“Isn’t ketchup technically a fruit smoothie?” 

The day is beautiful but cold at 38°. The high will be 39°. I can hardly wait. Where the heck is that sunscreen?

The dogs stay out a long time. I get nervous. Memories of Miss Gracie, the talented 6 foot fence jumper, flood my brain so I go check on the dogs! I should know better. They are always there. Henry comes when I call. Nala mostly does, but she takes longer and sometimes even hides, especially if she has a spawn or some other creature already gone to its heavenly reward in her mouth. If I go into the yard, Nala will run the circuit of the yard at breakneck speed still carrying her prize. I let her. Nala loves to lie in the sun in the rough grass near the back fence. I can’t see her from here because of the trees so I go into the yard. She is usually sprawled and asleep. I want Nala’s life.

When I was a kid in probably the second or third grade, I saw at the top of my neighbor’s paper JMJ. It wasn’t her name so I asked. She said it meant Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Why at the top of your paper? She told me they are blessing her endeavors (my adult word). I didn’t add the initials to my paper. I winged it on my own.

Life gets quiet for me this time of year. I stay home in my comfy clothes unless uke and PT force me to get dressed and out of the house. I have only one PT left. Uke is twice a week, large group practice and a small group lesson. That will continue. I promise I will not grouse about getting up, dressed and out twice a week. I like my uke.

I don’t use much ketchup or, if you prefer, catsup. The other night I had hot dogs for dinner, a common occurrence in this house. I use mustard and piccalilli. Once in a while I use ketchup on my burgers and my fries, but I prefer mayonnaise on both. I believe it is against the law in 38 states to put ketchup on hot dogs.

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8 Comments on ““Isn’t ketchup technically a fruit smoothie?” ”

  1. Hedley Says:

    The skies are dark, it’s cold but Bob just showed up and the release of Fragments, the bootleg series 17. This time he takes on Time out of Mind stripping out the much debated Daniel Lanois production.
    I am “something” of a Bob-o-phile but disc 1 of 5 is mind blowing. Ok, I really like it Kat.
    Amazon delivery was, as usual, underwhelming so the casing is not perfect. Strangely shipping from amazon Germany has a lot more care
    It’s not dark yet but it’s getting there

  2. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Today we hit 63° with sunny skies.

    Whenever, my mother bought the cheaper store brand of Ketchup, always labeled, “Catsup”, I put a lot less of it on my burger or fries. It just didn’t taste like the real Heinz product. I believe that it’s sacrilegious to put ketchup on a hot dog. Some famous Chicago hot dog stands don’t even have the stuff on hand. Although my better half comes from Chicago, she puts ketchup on hot dogs. 🙁 Some folks like mayonnaise on burgers while others like mustard. I go for ketchup only on mine.

    Several years ago, salsa replaced ketchup as America’s favorite condiment. I go for the mild salsa on tacos, corn chips, or other Mexican food, but never on a hot dog or a burger. I like my hot dog with brown deli mustard, and sauerkraut. Please, hold the Chicago style, tomatoes, pickles, pickle-lily, banana peppers, yellow mustard, and celery salt. The best hot dog I ever ate was a Fenway Frank at Fenway Park. BTW, except for that baseball Frank, only all beef kosher dogs will do.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      That would be our early May temperature. It stayed chilly today, but at least it didn’t rain for a change.

      I don’t think we had any other Ketchup, only Heinz. My family didn’t use much ketchup, maybe only on fries, but when I was a kid, my mother would sometimes put it on top of her meatloaf then top it with bacon. It then went into the oven. It was delicious. I like mayo on burgers. Right now I’m putting German mustard on my dogs. I do have several choices so I switch off. Dijon was my last favorite. I used to keep yellow mustard in the fridge as that was the only mustard my father liked. I ate it when I was young.

      I found a list of the most popular condiments by state. For Texas, Frank’s RedHot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce is listed. Nutella Hazelnut Spread is the favorite in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and Virginia.

      I buy all beef franks as well.

  3. Rowen Says:

    I don’t even wanna think about someone eating a hot dog with ketchup. [Shudder.]

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