“Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people.”

The sun is shining, but it is cold, and the strong wind makes the day feel even colder. I need to fill the bird feeders, and that will be my only outside venture. I have plenty to keep me busy here as I have vowed to clear off the couch filled with Christmas decorations from all the other rooms. That will leave only the trees which will stay through tomorrow, a feast day with so many names: Little Christmas, the Feast of the Epiphany and Three King’s Day. It is the last official day of the Christmas season and the day to send,

“On the twelfth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
12 Drummers Drumming
Eleven Pipers Piping
Ten Lords a Leaping
Nine Ladies Dancing
Eight Maids a Milking
Seven Swans a Swimming
Six Geese a Laying
Five Golden Rings
Four Calling Birds
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

I never liked that song. I think of it as the 100 bottles of beer on the wall song of the Christmas season. I don’t how much all that costs now, but the paper seems to have the need to tell me year after year.

January is, after New Year’s, quite the boring month. I miss the hustle and bustle of the holidays. I was busy most of those days, but it was fun busy. Now I stay home because it is easier and warmer. I clump my errands into a single day so I’m not running around days at a time, but I find my errands are even boring. Buying bread and animal food just doesn’t give the day much pizzazz.

Well, I need another cup of coffee, and I need to close the back door. I can feel the cold coming in through the dog door. Gracie is asleep and probably doesn’t care. Besides she can always ring her door bells to go out. I think I’ll add some toast to that coffee.

What a day! Even my last paragraph is boring!

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14 Comments on ““Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Most people here have absolutely no idea why we celebrate this holiday 🙂 We are all just happy to have anothet holiday so who cares 🙂

    As You know by now we keep our christmas things until twenty days after Christmas and then kids rob the christmas tree from candy we hung up in it, the Yule Spruce Robbing 🙂 Most trees have lost most needles by that time so it’s a sad sight to be honest 🙂
    I had to post this link down below, It’s just the end of that song but the end is very good 🙂 I’m sure You’ve seen it before.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UC8DKay3K1U

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I haven’t seen this before, and I really like it because the song is such fun. I so love the two birds at the end!!

      Most people here think of it as Little Christmas, but I’m not so sure they know why it is called that.

      My tree will go to the beach to help stop erosion. I like that.

      Have a great evening!

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Colder than midnight on Pluto up here and a windchill factor that makes it even more so. I could hear the wind roaring constantly all day. I’ve been out in it, too, because Piki Dog needs to be walked.

    The Partridge song is annoying but Christer’s video was funny, especially the two birds at the end.
    I’ve had an earworm for two days now and can’t seem to shake it. I keep singing Tuna, The Food of My Soul, a Garrison Keillor piece that he performed with Jeannie Redpath. I don’t know why it came into my head but it’s stuck there.
    “Noodles and chewna and chiiiips.” 🙂

    My online course is open. Sort of. It’s interesting so some of the post Xmas blahs may be relieved.
    Time to feed the dogs and myself. Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I haven’t been out at all and Gracie has been in and out twice and very quickly each time.

      I loved the birds at the end of Christer’s video. They gave me a laugh.

      The worst thing is an ear worm. It is like a mental torture which leaves little room for any other thoughts. Luckily I don’t know The Garrison Keillor song so I’m safe.

      Lucky you having a way to get rid of the blahs. I was busy all day and up and down the cellar stairs. My back is complaining.

      Have fun learning!

      • Caryn Says:

        Soft as the voice of my mother calling as night shadows fell. Calling us homeward to supper. Oh, what a heavenly smell. (Oh, what a smell.)
        There on the dining room table, served in a steaming glass bowl, eaten with Jello and Kool-ade, tuna the food of my soul.

        Tuna casserole, oh how dear to my lips. Noodles and tuna and mushrooms and chips.

        Only a small can of tuna, mushroom soup, celery and peas, mixed with a quart of egg noodles, sprinkled with chips and with cheese.
        When my earthly travails are over gladly I’ll take to the air. Afterwards, in the church basement, they’ll serve tuna casserole there. (Lord willing.)

        Tuna casserole, oh how dear to my lips. Noodles and tuna and mushrooms and chips.

        I dare you to find it on YouTube because the duet of Redpath and Keillor is priceless. Be warned. You will hum. Perhaps for days. 🙂

      • katry Says:

        Caryn,
        Nope, I will not let you entrap me. I am ignoring your dare even if it reaches double dog dare status.

  3. im6 Says:

    I found JUST what you need, Kat:

    • katry Says:

      i6,
      That’s a great feeder. He looks just like the Doctor Who Cybermen. I love him moving the helmet so he looks like a real alien. It has to be hung where the squirrel can stand.

      I suppose if I fed the squirrel in the helmet he’d leave the rest of the feeder alone.

      I loved this.

