“Keep some souvenirs of your past, or how will you ever prove it wasn’t all a dream?”

Today is sunny and in the high 40’s. I have no complaints about this winter’s weather, at least not yet. We’ll see what January and February bring. A New Englander is an eternal skeptic about the weather.

When I went out for the papers, I found one of my decorative vases broken into several pieces all over the middle of the road. It had been taken from my front garden and smashed. I picked up the pieces, and in typical fashion managed to cut myself three times.

Every kid had a sled and a bicycle. Some of us also had roller and ice skates. These were all every kid needed, the rest was just icing. If stuck in the house, games kept us sane. We got a new one every Christmas so we had lots of choices. I still don’t like Monopoly. It took too long and was boring. My favorite from back then which we still play today is Sorry. I have even introduced it to my friends who are now fans in a Sorry kind of way. It’s a game you love because it can change in a heartbeat, and it’s a game you hate for the same reason. My sisters used to cry when I’d send one of their pieces back to start. My friends curse. It’s a grown-up game of Sorry.

When I was young, I had scrapbooks filled mostly with newspaper articles. I remember one book was all about the new Pope, Pope John XXIII. That was a huge thing in my life, the death of one Pope and the election of another. I sat in front of the TV watching the smoke and hoping for white.  That was the last Pope inspired scrapbook I ever made. I had one filled with articles from the paper which mentioned my name, no matter how slight the mention.  The drill team scrap book had programs, local articles, pictures and articles from the Globe when we won big.

I still have a couple of those scrapbooks. The tape no longer holds the pictures to the page. Where the tape was is discolored in the shape of the tape mostly in the corners. Every now and then I pull one out of the eaves and carefully turn the pages. At the playground one summer, I was the checkers and the horseshoe champion for my age group. I do have hidden talents.

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16 Comments on ““Keep some souvenirs of your past, or how will you ever prove it wasn’t all a dream?””

  1. olof1 Says:

    It has stayed around 23F today but the wind has been weaker so it wasn’t that bad walking by the fields, I did have a scarf wrapped around my neck and big parts of my head though 🙂

    Too bad about the vase! and the cuts!

    I think Sorry is the best game ever created 🙂 I never get tired of it and the best games have always been the ones I played against my sister. No one of us showed any mercy to anyone 🙂

    Otherise it was card gams that kept us sane 🙂 and like You a bike and a sled was all we needed even if we usually didn’t get much snow by the coast where I grew up.

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      I found it cold today. I went to the dump where I guess it is always cold, but luckily the guys there emptied my car as I had two weeks worth of trash. I sat inside nice and warm.

      Nope, we never show mercy either. We take great joy in sending men back to start, especially when they are close to home.

      We play Phase 10 which is a fun game where you have to get certain combinations of cards on each phase. It just isn’t cutthroat like Sorry.

      Have a wonderful evening!

  2. Morpfy Says:


    o 4 large eggs
    o 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
    o 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
    o 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
    o hotshortbread base
    o 3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
    Add to cartDelivery straight to your door Powered by POPCART
    1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
    2. In a bowl whisk together eggs and granulated sugar until combined well and stir in lemon juice and flour. Pour lemon mixture over hot shortbread. Reduce oven temperature to 300°F. and bake confection in middle of oven until set, about 30 minutes. Cool completely in pan and cut into 24 bars. Bar cookies keep, covered and chilled, 3 days. Sift confectioners’ sugar over bars before serving.

    • katry Says:

      Lemon is my favorite flavor. I always want a lemon meringue pie for my birthday cake. My mother used to make the pie for Thanksgiving.


  3. Bob Says:

    A beautiful day with clear skies, light wind and a high of about 60. Perfect weather to go for a drive with my sunroof open. It was a short drive but who cares with great weather and cheep gasoline. 😀

    All of our recent photos are digital. A couple of years ago Kodak produced their last run of Kodachrome film. I’m not even sure that they are still in business or that anyone else even makes photographic film and processes slides, negatives and prints. Kodak actually invented the digital camera and their management still figured out how to go bankrupt because they couldn’t change with the times. Even my dentist uses digital X-Rays. I haven’t been to Rochester NY in over 40 years but it was a one company town and I can’t imagine what must be happening there.

