“When life gives you Monday, dip it in glitter and sparkle all day.”

Here I am sitting on the couch in a brown study, my mood of the day. I woke up early, for me anyway, and took my time. I read the papers, finished both the crossword and the cryptogram, had three cups of coffee shared with Henry, rearranged a few things on the counter while my English muffin toasted and am now watching a really bad movie about aliens. I have no ambition. I haven’t a single list. My biggest accomplishment for the day is still to come.

Last night I had soft tacos for dinner, well a soft taco. I had everything I needed except salsa, but the Rotel tomatoes with chili were perfect so I added the can to the cooking meat and the seasonings. I cut up some cherry tomatoes in my handy dandy cherry tomato cutter, had sour cream, pepper Jack cheese and an avocado which had been hard the day before when I put it into the avocado sock for ripening. I see confusion. An avocado sock? Yes, I bought one for myself and one for a friend’s stocking, pun sort of intended. The sock is neat looking. It has a leather string for closing and will ripen the hardest avocado over a day or two. Last night I yummed my way through my impromptu dinner. It was delicious and will be again.

Today is a bit blah though that may be reflective of my mood. It is warmer than I expected, in the mid 40’s. The clouds with varying degrees of grey are with us again. The wind is getting stronger.

When I was a kid, the week after Christmas was sometimes the best fun. I remember the year I got my bike and how excited I was especially as I could ride it Christmas Day, no snow.

We used to go our grandparents every Christmas Day after dinner, and I hated it. We’d get gifts there and see all our cousins, numbering I think in the thousands, but I hated leaving my new toys.

Henry’s presents are strewn about the house. He has before and after Santas. The before is traditional. The after is wearing a Hawaii bathing suit with a matching Santa hat and, to complete his ensemble, Santa is wearing sunglasses. The before crinkles and the after makes noise when you press his belly, his considerable belly. Henry plays with both of them. It took a while before Henry figured out toys, but now he knows, and right now I can hear the crinkles of poor Santa being mauled.

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6 Comments on ““When life gives you Monday, dip it in glitter and sparkle all day.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Ok, I bit, what’s an Avocado sock made of that ripens the fruit? I have never heard of such a thing and I live where we eat a lot of avocados.

    I’m sitting here on the couch in the den trying to come up with a plan for the day. Not having much luck. The weather should be partly cloudy with a high only of 60°. Tomorrow night another front will come through and possibly bring some soaking rain. We need it badly. By Thursday morning there’s a very slight chance of some freezing precipitation such as sleet or snow flurries. 🙁

    The week between Christmas and New Years is always a letdown even when Chanukah occurs this late. I have been off the week between Christmas and New Years for the past thirty years and once again I can’t wait to get back to work next Monday.

    I guess I’m going somewhere to get out of the house. When my better half makes a suggestion, I take it to heart. The secret to a long and successful marriage, learn the words, “Yes dear”, on your honeymoon. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      It is actually wool and works really well which is a good thing as often the avocados are hard, and I really like guac. I know a brown paper bag would also work, but the sock is great looking.

      Today I did some cleaning of files and deleted duplicate pictures and folders. That’s it for the day but more than I expected to do.

      It will get cold tonight and stay cold for a while. I have a dentist appointment, a dump run and a blood test on Wednesday so that will be when I next leave the house. I’m fine staying here and enjoying the day.

      I always took this week off when I was working. Administrators are year long employees, not just summer like teachers, so I worked some vacations but never this one.

  2. Hedley Says:

    Right now the house is cold, the guys have been working all day on new furnaces and air conditioner units. They said we will have heat tonight but a second day is ahead with the electrical circuitry.

    I finally paid a little attention to the fellow, who in a moment of genius decided to blown himself up in downtown Nashville on Christmas Day. Thankful for no other injuries I could be more than amused that he was blasting Pet Clark’s “Downtown”….what a moment to leave the planet, listening to a masterpiece from the girl from Epsom.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I hope it isn’t too cold there. I remember when my electricity went off and the house was down to 37˚ before it came on again. I can put up with most things but I do hate being cold. I didn’t know that he played Downtown. It must have been symbolic.

  3. Birgit Says:

    I love avocados but I often miss the short moment between too-hard-to eat and too-late-to-eat. I never saw or heard of avocado socks, looks like a great idea. Like Bob I’m curious what it’s made of. At the moment I only have one avocado plant grown from a kernel (or whatever it’s called), I’ve had more plants before but they often don’t survive my erratic watering. Have you tried avocado meat as skincare? It’s great, especially for dry hands. Just rub a little bit of meat in, wait some minutes, rub or wash it off and the skin feels very soft 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      You can always use a paper bag to ripen an avocado. The avocado sock is made of wool and has a leather strap.

      I buy avocados all the time. Most are hard. I think they’d have to be really mushy before I wouldn’t eat them.

      That would be an avocado pit. I’ve had some plants grow 3 or 4 feet tall. It would take 8-20 years for it to grow fruit.

      I haven’t ever done anything but eat it. I don’t know if I could rub some on my hands. I think it might gross me out.


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