“I guess I always felt even if the world came to an end, McDonald’s would still be open.”

My morning ritual seldom changes. I take my time. There is rarely a rush. The first thing I do is put the couch, aka my bed, to rights then I go out with Gracie, pick up the papers and put her into the yard. When we come back inside, I start the coffee, and while it’s brewing, I feed Maddie and Gracie. At this point I am into the first fifteen minutes of the morning. I grab my cup of coffee and read the Globe then toast an English muffin, grab another cup of coffee and read the Cape Cod Times. By the time I am finished with the cryptogram, I’m about an hour and a half into the day. My e-mail is next then I stir my creative juices and start in on writing Coffee. Sometimes my muse is wild with inspiration while other times I just sit and stare hoping for the whisper of an idea. I have been writing Coffee for 12+ years. The sitting and staring are getting more frequent.

When I was a kid, I sometimes had to go to confession on Saturday. I didn’t have a whole lot to confess so I used to pad my transgressions. I’d mention lying though I seldom lied. I did fight with my brother so I had that to fall back on. Disrespecting my mother or father was a good one. I think every kid used it. I wasn’t mouthy, but I was great at eye rolling or smirking. I used to give numbers like lying five times. Those were purely speculative. I never really kept count. The priest would mete out my penance. Usually it was a few Hail Mary’s and Our Fathers. I said them quickly so I could get out of there. I didn’t want people thinking I was overloaded with sins meriting a huge penance.

Today is cooler than it’s been but still sunny. The house was cold when I woke up. I turned on the heat and put on socks. I hate having cold feet.

I’m back on YouTube. Today is disaster day. I’ve watched tsunamis and volcanos and now it’s a meteor. Frantic scientists, members of the near Earth orbit emergency task force, are working to prevent the meteors from colliding with Earth and destroying life as we know it. Isn’t that always the way?

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10 Comments on ““I guess I always felt even if the world came to an end, McDonald’s would still be open.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    We might be closer to the end of the world as we know it than You actually think because the sun has been shining here almost all day and I’m not working or on-call 🙂 🙂 🙂 They say the sun will shine all day tomorrow as well and if it does I’m pretty sure that’s a sign as good as any 🙂 🙂

    It was a bit tricky to dress for walks because if we came out of reach for the rather strong wind a winter jacket was too much but if we were reached by the wind I wished that I also had worn a thick sweater beneath the jacket 🙂 Still I have enjoyed every second of it.

    I had planned on cleaning the garage since the dogs are in there and it is now a mess 🙂 but I thought I might as well do that tomorrow and just relax today. I really hope I’ll do it tomorrow though 🙂

    I’m making rice porridge right now and it looks like it’ll be ready pretty soon. It is a bit tricky since it is milk that boils and it is so important that it doesn’t burn even the slightest becasuse if it does it’ll taste awful 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      It’s true. Your day sounds too perfect. Be careful!! Good luck!

      Deciding what to wear can be tricky. Here it is the sun or the shade. It feels wonderful in the sun but once I get into the backyard, shaded this time of day, I’m glad for my sweatshirt.

      I doubt there is a big hurry in cleaning the garage. Enjoy the lovely days and the weekend. The mess can wait.

      I am not a porridge eater, but I do like rice pudding. I buy it every now and then. I never make it as I don’t like it enough to spend time cooking it.

      Enjoy the weekend.

  2. Birgit Says:

    No unchaste thoughts to confess? A favorite among my catholic friends 🙂

    Clear up home day, it’s already dark outside, daylight saving time ends tonight and fall storm Grischa is on the way. I miss summer.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      Not when I was young, and when I was older, I didn’t frequent the confessional too often, more like never!

      Our daylight savings time is the first weekend in November. Massachusetts is pondering the idea of eliminating daylight savings. I figure it will be messy.

      Hawaii does not observe Daylight Saving Time and neither does Arizona (although the Navajo Nation, in northeastern Arizona, does).

      It was a nice day.

  3. Bob Says:

    Luckily for us your creative juices are still running and I look forward to your blog. I can always think of something to write. It might not be very nice but with our current administration there’s never a dull day. 🙂

    The nice thing about Judaism is that we save up our confessions until Yom Kippur, the day of attonement. We fast and recite a liturgy that includes group confession. Everyone asks for forgiveness for the things that they might have done during the year together in a group. Unless a person receives forgiveness from an individual that was the recipient of the transgression, will the deity offer forgiveness. Giving charity, prayer and fasting only works for the group sins.

    Does a priest hearing confession have a sin handbook? Does he look up say embezzlement which carries a lesser penance than plain old stealing? Does a violation of the big 10 commandments carry more weight? Does the priest have to report criminal offenses to the authorities?

    Today is sunny with cool temperatures with highs in the upper sixties.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      When I sit and think, an idea usually germinating somewhere in my head rears its creative head, and I’m off and typing.I have no idea where today’s story of conversing came from.

      I would love a single day of atonement. It makes perfect sense to amass a pile of sins and then have them collectively forgiven. We are taught that you should not be committing the same sin over and over, that we don’t get a blank pass to sin then be forgiven then commit the same sin then be forgiven and on and on.

      I think that the penance the priest imposes is his choosing. Small sins get less penance than big sins. I figure breaking the commandments is in a hierarchy; you get more more penance for stuff like idolatry and murder. You get less for a paltry thing like coveting.

      That sounds like a great day.

      • Bob Says:

        Can a you shop around for a lenient priest? 🙂 Obviously, Jews aren’t supposed to keep sinning either.

        I’m reminded of the Saturday Night Live character, Father Guideo Sarduchi. In one skit he imagined purgatory as going through a tube where all your life’s sins were inscribed and you had to repent for them before getting to the end of the tube and being admitted to paradise. His tube was a continual line of episodes of masturbation. 🙁

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        Sometimes there was only one priest available on a regular Saturday. His name was put on the door so you knew who was in the box. Younger priests tended to be more lenient but the penance was never anything but prayers no matter who was giving it. Not a big deal.

        I remember that SNL character but I didn’t remember his description.

  4. Bob Says:

    I just heard about the passing of rock and roll pioneer Fats Domino. He died of natural causes at 89. RIP on Blueberry Hill.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bKQZy2PJtq8

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I was going to post him the day after I heard, but I forgot. Thanks for the reminder!

      This was Richie’s song on Happy Days. He’d sing it when he was going on a big date.


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