“I did not have three thousand pairs of shoes, I had one thousand and sixty.”

This morning the frost was on the pumpkin, the lawn and the windshield. The tips of the grass glistened in the sun and cracked underfoot when I went to the driveway for the papers. Before I left for breakfast, I had to get the scraper from the trunk and scrape the windshield. It was the first frost of the season. I could see my breath in the morning light.

The day warmed quickly, and by the time I’d finished breakfast, it was already in the 40’s. Now it is 51° and feels almost balmy. Everything is relative.

The sun looks different in the fall and winter. From here in the den, I can see it shining through the oak tree just as it shined all summer, but it looks cold, almost wan. It provides only light now and even its light lasts just a short part of the day. I try and keep the darkness at bay. On the deck is a small fir topiary which stays lit all night. In three different parts of the yard, white lights are lit from six to midnight. They give a bit of comfort and shine through even the darkest of nights and are my reminder that winter is but one of the seasons.

I’m wearing my warm slippers, part of my cold weather uniform. Nothing is worse than cold feet. Cold hands are easier to get warm, but cold feet seem to chill the whole body. My socks have come out of storage as have my winter shoes. My sister and I were talking last night. She asked what I wanted for Christmas. I said I had no idea. She asked if I needed shoes. I said I had my winter shoes, still good for five or more years, and my summer sandals, also good for a few more years so I was covered for shoes. I thought about it later and chuckled a bit. My life is two pairs of shoes, and they are more than sufficient.

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8 Comments on ““I did not have three thousand pairs of shoes, I had one thousand and sixty.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Yes the sun only gives light now, but still we’re fooled by warm winds from south se we believe it gives us some heat yet. They predict that December almost will be as cold as last year but when thinking of all predictions they do and how few times they actually are right I’m not that sure 🙂 🙂 🙂

    I also more or less only have two pairs of shoes 🙂 Since I don’t care for fasion my shoes may be ugly but oh so comfortable 🙂 My wintershoes needs to be replaced though so I have to get new ones before the cold weather starts for the season.

    I’ve just started to bake a bread but I couldn’t decide what spices to put in it, so I threw in all those I normally use when bakinbg bread. It will either be fantastic or a total disaster 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      It is totally dark now at 5:00, and it’s cold but warmer than it was this morning. I just went out as my yard lights were off-I had to plug them back in as their plug had fallen out of the outlet. I had trouble seeing until the dog’s sensor lights went on.

      I do have my slippers, and I think I wear them more than I do my shoes.

      How was the bread?

  2. Bob Says:

    Most woman seem to love collecting large numbers of pairs of shoes. Emelda Marcos, former first lady of the Philippines, left a collection of 2,700 of pairs of shoes upon here demise. I agree with you about shoe collecting, I only have three pairs. Two pairs of Rockport rubber soled black dress shoes for work and one pair of New Balance walking shoes for weekends and evenings. I hate buying new shoes because they always fit correctly in the store and don’t feel the same when I get them home. I now buy my shoes on the internet once every two or three years when the old ones are completely worn out. When they arrive I can spend a couple of days trying them out in the house before either returning them for a different size or keeping them. I had both pairs of dress shoes resoled last year for $50 each. I was amazed to find that there are still cobblers around in our throw away everything society.

    We will probably get our first frost around Thanksgiving. The northern parts of the area had frost last week during the cold snap. Yesterday our northern neighbors were treated to some tremors from the Oklahoma City earthquake. I never knew that Oklahoma was on a fault line.

    • katry Says:

      None of those collectors are any of my friends or family though when I worked I had a couple of more pairs but they were for comfort in walking the halls rather than fashion. I tend to buy mine on-line, and I’m lucky as they all seem to fit just fine. When I was in Ghana, I had my sandals resoled, and they used tires for the soles.

      Emelda was an exception with a shoe fetish.

      It seems we are all on some fault line. Massachusetts has had a couple of earthquakes-I found that amazing.

  3. Great shoe songs. It is a good goal to have only two pairs of shoes. I have a pile of shoes cluttering my entryway, which probably symbolizes too much clutter in my life. Well, “Walk a Mile in My Shoes,” which is another great shoe song.

    • katry Says:

      Thanks! I have a bunch of these odd sorts of music folders, shoes being just one of them. I like to mix and match styles and dates.

      Thanks-I’ll try and add it to my list!

  4. Ted Says:

    And Nancy Sinatra? Won’t her feelings be hurt?

    “These boots are made for walkin’…”

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