“My weak spot is laziness. Oh, I have a lot of weak spots: cookies, croissants.”

We had plenty of rain last night. I fell asleep to the sound of it. I woke up earlier than usual this morning to a lovely day, cool and sunny with a slight breeze. Yesterday I was feted at dinner by my friends. I also unwrapped amazing presents and ate lemon meringue pie, my all time favorite. I have a couple of slices to eat today thus prolonging my birthday yet another day.

Henry drives me crazy some times. Last night he went out, but I didn’t hear him. A long while later I noticed him looking into the house from the deck. The poor baby had been out there a long time. This morning I let him out, and he came back inside through the dog door. I always hope he’ll do that every time, but after his next trip out, he was back on the deck looking inside hoping I’ll see him. He even ignored the dog biscuit with frosting and sprinkles I had put on the rug to entice him. I went and let him inside. He went right to the biscuit.

Everything is quiet. A while back I heard thumps from upstairs. They sounded like a dog jumping on and off the bed. I guessed Henry and Jack were having some fun. Later, they both came downstairs together. Henry looked sheepish. He went right outside. I had to let him in. He is now napping upstairs on my bed.

Tomorrow I’ll do my errands. Today I’ll refill bird feeders. The laundry still sits. I just don’t feel like doing it, and I’ve learned to stave off guilt. Also, I haven’t run out of clothes yet.

The first time I really did any cooking or baking was my first Christmas in Ghana. My mother had sent me decorations, a small plastic tree and Christmas cookie cutters. I made my first ever batch of sugar cookies. The flour had to be sifted first to get rid of the bugs. I used a beer bottle to roll out the dough. Because I couldn’t get gas in town for my stove and oven, both were seldom used, but after a 200 mile round trip to Tamale, I had a full tank. I didn’t know how true my oven was so I watched the first batch of reindeer bake. They were perfect. I grabbed my beer bottle, my Star Beer bottle, and rolled out some more already de-bugged flour for my next batch.

The cookies were perfect so I had to put them away before I taste tested too many.

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6 Comments on ““My weak spot is laziness. Oh, I have a lot of weak spots: cookies, croissants.””

  1. im6 Says:

    EXCELLENT playlist today. The late great Pat DiNizio and those New Jersey Smithereens, one of the better Stones songs that was so good they named a restaurant chain after it, Adam Duritz and his rows and rows of crows hair, and early Moodies showing us all just what stereo was created for. My ears are smiling.

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, im6
      I had a great time choosing today’s songs. Because I had no apparent theme, I chose Tuesday and then listened to several songs. These four sounded just right. I’m glad your ears are smiling.

  2. Rowen Says:

    A heady, contemplative Tuesday set. I’m miles and miles away.

    • katry Says:

      I have always felt a bit sorry for Tuesday. It has nothing to commend it or nothing even worth complaining about. I just stumbled into this theme.

  3. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Today, I got back into the classroom and worked with our instructors by delivering annual recurrent training. To keep social distancing we could only have a maximum of 9 people in the classroom. We had to run a second class of 9 taught by my coworker. The next step, according to my boss, is for us is to get permission from the FAA to teach all our instructors totally through distance learning. We tried running the second class remotely from the first classroom and it was difficult at best because I wasn’t sure that those participants actually were paying attention. The pandemic has given us the excuse to try remote learning classes and CBT to maintain social distancing while saving the company money. All the work I have been doing at home I’m using my electricity and my internet. Thankfully, everyone in my family is still safe and well.

    Today was cooler with a high of only 91 degrees. The cold front did reduce the humidity.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      When you try it, you can see all the problems with distance learning and in–person classes. Both models have so many drawbacks especially when working with kids. The size of classrooms is not amenable to many desks so the number of kids per room is a nightmare.

      Get your boss to pay extra (as if that would happen). I think getting to talk to other people is what I miss the most. I would be happy to teach a class.

      It got a bit humid last night so I turned on the air in my bedroom. Today is another great day!

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