“One winter morning Peter woke up and looked out the window. Snow had fallen during the night. It covered everything as far as he could see.”

The snow fell all day into the night yesterday. The plow didn’t come until quite late and did only one sweep on each side of my street. My car and house are still buried. I can see my paper, but the snow is just too deep to make the trek to get it. My factotum, Skip, said he’d be here by nine but that’s nine Skip time so he’s not here yet. I need to be out in the next couple of hours so I hope he’s on his way.

Yesterday Gracie was smarter than I am. I let her out back and then noticed the snow had forced the back gate open and Gracie, being Gracie, went out. I called her and she came right back into the yard and the house. It was snowing, and the snow was so deep it was up to her belly so leaving the yard and walking in all that snow wasn’t attractive to her. When she next needed to go out, I attached two leashes together and let her out front. She wasn’t too happy as she never goes out there so it took a while for her to find the right spot. I held the leash and waited. My sister suggested that maybe I ought to try and shut the gate, and that’s where stupid comes in for me. I put on my shoes, rolled up my pants so they wouldn’t get wet and went out. I never gave a thought to my legs from the tops of my socks to where the pants started. The steps to the yard were covered in snow, and I had to hold on to the underneath rungs of the wooden handrail so I could use my foot to clear off each step before I got to it. When I got to the bottom of the steps, my legs were covered in snow as were my shoes and even the rolled up pants. The gate wouldn’t shut because of the show blown against it. I couldn’t get to the snow outside the gate because of the Christmas light wires so I reached with my leg as far as I could and cleared the snow with my foot. One section was beyond my reach so I shut the gate as far as I could and kicked it. The gate moved a little at a time until finally it shut. I worked my way  up the stairs to the back door, but I couldn’t get inside: the button you push to open the door was frozen and wouldn’t move. Gracie went in the dog door and stood in the kitchen watching me. I banged that button with my fist so many times my hands were sore. I knew my only other recourse was to go out the gate, walk through all the snow to my friends’ house and get my spare key from them. No, I couldn’t bear it so I kept banging and cursing. Finally the button gave way, and I got into the house. I was covered with snow so I took off all the snowy stuff right there and then hung it up to dry. I put on warm socks, slippers, pants and a sweatshirt and was warm in no time. I think it will take me a lot longer to smarten up. That was about the dumbest thing I’ve done: bare skin, no hat, no coat, no boots and no gloves. What an idiot!

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12 Comments on ““One winter morning Peter woke up and looked out the window. Snow had fallen during the night. It covered everything as far as he could see.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    Kat, when Maggie asks to venture out my response tends to be rather immediate and then I realize that I am seriously under dressed while the terrier enjoys the cool air and positions. So generally I am asking for performance and trying to hurry her which is just plain ridiculous
    Are you heading over to Fenway ? Today is our last day of escape before it gets really vulgar (again). I told Mrs MDH to stay in Orlando, no point in even trying to get home if it is as bad as they say.
    Heading down to Royal Oak, one of my buddies in London is heading to Emirates to cheer them on. It is televised on Fox if you decide not to venture out.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      Gracie has no problem going by the back gate after I moved the snow. Now that Ship has home and gone, there is a lot more room for her to do her business.

      It is 3˚ in Boston right now, and that’s not countering in the wind chill. I fear it is too cold for me to stand outside to watch the game. My sister is none too eager either. Her husband is welcome to the three tickets and can ask friends should he choose.

      I will check Fox but often my Fox is different from Fox elsewhere.

      Stay warm!!

  2. Kat,

    Actually, I think you were quite restrained, under the circumstances. What a horrible way to start the day.

    I hope you still have some goodies left and cozy up again today.


    • katry Says:

      Today I was supposed to go to a hockey game at Frozen Fenway as they are calling the event. It is Merrimack College, my alma mater, against Providence. I have decided it is far too cold. My sister and her husband for whom I bought tickets are going anyway, but they can take the subway in and not worry about the roads. I’m staying home nice and warm and cozy and will watch on TV.

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Yeah, I would have been that stupid, too. I’m a great one for shoveling while Rocky is doing his business. Usually I am not wearing coat, hat, boots or gloves. The last snow storm I got some serious frost nipping on my hands. I didn’t think it was that bad but they are still bothering me.
    I’m sorry to say the picture of Gracie going in through the dog door and watching you freeze outside did make me laugh. But I’m glad you got the damn frozen button to work.
    My solution to frozen buttons and inadvertently locked doors is not to shut them when I go out into the yard. So I get a few bugs inside or I heat the out doors for a few minutes. Better than being locked out in my jammies.
    The sun is shining up here north of Boston. It’s warmed up to 14. I told someone when it got to 11 I would go out and fill a bird feeder. The other 3 are not reachable without snowshoes.
    The snow in the yard is traced with spawn tracks and deer tracks. I’ll throw some feed on the snow for those that like to ground feed.
    Enjoy the day!

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I didn’t even stop to think about how high the snow was and how ill-prepared I was. I was most decidedly an idiot!

      Gracie watched through the dog door the whole time I was banging and cursing. I can understand why it gave you a laugh.

      That door had locked itself a couple of times but it was in the summer ands the front door was open. I solved the problem was stuffing the space so the lock wouldn’t work. It never occurred to me the button would freeze. Next time I’ll know better.

      I am not going to Boston to the hockey game. I don’t want to have to drive on so so roads to sit in the cold.

      There is still plenty of seed in the feeders, but I’ll keep an eye so they birds don’t go hungry.

      Have a warm and cozy Saturday!

      • Caryn Says:

        I could almost hear Gracie’s thoughts. “Well, why doesn’t she just come through the dog door?”
        And I assume she would have the same expression as Rocky does when I do silly things.

        I have 5 deer in the back woods. I watched them from the pantry window as they ate twigs and bark. There were dirty dishes in the sink which I could have washed while I watched but I did not. 🙂

      • katry Says:

        I swear Gracie was pointing her paw at me as she laughed.

        The dishes will keep.

  4. Coleen Burnett Says:

    Ok, you were stupid. You’re entitled to have a brain fart once in a while. Be gentle to yourself.

    The mental picture of Gracie looking at you made me laugh. Maybe that’s why you feel so dumb. Who IS the alpha dog here, anyways?

    The game sounds like fun…being in the cold does not.

    This is a sort of day where I must take guesses as to how I will get around. I have a choie rehearsal later today and I have no idea how well the church is plowed out. To avoid icy spots I sometimes walk around like Jeffey from the Family Circus. Remember that? An entire cartoon panel using the LONG route…

    Waving to keep warm in Jersey


    • katry Says:

      Hi Coleen,
      I didn’t stop to think. I just wanted to keep Gracie in the yard. It was funny to see her watching me freeze while she is inside nice and warm.

      I just couldn’t see myself dealing with that cold. The game is on TV so maybe I’ll check it out and try to see my sister. She envisions herself inside more than out.

      I remember Jeffrey’s long routes-those black lines all over the neighborhood. I haven’t anywhere else to go so I’m staying right here. I see a nap in my future. That sounds perfect to me.

      Waving here from inside the warm house!!

  5. olof1 Says:

    Like Caryn I couldn’t but laugh 🙂 🙂 I’m sorry but we have all done things that made sence before we did it and aftewards just was plain stupid:-) I can’t feel two of my toes on my right foot because of that 🙂

    Still warm and nice here but they are saying it will change later this coming week. I hope they are wrong like they always are 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      All I could think of was keeping Gracie in the yard.

      It was warmer than it has been as the ice is melting here. It’s still cold as far as I am concerned.

      Enjoy your evening!

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