“For in spite of the snapdragons and the duty millers and the cherry blossoms, it was always winter.”

The sky is a deep blue with only a few small clouds to give the blue a bit of contrast. Cars had frost on their windshields when I left for breakfast this morning. It was darn cold last night. The animals huddled beside me in bed keeping themselves and me warm. Now is their morning nap time, and the house is warm and cozy.

Gracie and I will go to the dump later. I haven’t told her yet. It’ll be a surprise. After that I need to buy dog food at Agway. It used to be that on weekends I’d shop at all these neat little stores and buy clothes or linens or stuff I really didn’t need but liked and knew I’d find the perfect place for somewhere in the house. My friend and I would go to the antique stores and never leave empty-handed. I can’t remember the last time I shopped without pushing a grocery cart of some sort. I think I’m becoming boring.

Last week I barely left the house. I did go grocery shopping, but that doesn’t count. Inside the house I did only menial tasks: I changed the bed and the cat litter and did a wash or two. I’m thinking I was doing a great imitation of a shut-in. This week I vow to get out more often. I had good intentions last week, but I was lazy and enjoyed doing nothing. Mind you, I’m not feeling guilty, but I do think some air and sun are probably good ideas.

It is with longing that I look out my window at the deck. The chairs and tables are still covered. I want to be out there enjoying the warmth of the morning sun with my coffee and papers. Now, only Gracie runs across it from the yard, and the birds drop by to eat. This morning I saw the red spawn of Satan running along the rail. The beast hasn’t been around a while, and I thought it had moved. It didn’t stay long, but its very presence is more than an annoyance. I want a rock.

This is the time of year when Mother Nature plays her tricks on us. Some days will be close your eyes and let the sun warm you days while other are scrape the car window days. I can barely wait until every day is warm in the sun. I’ve enough of winter even as warm as it was.

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14 Comments on ““For in spite of the snapdragons and the duty millers and the cherry blossoms, it was always winter.””

  1. Birgit Says:

    Stacey Kent – It might as well be spring (Rodgers/Hammerstein)

    “… I haven’t seen a crocus or a rose bud
    or a robin on the way,
    but I feel so gay in a melancholly way
    That it might as well be spring …”

    • Kat Says:


      I really like this version, and this is the first time I’ve ever heard Stacey.

      The words are a perfect reflection of my mood about this time of the year. The lyrics are so lovely.

      I, however, have just seen the first crocus in my garden!

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    The squirrels are around but they have not been in my yard. Apparently Squirrel Removal Man was correct in saying that they are territorial and familial about their dens. No new squirrels have taken over the territory so far. I have no doubt that some adventurous young thing will establish herself here eventually. The red spawn of Satan has not been seen lately either nor have the chippies. There are foxes and coyotes around which may explain some of it. The woman who walks my neighbor’s dogs swears she saw a bear track in the snow. Her abilities as a huntswoman are unknown to me and this is a closely settled area so bear is not likely. Could have been a melted skunk track. But I remember the bear that was found in the Lawrence city dumpster so I’m keeping my eye out. 🙂

    Have a great day.

    • Kat Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I’m leaving a note and a map for my squirrel hoping it’ll make its way north! I’m still waiting for that grey squirrel which barrels along and shakes every branch with its heft.

      We haven’t seen any coyotes in a while. A rabbit still hops around my lawn and drives Gracie crazy. That’s a sure sign of no coyotes.

      We don’t have bears but tons of wild turkeys!

  3. olof1 Says:

    Our sky was light blue but otherwise our day has been much like yours. It has been really warm in the sun so the kitchen door has been open for most of the day. But it never got especially warm in the shadows, at least not as warm as they said it should be.

    I haven’t been buying anything else than groceries for a long time either, I don’t count my tv because that was bought online. But I did buy my dvd player before Christmas 🙂 Since I grew most of my plants from seeds I won’t be buying anything special now when the garden season starts either 🙂

    The only thing out of the ordinary I’ve done today was to make a hole in the ice on my pond and start the pump. So far I’ve found one dead fish but that’s it.

    Have a great day!

    • Kat Says:

      You’re right about the shadows being cold.

      The cats lie in the sunlight coming through the back door. They fight for the best spot. Fern likes Gracie’s crate. Gracie isn’t at all happy about it and stands there and cries.

      My DVD player won’t work anymore. I tried it yesterday so that’s on my list, but they are fairly inexpensive compared to when I first bought mine.

      I have circled the plants I’m going to buy in the catalogue. All of them came from your list! Thanks again.

      No ice here. It comes fro a couple of days then it gets warm for a few days and the ice melts.

      Have a good evening!

  4. Hedley Says:

    Gracie will have hit the lottery, sunny warm day, snout out of the window and a trip to the dump. In hound world it doesn’t get much better.
    Maggie took a trip to the beautician yesterday and is pleased with her well groomed self. a couple of car rides have enhanced the whole experience. the Prince is heading over later and a walk is in everyone’s future
    Radiohead have been announced for The Palace, so now I have to come up with some decent tickets. Seems like they are $81 in every location but I cannot do GA on the main floor.
    I did shop, the new IPad is scheduled to arrive on Friday…couldn’t resist

    • Kat Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      Fracie got quite excited when she saw me gathering the trash. She does a circle through the dining room down the hall into the living room then back around again and again. We even went to Agway where dogs are allowed. That means today she hit the megalottery.

      I love how wonderful Westies look just after they’ve been groomed.

      I hope you and the crowd, especially the prince, had a lovely walk.

      They need a program on TLC for those obsessed to own the newest technology as soon as they are released!

      • Hedley Says:

        gracie’s reaction, is what we in the business call “greyhounding”…Maggie throws them in at random moments and builds up a decent head of steam…although braking on the wood floors is a little precarious.
        sounds like your hound will sleep well after an excellent Sunday

  5. Zoey & Me Says:

    I forgot about those squirrels you love so much. By now I usually have poked some fun at you on my blog. Must be the internet is running short on squirrel photos. I’ll look again. Maybe we can get some up there by St Patty’s Day so instead of throwing rocks at them you can throw the empty beer bottles.

    • Kat Says:

      They haven’t been around much so I haven’t been able to complain. I don’t mind the gray as much as that red beast. They are the worst of spawns and beat on the grays.

      With rocks, no glass so I’ll stick to rocks, maybe even boulders!

  6. Rita Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Today was the first day since late autumn that I was able to go to the park for a long walk. What a heady feeling to be outside again, with the sun on my face and a mild wind at my back. Of course, I haven’t put my heavy coat in moth balls yet. I know that winter is still upon us. Our temperatures go from high sixties to low thirties every other day or so. Come on spring! Days like today give me hope though. The goldfinches that frequent our feeder are turning yellow. I had a finch visit the wreath on my front door, no doubt looking for a place to make her nest. Both are good signs. Let’s keep hope alive, my friend.
    Hugs, Rita

    • Kat Says:

      Hi Rita,
      Right now it is 42° which is warm for this time of night, but it is still chilly. We haven’t reached the 60’s yet though Boston has. The ocean keeps us cooler for a longer time than off-cape.

      I noticed my goldfinches the other day and I too saw the color returning. It gave me a feeling of spring.

      Planting is just so spring! Peas are a favorite of mine!

  7. Rita Says:

    I forgot to mention…we planted our peas today! Now, that is a sure sign of a spring to come!

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