“I disliked numbers, and they didn’t think much of me either.”

When I woke up, the first thing I did was to look out the window to see how much snow we had gotten. None. The snow started around ten. It was a nor’easter blowing sideways and falling steadily, but it was a wet snow which has since turned into rain. I just hope it doesn’t freeze.

The wind will get tremendous with gusts up to 60 MPH. Right now it is calm. Only a few hanging brown leaves are fluttering.

I was going to take a Coffee break today. Staying inside makes for poor conversation. Jack and Henry have slept the morning away. I envy them. I wander from the den to the kitchen to the living room and sleeve dust as I go. Nothing holds my interest. Today I’m thinking I’ll clean out the fridge. Obviously I’ve gone over the edge. I’ve gone stir crazy.

Yesterday I made Sunday dinner for myself. I seasoned and baked the spatchcock chicken and added sweet potatoes to the oven with the chicken. I steamed pea pods. Dinner was delicious. It will be delicious again tonight and maybe even tomorrow night. What’s left will become chicken salad. Dinner becomes lunch.

When I was a kid and always after that, math was difficult for me. Arithmetic was easy just a bit of add, subtract, multiply and divide. I used to hide my fingers under my desk so I could use them. Once I started algebra I had nightmares of murderous polynomials chasing me. X was a scary unknown. Now, I’m back to arithmetic. I mostly add and subtract and don’t need my fingers any more. I haven’t ever used algebra.

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10 Comments on ““I disliked numbers, and they didn’t think much of me either.””

  1. hedley Says:

    The week starts with football. Matthew Stafford and Kelly have left Detroit for LA. It isnt just what Matthew did on the field for the last 12 years, we loose a couple who’s generosity was exemplary in our community. I wish Matthew every success

    I was greatly amused that his only stipulation was that he was not to be traded to New England. Obviously he had had more that enough of Patricia who has apparently returned to the Krafts having destroyed our team in under 2 1/2 years. Can blame Matt for not wanting that

    the Super Bowl in coming and Uncle Eric #72 will not be playing for KC. It seems that he did his Achilles in the Buffalo game and will be out for quit a while.

    So we wait for Goff and some draft picks and i wonder if I will ever live long enough to see a rebuild, which in the case of my Lions seems a ridiculous term, as how can you rebuild when you have never been there in the first place.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      We all let out a sad sigh when Tom left, but we are glad for him and his defeat of ageism. This was not a good year for the Sox or the Pats.

      I remember how awful a coach Matt Patricia was. I guess he has found his corner, an assistant coach spot. I totally understand not wanting to have him as a coach again.

      I am not such a huge football fan that I’ll watch any games. I have to have a horse in the race. Sometimes I’ll watch for the commercials but so many companies which usually advertise have opted out.

      We here have waited years for championships. Be patient. Try 86 years in baseball.

  2. Christer. Says:

    It started to snow shortly after I had gone up this morning and how it snowed! I couldn’t see the road when I was driving to work and thought I had to stop at either a resting place or bust stop, the problem was I couldn’t see where they were 🙂 🙂

    It did calm down after a while so I managed to get to work. Now it snows again and I’m so tired of it, just as the roads were really good again this white garbnage starts to fall from the sky 🙂 🙂 🙂 It is at least less cold now so that’s something :-9

    I have always loved math and X and I have always been very good friends and we have nor problems with Y either 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      Right now it is pouring and has been most of the day. Last night wasn’t dark. Usually I have to feel around in the dark, but the sky was so light last night I could see everything in my room.

      Nothing makes you feel so helpless as when your car slides on the road in snow and you hope for control. I know how to drive in snow but I hate doing it.

      Y and I also did not get along!!

      Be careful!

  3. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Just spoke with my cohort in Morristown New Jersey and he just spent his lunch hour snow blowing 14 inches off of his driveway. He’s expecting another 14 inches by morning. Today, here in North Texas the sun is out and the high will be around 60°. We’re expecting a below freezing cold snap, a low of about 29° on Thursday morning.

    What is Spatchcock Chicken? Is it a special breed of chicken, or a special recipe? Today our factotum of the month came and repaired some caulking around the bathtub in our second upstairs bathroom and repainted the ceiling in the breakfast room below where water spots have leaked down and made stains. He also painted over the spots. Our usual factotum was out of town until the middle of this month. That was the big excitement for my day. My wife is a big fan of the app, “Next Door” and has found wonderful handymen and other workmen from the recommendations of other users of that site who are our neighbors.

    I came in to work today to give my family a break from my working and being at home. I have the entire corner of the 4th floor office space to myself and I’m wear a mask all day long. I get more done here because there are less distractions and my waistline gets a break because there are no easy access to snacks.

    When I started flying I was concerned that my lack of mathematical ability would hinder my career goals. However, I discovered the E-6B Aeronautical slide rule. These analog devices were a product that came out of WWII aviation and are now available as an app for the iPhone. Eventually, the pocket calculator came out and between the two of them they solved all my problems with aviation math.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      We might get some snow if the rain changes back during the night. It has been pouring. My sister is getting snow, but I don’t know how much, close to 10 inches I think.

      A spatchcock chicken is just one way of serving it. The chicken comes split then flattened. The skin roasts beautifully and the chicken cooks in about a half hour. I used a few of my favorite exotic spices on it, and I was hard-pressed to share with the dog.

      I have Skip and I also have a carpenter, plumber and electrician in my circle of workmen. Skip is also my plow guy. When last I had the inside painted, Skip did it all.

      I can work through noise compliments of the years I spent working in a high school where noise is never ending.

      I remember using a slide rule even to do simple math. That was a huge step for me.

      Math has such a tiny space in my life that I don’t mind it so much any more.

      • Bob Says:

        The one thing that makes me upset is when I buy something with cash, usually in a fast food restaurant, and the kid behind the counter hands me a stack of bills with coins on the top as he or she tells me what the amount of change was calculated by the cash register. I wish they still taught people how to count back the change, starting with the amount of the sale. Give up wasting time teaching cursive handwriting which no one does any longer.

      • katry Says:

        They don’t teach simple skills as most kids live an electronic life. They don’t count out the change because they don’t have to.. They know the computer cash register will do all the heavy lifting.

        Kids can’t tell analog time anymore either. Like cursive, it is a dying skill. I would never give a kid a digital as a first watch. I’d teach the kid to tell time in analog then give the surprise.

  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I do New Age Math; if it feels like the right answer, it’s okay with me. It seems to work. I’ve gotten the correct answers to things like the trajectory of a space probe to Mars. Fortunately no capsules were dependent upon my answer which does take the pressure off. 😀

    It started snowing a few hours ago but I think it was misting before that. Right now it’s mostly swirly snow. Some of the flakes appear to be heading east while others are going west. Every now and then they all go horizontally westward. Things are getting covered fairly quickly. I’m unprepared for this one. There is no ice cream or chocolate in the larder. 🙁

    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      That trajectory would be way beyond my math skills. I got B’s in math in high school but I had to work hard to get there. That never endeared math to my heart.

      I have both chocolate and ice cream bought before I knew about the storm, just serendipity. What I don’t have is snow! I have rain, lots of rain, and I am not disappointed.


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