“Nobody, I mean nobody, puts ketchup on a hot dog.”

The news about Liz is hopeful. The MRI she had yesterday showed minimal brain damage from her two strokes. The doctors are cautiously optimistic. A second MRI will be given tomorrow to check the first results and look for any changes. If they can, they will start to take her out of the coma. The doctor said it would be a long haul in rehab, but she’ll do it. Liz is tough.

Yesterday was an air-conditioner day. The dogs were panting and I was sweating. Today could be the same with a high of 80˚, the current temperature. There is a thunderstorm warning, but I’m skeptical. It is a pretty day. The trees are dappled by sunlight. The blue sky is clear of clouds. The breeze ruffles the leaves of the oak trees.

My to-do list has familiar tasks. The laundry is in the hall where it has been for at least a week. Trash bags are by the fence waiting for my dump run, probably tomorrow.

Today I have a uke concert at the Harwich farmer’s market. We played there last year. I remember the bread lady. She always had a line waiting. I’ll be standing in that line. I got money yesterday.

My dance card has nothing after today until Monday, except maybe the return of movie night. It’s time to bring the red carpet out of storage. Last year I bought a few really bad B science fiction movies, but I never opened the deck for company. I’m thinking maybe to open with a classic like Gunga Din.

I went on the deck when the dogs were in the yard. I’ve put yard trash clean-up on my list for today. I saw the paper remnants of Nala’s thefts strewn around the yard.

My deck makes me smile. On the rail are the deck boxes filled with herbs. Flowers are in the rest of the pots around the rail. I finished the planting late yesterday when it was a bit cooler. Today I’m going to sand and paint the small red, metal table and the wooden fish table, deck regulars. I’m also going to decorate with candles, hanging decorations and some oddities I love. Already, the wooden shark head is hanging. I keep humming the shark theme from Jaws.

When I was a kid, there was a bread bakery in the square. Some days, the whole square smelled like baking bread, and I couldn’t resist that aroma. I’d buy a loaf with my allowance, tear off pieces and munch all the way home. My mother used to wonder why I wasn’t hungry for supper.

I could eat hot dogs every day. My sisters even joke about it. I butter and brown the rolls, add some cheese then slathered the rolls with spicy mustard and green pepper relish. I yum at every bite. The dogs sit by the table and stare. I always share, no wonder they sit and stare. I would.

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4 Comments on ““Nobody, I mean nobody, puts ketchup on a hot dog.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Glad to hear that the MRI is hopeful. Today at lunchtime a thunderstorm drifted southbound to the east of the airport and dropped some rain, but unfortunately not at my house, the temperature right now is a chilly 93° with a slightly warmer 97° predicted for the high.

    When it’s this hot in the evening going out on my patio is miserable so we stay inside with the AC going full blast.

    I think Ketchup on a hot dog is sacrilege. My spouse and daughter put both mustard and ketchup on hotdogs. I’m surprised that my Chicago born and raised spouse would disgrace a Chicago all beef Vienna hot dog with ketchup. I like mine with deli mustard, preferably, Gulden’s, with a big supply of warm sauerkraut. A true Chicago hot dog contains, yellow mustard, sweet pickle relish, 2 tomato wedges, onions, 1 dill pickle spear, and 2 sport peppers and topped with celery salt. Sorry, not my kind of dog. I’m used to eating hot dogs in New York City dispensed from a pushcart with a big umbrella. Hold the onions, please. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I’m laughing here at your “chilly 93˚” but I get it as it is lower than your usual 100˚+.

      My evenings are pleasant, falling into the low 70’s high 80’s. Today was our hottest day so far at 84˚. It was hot playing the uke, but at least we were in the shade.

      I agree about ketchup on hot dogs, and I’ll add eggs and ketchup to that sacrilege. I like spicy brown mustard but no sauerkraut. I like some of what is on the Chicago dog but to put all on it sounds as if the dog will get buried.

      At the start of the bike path is small cart which sells hot dogs.They are the best!

  2. Birgit Says:

    Good news, thanks for updates, still crossing fingers.

    Hot dogs aren’t really popular here. Who would want a hot dog when you can have a curry sausage instead 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      They are hoping she’ll improve enough to be moved to a hospital better equipped for her condition. They are slowly taking away the sedatives.

      I totally agree about the sausages. I usually grill them rather that hot dogs.


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