“Soup not only warms you and is easy to swallow and to digest, it also creates the illusion in the back of your mind that Mother is there.”

Today is a delight. My sweatshirt is gone, replaced by my flannel shirt. It will be in the 60’s. Nala returned the lost garden glove from the yard. I found it on the floor this morning. She has already been a busy girl. I missed Gwen this morning. I didn’t go in when I saw her as it was too early for her shot. I was hoping she’d still be out when it was shot time, but I had to hunt for her under the beds. She was in front of one heating vent. I gave her a few treats and her insulin. I figure she and Jack are now under the beds for their morning naps. The dogs are out in the yard. All’s right with the world.

Yesterday Nala was glued to the front door. She wasn’t moving and was intently looking outside. I went to check. She was watching a spawn of Satan dine on one of my pumpkins. The insides of the pumpkin and some seeds were strewn on the walk. That spawn ignored the two of us and just kept eating. Cheeky beastie!

When I was a kid, there was no leash law. Dogs roamed. Duke, our boxer, was all over town. My favorite Duke story is the time he recognized my grandmother, who was shopping uptown, and followed her. He had stayed at her house a couple of times so he knew her. Duke followed my grandmother into Woolworth’s. He lifted his leg on the comic book display. The manager asked my grandmother if Duke was her dog. She said no, which was technically true, but then she lied and said she didn’t know him. The manager was skeptical as Duke was still there sitting beside her. She wasn’t called out on it even when he followed her out of the store and down the sidewalk. My grandmother said she was thoroughly embarrassed being questioned about Duke after his comic book escapade. I still laugh about this story.

When I think about comfort food, I think about my mother. Because my father was a meat and potato guy, we always expected mashed potatoes. I remember making a well in the middle of my potatoes, adding gravy and trying not to let the gravy overflow, just because it was challenging. My favorite mashed potatoes were the ones my mother used to frost her meatloaf, the king of comfort foods. Tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich is one of my favorite comfort combinations. My mother’s grilled cheese sandwiches were epic. I remember the browned bread from the cast iron skillet oozing with melted Velveeta. I’d dip it into my soup and be careful not to let it slop. I remember going inside after sledding and being warmed by thick tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich. I yummed my way through the entire meal.

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6 Comments on ““Soup not only warms you and is easy to swallow and to digest, it also creates the illusion in the back of your mind that Mother is there.””

  1. Christer. Says:

    Hi Kat!

    I’ve read that story once before and I laughed just as much this time ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ You do have some really fun stories that can be read over and over again and I will laugh just as much each time ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    I think it was last autumn when I drove behind a lorry with the sign Vehiculo Longo and I started to laugh so much I had tears in my eyes ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      I do have funny family stories, and my dad is the star of most of them. We’d laugh, and he’d want to know what we were laughing about.

      That is so funny you also saw a Vehiculo Longo . That guy even owns so many trucks in Sweden!!

  2. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Today was another beautiful day, but with more clouds. The low was in the upper 50s and the high was 72ยฐ. At work they must have the air conditioning on because I wore my jacket in the classroom and the thermometer read 62ยฐ. When they designed our building in 1984 they didnโ€™t install heaters. They assumed that a large concrete building in Texas didnโ€™t need heat. I think the architect got Dallas confused with Miami. ๐Ÿ™‚

    My favorite comfort foods are grilled cheese sandwiches and Campbellโ€™s caned tomato soup. My second favorite is spaghetti with meat sauce topped with Parmigiana Reggiano. Home made chicken soup with mazo balls is my third choice. Overall, anything made of chocolate trumps the above list. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      We had a wonderfully warm November day today. The dogs were out a good part of the day. I watched them for a while.

      My heat was on and off all day. I prefer it off but I hate being cold more.

      My mother used to add milk to her Campbellโ€™s tomato soup which made it creamy and delicious. I also love homemade chicken soup with noodles or rice. I used to make it after I finished with rotisserie chicken. I still love meatloaf!1

  3. Birgit Says:

    It’s cold here. Nice but cold, below freezing point at night. Still being in the southern part of the country I’ve eaten more meat and especially regional liver sausage in just a few weeks than the decades before. Well, so far I survived and the local beer isn’t too bad. I hope to return home by train tomorrow, back to healthy tasty food, my own bed and the ability to catch up with ktcc music ๐Ÿ™‚

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      Wow, we haven’t hit freezing yet. The western part of the state has, but we’re warmer at night as the ocean is slow in getting colder.

      I haven’t ever been a fan of liver sausage, other sausage yes.

      I’m glad for your survival!!


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