“The best mirror is an old friend.”

Today is cloudy and chilly. Gracie and I are heading to the dump later. Right now she is having her morning nap and snoring up a storm. Fern is napping beside her on the couch rolled in a ball. Tonight is predicted to be as low as 35˚, sounds like turn on the heat and bundle under the comforter weather to me.

One small item caught my eye in the paper this morning. It seems a teacher from Maine has been put on a 21 day paid leave so she can voluntarily quarantine herself. This was done at the request of some of the school’s parents. It seems the teacher went to a conference in Dallas. The closest she got to the hospital with ebola cases was 10 miles.

My friends are coming tomorrow so Coffee is going on hiatus from today until Thursday. They are friends from my Peace Corps days, and I met them during staging, the first time we were all together, in Philadelphia. They were supposed to be posted 100 miles from me, making them my neighbors, but Peg was pregnant and Peace Corps wanted them close to Accra and the office. I always stopped to visit them on my way home from Accra. They were on the second floor of a house with no water. It was a run to the outhouses in the backyard. I was impressed when Bill used to carry his own water in buckets. During our second year, they transferred to my school and we each lived on one side of a duplex. We had motorcycles and made lots of trips together around Bolga. When we did, I carried Peg on mine and Bill carried Kevin, their son, on his. We had supper together every night and most nights played word or card games and had an ongoing paddle ball championship until the elastic on the red ball broke. We could each paddle well into the hundreds when that happened. We were ready if it ever became an Olympic sport.

We share a love for Ghana and for each other. The memories of our time together are sweet.

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27 Comments on ““The best mirror is an old friend.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Rather nice weather here, not as bad as it was supposed to. We missed almost all rain and it was actually rather warm too.

    Our military is hunting a Russian submarine, we know it’s Russian but they, of course, deny that. They heard an emergency call in Russian from a place deep in to the archepilago outside our capital, they could trace it to Kaliningrad when the second, encrypted, emergency call was made.

    Special troups are also hunting a man dressed in black that was seen walking in shallow water some distance away from an island. No normal person would walk there when the entire navy and army is serching for strange things 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      I’m glad one of us has nice weather. It is damp and cloudy here. It didn’t say rain but I’m thinking it may rain later.

      I read about the sub in your blog. It is strange they didn’t encrypt the first message too. There is a funny movie about a Russian sub marooned off an island on this coast. It’s called The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming.

      That is strange-the walking men. Let me know what happens!

      Have a great evening.

  2. Birgit Says:

    Summer was back this weekend. Sunny blue sky, up to 77 F, perfect weather for a bike tour to a small lake at the other side of town. We saw (wait, dictionary,) cormorants, Egyptian geese, Canada geese, dabchicks and more. Ice cream back home. I hope my photos turned out well.
    Have a good time with your friends!

    • katry Says:

      I figure summer left here, bolted across the Atlantic and landed in Germany. That was the weather we had through Friday. It even hit the 80’s a couple of days.

      I didn’t know what dabchicks are so I looked them up. We call them grebes, no matter the age. We don’t ever get Egyptian geese.

      Ice cream sounds great for the sort of day you’re enjoying.

      Have a great evening. I hope the pictures are good.

  3. flyboybob Says:

    How ridiculous to quarantine yourself for visiting Dallas. I guess I have to stay home from work for the next three weeks because I live in Plano a suburb of Dallas. Even more ridiculous is the charge from Jesse Jackson and now the health minister of Liberia calling the death of Mr. Duncan in Dallas a result of racial bias. Everyone here in the US, especially the politicians running for office, need to take a deep breath and not jump to ridiculous conclusions.

    Another beautiful day in Dallas with clear skies and temperatures in the 70s.

    • katry Says:

      She didn’t have a choice. It was the school board which made the decision in order to placate parents. I’d stay home if I were getting paid the whole time.

      I agree wholeheartedly with your second to last sentence. Ebola is now the new Salem witch trial scare.

  4. im6 Says:

    Enjoy your visit with your friends (and your hiatus). I’m expecting to see an old friend this week, so I understand your excitement. Hope you stocked up on paddle balls.

    • katry Says:

      Thank you, im6. I baked pumpkin bread today and am going to make cookies later. I seldom bake any more, but they deserve treats!
      I do have a paddle ball.

  5. im6 Says:

    Was going to post the LP version of this song, but when I went to YouTube to find it, what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a live version that’s sure to make Hedley jump up out of his seat and dance.

    • katry Says:

      I love Bette. I don’t love Manilow, but I like that he didn’t sing on this video. Bette has such a magnificent voice.

