“There’s no consciousness without senses and memories.”

I woke up early to a lovely day, sunny and warm, in the 40’s. Only a little snow remains in my backyard under the pine trees where the sun doesn’t reach. The snow has paw prints.

My dusting yesterday took forever, and I’m not even done yet; regardless, I feel accomplished. There were five dirty, dusty wipes on the floor when I stopped. I’m on such a roll I’ll finish the two remaining shelves this afternoon. I’ll need to wear sunglasses in this room when I’m finally finished.

My house in Ghana had a corrugated tin roof. The whole house was made of concrete. The house, inside and outside, was painted white. The eating area, which was the back room had a table, two chairs, and the fridge. The room had one full wall facing the concrete backyard and screened windows across the wall. In the middle of the two banks of screens was the back door to the yard where the water tap, the toilet, cooking area and shower were. The cooking room had a stove which was seldom used as we couldn’t get gas. Wood charcoal was what we used for cooking. The toilet room was sometimes shared with a sitting hen. She used to try to peck my feet if I got too close. The shower room had a single tap of cold water and a tiny window with wooden slats. I used to keep my bath stuff on the sill of the window. The house didn’t have a whole lot of furniture, but I had enough.

The houses were concrete so they couldn’t be eaten by termites and other insects, but my school had one building made of wood where there was science equipment. No one could explain why it was wooden. My students aptly called it the wooden building. They were amazed that most of our homes were made of wood and weren’t being eaten.

So much of my time in Ghana even after all these years is easily recalled. They stay bright in my memory drawers, even a memory as small as a wooden building.

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12 Comments on ““There’s no consciousness without senses and memories.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    Hello from the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, I am just sitting back “relaxing” and trying to remember my pre Super Bowl rant about the odious Robert Kraft and his team.

    Hang on a sec Kat, I think Mr Kraft’s Chauffeur is here……”Bob are you finished ? your ride is here “

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,

      This was breaking news on the noon news which lasted for close to an hour and it was the only news. Tsk! Tsk! Mr. Kraft and caught twice!

      Never odious Patriots! They beat other teams because they are better than other teams.

  2. Birgit Says:

    Coincidentally I’m just listening to music from Ghana, a Gyedu-Blay Ambolley concert is on the radio. Too bad I missed it live, it was recorded 10 days ago not too far away and it’s fun.
    Probably geo-blocked but let’s try if you want, here’s the livestream-link:
    (Until about 6.30pm / max. 7pm your time.)

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Birgit
      I did get to hear some of it. I recognize the rhythm, the beat. The music when I was there was highlife, and I really came to love it. It had a grace. What I heard reminded me a bit of the music back when.

  3. Bob Cohen Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Why rich and powerful men are out soliciting sex from hookers when they have beautiful wives or girlfriends at home amazes me. Of course he and his buddy 45 are cut from the same cloth. Trump prefers porn stars and obviously Kraft likes trafficked and probably foreign woman. I guess the grass is always greener in the other yard. 🙂

    Another wet, cold and cloudy day. The high temperature was again in the low 50s.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I was amazed for the very reason you mentioned. He has more than enough money should he prefer “massages” to have them go to him, not vice versa.

      Another lovely day here!!

      • Bob Cohen Says:

        They don’t go for the massages. They go for the happy ending. 🙂

      • katry Says:

        I knew they weren’t getting massages. I put quotation marks around message cause it was just a smoke screen for what was happening.

  4. Hedley Says:

    At the end of the day Robert Kraft took advantage of the vulnerable and lost for his own gratification. We can all hope that somehow the exploited are treated with kindness and sanctuary by our country

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