“Taste is the most unexplored sense”

When I got up during the night, I swear I saw stars, and was delighted, I stood at the window a while just looking. When I woke up, it was cloudy, and I wanted to scream. Right now, though, the sun is making an appearance, and off to the west are patches of blue sky. I can barely contain my excitement.

Gracie woke me up around 6:30. She wanted out, but when she got on the deck, she couldn’t get down the stairs. They had a topping of ice from the dusting of snow we got yesterday. I put on my shoes and walked her to the yard down the stairs step by step. If the poor dog only knew. Here I was her safety net, and I fall all the time. Luckily this time I didn’t. Before I went back to bed, I threw safety paws de-icer on the steps and also noticed where Gracie had been sick a few times. I won’t get into a description, but I think whatever had been bothering her was on her crate blanket which is now washed and in the dryer. Gracie is back to her always happy self.

In the old days we didn’t take our dog to the vet’s except to get the rabies shot required by law. There was no well dog visit back then. Duke, the boxer we had while I was growing up, was a terror to other dogs, but he met his match once and his neck was torn open. My dad said nature would take care of it. My mother sneaked Duke to the vet’s who took care of it. The dog’s wounds healed, and my father gloated a bit with his I told you so. We all just looked at each other and said nothing.

We pulled many fast ones on my poor dad. My mother would come and visit me, and we’d shop. She’d fill her trunk with boxes and bags. When she got home, she’d bring in two or three packages and show my father what she’d bought. He’d nod but actually be totally uninterested. Shopping was hell on Earth to him. When my dad went to work on Monday, my mother would empty the trunk. My dad never noticed anything new in the house. His spot was at the end of the couch next to the table. That was his little kingdom and nothing there ever changed. He was content.

We knew never to tell my dad some of the ingredients in the dishes he was served for dinner. He would refuse to eat them if he knew. Garlic, according to my dad, was to be used for garlic bread and shrimp scampi. It had no other uses. Little did he know he often ate it in a variety of dishes. He did catch my mother putting it in slits in a pork roast and was horrified. My mother took out all the garlic. My father had eaten that pork roast with garlic several times. He just didn’t see it.

My father used his eyes to determine whether or not a dish could be eaten. Hummus was wallpaper paste. He knew that without trying it. Just looking was enough. It was a huge no on potstickers and anything my mother made for my brother, the vegetarian. My father was the original meat and potatoes man with a few vegetables tossed in like carrots, canned asparagus and corn, either fresh or canned. My dad actually ate a huge variety of things. He just never knew.

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18 Comments on ““Taste is the most unexplored sense””

  1. Hedley Says:

    17 people perish, we don’t show up and so what does Kerry do ???


    Now to really piss off France, we should have sent Cat Stevens to sing Peace Train .

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I’m still angry we didn’t show up and now this!!! We are certainly sympathizing with a whole country in mourning when we send James Taylor who can barely be heard. Kerry has no idea what he should be doing as he stands awkwardly and listens.

      I had to chuckle at sending Yusuf Islam, oops Cat Stevens.

      • Hedley Says:

        Kat, its an outrage – a mixture of arrogance and ignorance – friggin James Taylor ?

        It was a toss up between Yusuf Islam and Leonard Cohen.

      • katry Says:

        I don’t even know what to say about this video. I did post it on Facebook so everyone can take note of our arrogance and ignorance.

        France is our oldest ally!

    • t gibons Says:

      OMG….what an embarrassing display of ignorance and arrogance.

      I can’t believe I voted this guy for president not so many years ago.

      Cat Stevens with peace train is such a great idea.

      • katry Says:

        t gibons,
        I’d like to think it is naiveté on an international level rather than ignorance or disinterest.

    • Bob Says:

      Yes it was a snub, but France is not our closest ally, the UK is our closest ally. The French don’t really like us and they are not a friend of Israel. They are going to wake up in the near future living in a Muslim majority country. They do produce good food, good wine and weird automobiles.

      • katry Says:

        I think it had nothing to do with closest ally. It had to do with a unified, symbolic stand against terrorism illustrated by the arm in arm walk and a recognition we are all in this together. It was meant to sympathize. It was not political and had nothing to do with our relationships with England or Israel but our stand against terriorism.

      • Birgit Says:

        “They are going to wake up in the near future living in a Muslim majority country.” ?????
        Bob, sorry I’m late and I probably shouldn’t reply but are you aware that this is the slogan our local nazis currently use in order to try to mobilize and agitate the dumb masses in my home country? You know which country and history.
        Muslims are nowadays a natural part of society in the region where I live and usually not a problem but an enrichment. Terrorists, fanatics and fascists are a problem as everywhere. Just my European 2 cents.

      • katry Says:

        That noise you hear is me applauding.

  2. Birgit Says:

    You’ve really seen the sun? I’m jealous. But it’s good to know that the sun still exists.

    • katry Says:

      Not only the sun, but I also saw a beautiful sunset of yellows and red. If I could, I’d click my heels together in the air.

  3. olof1 Says:

    I think it was Sune who woke me up in the middle of the night and I just told him to go to sleep again. I wouldn’t have if it had been Nova because she warns me about Orvar needing to go outside but sune just wants to have fun 🙂 🙂 It turns out that there was a big thunderstorm passing by 🙂 I didn’t notice anything but my work friends told me this morning 🙂

    I couldn’t help it but I started lauging when I read Your were helping her down the icy stairs 🙂 🙂 I always make sure no dog is close when I’m trying to walk down icy stairs, it’s enough with me breaking anything, the risk of me landing on a dog breaking it is just too great 🙂

    I wonder what kind of food we actually have eaten in our lives 🙂 Sweden was one of the biggest importer of kangaroo meat in the eighties, it was said to be used for dog food but we don’t make enough dog food to match what was imported 🙂 🙂 🙂 The two things I absolutely never eat again are fish pudding and jellyfish soup, both are just disgusting 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      Some dogs do hate thunderstorms. My Shauna shook the whole bed, but Gracie sleeps right through a thunderstorm as do the cats. Sometimes I do too.

      She had to go. I knew it when she woke me up. I took my time so we’d both be safe. I held on to the rail and to her collar and went very slowly. This morning all of the steps except the last two were clear. The de-icer hadn’t reached the last two and wouldn’t you know it, race slipped on the last one but didn’t fall.

      I haven’t had either fish pudding or anything with jellyfish. I’ve had boar, goat, grasscutter and Guinea pig in my travels. Most times I just don’t ask what I’m eating.

      Have a great evening.

  4. MT C Says:

    Great picture you have drawn of your Dad. He probably didn’t much care for foodie tunes either.


  5. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I’m pretty sure my brothers and I ate a number of ugly vegetables that we didn’t know we were being fed. But my mother never got spinach by us until my father decided to grow it in the garden. Garden spinach was acceptable. Other spinach was not.

    It’s sunny out but very, very cold. The dogs are going to day care today because I have a lot to do out of the house.

    Enjoy the sun.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      My mother mixed our mashed potatoes and carrots together. I always though mashed potatoes were orange. I don’t remember spinach ever being served, ever including when I was an adult.

      It was the same here. Last night was freezing.

      Have a great Saturday!

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