“Oreos come in packages. Otherwise known as a gift. Cherish it.”

My wish was granted. Last night it was a mighty storm. The thunder started way off with small rumblings then it got closer and louder. The lightning lit up the room. One thunder clap was right over my house. All three animals looked up as if the roof was falling. Mother Nature celebrated the 4th just a bit early, and her display was spectacular.

The air is cool this morning with a slight breeze, but the humidity will return later. I have opened all the windows. This room, my den, is always wonderfully dark and cool in the morning as the sun doesn’t hit it until the afternoon.

My mother always put the shades down all summer. She said it kept the house cool. She also made a pitcher of Zarex most days and left it in the fridge, but she hated it when we opened the fridge door as we generally stood there by the door to check out the fridge. She said we were letting the cold out.

Weekdays in the summer we entertained ourselves. We’d bike ride totally mindless of the heat or we’d spend the day at the park on the field across from the bottom of my street. On those days we’d go home for lunch which was always a sandwich, usually bologna. I don’t even remember what other cold cuts my mother bought. To my sandwich I’d add hot peppers which I had cut in half. Mustard was my condiment of choice; of course, it was always yellow mustard. The bread was always white. I don’t remember any specific dessert, but my guess is it was Oreos, a wonderfully portable dessert. I still love my Oreos, but once I went crazy and bought peanut butter Oreos. They were pretty good though really what’s not to like about peanut butter, but I’m a traditionalist prone to buy the original though double-stuffed is always tempting.

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17 Comments on ““Oreos come in packages. Otherwise known as a gift. Cherish it.””

  1. im6 Says:

    This has nothing to do with today’s cookie theme, but it’s something I ran across last night when I was emailing you that link. This is just about the best song title ever because it’s ALMOST so true. For it to be truly accurate, it should probably be “There’s A Starbucks (Where The Gap Used To Be),” but that ruins the joke. Anyway, with the coffee reference and the nostalgic references about the way things once were, I thought it was an appropriate KTCC song. Come to think of it, the singer’s name fits right in with a lot of discussions here, too.

    Synergy.

    • katry Says:

      im6,
      He is lamenting everything I lament. I drive through my old town and think to myself that’s where the diner used to be, where the drug store with the granite countertop used to be, where the spa used to be and on and on as there are so many.

      You know one of my all-time Favorite Dylan albums is John Wesley Harding.

  2. flyboybob Says:

    Oreos are my favorite cookie bar none! On my death bed I will ask that I eat one last Oreo before I go to my reward. 🙂 I don’t like any of the fancy new varieties, although over stuffed ain’t bad.

    In Dallas in the summertime we had AC as soon as we moved there in 1953. Those years we suffered through a terrible draught with temperatures in August as high as 105 degrees. However, in the mornings when it was cooler I would ride my bike and play outside with my sister or my friends. After lunch we would head to the neighborhood pool until it was time for dinner. Our lunch sandwiches were always on Wonder white bread with yellow mustard. It varied between bologna or ham.

    My mother always told us not to stare into the fridge and let the cold out. I think it goes back to the days when they had ice boxes and the ice man only came every couple of days to replenish the ice. If you left the door open too long the ice would melt too fast. My better half still tells my son to close the fridge door as he stares into the box because he is letting the cold air out. It’s one of those mother things like waiting 30 minutes after eating before going swimming. Something about getting cramps as I recall. I never got them. Many of these things are ‘Grandmother tales’. However, many have real meaning otherwise they wouldn’t have lasted this long. Or, it takes a long time for a myth to be disproved.

    Today will be clear with a high of only 97. The triple digits have been postponed until Tuesday.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I’m with you on loving the traditional Oreo but I wouldn’t turn down double stuffed. It is just more to love.

      In 1953 no one I knew had air-conditioning and neither did most of the stores. I don’t know when AC started to appear.

      I think you’re right about the ice man. My mother hated us just standing there and looking. We used to beg my mother to let us go in the water after we had eaten. I never got cramps either. We call them old wives’ tales and I think our mothers got handbooks filled with them.

      Right now it is 75˚ here, and I’m already thinking of putting the AC on.

      • Bob Says:

        In the summer of 1954 we drove to NYC to visit the relatives. My dad had an air conditioner installed in his Buick. This unit was mounted in the trunk and pumped cold air from the package shelf through two clear plastic tubes. This AC worked so well that we could hang meat in the car and make ice cubes. My mother wore a sweater because my dad kept the AC going at warp factor 10. While driving in heavy traffic through the lower east side of Manhattan people on the street were pointing at my mother through the closed windows and laughing at her because she was wearing a sweater in 90 degree heat and 90% humidity. They had never seen an air conditioned car.

