“To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.”

Looking out the window, I see a pretty day with clear skies and sun, but today is catch your breath cold. I’m going nowhere. I doubt I’ll even get dressed. I don’t see any point in it. I’m going to hang around in my cozy clothes and read and do nothing.

In my college years, sleeping into the afternoon was commonplace, especially after a night of debauchery in the arms of Bacchus. My mother always used to say, “You must have needed it,” and I’ll go with that.

When I was a kid, Saltines were my favorite crackers. If I had known the word versatile back then I would have used it to describe Saltines. In my mind’s eye I can still see my bowl of chicken noodle soup with a layer on top, a layer of Saltines. I’d eat the goodies first, the chicken and the noodles, then I’d let the Saltines sop up all the broth. The saltines would turn into mush. I also thought Saltines were the best snack. I remember just putting butter on them. Other times I’d put peanut butter and jelly on them and make a cracker sandwich, a few cracker sandwiches. I used to haul the jars, the saltines and a plate to the living room where I’d watch TV and snack. My mother would ration the Oreos but never the Saltines.

Every year by this time winter starts to sit heavily. The cold keeps me stuck inside and I get bored. Sadly, I also get domestic. I clean stuff, mostly closets and drawers. Yesterday I threw away all sorts of things I once thought important enough to save. I consolidated the batteries I found. I sorted recipes torn from magazines and newspapers. I found so many address labels I could plaster the walls.

I wish I could remember what prompted me to save what I found. Why did I ever think I’d make that recipe? What am I doing with three 2019 calendars, a couple with puppies and kitties ? Do I really believe I am going to learn to crochet from the book I found? Why do I have all that black construction paper? Who are the people in the class pictures I found? Why do I have a file of stencils I’ll never use? I suppose I could say at least all the junk I found is organized

Maybe I should put a few articles in a metal box and bury the box in my backyard. Let some future archeologist figure out what all that stuff was for and why it was important enough to save. I sure as heck don’t know.

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9 Comments on ““To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I’m a lover of Ritz crackers with Saltines a close second. I never put the crackers in the soup or chili because they get soggy. I will always substitute oyster crackers for saltines but only put a few at a time in the soup or chili to keep them crunchy.

    When my mother in law moved into the retirement apartment she thought everything she had was valuable and took things to an art dealer to be appraised. He told her that he would accept only a few things and the rest was just junk. He said that he gets calls daily from boomers who don’t know what to do with their elderly parents stuff. Most of it will go to the landfill.

    I can’t imagine you debouching. Cloudy again with temperatures in the mid 40s.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I like the soggy crackers in the soup. I too use oyster crackers sometimes in chili and other times in soup. I’d put Ritz right up there close to Saltines.

      I was in college and we always managed a good time mostly on Saturdays but we were open to Friday night debauchery as well. My friends and I loved to get together to party.

      My mother had valuable pieces. We divided those among us and sold the rest at a yard sale. I do love what used to be my mother’s stuff.

  2. Hedley Says:

    It’s snowing in KC, and we are cheering for #72 and his buddies to get it done
    Torch the Colts. Let’s go Uncle Eric

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I too am rooting for Uncle Eric. I figure he is big enough to keep those pesky Colts at bay! It looks so cold in KC. This is watch he games on TV weather.

      • Hedley Says:

        And so Uncle Eric and his Chiefs will host next Sunday. Possibly the odious Pats (sorry Kat). There is already tension in the air for #72

      • katry Says:

        I knew that the Pats will be on the road if (when) they win today and it will be Eric and his cohorts. Odious?

  3. Bob Cohen Says:

    Hi Kat,

    I can’t picture you having a night of debauchery. I’m sure my kids can’t imagine me having a night of debauchery either.

    I’m a Ritz cracker man with saltines coming in a close second. I never put either in my soup or chili because they lose their crunchy texture. If I have oyster crackers I add only a few at a time to prevent a gooey mess developing. I also enjoy plates with dividers to keep the meat, potatoes and the veggies segregated.

    When my mother in law was emptying her condo to go into the retirement place, she thought that everything she had was valuable. She took a bunch of her stuff to an art dealer who wouldn’t even look at her junk. Today thousands of boomers are filling landfills with their elderly parents stuff. 🙂

    Cloudy weather with temperatures in the low 40s. The weather prognosticators missed again because of the government shutdown. 🙂

  4. olof1 Says:

    I can’t say say Saltines were a favorite of mine when I was a kid but I liked them, now days I think they are amongst the top three 🙂 I do however prefer them as they are without anything on them. I always buy different cheese when I buy Saltines but never end up having them together 🙂 🙂

    Thankfully I don’t have the space to save lots of things, I live in a small cottage with only one closet but I have still saved lots of things I have no idea to why 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Yesterday was quite nice with sunshine in the early morning and fog the rest of the day. Today has started with snow, several hours before it should have according to the weather predictions. Still the hunters have arrived so we will have to go elsewhere on our morning walk. I do hope there’s no wind, I can’t notice if there is here where I live.

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      I don’t like cheese with Saltines so I have a variety crackers to use. I find Saltines by themselves be quite dry.

      When I moved into my house over 40 years ago, I had a desk, a TV and an old couch. I slept on the couch and ate at the desk, but I got to watch TV. Now I have no room for anything else. I have baskets filled with all sorts of stuff.

      Yesterday was beastly cold but sunny. Today is cloudy yet again but no rain predicted.

      Have a great day!

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