“He who would travel happily must travel light.”

When I woke up this morning, Gracie was right beside me. The bedroom was still cool from the late night air so I was body warmth for the dog. When I went downstairs, it too was cool and dark so it was quite a shock when I went outside to get the paper. I was assailed by unexpected heat.

The light from the sun is strong. It looks hazy around the bushes and flowers. A slight breeze ruffles the leaves of the oak tree. I think it will be a lovely day.

My first load of laundry is in the dryer. My second load is in the washing machine. The bags of laundry had sat in front of the cellar so long I had no choice. I don’t deal well transient clutter.

I have started to get ready for my trip back to Ghana. First off was new undergarments, not that you really need to know this but I seldom buy any without a good reason. Even as an adult, I always embarrassed my mother with the state of my undergarments. My contention was nobody ever saw them. The last time I bought any was for my first trip to Ghana. It’s a good thing I travel. I have also bought three new shirts. The last new shirts were Christmas presents from my sister the Christmas before that same trip to Ghana as the undergarments. There is an obvious pattern here worth repeating: it’s a good thing I travel. On my list still is a pair of new pants, rub on insect repellant, a small roll of duct tape and moist towelettes. I think I already have everything else I need.

When I think back to my Peace Corps first time arrival in Ghana, I remember what I had brought. I was allowed 80 pounds. Most of them were taken up with clothes, sheets and towels and lotions and potions enough for two years. I had been given a packing list, and after my mother and I shopped, we crossed off most of the items. If I were going today for the two years, my 80 pounds would be a whole lot different; however, there would still be undergarments.

This morning was Corn Flakes and banana for breakfast. I thought it the perfect way to start the day.

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14 Comments on ““He who would travel happily must travel light.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Lots of showers passing by and thunder has travelled around my village but stayed at some distance, still I haven’t had anything plugged in big parts of the day just in case the lightning would travel along the electric cables. I do hope the flies calm down some after this.

    I had something for breakfast I’ve longed for, something called långfil. It is a sour milk that is a bit viscous and a bit sourish. I had it often as a child but then the biggest dairy company stopped making it. Now a new smaller one has started to make it and I’m so happy 🙂 Sourmilk is quite common as breakfast here in Sweden and soem even have it with fresh strawberries.

    I really should buy more clothes, no matter what kind 🙂 but since I live by myself I really don’t think it is that necessary. I do however need to buy a new pair of trousers since the ones I have now barely keeps together any longer 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I would love some of that rain. Send it my way.

      Sour milk doesn’t at all entice me. As it is I only have milk with cereal, but that’s regular milk. You’ve reminded me of the movie Alien Nation. Those aliens loved sour milk.

      Like you, I don’t figure I need new clothes. I don’t go anywhere some days so I don’t get dressed. I have my around the house pants and my t-shirt, and I’m quite happy with those.

      I have to go out today to do a couple of errands. Looks like I’ll be getting dressed!

      Have a wonderful evening!!

      • olof1 Says:

        I had forgotten about Alien Nation! Yes they got badly addicted to it, didn’t they? I can understand so perhaps we swedes are a bit alien too 🙂

        I’m trying my best to make the rain turn back again but some people here say we actually need it too in many places, what fools they are 🙂 🙂

      • katry Says:

        I think that’s all they drank because it tasted like something from home.

        60% of the state is in drought condition.

  2. Hedley Says:

    Tonight, Mrs MDH and I are heading down the Fox Theatre to see Bryan Ferry. He comes on at 8:30 pm and finishes at 10:05 pm (I know because I called the theatre)

    I have always been a huge Roxy/Ferry fan and remember seeing them at the Finsbury Park Rainbow in 1974 and it was for a recoding for US TV called “In Concert”. So with the power of the internet I “remembered” that on the bill that night in June were Roxy, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Leo Sayer and Humble Pie.

    And of course there is a video of Bryan and Roxy doing editions of you. So here it is and see if you can spot a 20 year old MDH rocking out to the wonderful Roxy Music

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      It is amazing that you can see the same concert as you did in 1974. Bless the internet!

      I have to admit I don’t really know Bryan Ferry. The groups you know and the ones you’ve seen constantly amaze me.

