“There’s nothing as cozy as a piece of candy and a book.”

Sometime during the night it rained. I woke up to clouds but now the sun is breaking through. The windows are still open. The morning is quiet except for the birds. After today it will get chilly again, back to the 50’s. Summer had a short run.

Yesterday was a quiet day for me. I didn’t even get dressed. My cleaning couple came. They greeted Henry first and and tried to get him to feel more comfortable with them by plying him with treats. He ate the treats but didn’t love being patted. Henry is becoming a guard dog but only when someone knocks or rings the bell. His growl is deep. I’d stay away.

Today I go to the dentist for my six month cleaning. I have never liked going to the dentist even for something as benign as having my teeth cleaned. This is because of the dentist I saw when I was in the seventh grade. He was old. His equipment was old. He didn’t use novocaine. My fingertips left imprints on arms of the chair. He had been my father’s dentist. We went to him because he was cheap. After that I was willing to let my teeth fall out rather than go to a dentist; however, before I left for Ghana, I had to have my teeth perfect: no problems, no teeth needing fillings or yanking so I bit the bullet and went. Since then I have faithfully gone to the dentist twice a year, reluctantly gone to the dentist twice a year.

I went through the movies I’ve bought for this summer’s movie nights. The Beast of Yucca Flats is one of them. It is so awful it is fun. Some critics content it is worst than Plan 9 from Outer Space. It has no soundtrack. You never see the characters talk. They turn their faces. There are only voice-overs and narratives. I think the reason might be that the film’s total budget was estimated at $34,000. The Four Feathers, from 1939, is another. It is an excellent film. I’ve seen it a couple of times and am happy to see it again. One of my favorites is Dick, the story of Watergate and the fall of a president as told by two teenage girls. It is a parody filled with happenstance. It’s funny. I also have To Kill a Mockingbird but I’m not so sure how that’ll go over. The film is superb but maybe not for a Saturday on the deck. 

Necco may close. It is scheduled for a bankruptcy auction on May 23. People are stockpiling Necco Wafers. I can’t imagine Valentine’s Day without Necco Sweethearts. Sky Bars have always been a favorite of mine. I just bought a whole box of twenty-four, sort of a mini-hoarding. I’m saving them for movie nights. I just discovered Tropical Necco Wafers so I’ll hunt down a box of those. I remember the great toilet paper scare when people were depleting grocery shelves thinking they’d be a shortage. This is worse. I could find substitutes for toilet paper but not for Necco Wafers.

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16 Comments on ““There’s nothing as cozy as a piece of candy and a book.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    That will be sad if Necco Wafers are gone for ever. I hope someone purchases the business and continues to make them. Sky Bars, too. I have not seen those in the shops around here for a long time. I found Sky Bars on Amazon along with Tropical Necco Wafers. The regular ones are in short supply.

    It almost sounds as though you had my childhood dentist. He was awful. He did give me novocaine to extract three teeth but either he didn’t do it right or he wouldn’t wait long enough for it to take effect because when he started working on me, I could feel everything. I said so and he didn’t believe me. I hope my screams cleared his waiting room but I doubt it. Years later when I told this story to an older co-worker she just shrugged and said, “So what. It was three baby teeth. It couldn’t have hurt.” Now I know how those awful dentists stayed in practice. Apathy. 🙂

    I have a stomach bug so I didn’t get out into the lovely day. Barely had enough energy to tend to the dogs. I’m feeling a bit better now after doing exactly zero all day.

    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I just tried to buy a 24 count box of Tropical Necco Wafers. It was out of stock everywhere. Hoarding is happening and big costs on E-Bay. I did buy a big box of Sky Bars. They’re put away until movie nights. While I was hunting for Necco, I saw tropical Sky Bars. Those are new to me.

      I like the dentist I have now. He has been my dentist for over 40 years. He had just started when I first went to him. If it weren’t for the Peace Corps, I’d probably have no teeth.

      I hope you’re feeling better now. Nothing worse than a stomach bug. Sorry you missed today.

      Feel Better!

      • Caryn Says:

        I scored a box of Tropical Necco Wafers off Amazon yesterday. They should arrive tomorrow. Couldn’t get regular ones or Sky Bars. I haven’t heard of tropical Sky bars.

        Whatever bug it was has gone away. I’m feeling normal again.

      • katry Says:

        I have a box of Sky Bars but couldn’t get the Necco Wafers. I’ll go and try to get the Tropical ones. A couple taste really fine but I’m stumped on one or two of the rest.

        Glad you’re feeling better!!

  2. Bob Says:

    I think dentistry in the 1950s was a scary proposition for kids. Dentists were old and scary offering a choice between the Novocain needle or straight drilling was nightmarish. The drills were powered by bungee cord type belts and the amalgam fillings were only a temporary restoration. Dentistry is one profession where you kept them in business for a lifetime. Amalgam fillings deteriorated and led to gold fillings. More decay then lead to crowns, followed by root canals and finnally dentures. Today implants can replace dentures if you have the cash. 🙂

    It rained most of the day from just after leaving for work until about three thirty. Sunny tomorrow and Sunday.

    • katry Says:

      I loved one of my dentists. He always gave me gas. I’d fall asleep and wake up with everything done.

      I have two crowns in the front. My teeth were broken by a fall a long time back. A few teeth have been pulled over the years. Some of those earlier fillings were replaced as they had deteriorated, but for the most part, my teeth are doing fine..

      • Bob Says:

        My ancestors played a dirty trick on me by bequeathing me bad teeth. The result has been that I’ve put several dentists kids through college or paid for their boats. 🙂

      • katry Says:

        I wore braces when I was young, and they did a job on my front teeth so those teeth had fillings early on. Once the braces were gone, my teeth were far easier to clean.

      • Bob Says:

        My parents also did the orthodontist thing. I think he was too old to have had kids in college. 🙂

      • katry Says:

        There were so few orthodontists back then my mother and I would take the bus to go to Sullivan Square, the closest subway station, then we’d take the subway to Boston then we’d walk from the station to the office. My mother would buy me lunch ten I’d go to school late.

  3. olof1 Says:

    I have been so lucky with having dentists that really liked kids and treated them with respect and were careful. I don’t mind going at all except for when I have to pay the bill 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Face Book is full of posts about Necco and the panic people seem to have about it 🙂 🙂 I don’t think they sell a single thing over here though.

    It’s a chilly and semi sunny morning here but it’s nice enough to keep the kitchen door open. This is the beginning of an at least one week warmth wave and luckily I’ll have a short work week next week so I’ll be able to enjoy it fully 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • olof1 Says:

      By the way, next time You have visitors don’t let them try and pat Henry. They can just sit down as close as he allows and then give or toss him treats and have a little chat with him. I think that will make it easier for him to allow being patted later on or he will at least think it is nice that they come and visit.

      • katry Says:

        Thanks, Christer. Henry sits on the couch, and there is plenty of room for someone to sit near him. He is much less skittish. He does run to eat his food then run away then run back to it. That makes me wonder even more about his past.

      • olof1 Says:

        I guess that he, like Nova, had to fight for his food. She was much the same when she came here and her first year consisted of starvation and abuse.

      • katry Says:

        I agree as that’s what it seems. He eats so very fast. I hope he’ll soon know that he’s going to ave food and love every day.

    • katry Says:

      That dentist was just so old and had old tools. he didn’t care about pain, my pain anyway.

      On every site, the Necco wafers were sold out except at sites where they were expensive. Even Amazon had none. I laughed at the description of the wafers: chalk tasting was one of them.

      It is warmer than I expected. The chill will be back tomorrow. It should be in the high 60’s here today.

      Have a wonderful day!

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