“Birds are the eyes of heaven, and flies are the spies of hell.”

The wind is tremendous. It howls and rushes. The trees and their branches in the backyard are bending at their waists. I’m surprised the pines haven’t cracked. Pines have shallow roots. Today is warm, in the high 50’s, and it could even reach 60˚. I’m home bound today with an empty dance card.

When I was a kid, we had a toaster, and that was about it for kitchen electrical. That toaster was notorious for burning toast. I remember using a butter knife or a fork, my preferred tool, to pull out the toast stuck in the toaster. Crumbs fell all over the counter and floor from my determination to free the toast. I never gave any thought to the combination of electrical and my fork. I was a kid. What did I know? I never ate the burnt toast.

My mother later got a Sunbeam mixer, one of those black and white ones. It sat on the counter for years before being replaced by a food processor. The toaster became a toaster oven. Progress marched into my mother’s kitchen one appliance at a time.

My mind’s eye can conjure familiar routes and count the lights. Take a left at the fifth light. If you ask me where I live on Cape Cod, I’ll point to my elbow. We determine distance by time. How far to Boston? About an hour and fifteen minutes. We don’t tell you east or west, and once you’re over the bridge, you’re on your own.

I just heard a buzz then another buzz. The biggest fly I’ve seen in a very long time has found its way to my den, a sort of refuge I guess, but I figure it won’t be here for long. Usually the buzzing flies find a closed storm door, and I’m always happy to open the door and free the fly, but I’m suggesting it move quickly. Jack likes to eat flies.

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5 Comments on ““Birds are the eyes of heaven, and flies are the spies of hell.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Today’s weather is going to be a duplicate of yesterday’s weather.

    When I was a kid in Brooklyn my mother had two kitchen appliances. The pop up toaster and an electric juicer. With this move I finally threw out the juicer which I’ve never used nor had my mother used. It must have been a wedding gift which my mother thought she would use some day and never regifted it to someone else. 🙂 It was a tall electric motor with a rotating thing on top that you pressed a half of an orange against to extract the juice. It was surrounded by a glass juice catcher with a lip to fill a glass or a pitcher. I think it was a pain in the rear end to clean after extracting the juice of numerous oranges. My mother always made us orange juice from frozen concentrate which I still think tastes like crap.

    We had a toaster oven at one time and we recently went back to the pop up toaster because it takes up less counter space and it makes better toast. Today, in our kitchen we have a microwave oven, an electric can opener, an electric rice maker, an air popcorn popper and a Keurig coffee maker. We buy Starbucks Keurig Kip’s of coffee at Costco. I drink one good cup before going to work, and drink the rot gut stuff at the office. 🙂

    I’ve always had a very good sense of direction and having a compass built into the car dashboard helps. Having GPS on the phone has been one of the greatest inventions of all time. Being able to navigate anywhere with both a map and audio cues removes the need for having to ask for directions. Regardless of what you said yesterday, not asking for directions is a trait tied directly to the ‘Y’ chromosome. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I have witnessed lost men who wouldn’t stop for directions. My father was notorious for that.

      My mother also used to buy the frozen concentrate. I can remember whacking the orange block in the pitcher with a spoon and breaking it up with a fork hoping the juice would combine with the water.

      I like my toaster oven as I also use it as an oven to reheat small things. I have a microwave off the counter while on the counter is a blender, a mixer, a food processor and a small coffee grinder plus some canisters in the back. I use all of them.

      I also have a good sense of direction. My mother and sister were notorious for getting lost. They used to say they’d put me in the back while they drove and got lost as usual.

  2. Christer. Says:

    Our toaster was the kind that only toasted one side at the time, to get the other side tosted as well one had to flip down the side and then the slice of bread slid down and at the same time turn the untosted side the opposite way. It was great but then the cord gave up and I had to toss it awway, must have been almost years old by then, the toaster not me 🙂

    We also had a kind of toaster that worked over the gas light in the stove. One side was just a metal net and the other side, the one towards the heat had a white fire proof surface.The first slice of bread alays took some time to get toasted but the longer it stayed above the heat the faster it toasted. Turns out that the fire proof surface actually was asbestos 🙂 🙂 🙂 Good thing we didn’t use that one especially often 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!


  3. Sheila Says:

    Hi Kat – True, Mom and I did love putting you in the back seat while we navigated our way somewhere just to drive you crazy. hahaha Also, wanted to let you know that I have the white glass bowl from Mom’s Sunbeam mixer. I use it every time I bake desserts. I figure her juju is in the bowl and will make my baking come out as good as hers did!
    Your sister, Sheila xxoo

    • katry Says:

      I remember when we once went to Andover for dinner. I took a right then an odd left. You two laughed because you had been there before and took the right which kept going on and on. That’s when you threatened me with the back seat.

      I didn’t know about the bowl. That’s really cool!!!

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