“Never attempt to win by force what can be won by deception.”

From inside the house, the day looks lovely. The leaves are fluttering and there is sun, but it is a trap. Think predator who changes color to attract its prey. The sun is a ruse. When I stepped outside to get the papers this morning, I gasped and hurried inside as if chased by the damp air. The humidity has made me a prisoner in my own house.

Last night it rained. I missed it. I slept through it.

Huzzah! Huzzah! The other day I went to Agway and bought a mat for under the cat food and a cat scratcher because Cat1 is clawing my couch. I bought one in a sloped container, sort of like a ski jump. It took Cat 1 about a minute to start using it. All of a sudden from under the bed comes Cat2 who starts clawing. Cat2 looked at me with huge eyes but kept clawing anyway. The cat stayed out until the sound of the dog coming upstairs scared it back under the bed. This is a huge step for Cat2.

This morning I noticed Cat1 lying on the top of the slope while clawing the bottom. I chose well.

If I were to build a house, I would have a front porch and a pantry. I would organize the pantry so I could see what I had and what I needed. The other day Peapod came. I bought distilled white vinegar because a recipe I want to try calls for it. When I was putting away the groceries, I put the vinegar right beside the other bottle of distilled white vinegar.

I run through the movies on Netflix and Prime hoping to find a description which compels me to watch the movie. This is my favorite description, “When a powerful and ruthless financier dies in a plane crash, a somewhat disturbed scientist keeps the tycoon’s brain alive in his laboratory.”

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6 Comments on ““Never attempt to win by force what can be won by deception.””

  1. Bob Cohen Says:

    Hi Kat,

    I think Samsung already has a fridge that tracks what you have inside and sends a grocery list to your phone. Maybe in the future there will be a camera in your pantry which will automatically beep your phone if you go to the grocery store and try to pick up an item you already have on the shelf. 🙂

    I can’t shop without a detailed grocery list but my spouse never uses a list and just figures it out on the fly. Occasionally, she will realize while preparing a dish that she forgot to buy something. I require a list with details as to which brand to buy including a map of the store. I never choose the correct size or ripeness of fruits and vegetables. My better half is very picky about produce and would never use an online or delivery grocery service. Left on my own devices I would increase our food bill by a very large percentage. 🙂

    I just realized that Labor Day weekend is coming quickly. Where did the summer go? Today is another hot clear day. We get triple digit temperature days into September and get our first freeze around Thanksgiving. This year so far we have only had 11 days of 100F degrees or more making this an unusually cool summer.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I’d like one which tells me what I already have because even though I do order some things each time I shop, I also try new stuff. I do keep a handwritten list of what I need.

      If I am going to cook a particular dish, usually for company, I write down all the ingredients then check my cupboard for what I have. I never use a list for my monthly shopping. I use Peapod on line which delivers. I have never been disappointed by the produce they deliver.

      When I went in store shopping, I went from the first row then up and down rows and ended up at frozen.

      It would be easier not having you shop.

      My last play is tomorrow night. Like you, I can’t believe the summer is coming to an end but I do love fall.

      • Bob Cohen Says:

        With the purchase of Whole Foods by Amazon, the entire grocery business is going to change. Amazon is working on a store without checkout lines. You place the food in your basket and as you leave a system reads the items and they appear on your phone and get charged to your credit card.

      • katry Says:

        I find Whole Foods expensive. The only close one is in Hyannis. It isn’t all that huge as it moved in when Boarders moved out.

        I don’t enjoy grocery shopping. People leave their carts in the aisle while they look, and there are lines. I don’t get how the scanner will work. Does that mean you don’t bag your groceries until after you’ve been scan? That seems cumbersome. I’ll stay with Peapod. With coupons, it costs around $3.00 for delivery right to my kitchen.

  2. Birgit Says:

    Hi cat 2! Greetings from the outside world you won’t see when you stay under the bed 😉
    Kat, your patience is admirable.

    Back to KTCC with a brand new computer and a new Linux system 🙂 Not everything looks and works as I want it but it’s just a matter of time.

    • katry Says:

      Welcome back to the digital world. It would take time to get everything the way you want it!

      Thanks on the patience. I figure these poor babies have had it tough since January when they were alone for three weeks then later alone for 6 weeks when my aunt was in the hospital. Tis has to be a struggle for them.

      Henry has no idea there are two cats!

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