“The sun always shines above the clouds.”

The last few days have not been favorites of mine. I was determined to organize, and I did. Boxes and trash are in the car ready for when the dump opens on Wednesday. Christmas stuff like new ornaments, presents for next year and some decorations have been boxed and binned. Today, I’ll move the bins to the eaves. That will finally clear the guest room, or the cats’ room as it is now. All their food, litter and treats have been organized and placed together in a container. I even vacuumed the room. I’m still exhausted.

Today is another lovely day with a bright sun, a blue sky and a few clouds. The high will be 45หš, sweatshirt weather. This winter has been so warm I grouse if the day is cold.

Friday was always a meatless day when I was a kid. That limited the kind of sandwiches my mother could pack for our lunch boxes. We wouldn’t eat peanut butter and jelly except as a snack, never a sandwich. That left us with an occasional peanut butter and marshmallow sandwich or a tuna fish sandwich, not so occasional. My mother made a great tuna salad with lettuce, celery and mayonnaise, but after a while that didn’t matter. I began to hate tuna fish. I’d trade my sandwich if I could or I’d just toss it. I finally told my mother. After that she’d pack fluffernutters or cheese sandwiches or soup in the winter. I still don’t eat tuna fish.

My mother bought instant pudding. Our favorite was chocolate though we’d never turn down vanilla. We used to make it with powdered milk so as to conserve real milk. That was the only time powered milk was acceptable to us.

I’m staying home today. It will be an easy day. I don’t even have enough laundry for a single load. I suppose I could wash what I have and not wait, but I hate doing laundry.

The sky is now cloudy with patches of blue, but no rain is predicted. We have reached our high for the day.

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6 Comments on ““The sun always shines above the clouds.””

  1. hedley Says:

    Our skies are blue – this is a very unusual event this winter as we have enjoyed the 4th warmest January on record accompanied by constant cloud cover. Based on the past few years, February will be thoroughly unpleasant and feature most of our seasonal snow fall.

    The celebrants left the house last night when Fox went to the Masked Singer? I guess the idea of a singing penguin or whatever was not enough to continue the discussion of Uncle Eric winning the Super Bowl. We watched the whole evening as Eric and Nick Bosa battled for control of the left side. A battle Bosa won until it really mattered in the 4th quarter. From our view, Eric held him up long enough for Mahomes to mount the comeback (not that 10 is a comeback for the Chiefs) and then we were down to counting the seconds off the clock against the number of downs and finally realizing that he was a Super Bowl winner.

    When I moved to America in 1980, I had to find a sport to enjoy, especially given the absolute separation from the old country. I was able to buy a Bleacher seat in the Pontiac Silverdome for $5 a game which I could manage within my $14,000 a year salary. And so I became condemned to a lifetime of going to and being made miserable by the Detroit Lions

    I know yesterday is the closest I will come to “my team” being in and even winning the Super Bowl

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I’ve always found February to be dreadful.That’s when we get the most snow. The only saving grace was the week of vacation. I used to spend it in Europe, in one city like Rome. The time, however, we are starting with far too much warmth.

      I watched here and there and kept track with the help of Alexa. I did see the touchdown just before the half and then watched a bit of the festivities.

      I was lucky growing up up in a sports crazed state. My first love was and still is the Red Sox. The Pats came next. I never did get crazed about the Bruins or, later, the Revolution.

      I’m glad for you and “your team.”

  2. Bob Cohen Says:

    Hi Kat,

    In 1958 my father traveled to NYC from Dallas for sales meetings. That year he brought his mother with him back to spend a couple of weeks with us. She was in her mid seventies and had immigrated to New York in the early 1900s from Eastern Europe. That was the last time she had ever left Brooklyn. This was the first time she ever flew in an airplane. The morning they left La Guardia Airport it was cloudy and drizzling. When the airplane climbed above the clouds into bright sunlight she turned to my father and said,โ€I had a feeling it was going to turn out to be a nice dayโ€. ๐Ÿ™‚

    You had to suffer with meatless Fridayโ€™s and canned tuna for school lunches while we had to suffer through Matzo sandwiches during the eight days of Passover. To this day I detest the stuff especially when made into a cardboard sandwich. ๐Ÿ™‚ If the Israelites had to eat that stuff in the desert for 40 years didi wonder if anyone had a bowel movement during that time. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thank goodness the Chiefs won the Super Bowl. Either team would have made great winners and we wouldnโ€™t have to listen to Tom Brady nor Robert, massage with a happy ending, Kraft jabber after the game. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Today itโ€™s 66 degrees with cloudy skies. Wednesday morning will be in the high 20s with a chance of sleet or snow. January was the seventh warmest January on record in the DFW area. Yes Virginia there is no global warming. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I had answered this, but it didn’t appear so I’ll start again.

      I think your grandmother was really brave. Neither of my grandmothers ever flew. I don’t know if they were afraid or had no need to fly. That comment is wonderful!

      I actually buy matzos and have them for breakfast and as snacks with jam or butter. My father loved them so he passed that on to me.

      I take umbrage with your Patriot’s comments. Tom Brady is the same whether they win or lose. He takes the blame for losses and compliments his teammates when they win. Kraft took a huge chance when he bought the Pats.

      It was a lovely day yesterday and the same today.

  3. olof1 Says:

    The only backdraw with tuna is the smell, iut never leavs and it is much the same with mackerel. Yesterday I had mackerel for dinner and that smnell and taste in the mouth refused to go away. I even tried to get rid of it by eating a mango but it stayed anyway ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    We have a snowy world here today and it will stay until tomorrow and then it all will melt away again. It is beautiful and the dogs are clean after a walk in the snow but I still don’t like it ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      I don’t find tuna smells all that bad in the can, but mackerel does. When I was in Ghana, I was given a cat. I used to buy him mackerel in tomato sauce, the closest I could get to cat food. It was awful looking and awful smelling.

      Still no snow here. My sister in Colorado was expecting several inches.

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