“The best mirror is an old friend.”

The rains started during the night, and it is still heavily raining. The lights are on as it is so dark here in the house. Henry went out and came back in soaked. I tried to towel him off, but he would have nothing to do with it. My friends are visiting. We first met in Philadelphia for what is called Peace Corps staging, the time before any groups leave for in country. During that time before Ghana, we got shots, met with a psychologist, had our teeth checked and attended lectures and slide shows about Ghana. The lectures were boring so Bill, Peg and I decided to check out the historical sites and the art museum. Nobody noticed we were missing. We had no guilt.

We went for a ride down cape yesterday. That means we drove toward P-Town. Up cape means towards the bridge. We never talk of directions here. East and west mean nothing. We went down cape to Wellfleet center. It is a delightful collection of small shops in really old buildings. There are no chain stores, not even a chain grocery market. We left the center and took a road I’ve never been on. It had a yellow line so I figured it had to go somewhere. Most of the sides of the road were desolate and lined with the tall trunks of dead trees. There were no houses. It wasn’t until toward the end of the road that we saw mailboxes. The houses were off the road and difficult to see. The road ended at the Mid-Cape, Route 6 to those of you unfamiliar with local lingo.

Peg brought last night’s dinner and dessert including my favorite, lemon meringue pie. The chicken was delicious, but the highlight was kelewele, my favorite Ghanaian dish. The rest of dinner was rice and green beans. I filled my plate, and it was totally empty except for the chicken bone when I’d finished. Tonight is my turn for dinner, and we’re having chili with butternut squash. I hope it is as good as dinner last night!

It’s time to finish and have a piece of pie for lunch.

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10 Comments on ““The best mirror is an old friend.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Sunny, almost wind free and chilly here today and now it’s below 32F. The night will be cold but I don’t mind since I don’t work tomorrow. Hopefully the last flies die if it gets cold enough 🙂

    I do like to drive on roads I’ve never driven on before but it can be tricky here in the countryside, one never knows if they just suddenly stop and there’s no place to turn the car around 🙂 🙂 Not all roads have those lines here but if they do they will lead to another big road (all our lines are white though, I’m not sure when they stopped using the yellow color but it was long ago).

    I hope the pie was yummy 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      We were supposed to have sun, but it never showed. It rained a good part of the afternoon and stayed damp all evening.

      It was a great road, but we did wonder where it would go. When we started to see mailboxes, we knew we were entering civilization. I did love that road.

      The dinner and the pie were both yummy!

      Have a great day!!

  2. Birgit Says:

    Have a great time with your friends!

  3. Bob Says:

    Today the State Fair of Texas opened for its annual three week run. it’s the largest state fair in the country and is noted for Flecher’s corny dogs, which were invented at the fair, college football games and the midway. One weekend two traditionally black colleges, Prairie View A&M and Grambling play their annual rivalry in the Cotton Bowl stadium. The next weekend The University of Texas plays Oklahoma University in the same venue. This is the best time of the year for weather in North Texas. Today was clear with light winds and a high of 79 degrees. Perfect fair going weather if I liked going to the fair. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      Bob,
      We have fairs here The largest one is the Big E, The Eastern States Exposition. It is the largest agricultural event on the eastern seaboard and the seventh-largest fair in the nation. Each of the New England states is prominently represented at the fair.

      When I was younger, I used to go to a few state fairs but haven’t been in quite a few years. I do miss fair food.

      • Bob Says:

        Of course in New England the states are small and the distances are close. In Texas it’s over 600 miles from here to El Paso and over 400 miles to the Rio Grande valley. 🙂

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        It is true about the New England states. Rhode Island takes no time to cross.

  4. Rowen Says:

    I never thought of having butternut squash with chili and I’m liking the idea. What did you do with the squash?

    • katry Says:

      Rowen,
      I cut the peeled butternut into chunks, sprinkled them with olive oil and roasted them in the oven. They were added to the chili and the chili cooked additional hour (it had cooked for 3 hours y itself before I added the squash).

      The squash added a great flavor and a bit of sweetness. The chili, which I made for the first time, was a huge hit. Everyone had second helpings.


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