“The three little kittens, they lost their mittens, And they began to cry…”

The wind has stopped. Today is cold but sunny. I went to the deck to fill the bird feeders and noticed the table had been blown as had all the chairs. They were flush against the deck rail, and the chairs were lined up in a row. The whole deck is covered in leaves and pine needles. I checked the yard but only one small limb didn’t survive the wind which reached 60 miles per hour. Some parts of the cape had snow but we had all rain. It was a mighty storm.

My guys are here to close down the deck. Soon it will resemble a deserted house with the furniture all covered. All the candles are off the tree limbs, the umbrellas closed and covered and the clay pots put away. The only things left are the bird feeders swinging from the branches. This is one of the sad days, the day I start to hunker down, the day I admit that winter is coming.

I don’t remember complaining about the weather when I was a kid. It was just part of the day and had to be tolerated. My mother made sure we dressed accordingly. If left to our own devices, we would have gotten soaked or frozen to death. Nothing is worse than wearing pounds of clothing during the winter. I never admitted to being cold even if my lips were blue.

Mittens and socks have a lot in common. Both cover digits and both seem to get misplaced, lost. Even now I have one sock downstairs on the washing machine waiting for its mate. I’m hoping it will appear when next I do laundry. Mittens too seemed to get lost one at a time, never in pairs. I didn’t ever understand that. The mittens were always together either on my hands, in my pockets or up my sleeves in my coat hanging in the cloak room. Maybe it was a borrower or a mitten elf or some creature from a different dimension. I had no explanation and my mother was never happy when a mitten went lost. By the middle of the winter, we were wearing unmatched mittens, but that was no big deal to us. At least our hands were warm until the next one disappeared.

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19 Comments on ““The three little kittens, they lost their mittens, And they began to cry…””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I hope you didn’t forget the ceremonial burning of the leaves for the deck closing.
    The AC unit has come out of the window. I guess summer’s over. 🙁 I still have to bring in the hoses, shut off the water supply to the outside faucets and drain the lines. I should probably replace the washer in one of the faucets, too. I keep meaning to every year and every year I forget. That faucet leaks a little so I put a bird bath under it to catch the drips and give the birds and the dogs a place to drink outside.

    Up here we had snow towards the end. There were still spots of frozen snow ice left in hollows in the grass and on the fallen leaves. It’s windy but not like yesterday.

    I always have mismatched socks. Eventually the socks disappear entirely. It’s a long standing tradition for my niece and nephew to give me socks for Christmas. By then I don’t have any left. 🙂
    Mittens wander off too but since I am a knitter, I knit my own mittens that can be worn on either hand. If a mitten walks off, I have another mitten that can replace it.

    It’s sunny and cold and windy. My errands are done and I’m just going to enjoy the warm, south-facing, enclosed porch.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      There are still hundreds of leaves on my lawn so I’ll gather a handful of them. It will be a daytime ceremony so I can see the smoke and smell those leaves just like every Saturday when I was a kid.

      The hose was emptied, the guy came last week and took care of the irrigation system and the outside shower. They are now winter-proof.

      I have socks with holes because I hate to throw them away. When all my toes are exposed, I turn them into dust cloths so the socks have a long and varied life.

      I haven’t lost a mitten in a long while. I keep them together with a clothespin.

      It is cold out. I was out on the deck for a bit as the guys had a few questions, but I hurried inside to the warmth.

      Enjoy the evening!

  2. Hedley Says:

    He was known as Mr. Acker Bilk and sadly he left us this past weekend. That one song released in 1961 before it all began, was very much part of the fabric of our lives.

    A Bowler Hat, a Clarinet, and an instrumental song that dominated the charts.

    Ladies and Gentlemen, Katniks and friends of wonderful music….”Stranger on the Shore”

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      Thank you for telling me this and for playing this song. I loved it.

      • flyboybob Says:

        Sorry to hear of his passing, but I thought he had died years ago. I think this was the only song of his that even made the bill board charts. Stranger on the Shore was one of the last jazz or middle of the road music to be popular before the Beatles arrived and evrything in music changed.

      • Hedley Says:

        The theme tune to a BBC TV show of the same name. Mister (as he was always known) Aker Bilk enjoyed quite some success with albums and singles through 1963.

        But there wasn’t very long left. On December 4 1962, the children’s program “Tuesday Rendezvous” starring Wally Whyton, Muriel Young and the famous puppets Ollie Beak and Fred Barker greeted for the first time in the London area, John, Paul George and Ringo who mimed their way through Love me Do and PS I love You.

