“In the winter she curls up around a good book and dreams away the cold.”

Lately the days seem the same. The mornings are cold with the sun nowhere to be found. Today a dampness makes it feel even chillier. I’m thinking I might have to put in my back storm door. That’s the door I leave open so Gracie can come and go, but the cold comes all the way down the hall from the screen. I hate the thought that it might be storm door time for even that one door. The windows have been closed for the last three or four days. I’m not liking this at all. I want my sun back. I want warm days.

When I was a kid, I didn’t care much about what the weather was each day. I did want snow in the winter and warm days for swimming in the summer, but as for the other two seasons, I had no preferences. I’d take the days as they came except for Halloween. I didn’t want rain. As for any day rain, I never really minded getting soaked walking home from school. I’d get home, skip the play clothes and get cozy in my pajamas. I lie in bed and read. I can still see the window at the foot of my bed and the rain drops hitting the glass then sliding to the bottom. The fiercer the storm the better.

I can’t stand my feet being cold. They make my whole body feel cold so I put on my fleece-lined slippers, but sometimes they aren’t enough. I have to add socks. In winter, I spend the days at home wearing those slippers, flannel pants and a sweatshirt. It’s become my winter uniform. Right now I’m wearing those slippers and thinking of adding a sweatshirt. The house is only 66˚, colder than I keep it during the winter.

My mother kept her house too hot in the winter. We used to wear t-shirts inside and complain about how hot it was. She was always cold except for her feet. On them she wore slippers with open toes and no backs. I wish I had inherited her warm feet.

Now I tolerate cold and heat far less than I used to when I was younger. On the last two trips to Ghana, my hair was always soaked with sweat. I don’t remember that happening when I lived there so long ago. I used to wear a t-shirt all winter; now the sweatshirt is a must. I’m beginning to understand my mother and her need for a hot house.

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12 Comments on ““In the winter she curls up around a good book and dreams away the cold.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    The weather is changing and so is my “uniform” Dropped by the dry cleaners with dark colored pants, polos have been put away and the Terrier and I have experienced the first frost of the season.

    My start to fantasy football has been quite spectacular going 0-4 in my two leagues. At least this Thursday night we will be able to watch Eric (#72) as his Chiefs visit the Philadelphia Eagles on NFL Network.

    I am now sporting a bracelet – my son gave me a “fit bit” which seems to monitor everything I do, probably including posting mean things about Lennie on KTCC. It is actually pretty cool and syncs with my ipad describing all my efforts to be less fat.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear hedley,
      It rained. I was on the way off Cape and the rain started. Right now it is just ugly and damp.

      Hard to believe you have had a frost already!

      That is a very cool bracelet, and I suspect being bad to Lennie would raise your blood pressure a bit.

  2. olof1 Says:

    It’s usually very warm here during winter since I have the fire burning in the stove almost all day so I usually always wear a t-shirt indoors. Well some mornings on very cold winter days I wear a sweater until the heat spreads from the kitchen stove.

    I never used to have cold feet either but that seems to have changed for me as well. I can even wear sock during night just in case my feet find their way out from the quilt 🙂

    By the way! I hope Your sister that lives in Colorado is safe, I’ve seen how some places look on the news here. How come can’t the weather sort of spread more evenly around the world 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I use a gas furnace to heat the house. I keep it at 68˚ and wear a long sleeve shirt or a sweat shirt. I will not be cold in my own house so I do turn it up if I’m feeling cold.

      My feet get warm at night so I end up knocking off the socks during the night.

      My sister is safe, but my niece lives in one of the towns underwater. Her house is up a hill so she is safe but the street below her is flooded as is where her husband works. They can’t go anywhere as all the roads are closed due to flooding. Thanks for checking!

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    It was cold here this morning but no rain. There were a few sprinkles later on.
    When Rocky and I went out first thing he found a giant praying mantis in the middle of the walkway. The poor thing was slowed by the cold and couldn’t move fast but she did try to threaten Rocky. Rocky is easily threatened so it didn’t take much. All she had to do was twitch a bit and he was gone. 🙂
    I scooped the mantis onto a cup and put her on the mums. She stayed there until the sun finally came out later in the morning. She was very pretty for a mantis.

