“If things are getting easier, maybe you’re headed downhill.”

Today is a glorious fall day, sunny and warm. Gracie has been outside most of the morning. She knows a good thing when she sees it. Well, I never did get to that laundry. It is still sitting in front of the cellar door, maybe today, maybe not. I do have to make that dump run as the dump is closed the next two days, and my trunk is filled with trash.

Today I am going to grocery shop from the convenience of my home. My refrigerator is pretty empty. I’m down to having eggs for supper.

When I was in Ghana, the Peace Corps sent us the insert The Week in Review from the Sunday New York Times. I didn’t have a radio to listen to the Voice of America and the Ghanaian papers had mostly local news so that insert was the only current news I ever got about the United States. I did get the whole New York Sunday Times as a gift but the issues came months later in groups of four or five. Usually, I didn’t read the news but devoured the rest of the paper. Though so much was happening at home, I was disconnected. My life revolved around Ghana: teaching my classes, shopping in the market, greeting people and continuing to learn Hausa, traveling on vacations and developing friendships with Ghanaians and my fellow volunteers. The United States was just too far away.

On this last trip to Ghana, I did check the news each morning on my iPad. I kept track of the election but little else. That feeling of disconnection returned, and I didn’t mind. I was back to being involved with Ghana: with the heat, with my former students, with my favorite Ghanaian foods, with my bathroom runs (sort of a pun) and with my friends. I was glad for the respite.

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6 Comments on ““If things are getting easier, maybe you’re headed downhill.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    My laundry is still in front of the cellar door. It’s a little more full but still not really full. It can wait.
    I have things in the fridge I have to cook today or tomorrow before I forget and they go bad.

    This was a do-nothing weekend. I did pet food shopping and people food shopping yesterday but that’s about it. The rest of the time I just read, knitted, walked the dogs. Ate junk food I shouldn’t have eaten. 🙂
    I read the digital Washington Post but I’ve swiped left on almost every story in it since Tuesday because it’s all politics. I’m taking a break from that for a bit.

    Enjoy the lovely day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I did make it to the dump with a loaded trunk and bags of recyclables. Finishing that came me a sense of accomplishment.
      I guess I’ll do that laundry tomorrow as I’m going to order Peapod tonight for tomorrow. I also want to go to the movies this week.

      I too am taking a break from politics. I won’t read or listen to any story about Trump. I just can’t bring myself to do that yet.

      The trash was quite heavy, and there was a lot of it so I am calling this a weekend of accomplishments.

      Have a wonderful evening!

  2. olof1 Says:

    We’ve had quite a nice day here too, mostly sunny and above 32F. Next week will be warmer and we’ll get lots of rain since the winds now will come from west. I did the last laundry in the afternoon today and even baked a bread, not bad at all 🙂

    Voice of America, I do remember that channel very well. It took a while to find it since they were mostly interested in getting listeners from eastern Europe. I guess it doesn’t exist any longer but since Russia behaves like it does I guess it’s still needed.

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      You did far more than I, but the dump trip should count as a couple. I brought bags to the car, loaded the trunk, went to the dump and unloaded everything, and it was pretty heavy.

      I don’t think it is around anymore, but I did hear it when I was in Peace Corps training in one of the houses where we lived for a while. I heard the moon landing on the radio. It didn’t have all that much impact.

      Have a great day tomorrow!

  3. Hedley Says:

    I am somewhat smitten by Judith Flanders. I have spent a rather reasonable day parked next to a pool with folks that just want to be friendly and bring me beer. They are polite, I am appreciative.

    I am reading The Victorian City, Everyday Life in Dickens London. I am trying hard not to think about potential comparisons for the plight of the poor. Best I concentrate on streets I know and the legacy that were part of the 1950s – cue the Punch and Judy show.

    I don’t like the Steelers and the team they are playing I like even less. The commentary is in Spanish, it doesn’t improve my attitude towards either team

    I saw the cold start to SNL – they should get an Emmy for those 3 minutes.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      How do you stand such suffering?

      I haven’t read anything by Judith Flanders. I do know a bit about Dickens’ England, and I understand the possible comparisons. I’ll watch Punch and Judy with you and hope to be taken back to a different time.

      I know Mexico does have some interest in American football, but I figured they’d stream a game in English at a resort. I had to look up their opponents, Miami. My interest will be on the Pats game tonight.

      SNL definitely deserves an Emmy for that opening last night. I went on YouTube today so I could watch it again.

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