“Ladies and gentlemen, take my advice; Pull down your pants, and slide on the ice.”

Today is warm and sunny with a sharp blue winter sky. I woke up earlier than usual but lolled a bit until Gracie rang her bells to go outside then I came downstairs, let her out and started the coffee. When I came back inside from getting the papers and something from the car, the house had the wonderful smell of fresh coffee. I could barely wait for that first cup.

Today is chore day. I have a list; I always have a list. Yesterday I did nothing so today I expect to be industrious, but I never begrudge a day like today. I figure once it’s over I get to loll again. That’s my reward.

The winter is speeding by and hasn’t really made its impact yet. We’ve only had a few really cold days and very little snow. It is 43° right now, and the day is still, not even a brown leaf flutters from the end of a branch. This would be the January thaw most years but not this one. It’s become the typical day. Now we complain when it’s in the 30’s. We used to reserve our complaints for days in the teens or ones in single digits. I fear we New Englanders are getting spoiled and may no longer be considered hardy.

My mother and father lived in the city when they were young so we never heard stories from them about walking in several feet of snow to get to school. I don’t remember several feet either though I do remember walking on the street to get to school as the sidewalks weren’t plowed. In those days the plows usually left a thick layer of snow on the streets which sometimes turned icy in spots. Those icy sections glinted in the sun and invited us to run and slide, each trying to out-do the other in distance. Falling was not uncommon and always made us laugh. We’d almost forget we were on our way to school.

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12 Comments on ““Ladies and gentlemen, take my advice; Pull down your pants, and slide on the ice.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Everything in life is cyclical. This is an El Nino winter and next year may be a La Nina Arctic killer. Global warming doesn’t mean hot winters and hotter summers, it means weird weather patterns. Former Presidential candidate and Governor of Texas, Rick Perry doesn’t believe in global warning. He and our former President, G.W. Shurb, ignore scientific evidence when it will cost their richest supporters businesses more money to operate. They point out that the climate is cyclical because during Roman times grapes were grown in the UK.

    They and their supporters hate, The Department of Energy, Education, Health and Human Services, Labor and the Clean Air and Water Act. Too bad he couldn’t remember the other two agencies in the debate in Iowa or he would be throwing rocks at Romney in Florida. Of course they and their followers are very interested in what woman do with their bodies and which sexes sleep together in the privacy of their own homes. These obviously are the important issues of our times.

    My parents also grew up in the city and they told us that when they were kids they trudged through the snow for miles to get to school with holes in their shoes. They couldn’t afford new shoes during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Thankfully the next generation of kids will find out that their parents, today’s kids, trudged to school in the moderate winter of 2011/12 with holes in their shoes because of the great Depression of 2008. They will be told that it was caused by The Department of Energy, Education, Health and Human Services, Labor and the Clean Air and Water Act.

    • Kat Says:

      Bob,
      I understand global warming and I too have run into skeptics who don’t see changes happening quickly enough so they deny its existence. They expect the northeast to be warmer every year, getting like Florida.

      You and I know that President Shurb and his ole boys would never want more but always want less regulation of anything. Let business have its sway!!

      Don’t you know that this depression is the result of Obama?

      • Bob Says:

        Of course, he came into office and waved his hand and a recession happened. Actually, John McCain was on the campaign trail telling the voters that the fundamentals of the economy were strong as the stock market and the housing market crashed.

  2. olof1 Says:

    We had some wind earlier today, otherwise it has been rather nice even if the sun refused to show itself. We’re having normal winter temperatures now and it will stay for quite some time. I don’t miond as long as we don’t get more snow 🙂

    I never walked to school in deep snow and neither did my mother. But I remember my grandmother telling we about when she rowed to school 🙂 Sometimes when the ice was thick enough they walked to school and sometimes the ice broke and they came home wet and cold, but still alive. Compared to that I’m spoiled 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • Kat Says:

      Christer,
      The sun has disappeared, didn’t stay long.

      When I go to your blog, all I seem to see is snow, and I get cold just thinking about it. I too hope you have no more snow.

      I figure we’ll all sort of spoiled. My house is warm, and I don’t shovel coal to keep it that way. My car is always warm. I don’t hang clothes on the line to dry. I remember it would freeze sometimes in winter and be straight as a board. Yup, I could go on but you see what I mean.

  3. Zoey & Me Says:

    Did you ever run and grab onto a moving car in the snow? Hang onto the back bumper and slide on the snow to school? We did. It was the most fun watching kids on the sidewalk watch us speeding passed them. Sliding on ice was always fun. I loved the winter when I was young.

    • Kat Says:

      Z&Me,
      I did hold on to the back of the car for a great slide. It felt as if I were flying.

      My dad used to attach our sleds to the back of the car and off we’d go.

  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I remember my father telling me that he walked to school in waist deep snow, uphill both ways.
    Snow wasn’t normally a problem because we thought it was fun stuff. The part I hated was March and you walked to school on frozen mud and walked home in thawed mud. The frozen mud was always in ridges and holes that tripped me up and hurt my feet. The regular mud was sticky and slippery. Unpleasant all around.

    • Kat Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I laughed at his uphill both ways.

      We thought snow was fun too. The more we had, the more we enjoyed it.

      We had sidewalks all the way to school so mud was only a problem if we walked across the field, a shortcut. Naturally we walked across the field!


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  6. Pete Says:

    Okay. I know I wanted your rain yesterday.
    But no way am I gonna ask for your snow.
    Never snows here & from what I know about it, I don’t want it to.

    • Kat Says:

      Pete,
      I think you’d enjoy the snow falling. It is usually totally beautiful, and right after it has ended, before the plows or shovels touch it, the world is spectacular. It is only then, when it has finished that it becomes a nuisance needing to be shoveled so you can get out of the house.

      When I was a kid, nothing beat playing in the snow, sledding down a hill or having a snowball fight.


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