“I like to get where the cabbage is cooking and catch the scents.”

My morning started early, at 8:30. I don’t remember the last time I woke up at 8:30. I am best at 2 or 3 in the morning, my bedtimes of late, so 8 is alien to me. I suppose I shouldn’t complain as I woke to a beautiful day, a warm and sunny day, but, since then, the sun and the blue sky have gone. Clouds are left and maybe even rain.

I need to stay in the den because every time I move around the house I find something to do. I just tee-shirt dusted the tavern table in the living room. I also brought deck trash to the car. Mind you, that deck trash has been sitting on the deck box for a while, for a few months even, but all of a sudden, this morning, it had to go. I think I am suffering from the need for immediacy. Walk by a plant. Water that plant. Rearrange those pillows. Rearrange them again and again. Check out the expiration dates of stuff in the cabinet. Dust mop the floor covered in puffs of fur. I have to slow this down. I am happiest when I am a sloth.

I’m in my disaster movie mode. I have excluded movies like Outbreak and its ilk so I’ve watched just plain old disasters. I’ve seen our part of the world freeze, burn up, flood, break in half, be attacked by birds and finally disappear, covered in lava. I have seen most of Tubi’s science fiction movies. Some of them were really bad, but I watched anyway. I am easily amused.

Just a thought, why is cabbage so underrated? I like it, but I only eat it at St. Patrick’s Day, seldom any other time. I have had Golumpki, Polish stuffed cabbage, and I like it. I never make it. Maybe I should give it a try.

The afternoons are lovely this time of year. The front of the house is shadowed. The sun has moved to the side of the house, the south, on its way to the backyard where it will set.

Today I had a bit of nostalgia. My background is a photo of the inside of one of the buses taking us to the airport for our flight to Ghana. I don’t know whose picture it is, but I am in the shot. I can tell by the top I’m wearing what the skirt looked like. I wore it a lot. Also in the shot are people I’d get to know well and whose names I still remember and others I don’t remember at all. The back of the bus is filled with luggage. I can’t believe how young I look. I was twenty-one.

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6 Comments on ““I like to get where the cabbage is cooking and catch the scents.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    My aunt used to make the best sweet and sour stuffed cabbage. rolls. She also called them Golumpkis and made them with a tomato based sauce. My maternal grandparents came from the Ukraine near Odessa and used Golumpki to describe them. Obviously, when she made them the aroma of cabbage filled the house. I think cabbage is underrated because it’s an acquired taste and aroma.

    Last night I thought that the hockey season was over for the Dallas Stars who are playing in the Stanley Cup finals game 5. However, in the second sudden death overtime they scored a goal and will live another day to play game 6 on Monday night.

    This morning I awoke at 8:30 and drank a couple of cups of coffee before anyone else got up. The sky cleared up at about noon and the temperature should top out at 87°.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      One of my roommates was Polish, and she’d bring Golumpkis back from her visits home. They were just like the ones who described with the tomato base.

      My Celtics are playing now and have to win. The Sox are out of it as are The Bruins. This was one really weird season for all major sports. The Pats did win today.

      It was a quiet day today.

  2. Birgit Says:

    Spring cleaning bug in September? Blame climate change.

    I like cabbage and usually eat it either as part of a pearl barley or lentil soup or as sauerkraut, a quick meal with potatoes in winter. Cabbage rolls are still quite common here but I think they work best with meat inside which I barely eat anymore.

    Happy disaster watching!
    Speaking of disaster, is it possible to watch TV without political ads?

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I blame being stuck in the house for so long. Some of it was rearranging. Some of it was cleaning and more was organizing. I did stay busy for a couple of days. Now I have earned slothdom.

      Some of the pay stations like Showtime have no political ads. The broadcast networks are full of them. If I see, “Hello, I’m Joe,” one more time I may scream. Trump hasn’t anywhere the number of TV ads as Biden.

      I have enjoyed disaster Sunday.

  3. im6 Says:

    I have no idea what “background” you’re referring to. I thought maybe it was something on Facebook, but hot there either. Are my internet skills lacking or was this just a test?

    • katry Says:

      im6,
      At first, I had no idea what you were talking about. It took me reading the entry twice to find the word background. I should have explained better. It is my fault. You can’t see the background because it is my personal background on my computer.


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