        I spent some time last week with Peter Firmin who created Ollie and Fred, and we were slightly amused that his puppets were there at the very start.

      • katry Says:

        I always remembered his name as I thought it so odd with the Mr. I guess if you have only one song on the charts you can’t beat having this one as fantastic as it is.

        I did some looking and more of his songs charted but none as prominently as this one.

      • katry Says:

        I did find out he had other hits, but I didn’t remember them. This one I’d never forget.

        You have so many references from your childhood which I don’t know. I look them up.

      • Hedley Says:

        Peter Firmin and his partner Oliver Postgate animated many images of early British chlldren’s television including Ivor the Engine, Noggin the Nog, Bagpuss and the Clangers. The Clangers are currently being rebuilt with Michael Palin and will show up next year in the USofA

        Peter was the artist who translated Postgate’s ideas and created not only Ollie and Fred but probably the most famous glove puppet in the history of British TV….Basil Brush

  3. olof1 Says:

    I think our washing machines might be a gateway to another dimension and the beings living there always find these odd socks and mittens wondering what they might be 🙂 That or it leasd to Narnia 🙂

    We’ll have a possible snow storm here on Thursday night or do one say Wednesday night because it starts on Wednesday and continues a big part of Thursday. It might be just rain too be we do like to see the worst in things here 🙂 But it will be warmer again already on Friday so I guess winter won’t come for yeat a few weeks, I’m hoping for months 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      Today was cold but it was a nice day with a lot of sun. Everything died but the yard is covered in leaves and some small branches are all over the backyard. The deck looks isolated, uninhabited. Gracie runs around with branches in her mouth.

      I hope you don’t have snow. I’m glad I didn’t get any yesterday though some places got an inch and a half.

      Have a great evening!

  4. flyboybob Says:

    My mother always bundled us up to prevent us from catching our ‘death of a cold’. We kids couldn’t care if it was wet, cold or hot. Science was on our side.

    If we got sick the doctor would come to the house to examine us and give us a penicillin shot. My mother believed that penicillin administed through a needle would cure anything and the doctor obliged. No wonder the bacteria have become resistant to antibiotics. I can understand my mother’s opinion having grown up in a world without antibiotics.

    Until the Salk polio vaccine she worried that we would get overheated and catch polio. Everyone knew of someone who was crippled by polio because of the work off the March of Dimes and the most famous victim FDR.

    Cloudy and breezy today but soaking rain is forecast for tomorrow..

    • katry Says:

      My mother too made us dress accordingly but we complained and wanted less. It never happened.

      I don’t remember any of us getting sick except for measles or mumps. I’m sure we must have had runny noses, but my mother took care of colds. I don’t remember staying home from school because of being sick.

      I didn’t know anyone who got polio though I knew about the March of Dimes. I had the polio shot when I was young then oral vaccine when I was in the Peace Corps.

      I’ve had enough rain and wind to last a while. I hope your day is cool tomorrow!

      • flyboybob Says:

        I remember getting the polio shot in the Spring of 1954. There were so many kids living in an apartment community in North Dallas that we had an annex school made up of portable buildings. I was in the second grade and all the kids in the school got the vaccine. We got booster shots all through my childhood and took the Sabin oral vaccine in a High School. The oral version was more popular with the kids than the shots.

      • katry Says:

        I also remember getting my shot. I never got a booster shot that I remember. The only time was, as I said, in the Peace Corps.

  5. Birgit Says:

    Snow? Summer just ended!

  6. Morpfy Says:

    <b<Scalloped Apples With Raisins


    2 Cans Apple Slices — (20 Oz) Drained
    1/4 Cup Raisins
    1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
    1/4 Cup Brown Sugar, Packed
    2 Tbsp Flour
    1/8 Tsp Salt
    1/4 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
    1/3 Tsp Ground Cloves
    3 Tbsp Chilled Butter — Cut In Small Pieces
    Vanilla Ice Cream — Optional


    Prepare a medium fire in the barbeque.
    In a large bowl,toss apples with raisins and lemon juice.
    Place apple slices on a double thickness of 18-inch square heay duty aluminum foil.
    In a small bowl,combine brown sugar,flour,salt,cinnamon,cloves and butter;
    sprinkle over apple mixture.fold edges over and crimp to seal.
    Place foil package on a grill set 4 to 6 inches from coals.
    Cook,turning over once or twice, until heated througho, about 20 to 30 minutes.
    Serve over ice cream if desired.
    This is delicious over ice cream or simply served on its own.

    Yield: 6 servings

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