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

The rain finally arrived. Henry wanted out at 5 so I obliged. Just as I got back into bed the heavens opened and heavy rain pelted the window. It was one sound, a roar, not the sounds of individual drops. I fell asleep.

When I woke up, the rain had stopped but it left the day dark and damp. Drops are falling from the trees when the wind blows. I am dreading my trip to Hyannis today. The roads will be filled with car loads of tourists trying to find something to do. They’ll gawk and ride slowly so as not to miss a single shop. They’ll watch a movie, buy souvenirs and stop to eat. I will leave early.

When I was a kid, I remember my father giving us each a few dollars to shop when we were on vacation. I once bought Scottie dog magnets, one black and one white. I liked the way they repelled each other. Another time I bought a book. I never did buy a souvenir. Free shells found along the beach were just fine. They even came with their own sand.

I don’t shop for clothes much. When I went back to Ghana the first time, I bought new shirts and pants out of necessity, but those clothes have become so threadbare I threw away two pairs of pants and two around the house pants, all split across the legs at creases. I tried taping the creases, but that didn’t work. The tape bunched in the wash and stuck to my legs on the next wearing. I realized I had no choice but to buy new clothes so this week I went shopping, on-line of course. Polo shirts were on sale. I bought colors: pink, red, lime and light blue. I bought two pairs of pants: black and khaki. I now own more summer clothes than I have in years, and best of all, I didn’t have to leave the house to shop.

I feel betrayed. Necco was sold with the understanding candy would still be made, but the first buyer sold it right away, and the new buyer closed Necco. I’m already suffering from a Clark Bar withdrawal. I have Necco Wafers and some Skybars but they won’t last long. I can’t find Clark Bars anywhere. People have been hoarding them. I’m in despair.

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

  1. im6 Says:

    How could I resist sharing this?

  2. Hedley Says:

    Kat, We had a term for it “Holiday Money”. Suddenly we were in possession of 2/6 or 5/- and it was untold wealth.

    Most of our holidays were spent with my grand parents on Silverston Avenue in Bognor Regis. My sister and I would walk each morning to the news agents to pick up a comic to read, often the “bumper” summer special.

    Opposite my Grandparents home was West Park where sometimes a carnival would set up, or a parade would start and finish. Down the road was Marine Park Gardens, where the putting green was full of anxious Arnold Palmer wannabes all trying to negotiate the little hills that protected the cup

    This May, I was in England and we decided to go back some 50 years later. My Grandparents home is probably divided in to flats and it looked like crap. However the putting green is pretty much the same and we took on the course with zeal of nostalgia. Out of 4 I finished a steady 4th.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      It was untold wealth, and my father didn’t tell me I need to be less a grasshopper and more of an ant and save it.

      I love the memories of our away vacations which were not many but I also loved the stay at home vacations. The days were filled including the beach and museums.

      I’m glad you weren’t totally disappointed by your walk down your youthful memory lane. I’m sorry you are such a bad golfer!!

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I was so disappointed in the NECCO closing. The prices on Amazon have probably gone through the roof. Too bad I ate all my Necco Wafers as I might have made a killing on E-Bay. 🙂 It’s okay. They tasted better than money.

    We didn’t get vacation money. We were generally out in the boonies with no shops around to spend money in. If we happened to be at my Uncle’s cottage over 4th of July, we’d go to the village parade and festivities and my parents would buy us stuff then.

    I have been replacing and purging my wardrobe this year. I bought all new underwear and tossed out the old stuff that was in really sad condition. Some new summer tops were added and a bunch of old, ratty summer tops went in the donation bin. I’m told they recycle the old clothes even if they are unwearable. But further purging is required. I’ll have to stop putting old things in the To Be Worn As Pajamas pile. I have enough pajamas, real and repurposed.

    It’s dreary and humid up here. Finally it has decided to rain after threatening to do so all day.

    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      One box of Clark Bars was going for $245.00. I went looking for some to buy, and everywhere was out of stock. I did find a place and bought 2 boxes then got an e-mail that it was out of stock. I found another place and so far haven’t heard from them. Perhaps I can finance a vacation.

      Mostly we stayed in Ogunquit where my father’s friend had a cottage, the smallest cottage where beds were stuck everywhere. I never really liked it there. The money I got was a pay off I think.

