“Life without books, chocolate & coffee is just useless.” 

It was cold last night, 56°. I had to shut all the windows and the back door. Nala had to ring the Poochie Bells to let me know she wanted out. I put on a sweatshirt. It was the second cold night. Tuesday night the temperature got down to 59°. The days, though, have been lovely, warm and dry and only in the 70s. This is a strange beginning to August.

Yesterday I had my uke lesson then I came right home, got into my cozies and enjoyed a sloth day. I was content.

Today I have a couple of errands. The dogs expect to eat so I’m off to Agway. I also expect to eat, but I continue to freezer shop so I only need the basics: milk, bread, cream for my coffee and maybe a Snickers bar, a member of its own major food group.

When I was a kid, I loved Good and Plenty which is strange considering I do not like black licorice, but I liked the color, the pink, the only pink candy I ever saw. Sometimes, though, the candy was old and stale and biting the coating endangered teeth, but I was a kid so I ate the candy anyway.

My mother made the best brownies. She didn’t use a mix. I don’t think she ever did. She frosted her brownies with chocolate frosting, not overkill. Chocolate has no limit.

A corner store near me kept Milky Ways and Three Musketeers in the freezer. I usually bought the Milky Ways. I still put them in the freezer.

When I lived in Ghana, I used to buy Cadbury’s Fruit and Nut bars. Around the corner from where I lived was a DPW store. It used to sell the chocolate and cold cokes. Buying both was a huge treat.

Today is another uke concert, at the Harwich Farmer’s Market. We’re playing The Beach Boys. One of the sellers there has scones. I always buy some, the mixed package. Coconut scones are my favorites. They don’t have chocolate, but I give them a pass.

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7 Comments on ““Life without books, chocolate & coffee is just useless.” ”

  1. hedley Says:

    Pretty much with you Kat, my appetitive for books is not met with my capacity. As a result some or many wait neglected on a bookshelf for me to pick them up. These days when I finish them I simply give them away or if they are too goofy I recycle them. I just finished the biography of Ted Dexter…..whom you might rightly ask and upon completion it went the recycle route.

    With our family in Denver i have discovered the pleasures of Huckleberry Roasters. I usually bring back enough beans to last a couple of months and then hope for a free shipping offer. They actually have a store on Tennyson right where we stay. The folks there are super nice and the product is a magnet to me.

    We have a trip coming to Austin over Labor Day to celebrate an important birthday for Mrs MDH and I am trying to find coffee shops that might be a good bean roaster.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I have books upstairs, down stairs and on my Kindle. I read every day. I used the bring the finished books to my mother and my sister, but I don’t visit my sister much anymore. Now I put the finished books in my Little Library, happily sharing.

      My coffee arrives in the mail from the Atlas Coffee Club. Their coffee comes from around the world. I have tasted great coffee I probably wouldn’t find locally. One of my favorites was from Uganda.

      Anticipating trips is one of the joys of being alive.

  2. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Today, my old iPhone 6S battery finally died. It would only hold a charge for a couple of hours at best and would suddenly, and without warning, go to 1% charge and then restart. I went to the local Apple Store and I splurged for a new iPhone 13. The newest iPhone 14 has a better camera and the ability to make satellite calls if one is ever stranded in the wilderness. I rarely use the camera, and I never go into the wilderness. 🙂 I consider roughing it, Motel 6.

    I have a perpetual sweet tooth. I’m not particular what kind of candy I eat as long as chocolate is somehow involved. Milky Ways are my favorite followed, in no particular order by, Hersey Bars, Snickers, Twix, Cadbury Carmel, or any other kind of milk chocolate candy. That dark stuff doesn’t do it for me.

    I agree with your title that life is useless, without books, coffee, or chocolate. Coffee gets me going, books sustain me, and milk chocolate nourishes me. 🙂

    • Bob Says:

      By the way the low temperature this morning was 84° and the high was 105°. These are the dog days of summer.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      My camera is a really old iPhone. I would inly want a newer model or the better camera. I like having a camera ready and at hand. LIke you, I don’t need a phone if I’m stranded in the wilderness as I won’t ever be.

      I don’t buy chocolate often enough as I know I’ll just eat it. Today, though, the buy 2 Snickers get 2 free hooked me. They are in the kitchen mocking me, inducing me to eat them. I will have one later. The only other sweets I bought, and they are not too sweet, were Animal Crackers. I like them with coffee.

      I love your last sentence!!!

      • Bob Says:

        When you upgrade your electronics as infrequently as I do, the new iPhone 13 camera has to be a major improvement. The old phone had one lens, the new one has two lenses. That’s a 100% improvement. The iPhone 14 has three lenses and I don’t know what I would do with that many lenses. 🙂

      • katry Says:

        I have a huge iPad but I use it all the time. I don’t use my phone as much, but I really do what a good camera. I guess I’ll put an updated phone on my wish list!

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