“We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie.”

Finally, I can breathe a sigh of relief. The phone calls will stop and the political ads will be a quickly forgotten memory. By tonight we’ll know.

When I went out this morning, I went by my town’s polling spot. It didn’t look too busy. There was no line and I saw plenty of empty parking spots.

Tonight I will watch the results. After having punished myself by following the campaigns for all these many months, I need to know the finish.

I never did go out yesterday. I just hung around the house doing nothing, but today is already different. I had an early morning meeting then went to get dry dog food and cat treat finally went to the store for a cinnamon bun. They, of course, didn’t have any today so I bought an elephant ear. That seemed wonderfully appropriate after my trip to the game park.

Today is a lovely day. The sun is shining, and the breeze is ever so slight. I did need a sweatshirt when I went out as it was only 52˚. By the time I got home, it had risen to 55˚, the predicted high for the day.

My mother used to make the best pies. Her apple pie was stacked high with apples. The crust was always flaky, never soggy. She had just the right mix of sugar and cinnamon. Instead of pumpkin, she made squash pie. I never could tell the difference. Sometimes she made a custard pie. She always made a lemon meringue, my all time favorite. I used to make date nut bread from my grandmother’s recipe and a chocolate cream pie for my dad. He never shared. He thought I made it just for him.


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36 Comments on ““We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I voted early and no regrets. Although I like to go to the polling place, I’m not up for it this time. This campaign has been a pretty sick one so I’m spending the day watching Create Channel. Food and quilts and travelogues. Ahh.

    Which brings me to pie. My mother didn’t do pie. She baked cakes and cookies and fudge. No pies. I tried baking pie. The first time was on a whim because someone gave us a jar of mincemeat and no one in my family will eat that. Even me. So I didn’t care how it came out. I had no lard or Crisco so I used butter. I tried a tiny bit to see how I did. Both crusts were flaky and tasty. I gave the pie to a friend who loved mincemeat.
    I have attempted other kinds of pies since that one and all have been horrible failures undoubtedly because I cared how they came out.

    Today is sunny and warm. I cleaned a little bit inside and planted a quince seedling outside. I have orange flags all around it so that the lawn guys don’t weed whack it. It’s from a fruit that the ancient quince in the yard produced a year ago. I found it under the snow last winter and saved the seeds. This was the only one that germinated. Here’s hoping it survives the coming winter.
    I still have some bulbs to plant so maybe I will do that today. But there are many walnuts to clear up first.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I agree about how sick this campaign has been. Neither candidate is sterling.

      My pies are quite tasty. My friend always requests my chocolate cream pie for her birthday. My apple pies are filled with tasty apples. I remember the first time I made pie was in Africa. I made pawpaw pies. With cinnamon and sugar, they tasted just like apple. The two pies cooked in the beehive over in about 10 or 15 minutes. I also do cakes, cookies and candies. Maybe I should say used to as I don’t make them much anymore. I never liked mincemeat.

      My lawn is totally covered with yellow leaves and pine needled. My landscaper said he is waiting a while longer before clearing the leaves. I figure a few more winds and they’ll all be off the trees.

      Enjoy the evening!

  2. olof1 Says:

    I’ll wish I could follow how it goes, they show iy live here on the two biggest networks but I need to sleep before I go to work tomorrow 🙂 It’ll be a long day tomorrow anyway, I must take Albin to the vet. The new food that worked so good in the beginning showed to be even worse after a few days.

    The best my mother could do when it came to pies was rhubarb or apple cobblers, not bad considering her skills when it comes to food 🙂

    Have a great day and I do hope You won’t join the dark side of the force 🙂


    • katry Says:

      I figure it will be late before the election is called. Some of the important states are up for grabs.Your paper will probably have the results.

      Poor Albin.

      I don’t think I have ever had a rhubarb pie. I don’t know anyone who makes one. Apple cobblers are quite tasty.

      Thanks! I too hope we will turn against the dark side.

    • sprite Says:

      Christer, I’m hopeful we know before you get up!

      Good luck to Albin at the vet. I hope there’s good news. Sending you positive thoughts.

      • olof1 Says:

        I’ll have to do trial and error with Albin. From now on he’ll only have chicken and rice (and we’re hoping he isn’t allergic to either). If it works I’ll later on try pork ands so on until we know what he can and can’t eat.

