“I want to write a book about shoes that’s full of footnotes.”

This morning is winter. When I left for breakfast at 9 o’clock, it was 27˚. I saw people wearing winter coats, hats and gloves while walking their dogs, also sporting coats. While I was eating, the temperature rose to 32˚, but that cold didn’t stop me from being hopeful. I still believe that spring is taking hold. The front garden is filled with blooming crocus, and the birds are singing and greeting the morning. The sound is joyful.

The other day I bought a small pot of pansies for the kitchen. The flowers are yellow, my favorite color this time of year, the color of the sun. The daffodils I bought have finally bloomed and they too are a bright yellow. The sun is shining today, and the sky is blue. I am content despite the cold.

Today I have a few errands so I’ll go out in the afternoon. I’m sure Gracie will be glad for the ride. I try to take her all the time now because when summer comes, Gracie stays home except when we go to the dump where I can keep the car and the air conditioning running between stops. The heat is otherwise too much for Miss Gracie.

When I was a kid, I had three pairs of shoes: well, two pairs of shoes and a pair of sneakers. One pair of shoes was for school every day and church on Sunday. The other pair was for playing. That pair started out as school shoes then got worn and eventually demoted to play shoes. I wore those mostly in the winter or on cold days. In the summer I always wore sneakers. Nobody wore sandals back then except little kids. My sisters had white sandals with straps. My sneakers were red or blue when I was little. When I was older, they were white. We all wore white sneakers, mostly Keds, which narrowed at the toes. We kept them as white as possible. Sometimes we even used white shoe polish to cover marks. That had its disadvantages as the polish would seep to our socks and through to our feet, but that didn’t matter. White sneakers were a point of pride.

For my eighth grade trip, my mother bought me new clothes: a pair of sneakers, a blouse and clam diggers. I don’t know if that was a purely regional name. They were also called pedal pushers, and they looked a lot like Capri pants, the Mary Tyler Moore type, but to us they were clam diggers. It was the perfect name. Not many clothes boast a name which fits their function. If you wore those pants while clamming, they’d stay dry and out of the mud. We never did, but we could have.

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11 Comments on ““I want to write a book about shoes that’s full of footnotes.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Your winter is so warm 🙂 We had -4F here this morning and it was so cold that my car acted strange. The oil lamp shone bright red even if I have enough oil in the engine. I went in and called my boss and after that I went out to the car again, started it and the bright red light started blinking and after that it worked as it should. I guess there’s something wrong with the wire to the oil lamp 🙂

    Huge internet problems at the moment, my rather senile computer shuts down the connection after a couple of minutes and when I try to connect again it tells me that I’m already out surfing the net 🙂 I do hppe it starts working ok already tonight or tomorrow moening again. It usually does when it starts acting like this 🙂 I really need a new computer now 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • Christer,
      This is pseudo-winter when much of the country is enjoying sporing. We don’t get as cold as you do, but we do have days in the single digits. Below zero is really infrequent though unless you count the wind chill.

      I hate computer problems. I’m still using my laptop and haven’t ever fixed my PC. I just think this is so much easier. I do need a new printer though.

      Stay warm!!!

  2. Hedley Says:

    Beware the Ides of March.

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Lemon donuts, yellow pansies and daffodils. I see a trend. 🙂 I also want some yellow pansies.

    I mostly had buckle shoes because I didn’t want to learn to tie laces. Hate tying laces. Still do. My sneakers were either PF Flyers with the bumper toes or Keds. They were usually red. Once the laces had been tied they were never untied again. I had a pair of saddle shoes; white with brown saddles. I remember having to use that white shoe polish in a bottle with a rubber applicator. It was not Kiwi polish but I don’t remember the name. It was chalky and had a unique smell.

    It’s very cold up here with a really brisk wind that is still blowing. It’s finally sunny though. I ventured out with Rocky to the Christmas Tree Shop. It’s always insanely crowded but they had bamboo roller shades and I needed 9 for the porch so I had to go. I made it out with just the shades, 4 small “Nantucket” baskets for root vegetable storage and 2 baking pans to fit the toaster oven. The shades were half the advertised price so I spent less than I had planned and I didn’t buy any tchotchkes. Win!

    There are finally green things poking up in my yard. Daylilies and lawn chives, I think. Yay!
    Enjoy the evening.

    • Hi Caryn,
      You are right. i didn’t even think about the yellow lemon donut, but it is certainly a trend.

      I had shoes with laces, and I didn’t mind the tying. I had black and white saddle shoes, still have a pair. I bought them for a 50’s night and wore them with a poodle skirt! I used a white polish in a bottle which did a great job, but I don’t remember what kind it was.

      It is 39˚ now, the warmest it’s been all day. You’ve reminded me I haven’t been to mine in a while, and I am out of napkins and I need to check out their Easter stuff as I make two baskets.

      I love the flowers in the front garden!

      You too have a great evening!!

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