“It snowed last year too: I made a snowman and my brother knocked it down and I knocked my brother down and then we had tea”

The rain has finally disappeared. The day is bright with sun. A small breeze is swaying the brown leaves left on the oak tree hanging over the deck. The birds have been constantly in and out at the feeders. I noticed a flicker at an empty suet feeder and went out right away to fill it. It is a new feeder with a long bottom so the big birds like the flicker have a place to rest their tails. The woodpeckers too seem to favor that suet feeder over the other. I still need to go out later and fill the seed feeders.

My sister is in the middle of a real winter in Colorado. Snow is on the ground and last night was going to be around 1 or 2˚. She said the Christmas lights are pretty shining through the snow. I figure if you’re stuck with that sort of weather looking for the pretty makes even the cold easier to endure.

I don’t remember when cold started to bother me. When I was little, I never noticed how cold it was. I played in the snow all day. My clothes got soaked and my lips sometimes turned blue, but I’d stay outside until my mother dragged me in, not literally but it was by that yell from the back door every kid knows. I never went right into the house but rather went down the outside steps to the cellar where I’d strip off my wet clothes and hang them on the clothesline. I’d run upstairs then run up the next set of stairs to my bedroom where I’d put on my warmest pajamas and my slippers. I remember my face, my hands and my feet were red with cold.

We always made a snowman on the front lawn. We’d ask my mother for an old hat, a carrot and buttons then we’ d look for arms. I don’t know why but snowmen always have spindly arms. They also all seem to have three buttons down the middle. Their hats differ, but their faces tend to look alike with two eyes, a carrot nose and a smile. Our snowman usually lasted a long time, but I can still remember him melting away on the warmer days. He’d get smaller and smaller until finally he’d fall apart and on the ground would be three snow balls, one with spindly arms.

 

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21 Comments on ““It snowed last year too: I made a snowman and my brother knocked it down and I knocked my brother down and then we had tea””

  1. Hedley Says:

    We arrived at St Lawrence School, 45 minutes before the Christmas Concert. There were streams of people moving across the parking lot and cars hoping to find a space. I gossiped with some other proud Grandparents as we made our way to a packed auditorium, found two seats at the very back and searched without success for The Prince’s parents. It was standing room only

    The curtains opened and there were a 100 first graders beautifully dressed. Our main man was sporting a new red sweater, shirt and tie and haircut. I wandered down the centre aisle to use the D90 and then return to my seat. He waived at his Mum and he sang.

    Mrs MDH and I decided to leave after his portion of the show and exited from the back of the auditorium and down a corridor in the general direction of the parking lot…….And walked right in to the First Graders leaving the stage.

    We waited for the Prince, he came out at speed and slapped my hand as he motored by…..”Did you hear me ?” he asked, we heard you loud and clear.

    • Kat Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      Wonderful! That you saw the Prince after his triumphant stage appearance made it all the better.

      100 first graders looking their best and singing their best had to have been the perfect performance. Kids make Christmas!

      • Hedley Says:

        Kat
        You have it 100% right. I talked to his Mum this morning and he was very pleased that we were there.

        Tonight we move along with our celebrations and gather the older family members, sisters and friends and make our way over to Meadowbrook for “A Christmas Carol”. It is an annual production and of some quality so it should be a fun evening

  2. olof1 Says:

    Not so cold but foggy a big part of the day here. The roads were a bit slippery and I thought it was typical that we would get fog today when I had to drive Sune to the vet. But everything went well, both the driving part and Sune’s surgery. He’s sleeping close to the stove where I have the Christmas ham 🙂

    I’m trying to remember how our snow men looked. I think they usually had a cap of some sort, one that had gotten too small or had holes in it. We used stones for eyes and mouth but I can’t remember what we used to make a nose. I know no mother in my neighborhood would give us a carrot, never play with food was the standard answer 🙂 The arms were always a problem, if no sticks were around we tried to make some of snow. In the end it looked like it was handicapped 🙂

    Two weeks vacation ahead and I’ll enjoy every second of it 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • Kat Says:

      Christer,
      It is always that way: the weather worsens the closer it is to when you have something to do. I’m glad all went well with Sune’s surgery. Let’s hope he doesn’t think the Christmas ham is his gift for weathering the vet’s.

      Around my neighborhood were some of the relatives of your poor snowman. The younger kids made lumpy, strange looking snowmen while the older kids crafted theirs. If my mother didn’t have a carrot, we used a stick for a nose.

      Have the best of all vacations!!!!

  3. Bob Says:

    Last night a cold front came through and dropped the temperature down into the lower 40s with wind gusts to 50 miles per hour. There is a very small possibility that we will have some snow flurries on the 25th but any accumulation of snow will be gone by the late afternoon. A white Christmas in North Texas is as rare as finding a Democrat holding a statewide office 🙂

    Kids don’t feel cold weather because their minds are focused on fun. As we age we lose the fun focus and become our parents. Fun for a kid is shooting a bb gun. A mother thinks, “You’ll shoot your eye out”. Unless you live in Texas and mother has bought a real AK 47 for Christmas for the kid to protect himself during the school day 🙂

    In Texas the kids all sing, All I want for Christmas is an automatic weapon and a 90 shot clip 🙂 When it snows kids everywhere throw snowballs except here in Texas they make snow men for target practice with that shinny new assault rifle.

