” I once walked in on the queen wearing her crown and pink, fluffy slippers.”

The morning is cold. The sky is deep blue, the sunlight sharp. Last night the wind was fierce and loud, but today is quiet and still. Many of the trees are now bare, and the ground is strewn with leaves. My front yard is speckled with pine needles. Fall is losing its grip.

The house is always chilly in the morning. The sun just isn’t enough anymore. I turn on the heat to warm the house then I turn it off again. It’s just too early in the season for the heat to be blasting.

I was a pajama sort of kid, never one for nightgowns as they never kept me warm enough. My favorite winter pajamas were a matching set made of heavy jersey with cuffs at the wrists and ankles. They made me feel cozy all over, except for my feet. Those were kept toasty warm in sock slippers. Every Christmas I’d find a new pair of sock slippers under the tree. They were always brown. I used to love the scuffing sound they make on the floor when I walked. My mother didn’t. Last year my sister gave me a pair, and when I opened them, I felt like a kid again. Those too were brown.

Now I wear a sweatshirt around the house which keeps me nice and warm. Most times it’s an old one which is pretty ratty, but that’s okay with me. I’m into warmth, not fashion. Flannel pants and slippers complete my winter ensemble. My slippers make scuffing noises on the floor when I walk.

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12 Comments on “” I once walked in on the queen wearing her crown and pink, fluffy slippers.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    I never got slippers of any kind at Christmas, but towards the end my grandmother decided I needed underwear. For some reason I don´t know she picked sizes that couldn´t fit anyone 🙂 The last pare was so huge that I think I could have put mar car in them and still have space enough for a barbeque 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Cold once again here but warmer winds are on their way they say.

    Have a great day now!

    • katry Says:

      My dad told us when he was little he only got underwear and socks for Christmas though I think his fit.

      Maybe your grandmother had no idea your size and was embarrassed to ask.

      Getting colder tomorrow!

  2. splendid Says:

    as an adult my favorite thing is shearling lined slippers
    nothing makes me feel like i am home
    as slipping into these!

    • katry Says:

      I have a pair of those my sister gave me for Christmas and I wear them far more than my slipper socks. I hate it when my feet are cold.

  3. Zoey & Me Says:

    I can’t ever remember wearing slippers but early on I may have been forced to. I can finally meet up with your weather today by saying “Pine needles?” Yup. All over my lawn too but we have the famous Georgia Pines in our yard and unfortunately they are horrendous to clean from our gutters. The first few years living here we did it together just Ann and I tackling a ladder and hose. Now we have to have one of our kids volunteer and they wet the area down and use gloves to scoop them out and drop them in a bucket. I would think that a lot of work but they get to climb on the roof so as 35 year old kids go, I guess I should shut my mouth other than to say “thank you”. And that’s what I do.

    • katry Says:

      I do not have gutters on my house because I couldn’t envision myself cleaning them every year. That would have been a catastrophe. I’d have to rent kids.

      I was never forced to wear my slippers-I really liked them.

  4. J.M. Heinrichs Says:

    Kids who never learn to pick up their feet …


  5. Hedley Says:

    In case you were wondering, the big green minivan is fixed. Big Rick rolled in at 7.30 am and we headed to the virtual solitude of stoney. I like this time. The parking lot is empty, the bike path is covered in tired,dry leaves. we see a few cold souls, similarly overdressed and that is about it. Stoney is special, the lake is still, the trees are partially clad and the rushes are now silent, their occupants long departed.
    One more week or two, I don’t know, join Lifetime Fitness, I tell Big Rick…maybe says he…he won’t.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I’m so glad the weather is still okay for you and Big Rick. A quiet, cold morning makes the day seem somehow solemn.

  6. s Says:

    Cold? No way!

    I’ve been in Tucson, AZ for two weeks (and it looks like I’ll be moving here in three or four more!).

    It’s been very enjoyable – but I’ve not had to suffer the May/June/September 110 degree heat either.

    And it’s somewhat true what they say. High heat / low humidity isn’t that bad! We’ll see if I’m still saying that when it hits 110 next May though.


    • katry Says:

      You’re leaving the land of ice and snow? I suspect reading about the first big nor’easter will bring a smile to your face.

      In Ghana, it was high heat/low humidity and it was damn hot.

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