“Where’s the cook? is supper ready, the house trimmed, rushes strewed, cobwebs swept?”

The morning is ugly. The wind is so strong the pine tree tops are swaying back and forth. The sky is covered in thick clouds which offer little hope for a sunny afternoon. The day is damp making it feel colder than it is. Right now it is 49˚. A few months ago I would loved a temperature in the 40’s but this is spring. Come on, Mother Nature. You can do better.

My plans for today are simple. I need to dust and vacuum downstairs. Yesterday I bought a couple of succulents at CVS for half-price, and they need repotting. I may need to nap.

Henry saw his vet yesterday, his behavior modification vet. She thinks he is doing well but also thinks he may need a trainer to stop his crazed barking at the door. Some of what she suggested for his other behaviors I have been doing already. I had put his halter on the floor to decrease his fear, and she suggested I do the same with his leash but add a biscuit so he’ll associate the two, the leash and the cookie. She suggested I put opaque window film on the three door windows to prevent Henry from standing on the stairs and barking at what he can see. She also suggested I help Henry associate the sound of a car/truck approaching with the immediate delivery of a treat. The only drawback is Henry already sees everything as treat worthy.

When I was a kid, we used to have pajama parties. Now they’re called asleep-overs, but I think pajama party is a better description. We never slept until the very wee hours. We ate junk food and drank tonic (the Massachusetts word for pop, for soda pop). We slept on the floor using the pillows and blankets we’d bought. I remember being at Kathleen Donovan’s for a birthday pajama party. Her house was three houses down from my school. We stayed in the living room. The furniture had been moved to the side so we camped in the middle. I also remember her mother telling us it was time for lights out.

We always had supper. The only time we had dinner was on Sunday afternoons. Dinners were more formal. We ate at the table together. My mother served a roast of some sort, the big difference between dinner and supper. We always had potatoes and a veggie or two. We never had bread on the table the way they did in Leave It to Beaver. We also didn’t have to ask to be excused. We bolted when our plates were cleared of food. We ate a lot of hamburger. My favorite was American chop suey. The name is confusing as it has no resemblance to Chinese chop suey and is actually more like Italian food with pasta and ground beef. My mother did make a Chinese chop suey of sorts. I remember watching her make it in the electric fry pan. It had pea pods, bean sprouts and water chestnuts. I put La Choy Chow Mein Noodles on the top. I loved the crunch. I also put the noodles in the middle. I did say I loved the crunch.

Now, I’m craving Chinese food. I’ll order it for this afternoon. Would that be a late lunch or an early dinner?

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4 Comments on ““Where’s the cook? is supper ready, the house trimmed, rushes strewed, cobwebs swept?””

  1. lilydark Says:

    Kat,
    I love the title of this post! Have you thought of accupressure for Henri? I don’t think he would like accupuncture– although a friend does it for her dog to relieve PTSD. For me the Chinese food might be breakfast!! I do remember pajama parties at other people’s houses, but only a few. We played music and danced.
    Take Care,
    Lori and Ms. Cookie

    • katry Says:

      Lori,
      My dog Gracie had acupuncture, and she never minded it.

      Henry doesn’t do new anyone or anything well. He’ll get used to people but it takes a bit of time. I don’t like to put him in a situation where is fearful. He doesn’t mind thunder or fireworks. He hates UPS, FedEx and USPS trucks. He also doesn’t like my neighbor accord the street opening or closing his garage.

      I had a pajama party at my house once. It was great fun. I don’t think my father slept.

  2. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Last night we finally got a little rain. Today was sunny with a high in the low 80s due to a cold front. Just as the summer heat is almost apon us, ERCOT, the operator of the Texas electric grid is asking people to conserve energy. It’s April, for crying out loud. It seems some of their generating plants are undergoing maintenance. Is this a trick to prepare the public for possible rolling blackouts in July? I hope not. During July and August we get morning low temperatures of 80°.

    I find it interesting that you refereed to the evening meal as supper during the week and dinner on Sunday. We always called it supper regardless of the day of the week when I was a kid. Now dinner is good seven days a week. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      Sunday dinner was an afternoon meal, usually around 2. Supper was in the evening the rest of the week. The only exception was when my father would take us out to a restaurant. He always called it out to dinner.

      Low 80’s due to a cold front? That’s a heat wave around here. It is in the low 40’s tonight which is about right for this time of year.


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