“A hamburger is an icon of layered circles, the circle being at once the most spiritual and the most sensual of shapes.”

The rain is heavy. I can hear it on the roof. Later it will turn to a snow rain mix but stay mostly rain until tonight. It is above freezing at 39˚. Tonight will go down to the 20’s.

Today is a sloth day. My dance card is empty. I didn’t even make a to-do list.

Yesterday morning when I opened the back door for the dogs, I noticed white paper all over the yard below the steps. I was going to take a picture but decided I wanted my coffee and paper first. Big mistake. When I went out later, the wind had blown all the papers to the extreme back of the yard where they ended up against the fence. I decided to do a yard pick-up. That’s when I found out Christmas was on one side of the yard, the side I saw, and Easter was on the other, the surprise side. Nala had brought out two packages of napkins, one had dogs with Santa hats and the other rabbits dressed in their Easter finery. I cleaned up all of Easter, pieces from a couple of torn boxes and other random trash on thatside of the yard. I decided to clean Christmas later. I didn’t. Big mistake.

I ordered a special dinner today, Thursday’s Winter Warm-Up, from my favorite store, Ring Brothers. It will be delivered this afternoon. The stuffed pork caught my attention.

When I was a kid, we ate a lot of ground beef. My favorite was always my mother’s meatloaf. She’d put ketchup on the top then wrap it in bacon. Other times she’d frost it with mashed potatoes then bake it a bit more in the oven. I remember the swirl of the potatoes and the tips nicely browned. Her American chop suey was the stuff of legend. Her fanciest dinner was ground beef stroganoff over noodles. I always thought it a bit exotic with its foreign name. The easiest suppers were in the summer when my father would grill hamburgers and cheeseburgers. I’d put my cheeseburger in a toasted roll with a dollop of ketchup or maybe some mayo. I think I sighed with my first bite.

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4 Comments on ““A hamburger is an icon of layered circles, the circle being at once the most spiritual and the most sensual of shapes.””

  1. Christer. Says:

    WE had sort of that wetaher here yesterday. Strong storm, lots of rain, then snow and after that it all froze 🙂 🙂 The roads were not fun to drive on this morning but thankfully lots of people are working from home so I was almost alone on the roads this morning.

    I have frozen solid books all over the front of my garden. Alma had a wobbly stomach some time ago and pooped down in one of my bags with books I haven’t read 🙂 🙂 🙂 I didn’t know what to do with the mess so I placed the bag outside until I could dig it all down. I don’t have to think about that any more, the books are spread everywhere so I guess nature will take care of it all for me 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      It is already getting colder. The wind is stronger. It is still raining. These two dogs are the first dogs I’ve had who didn’t mind the rain. Both of them have been in and out. Henry even came in the dog door to bark at the mailman.

      Nothing is worse than trying to drive on ice. No matter how carefully you drive you tend to slip. Be careful.

      Nala will pee or poop in the dining room at night which is why I block her in my bedroom. She doesn’t do anything in my room, but when I open the backdoor in the morning she runs like crazy dog to the backyard.

      Stay safe!!

  2. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    It’s a good thing that my HVAC guy repaired my downstairs heater on Wednesday afternoon when we hit a high temperature in the 60s. This morning it was 27° with cloudy skies. 🙁 there’s no rain in our forecast for the rest of the week, just more drought.

    Sadly, I can’t remember one dish that my mother made. She passed away when I was 13 and food wasn’t high on my addenda. My aunt, her sister with whom I lived afterwards, was a fabulous cook. Her stuffed cabbage rolls were unbelievably delicious. She also made a similar dish of sweet and sour lamb tongues. That kind of home cooking is not fashionable nor easy to find today.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      Wow, that is really cold, colder than we have been in the mornings. Friday will be rainy and snowy. We may get a couple of inches before the snow turns to rain. It also rained this afternoon.

      I’m sorry about your mother.

      One of my college roommates was Polish. She’d go home for the weekend and come back with great food. That’s when I ate gołąbki for the first time. Gołąbki is stuffed cabbage in Polish. I’m not sure I’d eat sweet and sour lamb tongues though I do like lamb. My sister actually makes dinner every night. She made chicken cacciatore the other night and a brisket Sunday. I always ask what she’s making. I don’t make dinner often enough.


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