“There are those to whom one must advise madness.”

It’s late, but I woke up late and chose a leisurely morning. The coffee was delicious, and the maple butter on my toast was perfect. Baseball news is back in the papers, and my Red Sox are not in last place any more. I hungrily read everything and know that David’s injury is getting better each day, Lackey has lost weight and the team is much happier with its new manager. Maybe spring is not as far away as it seems. Okay, here’s the truth: I don’t really believe that. It’s just one of those things I write to give myself a bit of hope, a small bit of hope. I call it my Pollyanna syndrome. Today is cold, cloudy, icy and a really ugly day. Spring is still on some island somewhere sipping on a drink with a small umbrella while sitting on a lounge chair in the sand.

Snow has become a four letter word. George Carlin could have added it to his repertoire as the eighth dirty word. Yup, we’re expecting 4 to 8 inches of the filthy stuff starting tonight. With it will come heavy winds. The Cape is the storm’s main target. The rest of the state will get a dusting or maybe an inch or two. Once I finish here, I’ll do my storm chores and errands. The feeders need filling, the trash needs dumping, and I need comfort food. Gracie and I will go together then brace ourselves for what is to come, but I swear if I lose electricity this time I won’t be accountable for my actions. Call it temporary madness brought about by s***.

The sky has an eerie color, a before the storm color. Nothing outside is moving, not even the dead oak leaves. It’s strange and disconcerting. I feel a bit like Scarlett O’Hara did in that scene in the field where she stands, raises her fists to the sky and says, “As God is my witness, as God is my witness, they’re not going to lick me! I’m going to live through this, and when it’s all over, I’ll never be hungry again – no, nor any of my folks! If I have to lie, steal, cheat, or kill! As God is my witness, I’ll never be hungry again.” Substitute cold for hungry, and you have me.

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13 Comments on ““There are those to whom one must advise madness.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I hope the s### does not do any electricity depriving damage in your area. Or mine either for that matter.
    At the start of every winter I think about getting some kind of wood stove installed. It has not happened yet. There really isn’t any place in my house for a wood stove except in the cellar. All the best places are interior walls. Not sure that works well. 😀
    I filled one feeder. It’s the only one I can get to over the snowpack. It will have to do. There’s a feeder by the driveway but the birds all hate it. It’s not the location, either, because I have moved that feeder all over the yard. They hate that feeder which is really annoying because it was expensive. Perhaps I will pick up another cheapo one at Home Depot when I go out later.
    May you have a warm and safe snowstorm this evening. I will visualize the storm passing farther out to sea and not bothering you at all.

    • Kat Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      The s*** is not anywhere as bad as the wind as long as it isn’t heavy and wet. I have to think luck is in my favor-I already had my hell last weekend.

      I filled four feeders including my huge one. I just saw chickadees dining there so it was worth gingerly walking on the snow.

      Thank you! I hope that when I wake up tomorrow I hear the furnace blasting and heating the house!

  2. olof1 Says:

    We’ll get snow tomorrow and on Monday but no risk of loosing power, the wind will be weak and we’ll get around 4 inches of the white crap.

    It actually did feel as spring was on its way today, grey, misty, no wind and over 32F. That will all change next week though and we’ll go back to nasty cold once again.

    I have no comfort food for tomorrows snowfall so I’m baking a bread right now, the first warm slices are always the best ones 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • Kat Says:

      Usually we don’t lose power but I’m skittish after last week. The wind is the problem, not the snow.

      Yesterday felt a bit like spring. It was a teaser, though, with the weather coming. Right now it is raining.

      I bought some shrimp and a piece of lemon cake. Both sound like summer to me!

      Enjoy your evening!

  3. Bob Says:

    Your snow eversion is like the creed of the post office, Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. Except on Saturday starting this summer.

    Spring training is in full swing and even the Red Sox are in first place on opening day 🙂 My team, The Rangers, have been decimated by free agency and accusations of steroid use. What happened to the good old days of baseball when the Yankees and the Dodgers had dynasties and ball players only got drunk and chased woman. Stories abound of the late night exploits in bars and nightclubs all around the American League of Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford and Billy Martin’s drunken exploits. Mantle was quoted as saying, after hitting a home run, about the screaming fans “If they only know how hard that was”. Mantle’s liver was pickled and he had a liver transplant shortly before his death from liver cancer. Billy Martin was killed while driving his truck under the influence. Whitey Ford is still alive. Maybe he sobered up in his old age.

    This winter’s snowfall is making up for the last couple of mild winters in the North Eastern part of North America. We can all blame global warming for the roller coaster ride of severe storms, drought and unusual weather patterns.

    BTW, Ella was very gracious and charming during our short meeting.

    • Kat Says:

      I never have minded snow before, but I am still reeling from last week’s cold in the house. The wind is going to be a strong one, and I just hope it doesn’t blow trees onto lines. My area has everything underground but it must be connected with stuff above ground.

      The Red Sox have had two bad years and one horrific. Before that they were perennial winners. They have baseball’s sold out record, but they won’t add on to it this year. People are still angry over last year.

      We still haven’t really had a whole lot of snow this winter. Before last week we’d had maybe 4 or 5 inches. Now old Mother Nature is making up for it.

      I thought she would be!

  4. Birgit Says:

    S*** madness can turn into creativity:

  5. Cuidado Says:

    Been away from home and the internet for 6 weeks. A pleasure to read back and share the storm that we got too. I missed a song that I would love a copy of if you would reinstate it or send it by email. I love it so much:
    Do Lord Remember me by Mississippi John Hurt. Missed your blog and my other internet families.

    • Kat Says:

      Welcome home!! That storm was unbelievable, and now another is starting tonight-6 to 9 inches they just said. I don’t care as long as I have electricity. When it got to 39˚ in the house, I was taking the cats, screaming and hissing, and Gracie to the car, but then I heard the heat. It took hours for the house to get warm, but every hour made it more bearable.

      Here is a new link to the song. It’s wonderful:


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