“That is one good thing about this world…there are always sure to be more springs.”

Happy spring!

Finally, spring is here, and, despite the clouds and dampness, today is warm. A little sun would have been an ideal way to greet the long-awaited new season, but I’ll take warmth.

The morning is filled with the songs of birds. The front garden has all sorts of flowers popping through the ground. The daffodil bulbs have color now, and a couple more of the hyacinths are poking out of the ground. So far they all look purple. The day lilies, a row of them where the lawn ends, are the slowest to grow.

When I was a kid, I couldn’t wait to shed winter, to say good-bye to the heavy layers. I’d wear my spring jacket to school even if it was cold. I never admitted to cold. I wouldn’t go back to winter.

When I lived in Ghana, I didn’t miss winter though there were days when I wished for the cold instead of the heat, over 100˚most days this time of year, down to the 80’s at night. Instead of waiting for spring, we waited for the rain, for the start of the rainy season, for the end of the dry season, the end of brown.

In Ghana, I had a cook book called Ghana Chop, meaning Ghanaian food, Ghanaian chop. It was basic with measurements in cigarette boxes, metal boxes. It was from Peace Corps hoping we’d stay healthy. I ate pretty much the same dinner every night, meat and yams. Usually it was beef cooked in a tomato based sauce with onions, tomatoes and onions being the only vegetables I could consistently find back then in the market. The beef had to cook a long while to be tender. Chicken was the other meat we ate.

We sometimes bought Sunday dinner, fufu, from a local chop bar near the lorry park. For a big night, we went to the Hotel d’Bull for a really old movie and kabobs for dinner, beef and liver kabobs, for a mere twenty pesewas. We sat on the roof, the expensive seats. The movies were reel to reel. I remember seeing the ending before the middle in a western. The Ghanaians didn’t notice. I didn’t care. It made the spaghetti western a bit more fun.

I have plantain ripening in the kitchen. I’m going to make kelewele, my favorite Ghanaian dish. I do need some fresh ginger, integral to the dish, and peanuts, an optional ingredient I like. I already have the music, a cd of the songs of the FraFra, the local tribe where I lived. I have the right clothes. I have a matching bag. I have sandals in Bolga red leather. I’m ready for a trip back to Ghana, figuratively for now.

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6 Comments on ““That is one good thing about this world…there are always sure to be more springs.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Thankfully, spring has sprung. Today is beautiful with clear skies, very breezy south winds, and a high temperature of 80°. The dry conditions, low humidity, and a spark or two has ignited wild grass fires in several counties just west of Ft. Worth. Several small towns have been leveled by the fires along with 100s of thousands of acres of grasslands. Tomorrow, the weather prognosticators are forecasting widespread rain and possible severe thunderstorms. It’s the one part of spring I could do without, severe thunderstorms. April and May are the two months when we usually get the most rain and the most violent storms. We need them because we are way behind on rainfall for the year. We’re in extreme draught conditions.

    Today, we went to our favorite, authentic, Chinese restaurant, The First Chinese Barbecue, for a big lunch. I get my fix of Chinese food on the weekends. North Texas finally has a large enough Asian population to support several authentic Asian restaurants and Asian grocery stores.

    I never looked for African restaurants here in the DFW area. I know there are a couple of Ethiopian restaurants, but I would think the food would be different than what you ate in Ghana. When I traveled I generally wanted to eat the same food as the locals. What’s the point of visiting Italy and eating in MacDonalds. One of my coworkers flew all over the world for United Airlines and for us and ate every meal in MacDonalds because he trusted the hygiene of the food. 🙁 He’s also stranger than a three dollar bill. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      Today was warmish, and the sun came out but only for a short time late in the afternoon. The low tonight will be in the 40’s. Not that long ago we were thrilled to have a day in the 40’s.

      We have rain all year long and once in a while a winter thunderstorm with lightning. They are usually spectacular. Last year we had little snow and not much rain so we are also playing catch-up with water.

      Boston has some authentic Chinese restaurants. Chinatown has a dwindling population as investors are trying to buy up the land as it is so valuable in the city.

      The best African restaurant here on the cape closed this last year. I am sad and will miss it as I enjoyed the food and always brought my friends from Peace Corps days there when they visited. It was South African food but it shared some flavor accents with West African food.

      I enjoy trying the food wherever I travel.

      • Bob Says:

        I did a search for African restaurants in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area and came up with 30 locations. A few were Ethiopian and a few were South African. Some were African fusion, what ever that is. I’m surprised how many there are and one is nearby.

      • katry Says:

        I don’t know what African fusion is, but if it is like Asian fusion, it will have a variety of dishes from different countries across cultures. There is an African restaurant in Somerville which is Ethiopian and has excellent food. I’ve eaten there 3 or 4 times. I’ll have to hunt to find the closest African restaurant to the cape.

  2. Hedley Says:

    Spring has arrived and I continue to move in the “back to normal” space. I zoomed out early this morning to wait for the cash wash to open. I was first and sorta explained where I have been. We talked, I came home and did the doors and it was no issue.

    My next requirement was to complete 60 minutes of cardio which essentially means walking around the house. The question is my walking companion which today was the Beatles “Let it be” Boxset (shockingly mediocre) and The Beach Boys “Feel Flows” (im6 worthy and great)

    Keep walking, stay active and don’t forget to slug down Eliquis !

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I am so glad to hear that you’re getting better day by day. I can’t think of anything more normal than going to a weekend car wash. Just take your time.

      No Lennie to walk with? I would think listening to Lennie will have your cardio finishing quickly.

      Now that Henry comes in the dog door, I no longer have to get up to let him inside the house. My step numbers have fallen dramatically. I do need to yard clean, and I have a big yard.

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