  4. Bob Says:

    Cold here also with a clear sky and a brisk wind. I never knew about ‘Three Kingd Day’ until last night on the news. It’s the day when the kids get their presents in the Mexican community. Toy retailers were busy last night along the border in South Texas selling last minute toys. We in the Jewish community have a solid eight days and that’s it. 🙂 Giving Chaunkah gifts grew out of giving the kids coins each night. Now we give the kids gold and silver wrapped chocolate coins, That tradition I underst was an out growth of giving tips to the servants for service during the year. Something like Boxing Day?

    All I know is it’s all,over and January can proceed as dull as usual without excitment. It’s the month to pay the bills for all the holiday gifts and start figuring out your tax return. 🙁

    Welcome to 2015.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      Eight days is a lot of days to get gifts.

      Getting your gifts on Los Tres Reyes Magos (Three King’s Day) makes a lot of sense. It was the Magi who brought gifts to Bethlehem and to the baby. The gifts are put in or near shoes. There is a special cake and even a special meal. A few times my friends and I did celebrated the day the way they do in Mexico or Puerto Rico. It was fun.

      Freezing cold is coming, as low as 0˚, on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.

      I get such a small refund it is almost not worth the trouble.

  5. Morpfy Says:

    occoli Cheddar Mac and Cheese Recipe
    • Prep time: 10 minutes
    • Cook time: 40 minutes
    • Yield: Serves 4 to 6
    For vegetarian option omit the Worcestershire sauce or use vegetarian Worcestershire sauce, and use vegetarian Parmesan.
    Ingredients
    • 1 bunch of broccoli, cut into florets
    • Salt
    • 2 cups dry elbow macaroni
    • 4 Tbsp butter
    • 3 Tbsp all purpose flour
    • 3 cups milk (low fat or whole)
    • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
    • 1/8 teaspoon fresh nutmeg
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly grated black pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
    • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
    • 2 cups (packed) grated sharp cheddar cheese (8 ounces), divided 1 1/2 cups and 1/2 cup
    • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    Method
    1 Heat 4 quarts of water with 2 Tbsp salt in a large pot on high heat (for pasta). When the water comes to a boil, add the pasta and cook uncovered at a rolling boil for 2 minutes less than the time given on the pasta package instructions. (You want to cook the pasta al dente because it will continue to cook with the cheese mixture.) Rinse quickly in cold water to stop the cooking, drain and set aside.
    2 While the pasta water is coming to a boil, steam the broccoli. Put a steamer rack in a pot with an inch of water. Bring to a boil. Add the broccoli florets, sprinkle with a little salt, and cover. Steam for 4 minutes. Then remove the broccoli from the pot to a bowl.
    3 In a microwave or in a small pot on the stovetop, heat the milk until steamy. (Preheating the milk saves time in the next step when you are making the bechamel sauce.)
    4 Preheat oven broiler at 500°F.

    5 Melt 4 Tbsp butter in a thick-bottomed oven-safe pot on medium high heat. When the butter is melted and starts to foam sprinkle with 3 Tbsp of flour. Whisk to combine. Lower the heat to medium and cook for 1 to 2 minutes.

    6 Pour in the hot milk and whisk vigorously to combine, breaking up any clumps of flour. Lower the heat to medium low and let cook, whisking frequently, until the sauce is smooth and thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Stir in the dry mustard, paprika, nutmeg, black pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and 1 teaspoon of salt.
    Whisk in 1 1/2 cups grated cheddar and the 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese. Stir until the cheese is melted and the sauce is smooth.

    8 Stir in the broccoli and the pasta until well combined. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese on top and place under preheated broiler for 5 to 7 minutes until bubbly and lightly browned.
    Add more salt and pepper to taste.

    • katry Says:

      morpfy,
      I never thought of broccoli with Mac and cheese. I love Mac and cheese and often change the sauce but haven’t ever thought to add anything.

      This sounds great-love the nutmeg added.

      I’m saving this one!

  6. Morpfy Says:

    Spooky” Cinnamon Sugar Flour Tortilla Crisps Recipe
    • Prep time: 15 minutes
    • Cook time: 12 minutes
    • Yield: Makes 12 crisps
    You may want to double up on the amount of cinnamon sugar and butter just to make it easier for dipping and dredging.
    INGREDIENTS
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
    • 4 Tbsp butter, melted
    • 2 flour tortillas
    METHOD

    1 Cut each flour tortilla into 6 to 8 wedges or use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes in the tortillas.
    2 Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil. Mix the sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl and spread out over the bottom of a small plate. Melt butter in a small bowl.

    3 Dip the cut pieces of flour tortilla in the melted butter, gently shake off the excess and place on the plate of cinnamon sugar. Only coat one side of the crisp in cinnamon sugar. Then place coated tortilla pieces, cinnamon sugar side up, on the lined baking tray.

    4 Bake for 12 minutes at 350°F, or until the tortilla crisps are indeed “crisp”. Remove from oven and let cool for 2 minutes.

    • katry Says:

      morpfy,
      This one I just also saved. It sounds great. I buy these sometimes now I don’t have to as they are quite easy to make.


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