“If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live.”

It might as well be spring. Okay, a slight exaggeration here but today will be 47˚ and Monday may hit 60˚.  Right now it is sunny and a strong wind is whipping the trunks and leaves of the pine trees in the backyard. I had a really late start this morning as it was a mirror test morning. I didn’t even go upstairs to bed until three and slept fitfully. When I woke up, Fern and Gracie were deep asleep, each on one side of me. They seemed to have slept well.

My delay was further complicated when my computer went wanky, and I could only open Safari with that looping message about a security issue and could go no further. Luckily my iPad was handy, and I found the fix, a simple one.

Staying inside in the winter when I was a kid was usually make your own fun. The TV didn’t have programming until the early evening and then when I was a bit older the late afternoon so sitting and watching was not even a choice. One of our favorite ways to while away the time was playing board games. We’d set the game up on the living room rug and sit around it to play. Sorry was our favorite. Vengeance made the game more exciting, and we yapped back and forth after sending our opponent’s man back to start. That yapping would now be called trash talk. Often the game ended because one of us would get mad and start yelling then the other one would yell back so my mother would yell from the kitchen and tell us to put the game away. That was another argument. Who was going to put the game away?

Boy and girl roles were quite definite when I was a little. Coloring was for girls. I remember afternoons spent sitting at the kitchen table with all my crayons arrayed in front of me so I could choose the exact color to fill in the drawing. The crayons were all sizes, some whole, some mere stubs. The paper had been torn off each crayon as it got smaller so we never remembered the name of the color. We all wanted to color like my mother who shaded the colors like an artist might.

Spending the afternoon reading was always a joy for me. I was a library devotee. I’d take out as many books as I was allowed. I think it was three or four. Quiet spots were hard to come by in my house, but I’d manage. Getting lost in a book was about my favorite thing.

Today I am going nowhere. I think I might not even get dressed. On my table are some catalogues and a book. I’ll do Christmas shopping while watching some Christmas movie then I’ll get comfy and read. I’m thinking that sounds like the best way to spend an afternoon.

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13 Comments on ““If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Cold and foggy here this morning but no wind so it was rather wonderful. After that the sun shone all day and it did fall below 32F for a while this afternoon but now it’s getting slightly warmer again, too bad I would have liked another day like this before going back to work again.

    Like You I loved to read but I also made the occasional plastic model, usually a WW2 aeroplane. They looked like crap but it was fun 🙂 Every new years eve all kids brought their plastic models and put fire crackers in them 🙂 It was even better if we hade made a ship and there were puddles we could place them in before the fire crackers blew 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      You know how much I love the fog, and we haven’t had one for a long time. Except for the wind it was a nice day here too.

      My brother used to make models. He would be painstaking when painting them then they’d be displayed on his bureau.

      That is kind of cool to have those firecrackers on New Year’s Eve. That are against the law in this state though New Hampshire, the next state to us, has them.

      Have a great evening!

      • olof1 Says:

        Nowdays firecrackers are forbidden and they are discussing if they should forbid fireworks too. Too man drunk people blow their hands off and lots of kids get injured too. Every now and again someone get hit by them and die and a few houses burn down too so I can understand why they are discissing it 🙂

  2. Morpfy Says:

    Scalloped Apples With Raisins


    2 Cans Apple Slices — (20 Oz) Drained
    1/4 Cup Raisins
    1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
    1/4 Cup Brown Sugar, Packed
    2 Tbsp Flour
    1/8 Tsp Salt
    1/4 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
    1/3 Tsp Ground Cloves
    3 Tbsp Chilled Butter — Cut In Small Pieces
    Vanilla Ice Cream — Optional


    Prepare a medium fire in the barbeque.
    In a large bowl,toss apples with raisins and lemon juice.
    Place apple slices on a double thickness of 18-inch square heay duty aluminum foil.
    In a small bowl,combine brown sugar,flour,salt,cinnamon,cloves and butter;
    sprinkle over apple mixture.fold edges over and crimp to seal.
    Place foil package on a grill set 4 to 6 inches from coals.
    Cook,turning over once or twice, until heated througho, about 20 to 30 minutes.
    Serve over ice cream if desired.
    This is delicious over ice cream or simply served on its own.

    Yield: 6 servings

    • katry Says:

      This sounds delicious. I remember making meals in foil when I was a girl scout. The packet would have meat, potatoes and carrots and be placed right on the coals too.

      This would be perfect over vanilla ice cream!

      Thank you!

