Eggs are one of my all-time favorite foods, and making the over-easy egg is a test of skill.”

My word retrieval skills have deserted me. I can’t think of the perfect adjectives to describe today. The cloudless sky is the deepest of blues. The sun is warm and bright. The colors of the flowers in the front garden are popping in the light. I noticed new purple and pink flowers this morning when I lingered at the front garden.

After Henry went out, I stayed on the deck watching him. I noticed the lilies of the valley in the backyard are blooming. My mother would’ve loved them. They did, after all, come from her yard.

This is the week I’ll shop at the garden center. I have three lists. The first is house plants as a few of mine have died. The next is flowers for the front garden, the front steps and  the back pots which sit on the deck rail. The last is for the deck window boxes, flowers which repel bugs. I also need a hanging plant. I always buy one which dead heads itself.

I don’t know much about flowers. I can describe most of them only by color, but I do know the plots to most of Stephen King’s novels. I also know much of the dialogue in Jaws and Independence Day as I watch them every year on or around the 4th of July. I know most of the birds which come to my feeder. When I first started putting out seed, I had to look up the birds. I have a well worn copy of the Birds of North America. I can sew buttons back on, but that is the height of my sewing skills. I sometimes staple hems. I can greet people in French, Spanish and Hausa and say please and thank you in Russian. I got through most of South America with my Spanish. I was a good listener. I can order food in French. I ate a lot of bifteck and pomme frites and visited the pâtisserie every day when I traveled to Togo. My Hausa is more extensive than my French. I find that a bit odd.

I have a variety of skills, many of which are not considered marketable, but that doesn’t matter. I like what I know.

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4 Comments on “Eggs are one of my all-time favorite foods, and making the over-easy egg is a test of skill.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I have a lot of unmarketable skills as well. Or should I say skills that people don’t consider marketable until it’s pointed out that the skills may not be marketable but the intelligence required to learn them is. Even stapling hems takes a certain amount of MacGyvering talent. 🙂 I, too, like what I know.

    There are a few lilies of the valley left in my yard. They were originally along the west side of the house under the black walnut tree. When the tree was removed there was far too much sun for them. They would put up leaves but never bloomed and finally disappeared entirely from their original beds. Nowadays I find them in hidden shadows here and there around the yard. I’m always glad to see them populating those tiny oases of shade. They’re making their way down to the other black walnut tree where they will find lily of the valley paradise.

    It’s sunny and warm up here today. There’s a slight breeze and the house is cool. A perfect day.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      You are right. Until my skills are necessary their importance will not be recognized. I do staple hems well. It is fun to know unique, even weird, stuff.

      I started with a few and now I have them all over. They took over the flower bed along the side of the driveway. I am glad of that as I’d have spent a slew of money buying flowers for there. Now it’s is all greenery. I noticed this year there are more in the backyard in clumps.

      It was a delightful day here as well. I sat outside. Henry came out but went back inside. He follows in the house but not yet outside. We had a southern breeze. It was nice.

      Have a wonderful evening!

  2. Bob Says:

    If it’s not a rose, or a daisy or a bluebonnet I can’t pick out any other flowers. My gardening skills are essentially absent, if I did a bed, the the plant will die. I bought a new power mower when we moved into our two different houses and managed to kill the lawn in both locations. My gardening skills lie in growing crabgrass and other nasty weeds. I began calling it a native Texas lawn. 🙂

    I am not very good at learning foreign languages and lucked out that English has become a common second language in most of the world. Between my language skills using my hands and pointing has served me well in my limited travels.

    Today is sunny with a high of only 86 degrees.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      My garden flowers live year to year. I love when the perennials start to show above the ground. The pots in the back have annuals. They are cheaper and as beautiful as the others. I used to take of my lawn, but now I have a landscaper. He takes care of my lawn. Putting in an irrigation system was the smartest thing I did.

      I remember vocabulary easily. My accents stink but I know what I’m hearing when people speak in other languages. I got us from Venezuela to Rio with no problems. I was at a loss in Finland where the second language is Swedish.

      It was the perfect day today!


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