        We were all chocked at work when we finally understood what had happened in Your elections!! How could that happen??


      • katry Says:

        I don’t know. We are beside ourselves. The future of this country is in doubt.

        When Maggie was sick, the vet had me feed her chicken and rice. It helped so I hope it will help Albin.

  3. sprite Says:

    D.C. offers early voting and had its best turnout ever for that form of voting. I figured if I gave the polls a couple hours to get the pre-work voters through that I’d only have to wait 10-15 minutes. Nope. We were in line for more than an hour. And that’s for a place that’s so blue you’d think we were frozen. (We make Massachusetts look purple.) Our three electoral college votes were never in doubt, but it was a beautiful day, and I think anyone who could participate wanted to make sure their voice was heard in this horrible/historic election.

    • katry Says:

      I also voted early, and there was no line. My neighbor voted today, and he said the line was short. I think it was ebcause of early voting, the first time here.

      I don’t know if you can be bluer than here. We go democratic always.

      D.C. and Massachusetts were the only two places who voted for McGovern. We share the foresight of recognizing Nixon and his dirty deeds.

      • sprite Says:

        D.C. also went for Mondale in ’84, along with Minnesota.

        We actually have a law in effect for our Council, which states that two seats must be held by the non-dominant party (Dems). It was designed to give Republicans a voice, but during the 2004 election cycle, our Log Cabin Republican turned Independent (he was our champion for marriage equality and smoke-free workplaces, among other “conservative” issues). More recently, Dems will renounce their party status and run for those seats as Independents, which doesn’t really seem fair to me. I think the Greens and Republicans should get some say in how we run things.

      • katry Says:


        It seems D.C. and Massachusetts have gone to Clinton!

        In this state we are notorious for not voting the slate. We now have a Republican governor, a darn good governor regardless of his party, but we have 2 Dem senators and every representative is a democrat.

    • katry Says:

      I haven’t ever heard of this pastry. I wondered about the beaver tail part before I checked the directions. I was afraid it might be something like Granny’s squirrel stew. I was glad to see it was the shape of the tail!

  4. Bob Says:

    I just went to our local polling place to watch my 19 year old son vote for the first time and there was no line. The precinct chairman told me that there was a line in the morning and he was looking for a line this evening. I voted early last week.

    I will also watch the results this evening since I spent so much time following this campaign. Hopefully, there will not be violence as a result of the outcome ot the election. Trump is already claiming the election is rigged against him. Many of his followers are armed to the teeth (NRA types) and I hope Trump will concede if he loses and ask his followers to unite around the victor. One of my educated coworkers was trying to tell me that the system was rigged a couple of weeks ago. His explanation was that the Electoral College was what was rigged. I then told him that the blame for that had to go to the founding fathers who wrote it into the Constitution. In 2000 Bush lost the popular vote and was awarded the Presidency in the Electoral College when the Supreme Court gave him Florida’s electoral votes.

    My favorite pie is a tie between apple (Dutch or crumb top) and blueberry followed by cherry and pecan. I consider the cream pies like chocolate and coconut a separate category. Peach, other fruits as well as pumpkin, chess or mincemeat are at the bottom of my list.

    Cool, cloudy and with rain showers marked this Election Day.

    • katry Says:

      About 30% of my town’s voters went early. That means smaller lines and less waiting time. Good or your son!!

      The last couple of days Trump has brought up rigged election again, over and over. He hadn’t mentioned it after the FBI interfered with the election, and he didn’t claim then that the election was rigged.

      I love blueberry pies. They are my second favorite. I like them double crusted or latticed. I am not at all fond of peach anything either.

      It is cold right now.

      • Bob Says:

        I don’t like raspberry or blackberry because of the little seeds. I’ve never heard of double crusted but latticed is good. Of course it’s cold baseball season is over. 🙂

      • katry Says:

        A double crusted is just a crust on the bottom and one on top, covering any fruit.

        I don’t like raspberry for the same reason.

  5. Birgit Says:

    Living a small country it’s strange that first results are available when some of your states are still voting.
    Cocoa and cookies ready, TV is on, let’s see…
    Good luck, dear Americans!

    • katry Says:

      They do call the states which have already closed polls. I always thought that wrong as they are still voting in the west.

      Thanks for the good luck! We might just need it.

      • Birgit Says:

        Trump 168 – Clinton 131, really??? Waiting for Florida, sleep is overrated. I switched to beer.

