“It’s Cheetos or nothing.”

Today is getting warmer, and I can feel the humidity. The high will be 88˚. Summer continues.

Henry and Jack drive me crazy. Jack sleeps on the table when I’m trying to read the papers. Henry wants my total attention. We went on the deck earlier and played tag, Henry’s favorite game. He runs up one set of stairs and goes down the other. He does that a few times then wants in, playtime over. Henry is now upstairs on my bed taking his morning nap. Jack is also upstairs taking his nap. As for Gwen, she’s always upstairs.

Today I am busy but not happy busy. It is dump day. My car is filled, and I have a couple of trash bags yet to be crammed into the trunk. I also need to check the fridge before I go. I think I saw some suspect lettuce.

When I was a kid, I stayed up as long as I could to find the election results for the Kennedy-Nixon race. I remember lying in bed watching the flickering black and white TV. Huntley and Brinkley were my newscasters of choice, but they didn’t call the race until the next morning. I went to bed hoping.

My house is getting less cluttered. Yesterday I slid the giant cardboard box out of the living room. It was driving me crazy. I slid the box to the deck. It was easy sliding it through the house. The next hurtle is to put the deck box together, but I’ll save that for another day when I truly have absolutely nothing else to do.

I collect cookbooks. My favorites are the literary cookbooks, the ones from novels. One year I had a splendid feast for my friends. All the recipes came from those cookbooks. I laminated pages from an old cook book destined for the dump. Those were the placemats. I put books on the table as trivets. I wrote out some famous quotes for a guessing game of who said it. The whole feast was such great fun.

I can’t remember the last time, other than delivery, I had an evening meal. Mostly I just graze. Sometimes I have a hunk of cheese and a few crackers. For a couple of meals I had hummus and pita bread until the pita bread was gone. The other night I had hot dogs, my most complex meal in a while. I do have a freezer full, but that would mean cooking something.

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14 Comments on ““It’s Cheetos or nothing.””

  1. hedley Says:

    Mrs MDH and I have just returned from a long weekend in the very lovely Harbor Springs with our daughter and son in law. Its a lovely little town and we rented a house in walking distance to the main street. Large coffees at $2.00 each with a free refill amused me no end.

    So now we prepare for the big one – we have a car rental this coming weekend and are driving 1,300 miles to Denver to see our Grand daughter. Given things are pandemicy, they don’t want us to fly although we will be returning on Delta first class a week later using some of the Delta credits we have from our failed trip to Rome for Easter.

    Fall arrived with a bang last night , it always does in Michigan – Labor Day gets here and it is all over for another years. 50s and rain. I didnt even bother to go walking at lunchtime.

    One of our neighbors posted a complaint that his trump sign had been stolen from his front garden with cautionary notes on rioters and looters. Our community is about 75 homes and there are 4 signs out. Perhaps these are the last remaining fools that got a decoder ring to translate bile and hatred into harmonious and thoughtful speech.

    • Bob Says:

      Bile, hatred and fear of those dark skinned and evil immigrants who are the bad guys has worked to win elections for years. Hopefully, we will still have a democracy after November 3rd. I wouldn’t put it past him to declare the election was rigged and have him declare himself the winner. 🙁

      • katry Says:

        I’m fearful he’ll get re-elected so leaving wouldn’t be an issue. I also, like you, suspect if he loses, he won’t leave until there is a nation wide recount or even another election.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      That sounds like a delightful weekend. As for the coffee, I would have camped most of the day.

      Were they okay with you flying one way? I figure if you are flying one way you might as well fly both. 1300 miles is a long trip. How many days are you intending to spend on the road? It could be fun.

      We are back to summer. It is in the high 80’s and humid. I turned on the AC to cool down the house. The house is opened now, doors and windows. It will go down to the 60’s tonight.

      I’m sure rioters and looters have their eyes on your neighbor and his sign. I’d be the one arranging for it to disappear whenever it appears.

      I ute trump. I can’t take his lies any more. They are so blatant I don’t understand why people fall for him. We can line up films of him saying one thing then saying another and swearing he didn’t say the first thing. So many dumb people.