    I was never good at board games, I think I don’t have the patience to sit around and throw dice. Like you Monopoly took too much time to complete and I just didn’t have the killer instinct to bankrupt everyone else. Also, I couldn’t enjoy the game unless I had the race car playing price. Maybe I’m an undiagnosed ADHD adult. 😁

    • katry Says:

      I agree. I also love a drive on a warmish day. The ocean drive is my favorite of all.

      I can’t believe that gas is $2.0. When I think back a short while ago it was over $4.00.

      All my pictures are also digital now though I still have a really good film camera. You can buy film at camera stores. On NPR the other day they highlighted a photographer who takes Polaroids. She bought out all that was left, nearly 1000 packages. People are eager for her to do their portraits with her Polaroid.

      You wouldn’t play without the car? You were a bit of a baby.

      Sorry can be slow or quick depending upon the luck of the draw, no dice just cards. You’ll be happy to know my friend Tony pouts if he doesn’t get blue pieces. Sometimes one of us takes that color just to drive him crazy. He grumbles but plays anyway.

      • Morpfy Says:


        o 20 large shrimp
        o 1 cup olive oil
        o juice of 3 lemons
        o 1/4 cup soy sauce
        o 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
        o 3 tablespoons of fresh or dried tarragon
        Add to Preparation
        With sharp scissors cut down the back of each shrimp shell and remove the black vein but do not remove the shell. Wash the shrimp thoroughly and place them in a large bowl. Over them pour olive oil, the lemon juice, soy sauce, parsley and tarragon. Let the shrimp stand in this mixture for 2 hours, tossing them around now and then so that they will be equally marinated.
        1. When you are ready to cook them, arrange them in basket grills and cook over hot coals for 5 to 6 minutes, turning twice. They should be tender and moist with lightly charred shells. Have finger bowls and pass plenty of paper napkins.

      • katry Says:

        I love shrimp and this is a nice and easy appetizer. I really hate the cleaning, the removing the vein, but I have no choice so I grin and bear it knowing what’s coming: delicious shrimp!

      • flyboybob Says:

        We bought gas at a truck stop in a small East Texas town on Saturday for $1.49 a gallon. I don’t think it’s going to last but big truck and SUV sales are way up. 🙂 I think the Saudi government is producing a large amount of crude to keep the prices down to keep ISIS or Iran from making a large profit on their oil.

        After I wrote the above I looked up film photography and discovered that Fuji is making instant photo color film for their own brand of camera. And someone is trying to backwards engineer the formula for Polaroid film since they have gone bankrupt and are out of business.

      • katry Says:

        The cape is always higher than off cape. They use the ridiculous argument they have to truck or ship goods to the cape. Don’t they do the same for every store? Gas will be a few cents higher always.

        I would have thought Polaroid had all its specs for both film and camera. It seems strange no one had saved them.

    • Richard Says:

      Bob …
      It was sometime in the ’90s when I was still able to find a few rolls of Kodachrome (not the wonderful stuff with the starch emulsion) at a professional camera shop in New Orleans. Processing was another story, tho’. I had to contact A&I (Alexander and Ishihara) in California to order mailers. When I received them, I put the rolls of Kodachrome inside and then waited two weeks for the slides to come back. Last time I was in Rochester was in the mid-70s, and that’s when the ‘white flight’ was taking place and the tax base was ‘movin’ on out.’ I think the Genessee Brewery was closed, too. On a semi-positive note, there’s a company now making what I can only call ‘PseudoRoid’ Polaroid film. It’s nowhere near the old TimeZero that allowed manipulation of the filmstock for up to a day after the image was made, and it’s more expensive. I still have three of the snap-open models and a slide processor to create Polaroid transfers. Kinda hard to make those when the film isn’t available, tho’ …

