Kate the Great~

"Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts." -- Rachel Carson

Sniffing Potatoes

I thought of something!

I’m going to tell the story of how I met a wonderful older lady at the grocery store today.

I walked into Big Y, expecting the average grocery experience, planning on making new england boiled dinner for tonight (boiled cabbage, carrots, potatoes and kielbasa all dipped in delicious spicy mustard and doused in red wine vinegar of course).

When I was picking out my four red potatoes, I smelled each one. You have to. My mom always told me if you don’t smell your potatoes, you may end up, after finally sitting down to your well deserved dinner, eating a mildewy, unsavory starch.

This is good stuff, helpful advice for your future, if anyone’s reading this. Always sniff your potatoes, no matter how many people look at you like you’re insane. I try to do it discreetly at least, so no one notices too much, but this older lady caught me. And she didn’t let it go.

She laughed out loud at me and asked me what I was doing smelling potatoes, I told her my mom’s advice, and then, she decided to join me.

She said she sniffs everything else in the grocery store, fruits, and some other vegetables, so why not potatoes?

So, we smelled a few together, and she asked what they should smell like, and I tried (and failed miserably) to accurately describe the scent of a rotten potato. I told her it would be reminiscent of cellar, or mold, but nothing really stuck. So, we picked our potatoes and went about our separate shopping routes.

But then, at the seafood counter, she came over to me and said fish isn’t supposed to smell right? And we laughed and discussed the smell of fish.

And then the meat at the butcher.

And so on throughout the grocery store.

So basically, I laughed all the way through and talked about the scents of rancid food in each section of the grocery store with a compete stranger who reminded me of my grandma.

So, pretty cool.

The moral of the story is that if you sniff potatoes you will have a satisfying meal and make new friends.

And, grocery shopping won’t be as painful.

You’re welcome.


I am a really big fan of this new layout, and it’s inspiring me to write. I’m not sure what’s going to come of the next couple weeks, but I am going to try to record something…

maybe a realization each week?

I don’t know yet. but definitely something. These text posts are too beautiful to miss out on.

“I no longer have the energy for meaningless friendships, forced interactions or unnecessary conversations. If we don’t vibrate on the same frequency there’s just no reason for us to waste our time. I’d rather have no one and wait for substance than to not feel someone and fake the funk.”

– (via unlively)