      • im6 Says:

        I know Hedley’s disappointed that Barry didn’t sing, too — he’s such a super fan. Barry was always Bette’s backup and I guess once you’re her backup, always her backup. I can’t believe you don’t like Barry. Ha! I don’t either, but I’ll always give him a pass because he was so instrumental in helping establish Bette as the entertainment force she is. There’s no denying that the man has a whole bucketful of fans, however, so he really doesn’t need us.

      • katry Says:

        No, he doesn’t need us.

        I haven’t ever liked Barry, but, like you, I can applaud him for helping Bette. I saw Bette in concert once, and it was the most tremendous concert I’ve ever seen.

      • im6 Says:

        I’ve seen Bette several times in concert and twice at book signings. The first time was during her first national tour in 1974 and Barry was the musical director. Had no idea who he was at the time and he may have gotten a mention from the stage, but he was only there to lead the band backing her up. When I found out who he was and learned his first album was coming out, I was excited, but then discovered my excitement was unwarranted. Just not my kind of music for the most part. As far as her concerts, they are probably the most tremendous I’ve ever seen as well — at least the first two when she was still relatively new and hadn’t started doing movies (or really schmaltzy songs). It’s really hard to choose between Bette and Bruce Springsteen, however. It’s been 20 years since I last saw her and it was a great “show,” but geared much too much toward the suburban soccer mom/lite FM crowd. I think her new album may change all that. Sneak listen:

  6. kat Says:

    , I’ll buy this just based on the one song, and her love for girl groups and the mention of Darlene Love. You know how much I love all those groups. Their songs resonate today as much as when. They were first released.

  7. Birgit Says:

    The new album by the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens is available for free listening this week at NPR:
    It’s more enjoyable than I expected and his voice and guitar playing is still fine. Perhaps suitable as nice background music while cooking for your friends?
    PS: Don’t waste your time to answer, you’re on hiatus.

    • katry Says:

      I am on hiatus, but the sausage is cooking and I have to wait until it browns to keep going, and my back needs a break.

      I bought his last album and thought it was Cat Stevens as it too was fine. Thanks for the link!

  8. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I saw the article about the Maine teacher being forced to quarantine herself because Parents were uncomfortable that she had happened to be in the same city as the ebola hospital. As they say on the internets “The Stupid, it burns.”

    It’s sunny, breezy and cool up here. The walnuts are falling all over the yard because of the wind and the cold. I’m not going out there. They hurt when they bonk you on the head. 🙂

    Have a good time with your friends and enjoy the days.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I’m in agreement “The Stupid, it burns.” I cannot believe the stupid of peoples’ responses. Shut the borders? Stop flights? Please!

      They do hurt though mine, acorns, hurt less. I did step barefooted on a couple and they hurt the most. Sunny and warmer than I expected today.

      Thanks, Caryn. We are already enjoying ourselves.

  9. Hedley Says:

    Dear KTCC Family. With Kat’s four day hiatus, I am sure you are missing her fab writings and even fabber musical selections. Well, while she is talking sacred Croc pools and stuff with her chums. I can bring you all some very exciting news

    At the beginning of December Leonard Cohen is releasing a 3 CD and Blu Ray/DVD set “Live in Dublin” . What says Christmas to your loved ones like a whole bunch of Lennie ?

    What does it sound like ? you might ask. Is this too much Lennie right after the critically acclaimed Popular Problems ? Here is a sneak preview of Lennie and some babes singing “Come Healing”. Cancel your order of the six disc Super Deluxe Basement Tapes and get ready for a Very Lennie Christmas.


    • Birgit Says:

      Dear Katley,
      music on KTCC 🙂 Yup, I already missed it. Video is blocked for me but I bravely watched a live version. You are to blame that I’m longing for candles and Christmas cookies with lots of sugar right now!
      Who needs more basement tapes? They should have published them before tons of these tracks had hit the internet. On the other hand sound quality may be an argument. Let’s see, respectively listen.

      • Hedley Says:

        Dear Bochum Belle
        I have ordered the Basement Tapes, I want to hear the whole thing even though it’s seriously overpriced. I am also thinking about Christmas. I am in London over the weekend and have my list of treats I need to bring back for the season. Special Christmas marmalade at Fortnum and Mason has my attention, together with a Christmas pudding
        Sorry you couldn’t see Lennie and the Babes, it really wasn’t horrible
        Love and kisses

      • Birgit Says:

        Hedley, have a great time in London!

      • Hedley Says:

        Jetting out tonight and back on Tuesday next week. Concert on arrival tomorrow (free play for you im6) and then a very hectic schedule including the Detroit Lions at Wembley
        My suitcases are suitably empty to bring back stuff

      • Birgit Says:

        Hedley, I’m curious, which concert? Have fun and pleasant flights.

      • Hedley Says:

        We are staying with my sister and husband and they asked if we would go to a show on the night we arrive at the RAH.

        Its Neil Sedaka

        Best show I have ever seen, said my sister after a prior event. Oh said I.

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