“There’s no insects in American cuisine? Not one? I don’t think there are. That’s so sad.”

Today is fall. The sun is hazy. The air is chilly, left over from last night’s cold. Every now and then a breeze blows the topmost branches. Birds are in and out at the feeders Henry and I filled yesterday. Henry loved being out with me and kept running on and off the deck. He was panting by the time we went back inside the house.

I need to go out today. I should have yesterday, but I just didn’t want to go; instead, I busied myself around the house, busy being relative. I moved a few things off the counter then moved a few more things to make storage room for what I took off the counter. My life is a domino effect.

When I was growing up, everything at home just happened. My clean clothes mysteriously appeared in my closet and drawers. While I was at school, my bed was made. When I grabbed my lunch box in the morning, it was filled with my lunch, my always tasty lunch. Floors were vacuumed and tables polished, all in secret. Like the shoemaker, we must have had elves.

When I was a kid, I wasn’t afraid of too much, maybe just the man with the hook. I knew spiders ate bugs so I liked spiders. Even now, I’ll help get a spider out of the sink before I turn on the water. I used to sing the ladybug song when one landed on me. I’d gently puff at the ladybug so it would fly away. I loved the way the ladybug’s wings folded. Last summer I bought ladybugs and let them go in the front garden so they could dine al fresco.

“Ladybug ladybug fly away home,
Your house in on fire and your children are gone,
All except one and that’s little Ann,
For she crept under the frying pan.”

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12 Comments on ““There’s no insects in American cuisine? Not one? I don’t think there are. That’s so sad.””

  1. Christer. Says:

    I’vbe been looking for a house elf for quite some time but they are hard to find 🙂 We never ha´d any when I grew up though so I had to do all that by myself, the food at school was delicious though, thank god for free school lunches because those ladies really knew how to cook 🙂 🙂

    I was terrified of spiders growing up but hwen >I finally moved out to the countryside I started to like them, I like them even more now considering how mant flies they eat 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      I have a couple of house elves who come every two weeks to clean. I write the check and stay out of their way. They are the only people Henry sees, and he sees them only every 2 weeks, but this week Henry let Leandro pat him. That was huge.

      I don’t know why I was never afraid of spiders. Maybe my father told me how helpful they were and how harmless. In August, the babies hatch usually by a window. That’s when I think of Charlotte’s Web.

      Have a wonderful evening!

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I was thinking that lobsters might be insects but then I remembered that they are arachnids like spiders.
    This is the first I knew that the lady bug song had two more lines. Never heard about Ann and the frying pan. Smart bug.
    As I’ve said before, my house would be so much nicer if it had room service. 🙂
    Today is definitely fall and might be sliding into winter for a bit. There are heavy, serious-looking clouds stacking up in the sky.
    Enjoy the errands and the rest of the day.

    • katry Says:

      HI Caryn,
      I decided I didn’t want to go out. I’ll be another day late tomorrow.

      It is such an ugly day. The sun is gone, and it is really cold. Tonight could be in the 20’s, that should be during the middle of winter, not in the fall.

      I always thought of Lady Bug as a nice rhyme. I thought the word gone meant her children had left except Ann who needed to be saved. Now I find out other friends thought it meant the children were dead, gone to their heavenly reward. I like my version.

      Room service would be wonderful. Lately I’ve hated to cook. Last night it was crackers and cheese despite a full freezer. Today I had breakfast delivered at lunch. I do eat the fruit.

      The day has been a good one so far. I hope you are having a great day also!

  3. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    I’ve never been a fan of insects or especially spiders who give me the creeps. I don’t want to eat them, keep them as pets nor have anything to do with them. Thank goodness for exterminators. 🙂

    I purposely won’t think of a lobster as an arachnid, they’re too tasty to think that they are related to spiders. I will only refer to them as seafood.

    Today started out cooler, low 40°s but warmed up nicely to 71° Under sunny skies. The weather prognosticator said we would have warmer and dryer than normal autumn and they have been right. We could certainly use some rain. The same type of weather is forecast for the winter, warmer and drier than normal.

    I also never knew the rest of the rhym about the ladybug. Ladybugs are ok.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      Spiders eat bugs so they get to live. I would not have them exterminated though I did have an exterminator when I had mice in the cellar. I didn’t know that about lobsters.

      “Arachnids are creatures with two body segments, eight legs, no wings or antennae and are not able to chew. … Arachnids belong to an even larger group of animals called “arthropods” which also include insects and crustaceans (lobster, crabs, shrimp, and barnacles). This is the largest group in the animal kingdom!”

      Tonight is cold. I shut the back door. Now Henry can’t go out the dog door.

      Lady bugs are great for the garden.

  4. Birgit Says:

    I wonder what happened to my kitchen window spider, a big black one that lived on an avocado plant the whole summer, it’s gone now.

    Your lady bug song reminded me of a very old children’s song we still learned and sang back then. Maybe your song is based on our song? Ours is a sad song about a war and I just hope that today’s kids don’t sing it anymore.
    May bug fly,
    your father is at war,
    your mother is in Pommernland,
    Pommernland burned down,
    May bug fly.

    • katry Says:

      Your spider has probably moved back to his winter home. I’d be near radiator.

      I didn’t ever wondered what the lady bug song meant. You know I had to go hunting:


      There were a few different meanings, but the one in the link above was the most common. I looked up Pommernland but didn’t find anything but a hotel.

      • Birgit Says:

        Interesting link. Thanks!
        Pommernland is an old name for Pomerania (Poland/Germany/Baltic Sea). According to wikipedia Pommernland wasn’t part of older versions of this song and it just stands for a country in war.

      • katry Says:

        I hadn’t ever seen that word before. It is an interesting word. I’ll do a bit more research.

  5. lilydark Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Love the ladybug research. I wonder if there is a lady bug song. I try to let spiders live also. It gets so dark and cold ( for us ) lately. Don’t people eat chocolate ants?
    I need your some house elves, but I can’t let anyone into the house to help me clean…so I become an elf for about an hour a day.
    It’s all the cat hair, mixed with litter, dust mites that seem to be almost winning now.
    How are your raccoons doing. Every time I see a post about them I think of you.
    Take Care,
    Lori and Cookie

    • katry Says:

      Hi Lori,
      I think people are tricked into tasting insects while others will try anything. I have eaten all sorts of foods, and I think I did try one of those ants.

      My cleaners come every two weeks so I clean the odd week. If I didn’t, the animal hair would take over the house.

      No raccoons, just spawns!

      Be safe!

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