“In the hands of an able cook, fish can become an inexhaustible source of perpetual delight.”

Lately Mother Nature has seen fit to give us sunny, beautiful days. The problem, though, is they are still on the cold side, mostly in the low 50’s and down to the 40’s at night. Today, hooray, will be in the high 50’s and may even reach 60˚.

My back surgeon told me never to lift anything heavier than a phone book. I got to wondering how much longer he can use phone book as a measurement. Actual weight wouldn’t help as most people, including me, have no idea what something weighs. Don’t lift anything bigger than a Thanksgiving turkey, a Christmas roast?

The two families down the street, each with 4 kids, are away for the vacation. One family went to Disneyland while the other flew to either South or North Carolina. It got me to thinking about our family vacations. Most times we stayed home. Once we went to Niagara Falls. I have no idea how my parents could have afforded that with staying in motels, feeding 4 kids and paying for attractions. I remember every bit of that vacation, including eating lots of McDonald’s for lunch. The hamburgers were 25 cents by then. The walk around the falls wearing those yellow slickers was the highlight of the trip for me. The roaring sound of the rushing water all around me was so loud and so thrilling I could feel the sound in every part of my body. It was like I was part of the falls, part of the cascading  water. It is something I haven’t ever forgotten.

I don’t remember caring that we stayed home. Most of my friends did too. We’d do day trips and go to the beach or to a lake that had a slide into the water. We went to the drive-in. I still have a fondness for drive-ins even though I haven’t been to one in years. The Cape has one but I haven’t be able to interest anyone in going with me. I even volunteered the food but still no takers.

When I was a kid, we couldn’t eat meat on Fridays so my mother served all sorts of stuff like fried dough, English muffin pizzas and fish sticks. That was the only way we were ever served fish. I liked fish sticks but I was young, what did I know? Tonight my friends and I going to Captain Frosty’s for dinner. It is another tradition my friends and I have: we go together the first time for the season. It is mostly a seafood restaurant though they do have hamburgers and hot dogs. I’m thinking maybe scallops or clams. Here the clams have bellies the way they should. The fries are crisp. Each plate gets a small clam ball, a lagniappe. I’m already hungry just thinking about dinner.

I need to fill the feeders today and maybe sit on the deck in the sun to finish my book. I doubt there are many better ways to spend a day.

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11 Comments on ““In the hands of an able cook, fish can become an inexhaustible source of perpetual delight.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    And the Queen turns 90 and Prince dies at 57.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I hadn’t been anywhere but my blog writing it but when I finished, I went to the home page and saw the notice about Prince. I was taken aback.

      The queen will live forever. Sorry, Charles

  2. Richard Says:

    Still potentially grey ’n rainy, so there’s still hope in Mudville … Mighty Casey hath not yet struck out.
    Your back doctor (he’s an ortho guy, right?) needs to translate that phone book model to its Kindle equivalent … I haven’t seen a phone book in years. I just try to apply proper body mechanics when moving my body and its various pieces ’n parts and when lifting stuff. Other than that, it’s not within my area of operations.

    My sister told me last night during our conversation (she’s in CA) that a cousin of ours is coming there to visit her and to take her on a week-long vacation. Seems the cousin has a bit of a weight control problem and he doc told her the program to relieve her of the excess heft was $30K. Her husband told her to take the money and go on a vacation – so she did. My sister’s a beneficiary of that decision. They’re gonna go to some of the tonier hotels in the Long Beach area and wade in the ocean whilst they secretly ogle that pool boy named ‘Rodrigo’ … oh – I shouldn’t say that? Ha! They’re married, but they ain’t dead yet. Or, to use a little-known phrase: Turn ’em upside down and they all like a look. Whatever … They’ll both be happy girls when the vacation’s over.

    I hated the Meatless Fridays, and honored it more in the breach than the observance. I never agreed with the imposition of an arbitrary man-made rule that limited my diet, so I didn’t follow it. The sheer hypocrisy of it all was finally revealed when it was repealed by the Vatican … I guess they were tired of fish, too.

    HEY! Take me with you to Cap’n Frostys! I’ll order clams! And scallops! I lubs me some scallops. That sounds like a great way to spend a dinner hour or so.

