“I dont hate it he thought, panting in the cold air, the iron New England dark; I dont. I dont! I dont hate it! I dont hate it!”

Today is dreary with a damp cold that seeps to my bones. It is dump day for Gracie and me, and we’re going to Agway where dogs are welcome, even Gracie who jumps on the counter to say hello.

Days like today make me want to be lazy. When the sun is out, even in the dead of winter, it seems a sin to waste all that light so I go out for a ride or to do a couple of errands. It may still be cold but sunlight gives me an interest in the day. Today is more of a sit around and read day, but I’m stuck doing those errands. My new book, the Stephen King, will sit unopened for a while longer.

These days after Christmas are for winding down, for enjoying a bit of quiet. The tree is still lit casting its glow on the walls and even on the cat lying below it. I sit and read in the living room where I can still enjoy the aroma of the pine and watch the bubble lights. My gifts are opened and under the tree. I’ll put them away in the next couple of days. A few need to be hung on the walls so I’ll walk around with them until I find the right spots. My new DVD player needs to be connected so I’ll give that a try hoping the directions are written for the electronically challenged. My sister gave me an old bride and groom cake topper for another one of my collections. The bride has material around her skirt which is a bit different from most. She also gave me four really ugly elves with cardboard tops and pine cone bodies. I love them in their ugliness. My sister shops at an antique warehouse for me. She finds neat stuff. I also got a really old red tin for my kitchen and a Mammy note holder from the 1940’s. It is not at all PC. Something Red Sox is always one of my presents so she gave me a red B sweatshirt, a color I didn’t have. It will be fun going through my gifts again.

Well, time to get dressed and face the elements.

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35 Comments on ““I dont hate it he thought, panting in the cold air, the iron New England dark; I dont. I dont! I dont hate it! I dont hate it!””

  1. olof1 Says:

    My errand day will be tomorrow, I need some deer food, sunflower seeds and perhaps I’ll buy some fire logs too. I really don’t need them but if I buy them I might not have to leave the village at all for the rest of the week.

    Windy and grey here today, some drizzling but not much andfairly warm. We went to the bog as usual and today we saw a moose cow resting peacefullyon the bog. Thankfully she stayed peaceful aslong as we were there, beautiful animals but rather dangerous to be honest.

    I baked a rosemary bread after that and the entire cottage smells like newly baked bread now 🙂 The smell by itself is worth the effort making it but it was nice that it tasted great too 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      I got to the dump, to Agway and to Ring for some bread. I didn’t get to the drug store so I’ll have to do that tomorrow. It was raining, and I got a bit wet at the dump, but so did all the others: it was really crowded.

      I’m glad this is rain, not snow. It will get colder in a couple of days, but I don’t think there is any snow in the forecast. It isn’t day to be outside.

      I love the smell of fresh bread, and I also love the smell of rosemary. I figure you just baked the best combination.

      Have a great evening!

  2. Birgit Says:

    As every year I’ve got a lot of homemade Christmas cookies, my friends know how to make me happy on Christmas. Apart from the obvious place -my stomach- there is no need to store this kind of presents away.

    • katry Says:

      I also got some cookies from a friend, peanut butter balls from my sister and these walnuts she coats which taste divine. My back was bad so I didn’t do anything this year. I do want to make fudge and surprise my sister now that my back is better.

      The cookies are gone@!

  3. Hedley Says:

    The call of the Day book. Sitting on the table is David Kynaston’s “Modernity Britain, Opening the Box 1957-59”. The third in the history which includes “Austerity Britain” and “Family Britain” and will ultimately take us from 1945 to 1979. Kynaston is readable, direct, social and political.
    And so as the Lions meaningless season is televised, I have opened the book which opens the box and immediately asks me to think about Flanders and Swann, Tommy Steele and Dixon of Dock Green

    “Evenin’ all”

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      My book is still closed. After my errands I watched a documentary about Progeria and now I am heading down to my friends’ house for dinner and the Pats game.

      WE are also exchanging presents as we weren’t together at Christmas. It is Christmas number 2!

      • Hedley Says:

        Eric and his Chiefs will be a wild card next week, we are waiting to see where they will be going. Car pointed at Indianapolis but we do have GPS if we have to change destination.

      • katry Says:

        My Pats just won a bye in the first round with their win today. It was ugly watching them play in the torrential rain.

  4. Bob Says:

    The sky here is cloudy and the temperature has been dropping all day due to the cold front. Today is another lazy day. All of my books are on my iPad it’s a good afternoon to make sure it’s charged up and ready to read. I jut started Walter Issacson’s biography of Ben Franklin.

    Tonight the Cowboys will host the Eagles inside Jerry’s billion dollar football palace to determine which team will win the NFC East. The Cowboys will be without Tony Romo who had back surgery on Friday.

    • katry Says:

      I think I’m going to pick a few new books for my iPad. I’m not in the mood for Stephen King. I’m going out, but I’ll hunt when I get home.

      It is cold and rainy still and now with darkness coming it looks even uglier outside.

      The Pats start at 4:30 and I’ll be watching.

  5. Coleen Burnett Says:

    Hey Kat!

    Dark and dreary here…maybe major snow on Thursday. Oh fudge…and I don’t mean the kind you make… 🙂

    I have eaten far too much…I had two different friends take me to lunch for my birthday this week. My birthday gift to myself is a new Mets cap, which I love and cannot take off…I am like a little kid. Baseball is like that…

    Do you have a Sox cap? Maybe several?