    • Richard Says:

      Bob …
      Here’s the URL for A&I if you want to check ’em out:


  4. Morpfy Says:


    o 10 bacon slices, chopped
    o 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter
    o 3 medium onions, chopped
    o 2 cups chopped red bell peppers (about 2 large)
    o 1/4 cup all purpose flour
    o 9 cups low-salt chicken broth
    o 4 cups 1/2-inch cubes peeled seeded butternut squash (cut from one 1 3/4-pound squash)
    o 1 1/2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
    o 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
    o 2 16-ounce bags frozen corn kernels
    o 1 cup whipping cream
    o 4 cups diced skinned roast chicken
    o 2 cups chopped green onions
    o 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
    Add to cart
    1. Cook bacon in large pot over medium-high heat until crisp. Using slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towels to drain.
    2. Pour off all but 1/4 cup drippings from pot. Add butter to pot; melt over medium-high heat. Add onions and 1 cup bell peppers. Sauté until onions are soft, about 10 minutes. Add flour; stir 2 minutes. Mix in broth, then squash, potatoes, and thyme; bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer uncovered until squash and potatoes are tender, about 12 minutes. Add corn, cream, and 1 cup bell peppers. Simmer until corn is tender, about 10 minutes. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cool. Chill uncovered until cold, then cover and keep chilled. Bring to simmer before continuing.) Add chicken, 1 cup green onions, and 1/2 cup cilantro; simmer 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
    3. Ladle chowder into bowls; sprinkle with remaining 1 cup green onions and 2 tablespoons cilantro.

    • katry Says:

      Already copied and in my file, Morpfy! I love corn chowder and I think adding chicken is an inspiration! Winter is soup weather!!

  5. Richard Says:

    Oy. Such weather we’re having here. Tonight is mid-to-low 20s. I’m not complaining. I like that. I don’t like the warm-ish daytime temps in the 40s. If we could be in the mid-30s, that’d be perfect, but do I get what I want? No. Such a kvetcher, right?

    Sorry to hear about the vandalism perpetrated on you … that sucks. I know we can’t shoot people for what the legal system calls ‘property crimes,’ but I think most people would agree that if we tried to stop ’em when they were ‘gettin’ their vandal on,’ they’d more than likely think nothing of pulling a knife or gun and inflicting bodily harm on us. Ever consider our system is a bit screwed up?

    I loved my bike. It was a re-painted used Schwinn one-speed, and it looked great. I didn’t care that it was ‘certified pre-owned.’ It was mine. It was freedom. It didn’t let me fall on my tuchas like skates. I hated skates. Monopoly is one of the most boring games ever invented. I retired to get away from work; Monopoly brings it all roaring back. I like chess. I also like high-power rifle competition – but that’s in another league entirely …

    Thinking back, I can’t recall ever having a scrapbook. I had books of my ‘artwork’ (hey, how ‘Van Gogh’ can y’ be at 12?), but no scrapbook. They were replaced later on with photo albums, which were, in turn, replaced by external hard drives. That ‘time and tide’ thing, y’ know.

    And now, it’s time once more to return to … ta-daa! … Photoshop! Yay!

    • katry Says:

      When it is in the 20’s during the night, I am inside comfy and warm. In Colorado it got down to single digits at night. It wasn’t a whole lot warmer during the day. We were, like you, in the 40’s today. That is warm for January.

      As vandalism goes, it was small time. They didn’t touch my house or car so I figure it was idiot kids. They didn’t see the other pot so I moved it behind the fence. They had to be going somewhere else as the kids on my street are young.

      My bike was also one-speed, however fast or slow I was going. I loved my bike, and it took me all over town and even to my grandparents in East Boston. That trip was on a major road, Route 1, so my mother was not so happy when my grandfather called us.

      I still have lots of pictures of my childhood. Now, though, I take digital. On my first trip to Africa, I took over 300 shots. When I was there for 2 years, I only took about 250 slides. I love digital!

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