“You either get Africa or you don’t…”

“Okay, I am in crisis mode as my laptop isn’t working. It stopped last night. Now it makes a noise and the battery isn’t recharging. The computer boots but I am warned about the low battery. I’m going to have to visit an Apple Store. I am using my iPad, and I hate it for typing. The keyboard is either too small or my fingers are too large.

Today is humid and chilly, the sort of chill that goes to the bone because of the dampness. It wasn’t raining when I went out with the dog, but as soon as we got outside, the rain started. Of course it did.

Last night the back outside lights didn’t come on. I have to check them, but I’m thinking the spawns ate them again. They ate red lights off the last sets so I’m wondering what color attracted them to this set. I swear the spawns who come here are crazy. There was the summer of the paint eating spawn who gnawed all the black paint off the chair arms. This one may be related.

The mouse trap is still vacant of any resident. It is filled with peanut butter. Either the mouse isn’t hungry or there are no more kitchen mice.

The summer has been uneventful. It is still early, I know, but nothing is planned. Last year I had Ghana ahead of me. That set the bar so very high that little will compete with the excitement and the countdown of the days watching the trip get closer and closer.

When I look at my pictures from Ghana, there is still a sense of amazement. I was in Africa. I wonder if my far younger me would believe I had lived there and it had an every day quality about it. I know I mention Ghana here often, but it is so much a part of whom I am I can’t help but write about it. It shines so brightly in my memory banks. The colors and sounds are so vivid. Going back has only intensified my feelings about Ghana and the wonderful Ghanaians.

I can only hear the rain.





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22 Comments on ““You either get Africa or you don’t…””

  1. sprite Says:

    A loud noise is likely the fan. You could try using canned air to blow into the computer’s vents to see if that clears out the problem. You could also try blowing it into the connections for the plug (both on the charger and the laptop), since pet hair gets caught there, too.

    Or, as you say, the Apple store will be able to give you a fuller answer, if that’s not the issue.

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Sprite. I do have some canned air. I’ll give this a try. My cat does leave hair all over the place.

      The store is quite a distance so I’m hoping you have the answer.

  2. Bob Says:

    This afternoon we returned home from our short vacation. Last night we ate dinner at Granbury’s famous burger joint “Grumps”. The burgers were nice and thick but they would only cook them medium well. The fear of salmonella poisoning has ruined cooking ground beef even medium rare. They were very good with an order of home made potato chips. Earlier we ate lunch in Glen Rose after visiting the “Dinosaur Valley State Park”. Unfortunately, it rained the night before and there was too much water in the shallow river to see many of the dinosaur tracks which are imbedded into the rocks. However, barbecue at Hammonds was a real Texas treat. Texans know how to smoke a brisket or pork ribs very slowly over post oak coals. You know the meat is excellent when it doesn’t require any barbecue sauce. Their version was delicious made with a vinegar and tomato base.

    As we pulled up to our neighborhood a small thunder shower welcomed us home and cooled off the temperature from the humid mid 90s.

    • katry Says:

      You had a wonderful vacation. It is so good to get away even for a few days.

      I don’t like any meat rare. I know cooks hate to over cook a good piece of meat, especially beef.

      Some places do smoke their meat here, but more use a sauce or dry rub. My brother-In-law has a smoker, and he loves it. He smokes just about everything.

      We got close to 4 inches of rain today. There was a lot of flooding. It stayed chilly and tonight will be 60. I have all the windows closed.

      It is always nice to get home.

  3. alexankarr1 Says:

    Life without technology just isn’t feasible anymore.

  4. Morpfy Says:

    Have a good day

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Morpfy. I didn’t do much as it rained so heavily, but I did have a nice nap. I also enjoy the cooler weather.

    • katry Says:

      Few groups were as slick as The Four Tops. They had great clothes, wonderful moves and great voices.

    • katry Says:

      I only wish I could write out my frustrations with a variety of different keys. Yours is a great one, also good for talk like a pirate day.

  5. Birgit Says:

    Guitar café summer party with open stage today, it was fun. I love the open air music season in summer, usually no big stars but often interesting and new music for free.
    Good luck with your computer!

    • katry Says:

      Thanks on the computer. I don’t know how long I can stand my iPad.

      There is actually a wonderful outdoor theater down cape. They have a variety of singers. I went only once last year; it is not free however.

  6. olof1 Says:

    Went to the vet yesterday and now Nova has really strong antibiotics. It says on tne package that it will make her throw up in the beginning of the treatment and yes it does. Still it seems as if the pills already works, yesterday she had problems opening her mouth when I gave her the pills, this morning she gave me qiúite the fight because she just didn’t want to take them 🙂 I still have one medicine to get but it isn’t something they have in stock so I guess I’ll have to order it today as soon as the pharmacy opens.

    Cool and rainy here this morning, it would have been nice if it wasn’t for the flies I know are waiting out there 🙂

    I do like to read about Your time in Ghana so just keep on writing 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      I understand having to force medicines down a dog’s throat. Gracie is downtown three and a half pills twice a day. Most I can hide in her food. Poor Nova! Throwing up is such an unpleasant thing. I’hoping it works really quickly and really well.

      Thanks on Ghana!

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