“Sometimes our stop-doing list needs to be bigger than our to-do list.”

The gypsy moths are everywhere. They are brown and small. They flit from spot to spot. When I opened the back door for Gracie to go out, there were three hanging around the screen, but they didn’t stay long. The males are hunting for a mate and are flying to find the females who are too heavy to fly. The female moths exist only to reproduce once with the male moths  After they lay their eggs, moths of both sexes then die. I figure it is no wonder that they spend so much time flitting.

I am still in my house behind closed windows and doors with the AC at full blast. It is far too humid to be out. The forecast is for a heavy thunderstorm tonight. I am skeptical.

Going to the market is on my short to do list. I am out of bread and fruit. Watermelon is my favorite fruit right now. It is perfect for hot summer days. When I was a kid, my mother gave us slices. We had to eat it outside as watermelon slices are messy mostly because the rind always curved because the watermelon was oval. My cheeks got wet from the juice, and it often dripped down my arm. I read that the Japanese started growing square watermelons about ten years ago. I first I thought how strange they’d be then I realized the shape doesn’t matter. It’s the fruit inside. I also need bananas as I have a new box of Corn Flakes, a boring cereal which definitely needs a lot of help.

When I still worked, I had far less time but got everything done. On the weekend, I grocery shopped, went to the dump, did my laundry, changed my bed, watered the plants, prepared lessons and corrected papers. Now I am the queen of delay. When I do a single chore on any day, I feel accomplished. My laundry has been leaning against the cellar door for a few days. I don’t care. Maybe tomorrow I’ll do a wash. But then again, maybe I won’t.

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15 Comments on ““Sometimes our stop-doing list needs to be bigger than our to-do list.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Yes cornflakes absolutely needs bananas! It’s really useless without it 🙂
    I’m more into just vanilla yoghurt with sliced apple but today I also added a sliced banana and some cinnamon.

    We’re having quite nice weather today, rather cloudy but the sun has had several times when it could shine down on us too. The wind finally managed to blow a bit so the flies stayed in the vegetation.

    I’ve been to work today, just for a few hours though. I needed to clean the paint box. It is anything but hard work but still I was completely exhausted, the cold is still there but I can feel it is slowly losing the war.

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      I love the addition of cinnamon. It is an amazing taste and has such a wonderful aroma.

      We had a breeze earlier but it is now gone. I can feel the heat every time Gracie wants out, and I have to open the air.

      Being sick is always physically debillating. All of our strength goes into healing. I’m glad you’re finally feeling better.

      Have a great day!

  2. Hedley Says:

    So I am sitting in the Stade de France and my text messages/WhatsApp were buzzing with questions about moths. Yes, I responded they are bugging me, how do you know ? Bloody things were all over the place including crash landing on my head.

    I think you are being genuinely unfair to the Kellogg’s Corn Flake – I still enjoy a bowl without enhancements – all I would look for would be a baking soda submarine.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      Your moths and mine must be related. They seem to want to follow me into the house. I shoo them away to no avail.

      I don’t think the submarines came with the Corn Flakes. My brother and I each got one from our cereals. Years later I found a web site which sold them. I bought a couple for my nephews. They didn’t appreciate them as much as I had. They weren’t a wonder to them.

      Corn Flakes get soggy quickly, and I still think they need enhancements.

      • Hedley Says:

        Perhaps you should treat Corn Flakes with more expediency and then sogginess would not set in ?

        I still have cards that were in the the Kellogg’s boxes

      • katry Says:

        I have my cereal some mornings with the papers. I get distracted and sogginess creeps in before I remember.

  3. Annie Says:

    I always add a handful of raisins to a bowl of cornflakes!

    • katry Says:

      Thanks for the good idea. I also have dried cranberries which might also work well to give Corn Flakes a personality.

  4. Birgit Says:

    Back from a long bike tour today. Many hungry mosquitos are here near the lake so we are meals on wheels. The weather is still perfect and we also stopped to swim in the lake. The water is quite cold but not too cold and we could see the Alps in the background. Just watching the sun going down, drinking a local beer and feeling good 🙂

    • Hedley Says:

      Not trying to be a nosey parker and stuff but where exactly are you on your tour and what beer are you slugging down ?

      • Birgit Says:

        Hedley, Radolfzell / Lake Constance (your Basel relatives will know) and Hirsch Gold Feinwürzig (an Export beer from Wurmlingen, wherever that is). Cheers!

      • Hedley Says:

        BIrgit – Looks great to bike, please let me/us know where you are as your travels progress

        The Basel gang are relaxing in the South of France but we’re not in Nice

    • katry Says:

      I like that: meals on wheels!

      It was another hot day today. It was 86˚ when I went to the dump. It was crowded which surprised me. I also shopped a bit and found far more than the items on my list.

      Seeing the Alps while you were swimming must have been amazing.

      It sounds like the best vacation!

  5. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Still not a lot of gypsy moths around here yet. I see some but, to be honest, they look like winter moths or miller moths. Light grey brown and flittery.

    I don’t eat cereal anymore and when I did I usually ate it without putting milk on it. I was not a huge fan of milk.
    Yogurt is a thing that definitely requires the addition of flavor enhancers. Bananas, grapes and walnuts or mixed nuts are my favorites.

    Watermelon is the fruit of the moment. The dogs love it more than I do so I’m happy to share. It makes me laugh to watch them. I remember a story about the chimpanzee Washoe who learned sign language and allegedly made up names for things. She called watermelon “candy water”. Makes sense.

    There are thunderstorms in the area but nothing over my house. The radar looks ominous but nothing over my house. Not even rain.

    I did the rest of the laundry today. Part is in the dryer and part is folded in the laundry room. I feel very accomplished. 🙂

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      There were so many caterpillars around munching on the tree leaves and the flowers. I flicked a few off the deck. They were worse down Cape where some of the trees had been defoliated.

      The moths are so many it could be another plague of Egypt. What is worse is they’ll be laying eggs and we’ll have more caterpillars. The winter was too warm!

      It doesn’t look as if we’ll have a storm. The sky has gotten lighter. I’m disappointed.

      Have a great evening!

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