“I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage.”

The rain has finally stopped, but the day is still cloudy and chilly. I was up early because I had a list. First was my uke lesson where I learned two new chords then I went to the dump, to Agway for animal food and treats and finally to Ring for cream. I also treated myself to an apple turnover.

The last couple of days I have been cleaning my house in dribs and drabs. I’ve vacuumed down here and dusted shelves. I moved a few things and rearranged a few others. I’m done.

When I was a kid, I liked strange foods like sardines and Spam, but Spam only if it was fried. The sardines were eaten directly from the can. Now, the idea of that repulses me. They even look gross packed in the can with oil. My father had introduced me to both of these, to the Spam and sardines. I used to give him a can of sardines in his Christmas stocking and told him he didn’t have to share.

We used to draw Thanksgiving cards in school during art. Mine were ugly, but I did manage a recognizable tail. Every classmate and I had the same message. It was written on the blackboard for us to copy. We gave thanks for God and for our parents in that order. If I had been given artistic license, I think my thanks would have included my bicycle, the library and the Saturday matinee.

Last night Gwen and Henry came face to face. Gwen jumped into the hall and stood in front of Henry. He didn’t move. Gwen sniffed then growled. Henry took off down the stairs. He didn’t recognize how monumental that meeting, or confrontation, depending on your viewpoint, was.

I have no plans for the rest of the day. I’m already in my cozy clothes. Yesterday’s mail was catalogs. Even though I have little shopping left, I like to look through them. Sometimes I find that rare gift perfect for a friend, one of my family or even me.

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11 Comments on ““I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage.””

  1. Birgit Says:

    Apple turnover is a nice descriptive name I hadn’t heard, I looked it up to be sure, it’s called apple bag here.
    (Isn’t it crazy that when you learn English as foreign language you learn to analyze Shakespeare but not really how to name food and other essentials? It’s great that translations via internet are possible nowadays.)

    Congratulations, Gwen! … and patient Kat. And Henry.
    So Christmas with all 3 pets together is within reach?

    Since you’ve mentioned spam… (You know it’s inevitable!)
    Monty Python – Spam Song:

    • katry Says:

      The apple turnover was delicious and so totally filled with apples it oozed. I did give Henry end pieces but kept the apples for myself.

      When I was learning Hausa during Peace Corps training, The vocabulary we were taught was practical. We were taught greetings and everyday words I’d actually like use like the words for food and how to ask directions.

      Other parts of this country have different words for the same thing making vocabulary so diverse. Elsewhere asks for a milk shake expecting ice cream as one of the ingredients. Here, in Massachusetts, if you order a milk shake, you get milk, no ice cream. I think that makes sense given it is a milk shake. Here you have to ask for a frappe. I’ve heard people complain about no ice cream. The answer always is if you want ask cream ask for a frappe. That gives me a chuckle.

      I love Monty Python.

  2. Bob Cohen Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Glad to hear that we both made Thanksgiving decorations in elementary school tracing our fingers outline for the feathers. We also enacted the obligatory play of the pilgrims and the Indians having the first Thanksgiving dinner. I got to suffer through similar versions of that performance when each of my kids were in the second or third grade. 🙁

    My better half is headed to Costco tomorrow to buy one of their frozen smoked turkey which we had last year. Even I enjoyed it and I’m not fond of turkey. My lunch mate, at the “Table of Knowlege”, remarked that he was buying his smoked turkey at Costco last night and they were going quickly. He said an Asian lady bought 20 of them. I wonder if turkey chow mein will be featured at the Chinese buffet restaurant on Thursday. 🙂 In previous years we celebrated at a Chinese buffet.

    Yesterday, 45 was celebrating the opening of an Apple plant located in Austin Texas which has been producing Macs since 2013. 🙂 Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, allowed the leader of our country to promote that lie as long as Trump doesn’t implement a 25% tariff on Chinese imports. In 2017 Trump, at a Whitehouse technology meeting, mixed up Tim Cook’s name calling him Tim Apple. Cook was so impressed with 45’s stupidty that he changed his Twitter handle to Tim . Cook’s and Apple’s corporate values are in direct opposition to both Trump’s and his base’s values. However sucking up to the “Moron in Chief” helps keep Apple humming along. I think the Washington Post lost count of Trump’s lies when the total exceeded a million.

    Today was mostly cloudy skies and mild 70 degree temperatures. It started misting on the way home and widespread rain is forcasted for the morning.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      My nephew, now in his late 30’s, gave me a turkey he he made in school. It was your turkey and my turkey now being done by a different generation. We never had a play for Thanksgiving, but we always had one for Christmas. I remember being excited because I had lines.

      I follow a family on YouTube. They travel with all their kids, all 10 of them, but they are now home for a bit. Well, they are hurrying to Costco for the smoked turkey because they knew how fast it disappears.

      45 takes credit for anything he can. In many cases, the new plants had been planned long before 45 was elected, but that didn’t stop him from taking credit. I remember the Tim Apple comment.

      Sucking up to 45 is what drives the Republicans, his cabinet and anyone else in his shadow.

      It was in the 40’s all day, and it didn’t rain.

    • katry Says:

      I think I deleted your other comment about going with the one who brung you. I agreed to a point. Sometimes your date can be a real jerk so leaving alone is the only choice.

  3. Rowen Says:

    Poor Henry. It’s hard being a dog.

    • katry Says:

      Henry is doing just fine. He is spoiled, loves his treats and takes up too much of my bed.

  4. Rowen Says:

    Heheh. I just meant, “Why doesn’t that cat want to be friends?”

    • katry Says:

      Neither cat had ever seen a dog before. Jack is braver. When I picked up the two cats, I was told one was shy. She has been getting friendlier. She waits for me to come to feed her and loves when I pat her. I think being buddies with Henry will take a little while. I was surprised when she jumped out at Henry. The hissing wasn’t unexpected.

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