    And now, in celebration of the Storm Which Possibly Approacheth from the Southeast, we have a tune by the estimable Mac Rebennack – later known as ‘Dr John Creaux’ (or just ‘Dr John’). The name of the tune is, as it should be, ’Storm Warning’ …

    I used to go watch Mac when he and his group played The Bistro on Tulane Avenue across from the Fontainebleau Hotel — which is now a self-storage facility. The times, they be’s a-changin’ …

    Mac Rebennack – a/k/a ‘Dr John’ …

    • katry Says:

      Richard,
      Beautiful day here, sunny and bright, but we could use some of your rain. I had to water the pots on the front steps today.

      He is an ortho guy, and every year I get a Cape Cod phone book, but it is very thin befitting the population here. I’m okay with movement, getting in and out of cars the right way, but I have to catch myself from lifting stuff. My new food processor sat on the floor for a week as it was so heavy. Roseanne and Lee clean my house every week, and I knew Lee would lift then open it. It is absolutely a thing of beauty and comes with its own case of tools.

      I’m to even sure I can imagine $30,000 any more. At one point I had close to 80,000 saved but then the house was at the age of needing work and poof most of the money was gone. I doubt I can ever save that much again. It took a lot of years.

      I don’t remember when I started to ignore it. Luckily it was gone by Ghana or I’d have had to ignore it then. The only fish which got as far away from the water as where I lived was dried.

      I’m leaning toward a combo plate of scallops and clams. It is difficult to choose between them.

      Dr. John I know-finally one I know!.

  3. olof1 Says:

    We mostly stayed at homew too but if we went anywhere it was to relatives in south Sweden. Flying to spain and all the islands down there had just begun to be really popular but still too expensive for most people. Now Spain is boring for most people so they travel to Thailand instead.

    We have planty drive-ins here but I’ve never been to any. I think I prefer to eat what ever it is where I have bought it but to be honest I rather go to a chinese restaurant and they never have drive-ins.

    I’äm not sure why but fish sticks were a no no in my family, if we were going to have fish, which we often had since it was something my mother usually didn’t manage to destroy in her tries to cook we had the real deal.

    warmish here but mostly cloudy, the predictions said sunshine all day with no or few clouds 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • olof1 Says:

      I’ve just heard about Prince! Sad! I really liked his music!

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      We couldn’t afford flying. One Easter when I was in college, my parents gave me a ticket from Boston to the cape. It was my first time flying. The flight was short but beautiful as the plane followed the coast. I recognized places from the air.

      A drive-in is where you sit in your car and watch movies. There were tons of them when I was a kid and now only a few as land is worth so much.Usually there were two movies with an intermission. The first movie was for kids and the second one for adults as it was expected by then the kids had fallen asleep in the back seat. We used to have one here in town. My friends and I would make a lovely picnic dinner, buy some wine and go to see the movies.

      When I was older, we ate real fish. I don’t think buy mother was a big fish eater though my father, my sisters and I were. My dad used to fish for smelt, still a favorite.

      Still a nice day today
      .
      Have a great evening!

  4. Birgit Says:

    The NYC phone book I hope.
    Oh, how I miss the sea and really fresh fish…
    Have fun and a great dinner!

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      Probably the thin Cape Cod phonebook.

      Thanks-I’m already salivating at the thought of dinner!

  5. Bob Says:

    Your back doctor must be old to even know about phone books. They are going the way of the pay phone. The weather here in Toronto has been sunny and cool the last couple of days but today the clouds rolled in and it’s been drizzling. I really enjoy working with Canadians and they don’t have Viagra commercials on TV.

    Our family went on vacation annually in June. We usually drove to NYC to visit the family and then headed down to Miami Beach for a week before driving back to Dallas. In those days gas was cheap and airfare was high, Miami Beach in the summer time was off season and the hotel rates were low. My dad loved to drive the family Buick coupe on the road, he was a salesman that drove six states around Texas. One year we went to Los Angeles the first year Disneyland opened and came back through Las Vegas. My dad hated to stop along the way to sight see. He considered all roadside attractions rip offs.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I think he is in his 40’s so not old. The Cape still gives out phone books so I figure that’s how he knows.

      We haven’t had rain in a while, just sun and blue sky. It has been a bit chilly during the day and much cooler at night. I’ll give them credit for TV discretion!

      We sometimes went to Ogunquit Maine where my father’s friend had a cottage. The cottages were tiny and all were right beside each other, and the water was too cold for swimming. It wasn’t my favorite place, but it was free.

      My dad wouldn’t stop either because he wanted to get home quickly. We only had bathroom breaks and not many of those.


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