“Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes.”

The alarm went off at eight as it is breakfast Friday, the once a month get-together of women I worked with for years. I turned off the alarm, looked out the window, saw snow and went back to bed for another half hour. The breakfast is a come-if-you-can sort so I wasn’t expected. I’ll go next month.

The day is dreary. The snow, only a dusting, covers everything. Even the pines look sort of nice with their branches layered in snow. The birds were missing from the deck feeders during the coldest days, probably holed up in tight clumps of bushes or branches somewhere, but they returned in yesterday’s warmth, a word loosely used here, but they aren’t around again today. Only the red spawn was at the sunflower seeds. He does his trick of jumping from the deck rail to the squirrel buster feeder (note the feeder’s name), grabs a seed in flight then lands back on the rail to dine. I get crazed and usually chase him off the rail into the yard. I think I have him so paranoid that the door opening scares him right off the deck away from the seeds for most of the day. Banging my feet on the deck as I run at him probably helps too. I suspect the birds will return tomorrow when it is supposed to be 50˚.

I was all set for a dump run today, but now I’m not so sure. The dump is always cold with a strong wind which cuts to the bone, and I’ve had enough of bone-chilling cold this week. I’ll stave off my conscience by doing laundry, but if the afternoon looks better, Gracie and I can still do the dump run.

Christmas gives such color and brightness to the winter that I miss it terribly when it’s gone. I left my outside lights and my fake inside pine tree lit until the day after Little Christmas. My neighbors did the same. Now we have all gone dark except for my palm tree. It stands on deck near the backdoor and is bright green with a yellow trunk. My neighbors love my palm tree.

I crave color in winter. Even my winter wardrobe tends to be drab, utilitarian. The clothes are meant for warmth, not fashion. I could remedy that I suppose, but since my retirement I am seldom inclined to buy new clothes. I did buy a flannel shirt this winter, but that’s it. Maybe I’ll add a jaunty scarf in brilliant pink to my winter ensemble.

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8 Comments on ““Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes.””

  1. Birgit Says:

    A red squirrel is colored (note the squirrel’s name) 😉

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    You need to put up the flamingo with the lights.
    My Christmas candles are still in the windows. They are battery operated with auto timers so they turn themselves on and off. They make it seem warm.
    I am knitting with brightly colored yarns. Bright oranges and yellows. Rich pansy purple and cornflower blue. Hot reds and fuchsias. I have to do that in winter. It makes me feel as if the sun is actually shining.

    I have an errand that I may or may not do. Probably may not do now that I look at the weather and it is not improved. It had stopped snowing but now it is snaining instead. Bleh.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      The flamingo died. I need to buy another one so it can stand in front of the palm tree in all its pinkness.

      I never turn off the lights in the windows the whole year. Once when I was outside a woman walking by and had to audacity to ask why in the heck I’d leave candles in the windows the way they do in the historical district. I told her candles bid angels come unaware which shut her up.

      I get your need to knit with colors!

      It is raining here too. Looks like dump tomorrow and laundry this afternoon!

      Have a great evening!

  3. Lori Kossowsky Says:

    For color this year I picked out a pair of pink sort of cat woman glasses. I probably look like a cartoon, but that is fine. I wanted to dye a strand of my hair pink, but I don’t have enough nerve to do it myself. I seldom get new clothes, unless I’m in a thrift store, which I rarely visit these days, as I’m trying to get rid of clutter, not add to it.
    I think a jaunty colorful scarf would be just the thing.

    The sun is setting, Cookie is snuggled on the bed.

    Take Care,
    Waving,
    Lori and the Crew

    • katry Says:

      Lori,
      As long as you like the glasses, that’s all that counts. A matching stripe of pink would be perfect.

      I seldom go anywhere which requires dressing up, but I do have a fall-winter outfit and a summer-spring.

      I have the perfect scarf!!

      Waving right back at you!!

      Kat and the kids!!

  4. olof1 Says:

    It got warm during the night here so it looks li´ke much of the snow we got has melted away.It’s still dark outside so it’s hard to see how much is left. I’m just glad if the snow vanish but that means the roads will be muddy instead. Well it will all, freeze again tomorrow.

    I had to turn off my lights in the garden since water found its way in there somewhere and my fuses popped and I do miss those lights.

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      We went through the same thing: a thaw then a freeze. It was tough driving in the early mornings on ice and the afternoons on wet roads.

      I too miss my lights at night, especially my star.

      Enjoy your Saturday!


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