“A little piece of everywhere I go becomes a big part of everything I do.”

The morning is cloudy and damp. The breeze is intermittent. Rain is predicted.

I think I am living under a curse. You know about Alexa. The next calamity was the dog door flap. It finally gave up the ghost when Henry was coming inside. I now have to let him in and out. I ordered a new flap. It arrived and was the right size but had too many screw holes. It has to be adapted. Last and most painful is the fridge. Everything in the bottom part is frozen. I called a repairman who said it was the thermostat. He couldn’t find the part so he suggested I call Sears. I found the part and ordered it. When I told him, he said it could be many parts even though he tried to order the thermostat. My last resort was to schedule a Sears repairman who can’t come until next week. This morning I had to get my coffee at Dunkin Donuts as I have no cream. The one saving grace was no traffic.

When I was a kid, milk went quickly. The four of us had cereal every summer morning. My mother had tall cereal boxes lined up in the cabinet, and we grabbed our favorites. I ate the Rice Krispies and my brother ate Cheerios. I don’t remember what my sisters ate. We also had milk with our lunches, sandwiches and at dinner. I remember how heavy the full glass milk bottles were. I used to spill.

I remember pieces of a few vacations we took when I was a kid. In Vermont the lake across the street had a drop off which was way over my head. I remember holding my father around the neck when he dove into the deep part with me. I remember the fish. A stream ran along the property line. We used to catch frogs there for the sport of it as we put them back. My father build a lean-to on the top of the hill behind the house. In Maine the water was freezing. My father used to row us across to a sandy spot near the house. I remember our dog Duke running in the bushes by the water to try to catch the boat. My father went back for him. I also remember we’d go into the water close to the beach and swim the rest of the way.

Once we visited my father’s aunts in New Hampshire. They lived next to a pond. I remember an old row boat beside the pond. It was overturned, and its paint was peeling. It had holes. My mother let us swim in the pond. I remember screaming. A few leeches were hanging off my chest and arms. My father ran and pulled them off me. I didn’t go back into the water.

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8 Comments on ““A little piece of everywhere I go becomes a big part of everything I do.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Yes You sure have been unlucky lately! My fridge tends to freeze everything at the back of it, so some times when I’ve used eggs for baking they’ve come out solid 🙂 🙂 🙂 At least I know no food will get spoiled because it is too warm in there 🙂

    I still drink loads of milk, it is the tastiest drink I know and it works with everything or just cold by itself 🙂 Foggy and cool here this morning but sunny and just enough warm the rest of the day.

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      The dog door has been adapted and is the door. Now I just have to get Henry to go in and out again.

      When I was in Ghana, there was no milk to drink. The cows back then were tuberculin. I got out of the habit of drinking milk and never wet back. I can’t imagine drinking just milk. I use it with my cereal and that’s about it.

      Have a wonderful evening!

  2. hedley Says:

    A Note of Warning to the KTCC Gang

    By happenstance, I discovered last night that my Delta Rewards had been plundered and exchanged for gift cards. By pure luck I found it within 24 hours of the event, Delta has cancelled the cards and replaced the points immediately. I don’t know what would have happened if there had been a lengthy delay between theft and reporting

    I have enjoyed every form of internet and cybercrime you can imagine. However it never crossed my mind that these fools would nick my skymiles

    SO tighten up your passwords and check your account regularly

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      Thanks for the warning. I also have a Delta Rewards card and haven’t checked it but now I will. I have had money taken from one account but I caught it, and the bank returned the amount. My AmEx account has been hijacked, but AmEx caught it and called me.

      Now I will be vigilant!!


  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    It’s really vexing to have multiple inanimate object failures one after the other. The fridge would be especially so. I hope it all comes together quickly.

    Milk didn’t last long in my house either. I disliked milk and would only use it on cereal where its taste was disguised by other things. My two brothers loved milk. They did that boy thing of standing in front of the open refrigerator door as they gulped milk from the bottle or carton. Naturally, they also put the empty container back in the fridge which didn’t go over well with my parents when they came up empty for their morning coffee.

    My dog Duke was terrified of water. He would not go near it for love nor money. I remember my father dropping him off the end of the dock in an attempt to get him to swim. He swam very well and very rapidly right back to the shore and off into the woods. He didn’t come back until supper.
    Leeches. Nonononono. I’m calm on the outside if I have to deal with them on me or someone else but inside I’m like Humphrey Bogart’s character in the The African Queen.

    It’s cloudy here and humid but not too warm. It’s also raining.
    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I hate the fridge. It is not the appliance I want to be on the fritz. It is a while until the repairman is coming, but I do hope he will figure out the problem.

      I used to like milk. It went with cake perfectly ad worked well with my sandwiches at lunch. When I was in Ghana, I had no milk to drink and got out of the habit. Now I only drink milk with my cereal.

      Duke did not like being left behind. It was, after all, a vacation home. He saw us leaving, and I think he panicked. Duke loved to swim in the pond near my house. He used to swim under water, and it caused him to go deaf.

      I hate leeches. I hate slugs. I a not calm on the outside!!

      The rain hasn’t made it here even though Alexa said a couple of hours ago it was raining here. I told her she was wrong. She didn’t care!!

      Have a wonderful evening!

  4. lilydark Says:

    It is a screaming day.
    Lori and the screaming gang.

    • katry Says:

      For me it was an okay day. The new dog door flap is in, the laundry is upstairs and the trash is in the trunk. I also posted a few signs on the wall by the deck. More needs to be done. Tomorrow!

      We all say hello!!

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