  3. Birgit Says:

    I hate to buy clothes. Fortunately I rarely have to because I don’t really care for fashion and my weight hasn’t changed for decades. No diet ever, just luck. Occasionally underwear and socks from the supermarket when the holes are too big. Why should I spent much money on clothes when I can spend it for music and concerts instead?
    Boring grey weather here but at least better than yesterday when I was soaked three times.
    The dangerous spring cleaning virus attacked me today and forced me to clean my windows. Help! A hot cocoa cures everything, right?

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I too hate to buy clothes, but when I travel, I don’t want to look like a waif. I haven’t spent much money of late as I have been trying to save for Ghana. The sick cat put me way behind.

      I had the AC on for the afternoon, but it is cool enough not to need it any more.

      It will start getting hotter and more humid the next couple of days. I hate August.

      I’m thinking a nap puts an end to those viruses.

  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I have a tendency to buy new shirts all the time. My older ones generally end up with spots on them that are too obvious to ignore. If I find a shirt that is really comfortable and fits well, I’ll buy it in several colors, if available. I tell myself I have to remove as many pieces as I bring in and usually I do. Sometimes an old favorite shirt will get moved over to the pajama drawer. Underwear gets replaced when the holes get inconvenient.
    I have a giant, rolling suitcase. I used it once to carry ALL the things. I never used it again. It was a bear to wrangle. Instead, I have a tiny rolling suitcase from LL Bean. It fits a lot of stuff and I am able to toss it into the overhead compartment without help. I pack a lot smarter, too. This past little vacation, though, I had to buy earbuds and a comb. Somehow those two things had disappeared.

    Today was cool inside the house and warm outside the house. Now the sun is on the west side and it’s heating up the inside. Time to draw the shades.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I usually have a spree of buying clothes. Like you, I have shirts with stains so they also go into the pajama drawer. They join the t-shits and Old Navy bottoms as night clothes. It is then I end up buying something new. This winter I’ll probably buy a couple of new flannel shirts.

      My suitcase also rolls, but it isn’t huge. My back just doesn’t do well with heavy suitcases even on a roll. I’ll be gone 2 and a half weeks, but I won’t pack tons of clothes. It is easy to get them washed in Ghana, and I have come home each time with clean clothes. My carry-on has medications, iPad, camera, batteries and a change of underwear and a clean shirt.

      I haven’t any shades so my bedroom gets hot in the afternoon. That’s the only AC I use on some days.

      Have a great evening!

  5. Bob Says:

    Another 100+degree day but with a difference our AC is working again. It never completely died but just limped along for almost a week. The weather prognosticators are forecasting a chance of rain next Wednesday. I’m not holding my breath. 🙂

    I travel as light as I can. I think there are laundry’s and dry cleaners nearly everywhere. My mother in law travels with theses huge suitcases full of stuff. One example around the holidays I saw this woman at DFW airport throwing cloths out of her suitcase to lighten them so that she could stuff them with junk that she was bringing to her native land.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I’m glad you’re no longer sweating from the heat. When the temperature gets that high, the AC is the only solution. Men was off last night and will be again. The days are quite hot but the evenings are comfortable.

      There are no places like laundromats in Ghana, at least not were I live, but it is easy to find someone who will wash and iron the clothes. We even found someone during our first week in country during training. Knowing they can be washed means I won’t need as many clothes.

      When I got back to Logan, I was waiting for a bus to Hyannis. The man sitting beside me on the bench had a suitcase larger than I’ve ever seen. His small one was so full it needed to have rope around it to hold the suitcase together. I asked him. He was from Ghana and now lives near Boston. Every year or so he goes back to Ghana and gets clothes made for his kids. It costs very little.

  6. William Sandford Says:

    Yesterday must have been underwear buying day because Peg did the same thing.
    Peg generally packs more than do. On past trips I have come home with unworn clothing, leading me to ask why I packed them in the first place.

    • katry Says:

      Bill,
      I wear just about everything. I pack more shirts than pants and enough underwear for every day so I don’t have to wash any. The rest of my clothes get washed before I come home.

      Peg knows the necessity of lots of underwear!


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