    There is nothing like opening your new semi automatic rifle under the tree to go along with those new furry slippers to give you that warm fuzzy feeling on a cold winter’s night.

    Here in Dallas we have a company that manufactures a woman’s purse that includes a holster for her hand gun. It’s fashionable, real leather and packs a wallop when needed 🙂 Perfect for that young stylish first grade teacher.

    • Kat Says:

      Bob,
      Around this time of year we think the 40’s is a warm front. That weather from out west is heading our way but not for a while. It can hold off forever as far as I’m concerned. 2˚ is way too cold.

      I didn’t know anyone with a BB gun. They were never big around here. A cap gun was about as violent a gun as you’d see.

      Massachusetts is a galaxy away from Texas. No parents I know even give their kids play guns. That goes for my nephew and his wife in Colorado as well. Their son hasn’t ever played with guns, fishing poles are bigger with all of them.

      I know this is tongue in cheek but it is scary as I know it has the ring of truth about it.

      • Bob Says:

        People in Texas call Massachusetts, ‘Taxachusetts’. We decided not to give our son toy guns when he was little. But when he got a little older he wanted a cap pistol. Little boys will play with guns even if they have to turn a raw carrot into an imaginary pistol. Eventually, he wanted a bb gun and I thought it best to buy one and teach him how to target shoot safely. Luckily he has lost interest in guns and is into rock guitar wears long hair and has a very liberal political bent.

        If the President choses John Kerry for Secretary of State you might get Scott Brown back again in the Senate. I guess all the freeloaders, even in Massachusetts, don’t vote in special elections 🙂

  4. Birgit Says:

    In my childhood memory a snowman has a carrot nose, but doesn’t need arms, hat or a mouth. Sometimes he had a scarf. In this coal mining region egg-shaped briquettes were used for the buttons and eyes. I’m not sure what kids use today since nearly no one has briquettes anymore. If enough snow is available a snow woman is added. Even a sowman can be lonesome 😉

    • Kat Says:

      Birgit,
      Ours seemed to need all of his face and once in a while a scarf. I’d forgotten that. I think some kids use rocks or stones.

      A buxom snow woman would be a perfect accompaniment

  5. Kat Says:

    Bob,
    Massachusetts has the 8th highest tax rate. NY and New Jersey are first and second and surprises like Minnesota and Rhode Island also tax more than Massachusetts.

    This senate special election, if Kerry goes, will probably get a high turnout. The midterm elections never do. The % of voters is a small one. I have friends who never vote except during presidential years. I don’t get it. I asked them why not, and they said they didn’t care all that much. I was astounded as those elections are usual for local government positions such as selectmen who choose our fates like property taxes.

    • Bob Says:

      Kat, you are quoting facts about taxes while most of the people in the world just spout opinions without checking facts. Besides, it’s easy to combine the word tax into Massachusetts. Taxyork, or Jerseytax, just doesn’t sound good.

      You are correct. Local and state elections have a greater affect on our personal life than who is the President. Brown did win in a special election to replace Teddy Kennedy after his death. The Republicans think that they are better at getting out their constituents for a special election than the Democrats. It’s very unusual for an incumbent to lose any election. Brown lost in the general election so they are going to go back to what worked before. That’s why the Republicans worked so hard to discredit Susan Rice for Secretary of State so that the President would nominate John Kerry and they would get another turn at bat for Brown.

      • Caryn Says:

        Bob, part of the reason that Scott Brown won that special election was that there had been a very bad snow storm and Boston didn’t come out to vote. The city was somewhat paralyzed by poor snow removal.
        I would not want to see Kerry as Secretary of State for many reasons besides losing a senator with a lot of seniority.

  6. Mark Anderson Says:

    Kat,

    Great quote!
    When my kids were young, I would play them Thomas’ “Child’s Christmas in Wales” every year at Christmastime. I still have that old 33 1/3 record of him reading (actually, a few of them:) If it wasn’t so long, maybe you could post it for Coffee lovers. What a great reading?

    Mark

    • Kat Says:

      Mark,
      I love listening to Dylan Thomas reading that himself. You’ve reminded me it’s been a while since I’ve heard it. I’ll look for a recording which I can upload and post that way. There must be one somewhere on the net.

  7. Mark Anderson Says:

    O, delight! Somebody posted it here:

  8. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I don’t remember what we did with snowmen. We never used carrots, I know that. Ours never had hats, either. I think we just molded a face from snow and stuck some twigs in for arms. We didn’t do snowmen much. Our thing was to build tunnels, caves and forts if we had enough snow on the ground to do so. I remember building one semi-cave on the south side of the apple tree. My dog, Duke, and I would crawl in there, snuggle up and take naps sometimes. On a sunny winter day it was quite cozy.
    That western cold stuff can stay away forever as far as I’m concerned. I no longer care about white Christmases. Maybe a dusting to make it pretty and then no more.
    No sun up here today though it looked promising this morning.
    Enjoy the evening.

    • Kat Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      We also did tunnels and forts. The forts were for all out snowball fights. My favorite tunnel was made after we had feet of snow, and the plows had pushed it into huge mounds on the side of the street. We made a tunnel and it had several rooms. We even used water to turn the walls to ice so they’d be reinforced. We spent a lot of time in the tunnel eating lunch, reading and just talking. It lasted for the longest time.

      I’m with you in wishing away the snow. I’ll take that light dusting-more than enough for me!

      You too have a great evening!!


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