“I personally believe we developed language because of our deep inner need to complain.”

The blizzard did not live up to its hype. The Cape Cod Times reports this morning we have 7 or 8 inches of snow here in Dennis though it looks like more in some places because of the drifting. My car had very little snow on it, but my back step had so much snow Gracie chose to jump over it rather than step into the drift, but she had no problem going down the stairs into the backyard as the snow wasn’t too high for her. Today is sunny and cold with a temperature around 19˚. Tonight will be in the single digits, but by Saturday it will be in the 30’s. Maybe I’ll even sit on the deck and catch the sun. I’d have to shovel first of course.

This is only our second snow storm so I suppose complaints aren’t warranted, but I hate how cold it is and how cold it has been from all those incursions by the polar region. Given a choice, though, I choose being cold over being hot. When it’s hot, there are only a few ways to get cooler, excluding central air of course. You can sit in front of a fan going full blast, take cold showers or go swimming, a temporary reprieve at best. But when you’re cold, you can bundle up, snuggle under a down comforter, layer or just stay in the warm house with the heat cranking. It is just so much easier to get warm.

When I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana, the heat in the Upper Region was interminable this time of year. I’d sit in my living room reading, and when I’d stand up, my sweaty imprint would be on the chair cushions like the chalk outline of the victim at a murder scene. I had no fan so a cold shower was my only way to beat the heat. I’d take one just before bed, not dry off, go inside to sleep and let the air dry me, sort of my own cooling system. Most times I could fall asleep. During the day, though, I lived in a condition of perpetual sweat whenever I did anything. It wasn’t pretty.

I’ll complain about the cold now and in August I’ll complain about the heat. That seems to be part of the human condition, the complaining I mean.

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16 Comments on ““I personally believe we developed language because of our deep inner need to complain.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    Please enjoy something special for your family in Colorado. As Manchester United faced the humiliation of exiting to Sunderland in the Capital One Cup, the Greater Manchester Police were kind enough to share this emergency call that they received last night.


  2. Birgit Says:

    Complaint: I want a little bit of snow too. Not too much. Also not the blizzard. Sunshine would be nice too.
    Absolutely no complaints about your music. The 2 complaint-songs by the McGarrigles came to my mind while reading your post, but you surprised me again.

    • katry Says:

      We have sun now, and it does make the snow glint and look lovely. I am glad we didn’t get the 10-12 inches originally predicted. I’ll be glad to send a bit your way!

      It is fun to surprise!

  3. olof1 Says:

    I’m pretty sure that my personal hell is icy cold 🙂 I so prefer hot because I tend to fall asleep when it is 🙂 But then again I have two dogs that more than willing will help me stay warm under a blanket. The two big ones would just feel too warm but I guess I would be able to convince Orvar to sleep on top of my feet 🙂

    They say it will be aroung 15F here tonight and since it always is much colder than they predict I don’t even dare to guess how cold it really will be 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      I think it is too difficult to get cool when you are too hot which is why I’d prefer cold. I can always find ways to get warm. Gracie and Fern are right beside me in bed keeping themselves warm and me too.

      It is just too cold right now. I went out and did errands, and I couldn’t wait to get home.

      Enjoy the evening!

  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    No big snow here. I swept away the 3 inches that we got and put ice melt on it. All those areas are bare pavement now.
    Rocky and I have been out twice today even though it’s colder than midnight on Pluto. We took a quick walk to the end of the road and back – maybe 2 football fields. Both times Rocky ended up limping because of ice balls in his feet. I can’t find boots to fit him and the Musher’s Wax doesn’t always work for very long.
    I hate the heat but I don’t like extreme cold either. Somewhere in the middle range where neither artificial heat nor cooling is needed would be fine for me.

    I should do laundry but that means going to down to the laundry room with the blow dryer so that I can unfreeze the trap to the washing machine outflow pipe. I’ll wait.

    Enjoy the evening and stay warm.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      We have plenty of snow to share. Down cape got more than I did so I suppose I’m lucky. We didn’t get what they predicted so I’m glad.

      Gracie and I did a couple of errands. I put her coat on as I knew she’d be waiting in the car, but by the time I got out of the store, her coat was on the seat, and she felt cold to the touch.

      Gracie goes out, run around the yard and comes back inside breathless. She is now growling at the dog biscuit I gave her. It’s part of the game.

      I’m going to change back into my cozies.

      Have a great evening!

  5. flyboybob Says:

    For me no snow is good snow. I could live the rest of my life without seeing the stuff. Snow is pretty when it first falls but after a while it turns black along the sides of the roads and along with the slush from the streets it looks as horrible as the cold wind feels on my face. Winter sports don’t interest me in the least especially with the winter Olympics coming soon. Who thought up the ridiculous sport that combines cross country skiing and shooting? Why would anyone want to go down an ice track on two runners lying on the surface of an army cot. Ski Jumping and hockey are the only sports that I even have a passing interest in the winter games.

    I read where the Russians have spent billions of dollars preparing for the games which is more than any other country has ever spent for the Olympics. Unfortunately, most of the money went into the pockets of criminals both in and out of the government in the form of corruption.

    I enjoy complaining as much as anyone and I have a lot to complain about. The high temperature today was at seven in the morning at 47 degrees and has been dropping steadily all day. Thank goodness there has been no precipitation.

    • katry Says:

      Luckily, it has been really cold so the snow is still pristine even along the roadways. In the cities is where it usually gets so ugly and the big oils just sit there until much warmer weather.

      I like watching the ski jumps, bobsleds, luges and skating.

      I hadn’t read about the money going to criminals though I did read about all the security. it is entirely necessary given the problems Russia is having.

      Poor baby complaining about 47˚. Last night it was 8˚.

  6. Lori Kossowsky Says:

    It’s late and I’m tired. We’re having a bad drought here.

    Last night, I went to see a house concert included George Mann, and a surprise guest Chis Chandler and my dear friend Eleanor Walden. Eleanor is about 82 years old and says, ” I know which side I’m on, I know where I stand, and I know how to keep on keeping on! ”

    She is also the woman who let me adopt Cookie cat, when Cookie needed a home.

    I hope this makes some sort of sense.

    Stay warm, Kat.

    Lori and the Crew

    • katry Says:

      The papers and the news have all talked about the drought and how hardly any snow is in the mountains.

      She sounds like a lively 82! Cookie is lucky she found you and Eleanor made a great choice!

      Have a wonderful Friday!!

      All of us

  7. Brian Cutts Says:

    I don’t mind a bit of cold, or a bit of heat – but all in moderation! I do share the view of a previous comment, though; I don’t like snow. I suppose it’s because my only real experiences of snow haven’t been in picturesque mountain villages, but in industrial towns in England where the snow quickly becomes a grey/brown mush of ice, dog pee, petrol fumes, litter … you get the idea!
    Great music, as usual!

    • katry Says:

      Hi Brian,

      Nothing is worse than that ugly, brown snow you mention. Usually the dirty piles along the roadway are all that’s left once the sun or rain melts the pretty snow. We still have pretty snow everywhere as it has been too cold to melt the snow and there is still a layer of it on the side roads.

      Last night was in single digits and tonight will be the same-too, too cold for me!

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