“It’s been a pretty tough day,” he said. “No sense making it worse with a salad.”

I slept quite late this morning and woke up closer to the afternoon than the morning. I have only read one paper, but I did watch MSNBC to check on the latest news. I have decided I can’t stand MSNBC’s and CNN’s in between program commercials. This morning I took a shower and made my bed while the commercials were playing.

In Ghana, salads had weird ingredients. They never had lettuce or cucumbers or peppers. Those veggies were’t grown in Ghana back then. There were hard-boiled eggs, tomatoes, Heinz baked beans and canned peas all stirred together with salad cream. I never made a salad, but any time I was invited to dinner at a Ghanaian’s house, this salad of sorts was on the table. I choked it down trying not to gag on the cold beans and cold peas, both straight from the can.

It rained during the night. I never heard it, but everything being wet this morning gave it away. Showers will continue during the day. The high will be in the 40’s. I do need to go out for animal food, but I’ll do a pick up at Agway and maybe a Ring’s pick-up for me. I do need milk.

Putting away Christmas will be finished today except for the tree. It will stay in the living room until Thursday when it will be returned to the cellar. My living room will look bare and dark. I do have a white lights set I never used. I’ll have to think on that.

After all this time in the house, I’m running out of things to keep me occupied. Yesterday’s sweep of the kitchen floor and the wet mopping which followed are signs of creeping boredom. I don’t just clean for the sake of it. Wait, wait, I forgot I have a new jigsaw puzzle. Hurrah, the day is saved.

I’m finding being alone more and more acceptable over time. The same thing happened in Ghana where I lived alone for the first time in my life. It took a while for me to adjust, but I did.

One of the effects of this pandemic is I have lost touch with friends which saddens me, but Bill and Peg and I have become closer as we’ve traded calls and kept in touch every few days. We make each other laugh, and I can’t think of anything better, but even Bill and Peg have become disembodied voices on the phone so we’re going to Zoom. I’ll wear my party hat.

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10 Comments on ““It’s been a pretty tough day,” he said. “No sense making it worse with a salad.””

  1. Lynn Says:

    Hi Katry, used to read your blog some years ago and decided to revisit it. So glad to see you continue to update it and I really enjoy it. The pandemic is indeed hard, but you do spread joy to California and I will take all we can get! Thank you for sharing stay safe and we will get through this

    • katry Says:

      Hi Lynn,
      Welcome. How neat you found me again. This is where I ended up after Blogger kicked me out for posting music. I hunted a while then found WordPress and have been here ever since. I still post every day except Wednesday.

      Thank you for your kind words. You gave me joy!!

      Safety is my first thought when I leave the house which I do less and less. I’m into delivery.

      You also stay safe in California!!!The vaccine is coming.

  2. Christer. Says:

    The opposite over here today. Up at 4 am because I had to work today but thankfully I could go home after I had my lunch 🙂 Snow during the night and snow again after I came home. So far just a little more than a dusting but they say it might snowduring the night. Guess if I’m glad I won’t work again until the 11th 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      Some places will get snow, but here on Cape Cod we won’t go below freezing. We will get more rain tonight.As usual, the night will get colder.

      That’s a nice vacation!

      Take care.

  3. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Today is a repeat of yesterday’s weather. I’ll take it all winter long.

    Back to work and loving it. Tomorrow ai go back to the office, if I can remember how to get there, to teach a virtual class remotely. I need to get out of the house.

    When I was in Italy in 2007, I was surprised that the salads also had weird ingredients. One was canned corn nibblets and canned tuna. Also, there’s no such thing as Italian dressing. They would give you a beautiful bottle within a bottle with two pour spouts. On spout olive oil poured from the larger outer container and balsamic vinegar poured from the smaller inner container. I’ve only seen that type of dispenser in one Italian restaurant in Mississauga, Ontario. It’s the suburb of Toronto where the main airport is located. I’ve looked in restaurant supply stores but to no avail.

    While in Sesto Calende Italy, on Lake Majore near Milano, I went to a large discount store with a large grocery department. I asked a manager, who spoke English, where I could find Italian salad dressings. He laughed and said that there’s no such thing. Real Italian salad dressing is what was served to me in the restaurants I visited, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. He said only the French would sell vinaigrette salad dressing, which we call here, Italian dressing. I used to have fun going into a chain Italian restaurant and ask for real Italian dressing. I have to tell them to bring olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I stopped doing it because it embarrasses my spouse. :-‘

    • Bob Says:

      Eureka, I found them on Amazon. Truly they have everything from A to Z. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I, however, want the daily deluge gone. I am tired of the rain almost every day.

      I hear you!! I hit a spot where I also have to leave the house or go stir crazy. I’ll go tomorrow as I do need animal food and maybe some human food.

      I knew about Italian dressing. I offer guests vinegar and oil for their salads though I do put out Caesar dressing and one other out, whatever is in the fridge. I choose my dressing dependent on what’s in the salad. I love to load them.

      When I travel overseas, I shop at grocery stores for snacks for my room, and I often buy dinner from a hole in the wall. Because I travel so often (or used to), I save money by buying prepared foods. Your poor long suffering wife!!

      • Bob Says:

        I was in the grocery store on the last day I was in Italy with another instructor. He was buying bottles of olive oil to pack in his suitcase to bring home. I asked him what would happen if one or more of the bottles broke and leaked olive oil all over his cloths? 🙂 He said he was saving a lot of money. When I got home I found the same brands at the same or lower priced than in Italy.

      • katry Says:

        When I was in Morocco, I hired a car and driver for the day. He asked a favor. Would I mind if he stopped? It was an amazing stop. We went to a place where they made olive oil with machines probably older than I was. The workers had to move the machines around to press the olives. The floor was covered in discarded parts of the olives. The odor was pungent. The driver bought large tins of freshly pressed oil. That I would have bought if I could have transported easily.

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