“It looks like something out of Whittier’s “Snowbound,”‘ Julia said. Julia could always think of things like that to say.”

About 8 or 9 inches of snow fell yesterday. The stuff is pretty, no question about it, but pretty never lasts long enough. I got plowed out last night by my factotum but a bit more fell, mostly from the ocean effect, but because it was warmer earlier this morning, the new snow melted off the walkway, the car windshield and the roof. Icicles now hang off the roof edge. They look like teeth needing orthodontia. It’s cold, only 31°, and the sky is gray cloudy.

I’ll watch the Pats play the Ravens this afternoon. If I had tickets to the game, I’d probably give them away. I can’t imagine sitting in the stands and freezing. A warm living room, good food and a close bathroom are far more important to me. I doubt there would be enough layers to keep me warm.

Gracie’s friend Cody dropped by to visit late yesterday. Both dogs had so much pent-up energy they ran and ran chasing each other. Gracie also did her laps around the perimeter three times in a row. When she came inside, her tongue was hanging to her knees, at least to what I think are her knees.

The cape is pretty flat, but the golf course has one perfect hill for sledding. I’m betting there’s a crowd of kids there now despite the cold. Opportunities to speed down a hill are too rare to pass up. Our old wooden sleds are from a bygone era. Kids now spin their way to the bottom on flying saucers or snow tubes. My old wooden sled is standing outside my front door with skates hanging from the steering. It is one of my winter decorations. I love the way it looks and the memories it brings to mind.

I have to the dump today. On days like today the dump is freezing. The wind rushes furiously across the treeless plain. I always imagine that’s what a gulag must be like.

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14 Comments on ““It looks like something out of Whittier’s “Snowbound,”‘ Julia said. Julia could always think of things like that to say.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    I think we got around 5-6 inches here, hard to tel because of the wind we had. The sun did show itself for a short moment and it did melkt away some of the snow I had on the car, but now temperatures are dropping again.

    We do have a couple of places that’s great for sleds bur´t we have only one child in the village 🙂 🙂

    Since I can have Nove free from the leash most of the time now she does get rid of her extra energy during our walks 🙂 But every now and again she runs around the house like crazy 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • Kat Says:

      It got warm for a bit, but my road is still all snow. The main roads were well plowed and are down to pavement. It stayed cold all day.

      It’s fun watching the kids sledding. They seem to smile all the way down the hill.

      Gracie off the leash is gone. She stands and waits for me and as soon as I get close she runs, but she’ll go to everyone else.

  2. Hedley Says:

    Gracie and Cody…it’s known in the business as going greyhound. When Ming comes to visit Maggie they throw in high speed laps of the house.
    Pats are up first and I am hoping for a rematch with the Giants so that Brady can get it done

    • Kat Says:

      My Dear Hedly,
      That game had my whole body clenched, including my teeth.I was totally blown away when he missed the field goal.

      I loved Brady’s honesty, “I sucked today.”

      Going grayhound-I like that!

  3. Lori Kossowsky Says:

    It’s morning and it’s been raining for a few days. Now it’s grey outside. Meow cat has a new thing where if I turn over on my back while sleeping she comes can flops down on my stomach. I don’t know how I sleep with 15 to 16 pounds of cat on me, but I manage. I’ve been sleeping a lot these days. Sleeping and weeping……
    and waving…

    • Kat Says:

      Fern gets on my hip when I’m sleeping. If I were awake, I’d knock her right off me. That drives me crazy. Other times she sleeps right next to me and Gracie is on the other side. Sleeping gets tricky!


  4. Coleen Burnett Says:


    Thank you so much for my birthday songs! If I remember correctly, “Love Letters” was the number one hit on the Billboard chart the week I was born. I have to look it up to be sure. Very nice!

    2-3 inches of snow in my area today…and expected to be in the 50’s by Monday!

    Waving from Jersey,


    • Kat Says:

      You are very welcome!

      We had far more snow than I think necessary. 2-3 inches sounds just about perfect. I slid up my street today.

      Waving back to New Jersey!

  5. Zoey & Me Says:

    I loved all the songs posted today. Great opening for us oldie guys who still have our blue suede shoes. I’m also watching the game and it’s close. Too close. Could go either way, it looks. But I do have my goodies on hand and 73 degree weather and yes, am close to the potty so all is well. Did you read about the death of the gold medal skier? I don’t care how technology changes kids winter sports, give me the old winter sled and I’ll be happy.

    • Kat Says:

      That game was so exciting that I had my teeth clenched and got a headache from the brow furrow. My friend said she felt like a dishrag and her husband moaned at every interception.

      We had great game snacks too. I’m still amazed the field goal missed!

      I’d still be happy too with my old sled.

  6. Bob Says:

    I am in Toronto and the weather here is beautiful. It’s not too cold and the snow is not on the roads but on the grass. This year the Super Bowl will be played indoors in Indianapolis. Next year I think it will be played out doors in the New Giant Stadium in New Jeresy. I wouldl love to see a blizzard on Super Sunday to show the owners that playing football in February outside in the north is stupid. Oh, I forgot, the people who they really cater to will be nice and warm in corporate sky boxes. The NFL owners don’t really care about the average fan. Most of them can’t afford a ticket any way.

    • Kat Says:

      It was cold here for the game at Foxboro. Everyone was bundled up and layered. I figure the game got so exciting most people forgot they were cold.

      Super Bowls are generally played inside so it surprises me it will be outside next year.

      One of the best loved Patriot’s games is the snow bowl. It had snowed the whole day before and snow covered everything. When the Pats scored, people threw snow in the ait, and it looked like fireworks or confetti. It was cool to watch.

      I have been at baseball games when it was 39°.

  7. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    No snow here on Sunday but the several inches on Saturday were messy and slippery enough for me.
    Rocky went to visit Lilly next door and they did exactly the same thing as Gracie and Cody. Ran around through the snow like demons. All that excess energy. Wow!
    I did not watch the Pats. If I watch, they lose. And I don’t follow football anyway so it’s okay. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      That was a heart pounding game. It was an amazing game to watch. Thanks for choosing to miss it!

      The snow was still on my street yesterday but the main streets were down to pavement. It will be messy today as it is so warm.

      Gracie and Cody had great fun and ran until their tongues were haning.

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