“We’re like licorice. Not everybody likes licorice, but the people who like licorice really like licorice.”

I’m writing this in the wee hours. Today I will be busy from around 11 until late afternoon. I do hate busy.

The only thing I did on Sunday was vacuum downstairs which has become a daily chore. Wispy balls of Henry hair with a few from Nala thrown in for texture and color rise into the air with the slightest movement. I vacuum. They reappear. I walk down the hall. They fly. I grab the vacuum again.

I never noticed my mother cleaning the house. She did it while I was in school. I did know when she’d done laundry as it was hung out on the lines in the backyard. I loved the smell of fresh sheets dried on the line. My mother ironed. I remember she ironed my father’s handkerchiefs. They were rectangles when she was finished. He kept one in his back pocket, and he always used it.

I have an iron. It was a house warming gift in 1977. It works perfectly. I know because I had to iron napkins a few months ago after they exited the dryer quite wrinkled. I used to iron clothes for work. I’d set up the ironing board in the den and watch TV while I ironed. I once ironed a tablecloth. The logistics alone were trying. I keep my iron near at hand in the cabinet under the sink just in case it is needed. It is a steam iron.

Sometimes I wish I had a tree house or a yurt in my backyard. People used to have summer kitchens. I’d like a vacation house under or in the trees in my backyard.

I don’t like black licorice, but I do like Good and Plenty. I also like the Chuckle’s black jelly square. I pick out and eat all the black jelly beans in any assortment. Once I was given a bag of just black jelly beans. It was bliss. I love anise cookies. My uncle used to make them every Christmas. I have his recipe. He said to use anise oil. I always do. I’ve even been known to throw down a shot of Sambuca. I don’t choose to reconcile this apparent contradiction. Life should have some mystery.

It has started lightly raining. I can hear drops on the leaves from the opened window behind me. The rain is unexpected, but it’s nice, a sweet rain, a calming rain.

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6 Comments on ““We’re like licorice. Not everybody likes licorice, but the people who like licorice really like licorice.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    My wife buys vacuum cleaners on a regular basis. When we had dogs they would clog up and then eventually die within 18 months. We’ve owned expensive ones and cheap ones. They average about an 18 month life. In 2019 she bought a canister type from Amazon that was cheap and it is now relegated to the garage to vacuum out the cars. I’m despiretly trying to not allow my garage to become a junk storage place. She decided that buying cheap ones lasted just as long as expensive ones. Her latest purchase, on Friday, is a Shark. It was marked down on sale. We’ll see how long this one lasts. 🙂

    Today will be a repeat of yesterday’s weather. Tomorrow the high is forecast to reach 99° ahead of the first fall cold front. Tuesday’s high will only get to 85°.

    I never liked licorice of any color, shape or type. There are some flavors that I can’t eat including cilantro. It’s now the hot ingredient in Mexican food, Thai Food, and Vietnamese food. My sister, my first cousin and I all have a genetic flaw that makes cilantro taste like soap. Maybe I have a genetic flaw that also makes licorice taste bad. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I have a couple of vacuum cleaners. One is really heavy so I haven’t used it in a while. It is the best one of course. I have a hand held vacuum I use for small clean-ups and a bigger one I leave upstairs. I have only bought two regular size vacuums in 30 years. Boxers don’t shed all that much.

      It got really windy today and a bit chilly in the afternoon. It went down to the low 60’s. I was outside at a friend’s house for a barbecue/ birthday party, and I got cold. It was closed to 5:30 when I got home.

      I have always liked red licorice, never black. I am lucky. I don’t seem to have any food allergies. Can you tolerate coriander? It is a different form of cilantro.

      I love Thai food. Cilantro in most Thai dishes is used mostly for garnish I think.

      • Bob Says:

        You’re right about coriander being the seed do cilantro. I can’t think of ever eating something containing coriander. What kind of dish would contain coriander?

      • katry Says:

        Probably nothing you’d eat as it is in Mexican and Thai and similar cuisines.

  2. Christer. Says:

    The only household chore I like is ironing. Too ad I really don’t have anything needing ironing any more 🙂 🙂

    We Swedes love licorice, especially salty licorice and I think only the finns like it even more than we do. I’m not especially fond of the sweeter varieties to be honest.

    Today has been chore day so I’ve done the laundry and dinner for next week at work. I could vacuum but that can wait another day.

    Have a great day!


  3. katry Says:

    Hi Christer,
    Nothing much I wear needs ironing anymore either. I do still iron napkins and tablecloths as I only use them when I have company, and they don’t look too great wrinkled.

    I don’t thin I have ever had salty licorice. The sort I buy isn’t all that sweet. I don’t think licorice should be sweet.

    I had a uke performance today then I went to a barbecue/birthday party. I went to uke then home to let the dogs out and feed them then on to the party. I’m tired.

    Take care!~

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