“But I’m really enjoying my retirement. I get to sleep in every day. I do crossword puzzles and eat cake.”

Last night it rained on and off and the day is still cloudy, chilly and damp. I am longing for the sun. The nights are in the 30’s. My heat still blasts. There are shades of spring but winter has a heavy hand.

My neighborhood is a quiet one despite the kids. Across the street my neighbors keep their shades down most of the time. Their front door has triple locks and is always closed. Joanne calls me every now and then. She loves the lights still shining on my fence  especially the giant star and she thanks me. The house on the corner changed hands a year or so back. I always wave to the woman living there. She has a couple of dogs. I found out her name is Liz. We have spoken maybe once twice. Next door my landscaper and his family live. They are wonderful neighbors. I tutored his wife for a long while for her citizenship test then celebrated with the family when she became one. We both love mimosas and get together every now and then to have a few. All summer Sebastian, my landscaper, barbecues chicken every Sunday. He always calls over from his deck to invite me. Sometimes I go. His chicken is always delicious. Another house also changed hands a year or so ago. A single woman lives there too. Her living room curtains are always closed. I can see white lights shining. I haven’t ever met her. My front door is often open especially on sunny mornings. The living room curtains are lace. I bought them in Dublin. That must make me lace curtain Irish. The other front windows are the dining room which has no curtains. I’m comfortable with all the openness.

I want to learn to decorate cakes. I watch The Spring Baking Championship and am in awe when I see the finished cakes, especially the ones with flowers. My cakes are just plainly frosted though I do swirl the top frosting sometimes and think I’ve done well. I love chocolate cake with or without flowers.

Today the high will be 35˚ with snow flurries.

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8 Comments on ““But I’m really enjoying my retirement. I get to sleep in every day. I do crossword puzzles and eat cake.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    The day started grey and dull but suddenly it changed and we have had sunshine for the rest of the day and over 50F. It will turn towards much colder again but I’m just happy that lots of snow has melted away before the new one comes 🙂

    I do meet my neighbors every now and again when I pass their homes while walking with the dogs. Today Albin started barking like crazy so I opened the door to see what it all was about. I noticed some other neighbors, two cows, running down the road followed by two humans 🙂 🙂 It didn’t help the farmers that Albin barked but I think that the first cow was about to jump in to my garden again, as they have done before 🙂 🙂 🙂 So it continued down the road to say hi to the beekeepers 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      We had sun all of 5 minutes then it quickly turned to snow flurries. It is really an ugly day. I’m glad to be warm and inside.

      I always wave at my neighbors, even the ones I really don’t know. I hear the dogs on the corner barking from their yard but I haven’t see them.

  2. Bob Says:

    One of my favorite shows on TV is ‘Cake Boss’. We have a Carlos Bakery here but I’ve never bought anything. They’re very proud of their prices. Somehow $6 for a small Cannoli seems high regardless that they are shipped fresh from Hoboken NJ.However, watching them on TV making and decorating enormous cakes for all kind of occasions seems like a fun and a tasty tasty artistic job.

    Today is gloomy with temperatures in the mid 60s hi mid seventies.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I also like Cake Boss and I liked the cake decorating program with Duff Goldman about Charm City Cakes.They made amazing cakes too.

      I am amazed by the cakes with motorized parts. That took a lot of ingenuity.

      • Bob Says:

        If it’s chocolate cake with chocolate frosting I will eat it regardless who made the cake. Carrot cake or white cake and they can keep it. I did however eat a piece of my wedding cake for the silly feeding each other pictures but enjoyed the chocolate groom cake. 🙂

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        I make a great chocolate cake with a smooth, ganache like frosting. I also don’t like white cake. Carrot cake is iffy as some can be dry.

  3. Hedley Says:

    Cakes mean just one thing….Fanny Cradock….”Hello darling”, how she thrashed her Johnny. They were always on TV knocking down a cake or something and the target of endless parodies. The BBC are bringing back some of her shows for Easter

    Good luck with your frosting darling


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