      • katry Says:

        I can’t imagine what this country will become. I am frightened by the prospect of a Trump presidency.

  6. lilydarkl Says:

    Most people here are biting their nails, drinking or eating chocolate. I didn’t like pies as a child, but loved cake. I could do with a chocolate cheese cake right now.
    I’ll be going to a party for the local vote ( and I hope everyone voted my way. 🙂

    Take Care,
    Lori and the Crew

    • katry Says:

      It is time to move to Panama. I’ll have to have the dog’s food shipped. Maddie is less picky.

      I just had a Snickers.

      Kat and the Kids

  7. Bob Says:

    OMG! Although it’s not over until it’s over, but it looks like Trump will be our next president. I have no idea what will happen with Republicans controlling all three branches of the government.

    It’s turn the clock back time to 1958.

    • katry Says:

      We have all been diminished by this choice.

      • Hedley Says:

        Bob and Kat

        Did you know that the Detroit Lions are the first team in history to win their first 5 games when losing in the 4th quarter ? They estimated their chances of beating the Vikings at .03% when they had 24 seconds left, no time outs and kicked a 58 yard field goal and then won in OT when Stafford passed to Tate who did a one handed back flip in to the end zone.

        The year of the Brexit, the Cubs a Trump….nah, it couldn’t possibly be….could it ?

      • katry Says:

        My Dear Hedley,
        I didn’t know that! I haven’t paid much attention to other teams. I am not such a football fan that my interest is wide-spread across the leagues.

        I won’t write or speak that name. It sticks in my throat and my hand won’t move.

      • Hedley Says:

        I read it in the WSJ at lunch time and was sort of zooming down a side road ignoring the headlights of last night.

        I don’t think Mrs T signed up for this, sort of interferes with a normal pattern of shopping and a nice lunch out. How on earth will Ryan control the whack jobs with the Reps having complete control. I am hoping Sarah Palin gets something in the new cabinet along with Ben Carson – SNL will have a field day.

      • katry Says:

        Now we will have all branches a mess once the justice is approved, and there are a few more justices looking old enough to retire.

        Mrs. T is ill-fitted. She plagiarized one speech and her only other speech was trite. Cyber bullying? Has she read her husband’s tweets?

  8. lilydarkl Says:

    OH NO! I went to a party for the local elections, and for once we did very well. We ousted our mayor ( finally) many things went our way this election. Everyone was clapping, drinking champion, and singing. At about 11 or 12 I was ready to go home when I found out that Hilary lost, and the tears came. I still can’t believe someone so filled with hate will be our next president.
    I’m packing and maybe we could go together?
    Take Care,
    Lori and the Crew

    • katry Says:

      I’m glad you had something worth of cheers and a party. The local races here were uninteresting.The candidates slated to win did.

      I just can’t believe that people believed Trump and ignored everything he is, everything he has said and everything he has done.

      • Bob Says:

        The Trump supporters wanted change regardless from where it came. They are upset that the country is getting darker and speaking Spanish. Obama, in their view was only looking out for the minorities who are poised to become majorities in the next 25 years. It’s the same xenophobic ideas that passed the referendum to leave the EU in the UK in June.

        Too bad US steel isn’t going to open the mills in Pittsburgh or Ohio. It’s those illegal immigrants who are taking our jobs. Too bad no one noticed that Mrs. T is an immigrant who was violating her tourist visa while doing modeling jobs off the books.

      • Bob Says:

        Just got a Facebook post about a Muslim student at Plano East High School. She had her head scarf ripped from her head and told by other students she and all Muslims to get out of the country.

        The inmates are starting to take over the asylum. It’s not Kristal Nacht but it’s still scary.

      • katry Says:

        Once Trump becomes president and puts his policies in place, many of his supporters will be horrified. They will not be as fortunate as they had been the last eight years. They just swallowed what they heard because they wanted a change, and they’re not going to be happy with the changes they get.

        They were far too focused on Clinton and didn’t care about the Mrs. or Trump himself.

      • katry Says:

        These racists now feel empowered. That many of these Muslims are American born means nothing. They are being targeted for their religion, and they are just the first targets.

      • Birgit Says:

        Bob, I still can’t believe that Trump got elected but it’s a scary coincidence that tonight is the anniversary of the Kristallnacht and also the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall. Hate, racism, walls,… Why can’t we learn from history?

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