    Waving from Jersey…


    • katry Says:

      Hi Coleen,’
      Cold weather coming here but not snow. I’ll survive the snow but tonight’s rain was a bit too much.

      I have only one hat but four t-shirts and 3 sweatshirts. My favorite t-shirt is in Spanish with a flag of the Dominican Republic, David Ortiz’s birth country. I am always appropriately dressed for a Sox game!

      Waving from a wet Cape Cod!

  6. im6 Says:

    It must have slipped his mind because I’m sure Hedley meant to request Michel Legrand’s “Summer of ’42” or “The Summer Knows.” 😉 Here’s a summer song that’s a favorite of mine. I even think Hedley would approve!

  7. Hedley Says:

    I love you im6

    CLIFF !!!!! Let’s get the big red routemaster double decker, grab The Shads and Una Stubbs and head for Greece. We saw this masterpiece at the Crescent theatre Leatherhead in 1963 – the whole family went. Summer Holiday should have won an Oscar, and so should have CLIFF.

    The Young Ones, darlin’ we’re the Young Ones


    • Hedley Says:

      RIGHT …Sunday evening Karaoke with im6, KTCC Family and …..CLIFF

      • Birgit Says:

        “Cause we may not be the young ones very long…”
        Cliff on KTCC, funny coincidence, I’ve listened to Cliff and the Shadows just some hours ago, when an old concert popped up at http://www.bigozine2.com/archive/ARrarities08/ARcrholland.html
        A rehearsal for KTCC-karaoke 😉

      • Hedley Says:

        Birgit, and now we are enjoying the movie, Summer Holiday CLIFF !

        He lived near my sister and drove a very inconspicuous car with the license plate MOVE 1T

      • im6 Says:

        I think you might be exaggerating just a bit about the film and Cliff being Oscar worthy. I loved it when it first came out and saw it about 3 times, but would never consider it more than just a pleasant diversion. It’s worth noting, however, that ‘Summer Holiday’ was the directorial debut of Peter Yates who went on to direct one of my very favorite films of all time, ‘Breaking Away.’ If you haven’t seen that one, Hedley (and the rest of the KTCC gang), I can’t say enough good things about it. Steve Tesich deservedly won the Oscar for the 1979 Best Original Screenplay. And the cast more than does the screenplay justice. The whole film is just magical!

      • katry Says:

        I love Breaking Away. It always makes me laugh no matter how many times I see it.I too agree that it is a great movie for the crowd to watch!

      • katry Says:

        I saw the movie a few years back which prompted me to play the music. The movie is dated but I didn’t care. It was fun.

      • katry Says:

        I am not a Karaoke singer having such a horrible voice but I’m home alone so I can bellow the song!

  8. im6 Says:

    I would have settled for an, “It’s okay, I don’t hate it.” 😉

  9. Hedley Says:

    and im6 Here is the great CLIFF in his routemaster…look for The Shads pretending to be Frenchies AND then they “grab” Una Stubbs

    • katry Says:

      MDH, Birgit and im6,
      I posted this on my Blogger blog, the one that was erased by Blogger. The song was taken down. It seemed Cliff or his people objected to my posting the MP3.

      It is a great song, and I do love it-thanks for bringing it back!

  10. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Nothing much happening here. The day started dingy and now it’s pouring rain.
    I did go out to get some knitting needles and ice melt.. Then I went to the grocery store. Big mistake.
    The people in the grocery store must have been brand new at shopping. I never saw such aimlessly wandering folk. There was one woman who consistently turned her cart sideways across the aisle while she gazed at her male companion who was staring at stuff on the shelves and consulting a paper. Apparently he was The Decider.
    Then there were the two women, shopping together, with two carts like a tandem tractor trailer truck. They would stop at each section of an aisle and discuss. Move to the next section, stop and discuss. I actually stamped my foot in frustration at one point. It made no difference.
    I’m home now and comfy and all is forgiven. Til next time. 🙂

    I’m still searching for the perfect white fur hat except I think mine shall be silver fox because I am one. 🙂

    Enjoy the evening

  11. Lori Kossowsky Says:

    Hi Kat,
    By the time I am ready to enjoy the sun, I am just waking up. I went to a Vienna Teng concert which was sold out. I’m glad they don’t have concerts mid-day. I thought I’d add this song, as it one of your favorites:

    Waving from California,
    Lori and the Crew

    • im6 Says:

      That was really nice, Lori. I must confess that I’d only heard OF Vienna Teng and was unaware she’s a solo artist named Cynthia! Just enough info on her Wikipedia page to pique my interest (she’s a computer nerd!). I’ll definitely be listening to more of her. Thanks for sharing.

    • katry Says:

      This song also has a special place for me in my hear. When I went back to Ghana, my students sang it to me. They had been singing it for forty years and called it Miss Ryan’s song.

      This version is lovely.



  12. Lori Kossowsky Says:

    Hi Kat and im6,
    I first heard of Ms. Tang, when I saw the performance “The Fourth Messenger”, February as a Birthday gift. It was a stunning show. During this performance she brought some of the cast from the show and explained what it was like for her to write a musical. I believe there is a Facebook page dedicated to this musical, which they are trying to get the $$$ play it again. I hope they play it in Berkeley.
    I know Jet Plane, is a favorite of yours, which is why I picked that song for you, Kat. Here is the trailer to the musical:

    Waving before the sun sets,
    Lori and the Crew

    • katry Says:

      Her voice is just so beautiful. Now I’m going to have to find more of her work.

      Thanks for the introduction!

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