad I had it as every woman was wearing a dress.

      I like baked potatoes as well, but mashed potatoes are my all time favorite. Once in a while I can order mashed and I do.

      It just rained for about 10 minutes and it is still dark. The sun never appeared all day. I have done nothing too. Gracie is sleeping on the couch and the cats are sleeping around the house. No bee hive of activity here.

      Have a great evening!

  4. lilydark Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Happy Sloth day. I’ve been feeling like a sloth for a few days.
    I have Pizza every night for dinner. Honest. There is a place here that makes the best pizza, ( people often stand in line) and my friend brings in over and I freeze it) for the coming week.
    It’s been cloudy, sunny, mainly warm, and a promise of rain which doesn’t come.
    My kitty has turned in to a couch potato. She rarely comes in the bedroom to snuggle. I have to actually sit on the couch to pet her and tell her I love her. She’s a teenager. I can hear her so “OH MOTHER!, when I pick her up and want too shower her with cuddles. But, she’s a happy kitty..
    Lori and the Crew

    • katry Says:

      Hi Lori,
      I had a wonderful sloth day, even took a nap.

      Pizza every day would take away from having a special pizza dinner every now and then. My place delivers. I’m not so sure about freezing pizza. I think it wouldn’t taste as good.

      We got rain, it stopped and now it is gently raining again.

      Fern too has become a couch potato in the living room where I’m not. If I talk to her, she meows and stretches so I have to pat her. Lazy kitty.

      Kat and the kids

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