“A box without hinges, key, or lid, Yet golden treasure inside is hid.”

Happy New Year!

I slept late this morning. I woke up to clouds and rain. I woke up and remembered it was a new year still filled with hope as are all new years. I jumped out of bed, ran downstairs, let the dogs out, put on the coffee, ran back upstairs, gave Gwen her shot and both cats their food, some scratches and pats, ran back downstairs, let Henry inside then went to the front yard to get today’s paper. I got rained on.

When I was a kid, we used to watch the Rose Parade every New Year’s Day. That the parade was in black and white was no nevermind. That’s all we knew. We’d eat our cereal sitting on the floor in front of the TV as close to the screen as my mother would let us sit. She didn’t want us to go blind. We all loved parades.

That New Year’s Day was the last day of Christmas vacation didn’t escape us, but we were ready to go back to school. It was easy to run out of stuff to do when you’re stuck inside because of the cold or the rain, and that always happened during Christmas vacation.

I prefer mittens to gloves. They keep my hands warmer, but I do have a pair or two of gloves anyway. I keep one pair in the car, as sort of part of an emergency kit. Actually, I think it’s the only item in my winter emergency kit or any emergency kit for that matter. Anyway, inside the house, under the coat rack AKA the clothes tree, I have a Bolga basket filled with mittens, one pair of gloves and two short scarves. My long new scarf is drying off from having been dragged into the rain onto the deck. The perp is known but will not be identified.

Ketchup on hot dogs and eggs is just wrong. In a bit of a stretch, I can see but not condone ketchup on a hot dog as it is a condiment related in function to mustard and or relish and maybe some chopped onions, the proper toppings.

People don’t put ketchup on fried eggs or eggs Benedict, poached eggs or eggs on toast as called them when I was a kid, or on egg salad, which I find a bit gross in appearance anyway, or on soft boiled eggs which we used to eat from chicken looking egg cups. People mostly put ketchup on scrambled eggs. What is it about scrambled eggs that invites ketchup? Why not on the other eggs? I use salt and pepper, mostly pepper.

Why do people put paper towels in only one direction with no arguments as to which direction? Toilet paper direction, on the other hand, is cause for war. Why one and not the other? The answer may be the key to solving all the mysteries of the universe.

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10 Comments on ““A box without hinges, key, or lid, Yet golden treasure inside is hid.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,


    Like you I slept late this morning also. I’m not sure how much rain we got last night but I didn’t hear any thunder. Today the wind has shifted to the north and the temperature is slowly dropping. My industrious spouse added water to the pool, removed the hose from the spigot and covered both of them with old socks to prevent freezing. Tomorrow’s low temperature is predicted to be in the mid 20s. Since the big freeze last year we are going to run all the interior faucets to prevent freezing. Not necessarily as long as we have heat, but if it makes her happy, it’s not worth arguing.

    I remember watching the rose parade as a kid on a black and white TV. As a kid I never gave not seeing color on the TV any thought until I saw the first RCA color TVs at the State Fair in 1959. I was astonished that I hadn’t noticed that monochrome was so bad. My father assured me that he would never spend that much money to get color TV. Today, HD Color TVs are today throwaway commodities thanks to Jack Kilby of Texas Instrumemts and Bob Noyce of Fairchild Semiconductor who invented the semiconductor chip. I’ve been reading a book called, “The Chip”. It’s fascinating.

    I agree with you 100% ketchup on a hot dog or on scrambled eggs is a cardinal sin. 🙁 My family has fallen in love with various hot sauces and put those on nearly everything. We have a small Lazy Susan on the breakfast room table filled with bottles of various hot sauces of various strengths and colors. I have a tenderfoot tongue and just pass on the stuff.

    In our house the paper towel dispenser is a vertical pole on the kitchen counter so no directional argument is possible. However, my spouse has decided that TP always has the end towards the front of the roll. It’s much too small of a thing to argue about. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      It rained on and off all day, but it actually reached the 50’s today. The weather will get cold on Monday, down to the 30’s. They’ve warned people of the cold and it is going to be in the 30’s, the usual winter temperatures. We’re getting soft!

      If you don’t know any differently, what you already have is enough. Black and white TV was a miracle until color TV. That’s the way of the world. We are astonished for only a little time.

      I also put hot sauces on my table lazy Susan when I serve certain meals. Some of my friends use it but more don’t. I like hot but bearable heat.

      • Bob Says:

        This morning we were in the 60s, by sundown we were in the mid 30s. By morning we will get down to 25° by morning. Winter showed up along with the new year.

      • katry Says:

        That is such a drop in temperature, a familiar drop.

        In Ghana, during the harmattan, we had a 30˚ colder night than day. It was still hot on paper but bodies don’t react well to such dramatic changes in temperature.

  2. im6 Says:

    Happy New Year to you, too, Kat. For me, today (and last night) has just been Another. Regular. Day. Except for, of course, the tradition of eating black-eyed peas — just in case it turns our to be true that they bring good luck and prosperity. I’ve been batting zero in this department most of my life, but why take chances, right? The holidays have the wires in my inner calendar all crossed, so Saturdays now seem like Sundays and the rest of the days are a mix of who knows what. Hope the new year is good to you and brings you lots of good surprises. Thank you for being such a great friend!

    • katry Says:

      Sadly, good luck and prosperity will bypass this house, no beans hiding as black-eyed peas on my plate.

      I am, on rare occasions, lucky. I’m at the stage of life when I don’t need much, don’t want to do much and am mostly content.

      With holidays on Saturdays, I have also lost track of the day. I have to stop for a second and think. Every day of late has seemed like every other day especially with the weather the same day after day.

      It goes both ways, my friend!

  3. lilydark Says:

    Paper towels sit in a box. They never put a roll for it in the kitchen, and the one in the bathroom keeps breaking, so… gloves over mittens, and I dislike ketchup. If the answer may be the key to solving all the mysteries of the universe, is paper towels and toilet paper. then 2022 may be a better year. Join me in a toast to finding that key!
    Gee, I wonder who the perp is.
    I had a pillow that was snoring, and I just told it to stop. She did. It was making me sleepy.
    Cold out and I’m snuggled indoors.
    Lori and her really crazy gang.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Lori,
      I have a holder for the paper towels on the inside of the large cabinet so I hang them with the loose towel side out.

      I like mittens because close fingers are warmer than separated fingers.

      Once in a while I have a snoring dog, usually Nala, the boxer, a breed of notorious snorers.

      It’s raining!

      Everyone is asleep but me.

  4. Christer. Says:

    Well You’re so wrong about ketchup and hotdogs 🙂 🙂 🙂 It is the only time I really want ketchup 🙂 Also, some people like my mother for instance have ketchup on everything, even pancakes and that’s just gross 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Have a good continuing of the new year!


    • katry Says:

      Most people I know are not big ketchup users except maybe on French fries. The only ketchup on hog dog users I generally see are kids. Adults usually have a wider palate.

      On pancakes? Super gross!!

      Happy New Year!

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