“I’d rather take coffee than compliments just now.”

Last week we all complained about the heat, the endless heat and humidity. The powers that be must have heard us. It has been rainy, cloudy and cold since Saturday. I have been keeping the windows closed because of the cold breeze. I’m thinking it might just be sweatshirt weather.

Yesterday I stopped at a farm stand. I bought sweet corn, fresh Scali bread, homegrown tomatoes, fingerling potatoes and freshly made salsa chips. Everything was loaded into a cardboard box with carrots on the side.

Thieves need to give more thought to permanent retirement or good disguises. Their photos from cameras centered on the scenes of their crimes are plastered on the news, and the public is asked for help in identifying them. One thief stole a package from a porch. When his picture was on the news, he returned to the porch what he had stolen and added a letter of apology.

In Ghana, a thief was caught during the commission of his crime. I saw a crowd beating  him all the way to the police station. I was the victim of an attempted purse snatching, a successful pickpocket and a home invader. Not a whole lot was stolen in either case; a few cedis was all. The “perps” were never found. I didn’t expect they would be especially the pickpocket at the train station.

My cups of coffee were especially delicious. I always eye the amount of grounds, and I was right on the money this morning. I never mind too strong a cup of coffee but too weak isn’t worth the effort. I had toast, Scali bread toast, slathered in butter. It was delicious.

Today I have to shop for dog and cat food. I’m bringing my camera and taking a ride afterwards. It has been a while since I’ve taken random pictures. I saw a few unique houses yesterday on my way to the farm stand and wished I had my camera with me.

I’m thinking of buying lottery tickets. I’d like to take another trip, but I haven’t enough money to go anywhere. I do have a last Ghana trip in mind for 2021, the fiftieth anniversary of my finishing Peace Corps service and going home. I have been lucky enough to be back to Ghana three times but those trips have left me wanting more. I don’t think I could ever have enough of my second country. I am getting older, and parts of me don’t work all that well any more. I’m thinking three years away might be the perfect time.

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8 Comments on ““I’d rather take coffee than compliments just now.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Really nice weather here today but it started out cold, sunny and with fog all the way to work. It is mornings like that when I really want to be so rich that I don’t have to work 🙂

    I once had a car that was stolen repeatedly, turned out it was a kid who tried to learn his buddy how to steal cars. Most of the times he failed and destroyed it instead. The kid had been a drug addict since he was 13 so I couldn’t even get angry at him. My wallet was stolen once when I worked at Volvo, it was found again close to a guy who worked almost beside me every day but he didn’t take anything from the wallet so I guess it was just for the excitement.

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      It is still cloudy but not as cold here. The breeze too has pretty much gone. Nw it just feels humid.

      I’m amazed the kid kept stealing the same car. It would seem easier to catch him that way. I’m sorry but I did chuckle at the reason he stole it. My wallet was stolen from my desk once. I had to replace my license and all my credit cards. The thief got only a few dollars. If he had looked, he would have found an envelope in my bag with a couple of hundred dollars in it.

      Have a great day!!

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I’ve had the windows and door open every day since last week except for one day that was very humid. It’s been wonderful. Cool, breezy, sometimes sunny, sometimes mostly cloudy. It makes me want to knit a sweater. 😀
    I’ve been knitting socks all summer because they are small and don’t cover up any parts of me while I’m working on them in the heat. There’s a small bag with a sock in progress right by the door so I can grab it whenever I take the dogs out to the yard. They do their thing and I sit on the wall in the shade of the little walnut tree and knit. Very relaxing.

    You’d think people would learn that technology is everywhere watching them nowadays. I don’t understand why they’re so surprised to be caught on video. Where have they been?

    The best camera to have is the one you have in your hand. I’m very impressed with the camera in my cell phone. Mostly because it takes decent photos and it’s usually somewhere about my person. One time, as I was getting into the jeep, I checked to see if my purse was there and chuckled a little for thinking, “Good. I have my camera.”

    Cool and cloudy and breezy up here. That sweater project is calling louder.
    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I haven’t seen the sun in a few days. I’m glad on one hand as it was so brutal but I’d like it back with much less humidity. The dampness in any form has got to go.

      I do wish I could knit. I’m be knitting socks for everyone as small gifts. I gave Christmas stockings to my sisters whole family: her three kids and their five kids. I just got one for my niece Sarah’s husband when I found out he didn’t have one. The newest 5 for the grands were $50.00 each. Jason’s was only $35.00 as a woman I found down here knitted it,

      I agree about people not realizing they were being filmed somewhere and actually they were probably filmed going to, coming from and committing their crime.

      I need a new phone, and I will buy one with a great camera. I’m just cringing at the cost.

      Fall and sweater knitting weather is coming!

      Have a great evening.

      • Caryn Says:

        I cringed at the cost of a new phone for quite some time until I realized that I was actually buying was a tiny computer and a decent digital camera that could also function as a phone. While certainly not cheap at twice the price, it’s still 3 for the price of one? 😀

      • katry Says:

        That is a far better way to look at it. Now I’m thinking of hunting for what I’d like.

  3. Bob Says:

    Relief in summer is relative. Here having my moon roof open on the way to work was a treat because the humidity was low and the temperature was in the low 70s. By afternoon we were up in the low 90s. 🙁

    Do you have an iPhone? If do you always have both a still and a video camera. Somewhere I have a small compact digital camera with a zoom lens. Now if I want to take a pic the camera is right there in my pocket.

    In college I took a criminology course and the teacher said that criminology is a hampered science because they only get to study the losers. 🙂

    Mentioning criminals, Trump’s former Campaign manager was found guilty of financial misdeeds. It won’t matter what happens because Trump will pardon all of his buddies as he did with that sheriff in Arizona who violated prisoner’s civil rights and is now running for the US Senate seat from Arizona. 🙁

    • katry Says:

      I do like the low 70’s, even the high 60’s. I also consider those temperatures relief from the low 80’s we had last week.

      I do have an iPhone but it is an old one. I have taken photos with it, but the pixels are too low for good photos. I am hoping for a new one in the next few months. A good camera is tops on my want list.

      Catching some criminals takes a long time. Perhaps their tactics are what ought to be studied.

      I saw the news right away. Sheriff Arpaio at 86 will not win the senate seat. He lost reelection in 2017 and the expectation is his losses will continue.

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