“Trendy is the last stage before tacky.”

The clouds are getting darker, but rain is not predicted, just clouds and cold. The high today will only be in the low 30’s with a wind making it feel colder. The low will be in the teens. I guess winter is reminding us this is his time. I’ll let him have it. Meanwhile, I’m going nowhere.

I have been especially industrious. Last night I washed the kitchen floor. I just couldn’t take the paw prints. My sensibilities cringed. I also brought boxes and a trash bag to the car. This morning I changed my bed. I’m working my way up to the dreaded laundry.

Bananas are probably my favorite fruit. On the road, in iffy spots, they are pretty safe to eat having a peel and all. They travel well. My Rice Krispies rise to a new level when banana slices are added. I haven’t had banana pudding in a long while, but I remember the taste and the silkiness of the custard. Bananas are my favorite start of the day. Both dogs love bananas. I give them each a piece from mine when I’m feeling especially generous. Henry usually blows bubbles around his mouth while he’s waiting for his. It is both gross and humorous.

When I was a kid, I wore uniforms to school so my wardrobe was a bit skimpy. I had a few skirts and a dress or two, Sunday clothes and play clothes. I had school shoes which doubled as church shoes, and I had play shoes, usually sneakers, always low rise, white tennis sneakers. In the summer it was shorts, Bermuda shorts, and a blouse, usually sleeveless. As proof that life goes full circle, I have a skimpy wardrobe again though I have far more pairs of shoes.

The most clothes I ever owned at one time were when I lived in Ghana where I had to wear dresses all the time and everywhere except in my own house and yard. The wife of a teacher who lived next door was a seamstress, and she made my dresses, all of which were sewn with Ghanaian cloth. Traveling had its difficulties. Pit stops were exactly that, but wearing a dress made it easier to squat. Not that I went to fancy places, but I was dressed for them anyway. I do remember during training I went to Accra with one of the staff members. We went to a bar. It was in an area in Accra I didn’t know existed where there were casinos, fancy hotels and restaurants. We played liar’s dice at the bar with the owner. In that game, winning is losing. I was perfectly dressed.

My dance card remains pristine. I did acknowledge the new week by changing my flannel pants for a new pair I just got on sale. The rest of my uniform remains the same: a tee shirt under a sweatshirt, socks and slippers. It’s a good thing I don’t expect company.

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6 Comments on ““Trendy is the last stage before tacky.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Interestingly, I just finished eating a banana. 🙂 They are my least favorite fruit, but I started eating one a day when I developed leg muscle cramps. They occored mostly at night. My spouse suggested I wasn’t getting enough potassium so I started eating a banana a day. The cramps have completely subsided. My company has been putting out fresh fruit daily for both our clients and our staff. I try to get to the bananas before they all disappear. Today the sun is shining but it stated out cold in the low 30s. We need the rain badly as we are in a severe drought.

    You were lucky to have to wear uniforms to school. It makes your morning clothing decisions easy. I wear our instructor uniform daily out of laziness. Men usually have a very basic wardrobe and have no problem wearing the same outfit more than once. Thankfully, my company abandoned ties and navy blue blazers for our instructors years ago for business casual attire. When I started working here in 1990, our clients wore business casual and occasionally some wore ties and sport jackets. Now they come to class in jeans, sneakers. In the warmer months they wear shorts, flip flops, and tee shirts in the warmer months. The tie is the most useless male garment appendage ever invented. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I had horrific pain at night in my right calf. It was not cramps. The doctor prescribed gabapentin at a low dosage. It worked. Bananas I eat because they taste good to me. Sadly I have none left.

      If women are stuck with heels reaching to the heavens to stay stylish and panty hose so tiny out of the box you have to be a contortionist to wear them then men can manage a tie.

      I never really minded wearing uniforms. They made all things equal. No one was trying to outdo anyone else. My high school uniform included a white blouse, grey vest with the school shield in the corner, a plaid, pleated skirt, a grey blazer, nylons and black loafers. Boys had only to wear dress pants and a sports jacket with the shield patch attached to the pocket. Where was the fairness in that?

  2. Christer. Says:

    Alma and Albin loves bananas but Nova treats them with suspect 🙂 It is one of my favorite fruits as well but mango is the number one even though it isn’t good travelling with 🙂

    A cloudy day here and just around 32 again. Sort of boring weather but I prefer that to real winter 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      I also like mangoes. I never had one until I got to Africa. At first I wasn’t sure, but the more I tried, the better I liked them. Bananas are just easy to eat.

      It is cold. I got under an Afghan quilt to get warm. Now Nala is lying on me so I’m warm where she is lying.

      Take care!

  3. lilydark Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Trying to wake up and wanted to say meow. I can only eat bananas if they have no spots on them ( cause of my medicine) so I haven’t had one for a while. A friend came over yesterday, ( she calls herself the ” Kitchen Witch” and completely cleaned my kitchen.
    My dance card is too full– have to figure out things like my addition to Social Security, how to get rides, blah blah.
    The ants are still invading but much less so. They are my spawns.
    The day is sunny but cold, so I have the window open for Cookie and trying not to freeze.
    The one thing I must do is send my laundry out to be done. I don’t know why it has taken so long, seems so simple, but I suppose it’s just one more thing on the list. Some of it I don’t care to have cleaned, I think I deserve to buy some fresh sheets, but don’t know what to do with sheets that aren’t clean.
    I’ve been listening to music, going to Emma’s Revolution zoom on Sundays, Susan on Sunday, and today at 4 left cost time, and the Nields 4pm my time.
    Even though it is cold I have the window open for Cookie, so she can get some sun, but is she jumping up to look at her T.V.? No, of course not!
    I better end and try to put some puzzles together in my brain, if I can find it.
    Lori and the gang.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Lori,
      Just get green bananas and eat them as they ripen. I buy organic and they are always green when delivered. I need to buy a few more.

      My kitchen is pretty clean, but I use under the butcher block for added storage. I hate it. The area looks messy. I wish I had a pantry.

      Your spawns are far easier to get rid of than my spawns. I had ants as well. They started getting into the animal food so I bought ant destructors poison. They worked well. I put them where none of the animals had any access.

      My washer and drier are in the cellar. The two floors between my laundry storage and the machines is fine for going but not for going back up the two flights of stairs. I would suggest you wash the sheets which aren’t clean. I’m picturing a mad hatter of a bedroom with dirty sheets up and down the room.

      The dogs love looking how the doors, especially the front door. Henry barks at anything going by the house.

      Kat and the four critters!

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