  3. Morpfy Says:

    Caramel Mousse Mini-cups

    1 box brownie mix (tested with Betty Crocker Chocolate Supreme Brownie Mix with Hershey’s Syrup,
    1 pound, 5.3 ounce box)
    3 eggs, lightly beaten
    1/2 cup butter, melted
    1/8 cup water
    1 bag (14 ounces) Kraft caramel squares, unwrapped and cut into 6ths

    Chocolate Mousse Frosting:
    1 envelope unflavored gelitin
    2 Tbsp cold water
    1/4 cup boiling water
    2/3 cup sugar
    1/3 cup cocoa
    1 1/2 cup cold whipping cream
    2 tsp vaniila extract

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place paper muffin cups in mini-muffin tins.

    Combine brownie mix (including chocolate syrup pouch),eggs,melted butter,and water.
    Mix only until combined.
    Fill muffin cups half full.Bake for 10 minutes.
    Immediately place pieces of caramel on top of each hot muffin to melt slightly.
    Let muffins completely cool to room temperature before frosting,45 minutes to 1 hour.
    Meanwhile, prepare mousse frosting.

    For the Mousse Frosting:
    In small bowl, sprinkle gelatin over cold water.Ê Let stand 1 minute to soften.
    Add boiling water and stir until gelatin is completely dissolved and mixture is clear.
    Cool slightly.

    In small mixer bowl,stir together sugar and cocoa.
    Add whipping cream and vanilla.
    Beat on medium speed of electric mixture,scraping bottom of the bowl occasionally,until stiff.
    Pour in gelatin mixture and beat until well blended.
    Chill in refrigerator about 15 minutes to firm up.

    Fill pastry bag with mousse frosting and form a swirl on the top of each mini-cup (or spread on by hand). Refrigerate mini-cups in a covered container overnight. Best when served at room temperature, but refrigerate leftovers.

    Yield: about 6 dozen mini-cups

    • katry Says:

      Other than the gelatin which I don’t ever use, this sounds so easy. It also sounds delicious. I have copied it to my recipe file.

      Just in time, I recently bought a new muffin tin!


  4. flyboybob Says:

    Thank goodness for your iPad. That is a phishing scam to get you to pay them money online to fix your non broken computer. Opening Safari by holding down the shift key will bypass the previous saved page.

    Curling up with a good book any time is a great way to spend an afternoon. Here in Toronto the temperature has risen above freezing for the first time all week. A little misty and cloudy but warmer.

    • katry Says:

      I knew what it was I just didn’t know how to get rid of it. No way would I respond to that annoying ad. I did exactly that-held down the shift key and it magically went away.

      We are getting that warmer weather too that you are getting. Yesterday was really cold but today was much warmer and tomorrow will be the warmest.

      Enjoy the nice weather while you have it!

  5. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Thanks to you and flyboybob for mentioning the Safari thing. I haven’t seen it yet but if I do, I’ll know what to do. Usually I force quit things like that but apparently that doesn’t clear it.

    My brothers and I did coloring, games and model making. We didn’t adhere to the gender role thing in those areas. Or maybe I didn’t. Not sure. My neighborhood had no girls my age so if I wanted to play, I had to play with the boys and they didn’t seem to mind that I did. Tonka trucks were way cooler than baby dolls anyway. 🙂

    I spent the afternoon mostly napping. The dogs did, too. I had plans to work on some knitting projects but, oh well. I must have needed the sleep. I did make a few purchases before I dropped off, though.
    We have had the evening walk in the cold and now we are all back on the couch, curled up and warm with full bellies.

    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      That page lets you do nothing as the box with the alert keeps coming back.

      I made models too and made HO scale houses for my train set. I enjoyed making them. I was not into dolls by the time I was 7 or 8. They were too boring for my tastes.

      I’m with you-I ended up napping as did Fern and Gracie both of whom are back asleep beside me here on the couch. Fern has her head resting on Gracie’s front paw. Gracie is snoring.

      I’m still a bit tired so maybe I’ll have an earlier evening than last night.

      Have a great evening!

  6. Coleen Says:

    Hey Kat!

    Wanted to share that I spent a few minutes today with a dog – – a boxer named Hercules. He belongs to the girlfriend of my landlord.

    Hercules is 90 lbs, three years old, and a total sweetie. I do not know when or if I will see him again but it was nice. I thought of you.

    Such bottom teeth…

    Waving from Jersey (and glad I am not in Buffalo),


    • katry Says:

      Hi Coleen,
      I glad Gracie and I got a thought today. Thanks you! All boxers are sweet. They just have a fierce look.

      Gracie is a superb tail wagger. I sometimes think it will act like a twirling rotor and lift her butt end into the air.

      I’m so glad you aren’t in Buffalo and just as glad I also am not.


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