Kitchen error

Here’s the deal: Do not put water and sugar on the stove to boil for the hummingbirds if you are going to go take a shower. This is what three cups of water and 3/4 cup of sugar look like if you “overcook” it. Plus you set off the smoke alarm.

Tree down!

This isn’t the greatest photo, but it’s the best I have. Two years ago, A happened to look out the window of his office at the exact moment half a hackberry tree split and fell. Yesterday, we had a giant blow of a storm. A was standing in the kitchen looking out the window just in time to see the other half of the hackberry go over. Kind of amazing! Also amazing was that no buildings, garden, fence or other tree was damaged.

Coffee, Rhode Island

Dunkin Donuts coffee cup
Here I am in Pawtucket, RI. I stopped at Dunkin Donuts. “I’d like a small cup of coffee, regular, please.” The cashier stared at me for a minute, and then gestured to the bagged coffee. “No,” I said, “a cup.” She stared at me again, then picked up a cup from the stack and held it up. I nodded. In a heavy accent, Portuguese, I think, she asked how many. “One, please.” She picked up a to go lid with a questioning gesture. I nodded. She rang up $0.20 and pushed the empty cup across to me. I looked around. Maybe I was supposed to fill it myself. But twenty cents? “I want a cup of coffee,” I said. Another woman came over. “She wants a cup of coffee,” she told the other woman. “Cream and sugar?” I nodded. “Two dollars. “ Good thing I had exact change. I kinda wanted a donut, but I was exhausted.