      Underwear is still on my list. I’ve thrown some away but haven’t yet replaced them. I’ve just thrown away the clothes beyond repair. I suppose I could have cut off the legs and had bed shorts but it I don’t have the room.

      I just opened the doors and windows. It is hot but bearable. From the backdoor I’m getting a breeze. I’ll see how long I can take it. No rain today.

      Have a great evening!

  4. Birgit Says:

    It’s hot! 38°C/100°F in my garden this afternoon. We are still waiting and hoping for rain…
    I still don’t buy online. I’m old and stubborn and I’m glad for each store that doesn’t go out of business and for each delivery truck that’s not in town. Just bad for the stores that I don’t spend much money on clothes and stuff.
    I’m out of of town for a few days, hiking and more.

    • katry Says:

      Hyannis is where most of the stores are located. Many aren’t here so you can only find them off-Cape. I did some on-line shopping at Target, and there isn’t one here. Most of the other places I shop on-line, like Old Navy, do have stores in Hyannis so I’m helping to keep those afloat.

      Much of the deliveries are through the post office. Even Amazon ships through the PO. It’s a good thing as the post office loses money every year. Trump complained that Amazon was taking advantage of the PO, but the opposite is true.

  5. Bob Says:

    When we went on vacation my father would limit us to one souvenir. Of course if we chose something that he thought was too expensive or too useless he would go into the salesman mode and talk us out of the purchase. His favorite first sale’s pitch was, “What do you need that for?” Obviously, we didn’t need any souvenir but we could buy as many books as we wanted.

    Clark bars were one of my least favorite candy bars. I won’t miss them as they were a minor player in candy land. Lately I have gotten urges for Baby Ruth bars. However, Milky Way (Mars Bars outside the US) is my favorite with Snickers, 3 Musketeers, Hershey Bars and M & Ms of all types not far behind. I have an insatiable sweet tooth. 🙂

    I hate shopping for cloths. My company supplies me with uniforms which are business casual and I only have to buy weekend wear. I also, like shopping online.

    For the next couple of weeks I’m getting recurrent in an airplane type I used to fly. It’s been a few years and I’m amazed how much I have forgotten. Getting qualified in a transport type jet airplane is like cramming a college semester worth of info into 12 days. 🙂 In the real world time is money.

    The respite from the heat of 96 degrees only lasted one day and today we were back to a more normal 103 degrees. Can someone send me a picture of rain to remind me what I’m missing. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      We were never stopped from buying what we wanted, but I’m sure my father gritted his teeth. He thought himself the only ant in a family of grasshoppers. When I used my allowance Toby a book, he would tell me I wasted my money and should be saving it instead.

      I am a fan of Milky Ways and Snickers. I also love Peanut Butter Cups. Okay, there are few chocolate bars I don’t eat. Chocolate is like manna from heaven.

      I had no choice but to shop. My clothes were wearing out. I had been wearing the pants since 2011 when I bought them for my trip to Ghana 🇬🇭. I won’t need anything new for quite a while now.

      Time and technology wait for no man!!

      I was horrified to see the temperatures in Arizona. They were frightening and dangerous. We too needed rain but not as much as you still do. It may rain again on Saturday.

  6. olof1 Says:

    I buy a lot of things online but never clothes, shoes yes but I don’t count them as clothes. It is too much trouble to send things back if they don’t fit.

    It didn’t get that hot here yesterday as they thought it would be but today is already so hot that I think we’ll get a record here.They had predicted thunder and rain this weekend but they don’t any more. They still do it on tv though so I hope they’re right!

    I didn’t get holiday money like that. If I really wanted something and my mother thought it wasn’t too expensive I got the money for it but I also ran errands for neighbors all year long and got some money that way. We rarely went anywhere anyway and if we did souvenirs were the last thing on my mind 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      I buy from all the same places so I know from past orders that the clothes will fit. Usually I don’t buy shoes on line but I did buy a pair this summer.

      No rain in my future. It is a bit cooler today but still humid. I am so sick of humidity.

      I think the money was my father’s way for keeping us quiet. The place where we stayed for free was so tiny it was used mostly for sleeping. There were activities were my two sisters but none for us older kids.

      Have a great day!!

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