“I never shy away from herbs!”

Today is a delight. The sun is bright and warm, but the strong breeze keeps the air cool. I’m glad for the plants I bought as I’ll be on the deck putting them in pots. It’s a great day to get dirty with potting soil. Yesterday, Nala stole one of my herbs just before I potted it, the oregano. She ran around the yard with the pot in her mouth. It was Nala’s game. When I’d get close, she’d run. Meanwhile, I found my other slipper. It is a bit sandy on the outside but none the worse for wear. As for the herb race, the oregano fell out of the pot. Nala picked that up and ran and ran. I gave up and sat on the stairs. Maybe next year the backyard will be covered in oregano.

Everything is quiet. I don’t hear a sound from the street. The house next door is rented, but I haven’t heard them either. The cape is filled with cars. Going anywhere is a test of patience. I usually fail. The air in my car turns blue.

When I was a senior in high school, my English teacher was Mrs. Baker, Ma Baker as we called her. I remember she wore suits with a jacket and skirt. We used to joke she had her fall- spring suit and her winter suit. She told us many times of her trips to England and Avon. My classroom had two doors, one in the front and one in the back. My seat was beside the back door. I got brave and sneaked out of class a couple of times. Once I convinced my friend Diane of the second row to escape with me. She did. The nuns would have called me an occasion of sin!!

Mrs. Baker was also my teacher for Speech and Debate class. Her room, the one with the two doors, had an elevated spot sort of like a stage in the front. She had us reading The Mikado in parts on that stage. We all felt a bit silly. That class was much smaller than my English class so I had to stay inside the room, no sneaking out.

My dance card is empty until Monday.

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4 Comments on ““I never shy away from herbs!””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hello Kat,

    Today we hit 105° which is really hot. Now which pronunciation is correct for the word herb. Is the word pronounced like the male name Herb, (Short for Herbert), or is the letter “H” silent?

    This weekend I’m getting into the pool. Tomorrow and Sunday will be the hottest days this year. We average 20 triple digit days a year and so far we’re on day 16. There’s two weeks of July, all of August, and Part of September left of summer. 🙁

    I had a drafting teacher in high school named Sydney Goldman. He was bald, wore glasses, had a mustache, and had tufts of hair growing out of his ears. He was maybe five foot eight and weighed 150 lbs. He was as tough as nails and didn’t let anyone get away with anything.

    During WWII he was an aeronautical engineer for Republic Aircraft in Long Island and held several patents for wooden airplane designs. During the war aluminum was a scarce resource. Mr. Goldman knew his stuff and wore a suit everyday to class.

    Once during his class a couple of boys were cutting up in the hallway outside his classroom. He hauled both of them into his room and sat them behind drafting tables. He made them come to his room instead f eating lunch for a week to sit behind those tables, do nothing and be quiet. They showed up everyday on time. No one wanted to mess with Mr. Goldman.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      Oh my!! I haven’t suffered through a temperature that high since Ghana.

      The Cambridge dictionary gives two alternatives to pronouncing the word. The British pronunciation is “Herbs” with an “H” while American pronunciation is “erbs” without the “H.”I always think saying Herb like the name sounds odd.

      You are in for one hot summer.

      Our hottest month is August with its humidity, but once through August, we get the best weather of all in the fall. Right now the house is cool as we have a bit of a breeze.

      I like your Mr. Goldman, smart man with his choice of punishment. With kids you have to be creative. Its sounds like you got a wonderful teacher with practical experience. That was a gift!!

  2. Birgit Says:

    A garden full of oregano might be nice but I wonder if Nala would smell like a pizza when she returns from this garden.
    I planted some pumpkin seeds in pots I had left over just for fun. These plants are quite big by now. Maybe I should have remembered the movie Little Shop of Horrors before I planted so many of them 🙂
    Our town is noisy this weekend, the annual 4-day open-air festival currently takes place with several stages downtown. I went for about an hour early in the evening to avoid the drunken masses later on but it was already to loud and crowded for me. Too many people without masks anyway. I think I’m officially too old for this event now.

    Two days ago we did another summer day trip by train, a town near the Belgium/Dutch border which is famous for it’s old cathedral, you might have visited when you were in Germany or Belgium back than:

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I did visit on my one of trips. I loved that cathedral because of its amazing architecture. Its age is extraordinary.

      I bought a couple of different kinds of oregano. You’re right: she stole the pizza oregano. The other one I bought is supposed to be spicy. I hadn’t ever seen that before.

      Once I tried pumpkins. None of them grew. I guess I’d have been more successful if I just tossed them. I hope those pots are big.

      Your festivals always make me envious. We do have a few town bands who play every week mostly in gazebos on the town greens. We, my uke band, play every Monday in Hyannis. There are also town days when bands play, but nothing is as large as your event.

      I too am not a lover of unruly crowds and too much noise. I guess that’s a decided indicator of my age!


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