        All my relatives wanted to ride around the block in the car to get some relief from the heat. In NYC in those days only the movie theaters and department stores had AC.

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        We just put the windows down to let the hot air circulate whenever we went on a family trip. I can’t remember when my dad first got an air-conditioned car but it was a lot. later than yours

  3. Hedley Says:

    We are celebrating the weekend, we watched the bikes leave Mont St. Michel and rocket to Utah Beach – including some totally fab crashes. Pet Sounds is blasting out, Costco has been visited and The Prince is in the house. It rained yesterday and the air is a cool 75.

    At 3 I shall plonk down in front of Team Birgit who’s record in major tournaments against the naughty Italians is 0-8….is today the day for the World Champions

    A big airplane ride beckons…but first fire up the football, the burgers and those sweet sounds of the Beach Boys.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      You’ve already had quite a weekend, and it has just started. I’m glad to hear you get to share the 4th with the Prince.

      I have my list for both Agway and the grocery store. I’m bringing appetizers to my friend’s house for the fourth. Today has been quiet.

      The weather doesn’t feel all that hot. The small breeze is still here. I do have a few things to do on the deck so I might just saunter outside.

      Your trip is getting so close, but first things first like the football game. I’m hoping Team Birgit breaks their record against the Italians.

      Enjoy your weekend.

  4. Birgit Says:

    In June we’ve had nearly double the amount of rain than usual. Heavy rain, thunderstorms and local floodings everywhere. I’m longing for a nice hot summer.
    Our local supermarket has Oreo cookies now too but I don’t know whether they are really the same. I haven’t tried them yet, without childhood memories they are just cookies.
    Italy-Germany soccer on TV this evening so our obvious dinner choice is Italian pizza with German beer.

    Thanks for music! Not every video are available here (like im6’s link) but KTCC wouldn’t be the same without your music and often I can find songs or at least live versions elsewhere on YouTube.

    • Birgit Says:

      Hedley,
      whoever wins, I just hope it’s more interesting today than the last Euro matches I’ve seen, not again 120 boring minutes!
      Have a great time you both, rock good old England and have fun in Paris! Iceland-Wales? 😉 And don’t forget to wave when you’re on TV 🙂

      • Hedley Says:

        Birgit
        I will be the old guy in the Tottenham Hotspur polo shirt – waving to Bochum

        The next night Mrs MDH and I are watching Springsteen.

        I thought Wales and Belgium was excellent. I totally dislike Portugal for their boring ways and their preening peacock

    • katry Says:

      Brigit,
      We had one of the driest Junes. Even when Boston got rain we didn’t. Last night was wonderful. I do love loud rainstorms.

      I think Oreos were the go to cookie for everyone I knew. My sisters used to eat the cream middle and feed the dog the rest of the cookie.

      You’re very welcome! I’m glad you get to see the videos. I tried to keep with the theme of the day so I still had to do a hunt for songs.

  5. olof1 Says:

    It started out warm, and humid with rain almost all the time but now the sun is shining, it is cooler and the humidfity is low, quite a pleasant evening. They say we might get thunder tomorrow and I won’t mind.

    Oreos have a hard time here, they try to sell it but they aren’t any success. I guess the competition from our favorite Ballerina filled with hazelnut ream is too big. There’s also the one with vanilla and strawberry jam filling which is very popular.

    I just watched what seems to be the last episode of Grimm this season?! I thought there was at least one more but what a great end tothe season it was! Can’t wait for the next one to start, do You knowwhen that will happen in the US?

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      You described a perfect evening, a cool one with low humidity.

      Most people I know grew up eating Oreos. I don’t even remember any other cookie from when I was a kid. Your Ballerina with hazelnut cream sounds tasty.

      I loved the last Grimm, but it left so many questions. I don’t think the new season will start until sometime on September.

      Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

      • Bob Says:

        Oreos also had a hard time selling in China. Nabisco changed the formula to make them a little less sweet which was better suited to the Chinese taste. If my mother bought Hydrox I would eat them but they were not as good as Oreos. Obviously, Hydrox didn’t survive in the market place.

      • olof1 Says:

        Ido like the little girl, Dianna 🙂 She does know how to take care of problems 🙂

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        Some of my family are Hydrox fans and they were devastated when Hydrox disappeared. Hydro lasted from 1908 until 1999 so I figure they really did survive. The Oreo was actually a knock-off.


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