      • Bob Says:

        Honesty went out with Abe Lincoln. What people who voted for Trump in 2016 voted for was a change. I think they were so mad that a black man won twice that they would have voted for Donald Duck as long as he was white and told them that he wanted to drain the swamp. Instead they voted for a man who’s entire career is as filthy as any swamp.

      • katry Says:

        I’m not so sure it was an Obama backlash. I doubt he would have been reelected if that were the case. If you remember, Mitch O’Connell told the republicans to make Obama a one term president. He didn’t succeed.

        I think it was more of an anti-Hillary election.

  2. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Summer’s not finished yet, even in Denver. We are predicated to get the same cold front this evening that dropped the temperatures in Denver yesterday. Hopefully, they will have modified during the journey south. 🙂

    All morning I have been fiddling with my company computer because the files I was working on in MS Word kept crashing. Because so many people are working from home IT has added two step authentication which hasn’t worked well since they installed it a couple of weeks ago. I also have to use VPN to get to the files on the company network. I doubt that the NSA has such tight security. Who the heck wants my PowerPoint presentations? 🙂 Five minutes ago I had an epiphany. This is a Windows PC and not a Mac. So, I dutifully restarted the laptop and now it’s working fine, I think.

    You think your house is cluttered? We’re still unpacking boxes from the move six weeks or so ago. Before the next move I promise that I will throw away almost everything.

    When we moved my Mother in law to the assisted living facility, she had my wife fill her SUV with her supposed valuable artwork and take it to a local dealer. He said all of it was worthless and wouldn’t take any of it. He said that baby boomers are bringing him stuff everyday that came from their parent’s homes and is just worthless. Our generation will fill several landfills on our way to our reward.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      My sister lives in Colorado, and this storm is early even for her. Usually she gets her first snow in October. That was quite the temperature drop precipitating the snow.

      It has been so long since I’ve had a Windows PC I think I’ve probably forgotten all the short cuts and tricks. Besides, I like my Mac better. I’ve glad you solved it. Nothing is more frustrating than a computer that won’t compute.

      Maybe you can sell stuff. I wouldn’t necessarily throw it away. Even check prices on someplace like bay to see what stuff is worth.

      I know there are very few valuable pieces in my family. My father had bought glass flutes in Belgium during the war. There were four of them, and we each got one. My mother had an etagere from her grandmother. My sister has it. I think that was except for small stuff and some very expensive jewelry. I have one necklace my mother wore all the time.

      If I had kids, they’d be thrilled. I actually have some valuable art work, two pieces. I have other stuff of value, but I’m not sure my sisters will want them.

  3. im6 Says:

    Have I not been paying proper attention? Just noticed the KTCC header photo has changed. I’ll let a pre-Squeeze Paul Carrack ask my question.

    • katry Says:

      im6,
      You are the only one who noticed. I was a needing a change so I put the new header on Coffee. It was done by a Coffee regular who has since disappeared. What do you think?

  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Your literary feast sounded wonderful.

    I’m with you on having a freezer full of stuff that doesn’t get used because it would involve actual cooking. Possibly I have retired from cooking but I’m not sure yet. I only know that I don’t do it as much as I used to. If I can cook it in the toaster oven, the rice cooker, the electric water kettle or the microwave then that’s what I’m going to do.

    My favorite cookbooks are those spiral bound community ones. I have a collection from different places around the country. I’ve even got a couple from the IRS in Andover when I worked there.

    Yesterday was eye doctor day. Very interesting maneuvering around the equipment with a mask on. All is well with the eyes.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      That feast was such fun for me.

      My fruit and veggies are being delivered today. I cleared the fridge for the new stuff. I have not ordered meat. I figure ground beef would be my first choice. I can just plop it in a pan then make spaghetti sauce. I figure that would be an undertaking requiring periodic naps.

      I also have several African cookbooks including the one form 1969 and Ghana. It is put together with yarn.

      Today is the dump day I avoided yesterday.


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