    My feet are cold if I don’t have anything on them but they are uncomfortably warm if I do have something on them. The only time I can wear socks without getting hot feet is when I’m in bed.

    Curling up with a warm dog and a good book is the best way to spend a cold, rainy afternoon. Or even just a cold afternoon. 🙂

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I haven’t seen a praying mantis in years. They mesmerized me when I was a kid. I wish Gracie were more afraid of critters. She has picked up a possum and a baby squirrel and tried to play with a skunk. I’m glad the coyotes can’t get into the yard.

      I always think they are pretty. Their green is a neat color.

      Cold feet is a recent problem for me. I used to wear sandals through part of the winter but no more.

      I went off cape but am glad to be home. Gracie, though, is barking her intruder bark s I have to go check on her.

      Have a great evening!

  4. Bob Says:

    So now you know why many people retire to either Florida or Arizona. South Florida is the only part of the South where you must travel north to find southerners. Some of the northern residents are snowbirds. They come to Florida in the winter and move back north in the summer. Others just stay year round.

    My feet are never cold in the winter but I like to wear a sweatshirt jacket because my spouse likes to keep the temperature in the 60s in winter and in the lower 70s in the summer. Our house is heated with natural gas which is supposedly a less expensive fuel. In the last few years they have discovered huge deposits of gas in the Barnett Shale which is located in the western portion of the Dallas Ft. Worth area. Gas wells have been going in like gangbusters until all the drilling drove down the price of gas. Most homeowners don’t own the mineral rights under their house. The developers keep those rights when they sell you the house. Where I live it doesn’t matter because there is no gas nor oil. I live too far east of the Barnett Shale. I always said that when my ship comes in I will be at the airport 🙂

    When I got in my car this afternoon to come home the temperature was only 95 degrees and no rain in the forecast. By halloween we should be able to turn off the AC.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I have friends who are snowbirds. They own condos somewhere in Florida. We make fun of them here. The old saying was you knew spring had arrived when the blueheads came back from Florida.

      My house too is heated with gas. I know it is far less expensive than oil. because my friends with oil complain. I keep it at 68˚ in the winter but I’ll turn it up if I get cold for just a while until I’m warmer. The air is at 71˚ in the summer.

      No gas or oil here either, other than fish oil of course.

      I know when I was coming home this afternoon it was 63˚, but I figure it must be colder now that it is dark.

  5. Lori Kossowsky Says:

    I haven’t been feeling well lately, but I’ve had this urge for days to wave.
    Waving and waving and waving,
    Lori or Lily

  6. Silver Price Says:

    You’ll laugh at me; my friends do. I wear slippers ALL DAY LONG. I have cold feet constantly and my hardwood floors and living in the north don’t help. I wear decidedly UNsexy Dearfoam ‘boot’ slippers which keep me very cozy. Your LLBean slippers sound much ‘cooler’ than my Dearfoams, but I wouldn’t trade them for anything. I receive THREE pair each Christmas, per my request (strong, pleading, whining request ) I don’t think your type of slipper would be quiet enough on my floors. I wear the soft soled one and I can’t even hear myself walk. Do I know of any ‘sexy’ slippers? No. So why am I posting? Well, to make you feel a little bit better?? Knowing someone out there looks waaaaaay more frumpy than you might make you smile?

    • katry Says:

      Sorry, Silver that the reply took so long. This ended up in spam which I didn’t check until today.

      I would never laugh at feet being comfortable all day long. Mine look a bit like clogs so I’ve sometimes forgotten to take them off and put shoes on when I go out. My sister is the one who gives them to me at Christmas.I let her know when the fleece has worn away. Last year she wanted the same pair from me for Christmas.

      I am of the firm belief that sexy is wasted on slippers. Comfort and warmth are all that counts.


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