“Winter is a time of promise because there is so little to do — or because you can now and then permit yourself the luxury of thinking so.”

I no longer consider myself a loller. Yesterday I went out and did my errands and even brought my laundry downstairs, but I admit it got no further and still sits in the hall waiting for its final journey. I am in no hurry to move it. I just keep adding to it. Doing laundry demands a particular mood or a frantic need for specific clothes like underwear. Maybe tomorrow I keep telling myself.

It’s chilly today. We have sun and a blue sky, but it is pleasing only to the eye, best seen from the warm house through a window.

Getting ready then celebrating Christmas made for an exciting week. It was filled with anticipation and neither Christmas Eve nor Christmas Day disappointed. Now, however, there is a lull. I don’t even have a dance card. I take naps. I still light the Christmas tree every night, but its days are numbered. Soon the house will be boring, bereft of light and color, a perfect reflection of winter.

The ocean in winter looks dark and foreboding. The beach is sometimes so windy and bone chillingly cold you fear you’ll never get warm. The car heater on high makes your fingers tingle as they start to feel again. Your feet seem to take a bit longer, but taking off your shoes and putting your feet by the heater helps. Soon enough hands and feet are back to normal, and it is time to lower the blasting heat and move along.

I always hope no one comes to my door on a winter’s afternoon. I am never dressed for company. Even now I’m in my winter uniform. I’m wearing a sweatshirt, a Celtics sweatshirt, my around the house pants and a pair of new slippers. I haven’t even brushed my hair, but I don’t care. I am comfy and happy, and I’m thinking that’s all that counts.

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14 Comments on ““Winter is a time of promise because there is so little to do — or because you can now and then permit yourself the luxury of thinking so.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    I did my chores yesterday too so I haven’t done much today either. I brought the hasselblad camera with me when the dogs and I took our last walk for the day. I don’t know how he does it but Sune managed to entagle us all, including the tripod every time I wanted to take a photo 🙂 🙂 🙂

    It’s getting slightly warmer by the hour here now and we might even have above 32F temperatures tomorrow afternoon,from now on we’ll have every second day weather here. To be honest I’d rather have a steady and cold weather. Thankfully there will be no rain though.

    I love going to the ocean on stormy winter days, well any stormy day really. But as You say, it’s good to have a good heater in the car 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      Perhaps Sune is camera shy and tangling you all is his method to avoid the camera.

      Your pictures today are amazing!

      We are cold today. I can even feel the cold air coming through the dog door. I need to get another flap part for it as this one is ripping away just a bit.

      The ocean on the windiest days looks fearsome, even a bit scary.

      Have a warm, cozy evening!

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I lolled so much I didn’t read your last two blogs until today. 🙂 My laundry is still in the dryer. I’ll get to it but I just bought 3 new tops with a gift card that my brother and SIL gave me for Xmas so there is no pressing need. 🙂

    Things are quiet here in the space between Christmas day and New Year’s. There’s a little bit of sun and more clouds. It’s seasonably cold.
    Peapod comes tomorrow and I’ll have to order my contribution for New Year’s Day house party too. Rocky and Piki Dog are busy destroying their new toys. Other than that, all is peaceful.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I’m the same-no need for the clothes in the dryer-they can sit there. It’s a good thing I bought all that new underwear for Ghana.

      I am going to see friends tonight to have dinner and exchange gifts. I also have PT tomorrow. Wow, I’m filled up for the week except I have no New Year’s plans!

      Gracie has played with her new toys since she got them. We have been playing fetch up and down the hall. She has eaten all the homemade biscuits my sister gave her. Gracie loved them. She also ate the couple of fancy decorated ones i bought her. This has been a banner couple of weeks for Gracie who is also sporting a new collar.

      No Peapod necessary yet, probably by the end of the week.

      Have a great evening.

  3. Bob Says:

    Maybe during some point in human evolution early homo sapiens would hibernate in the winter. I could see our ancestors huddled in a cave in Northern Europe asleep in bear skin robes while conserving energy until Spring. If not true hibernation like bears but maybe semi hibernation similar to your description of your winter days.

    My 90 year old aunt finally left NYC for an assisted living community in Florida a couple of years ago. Broward county, Ft. Lsuderdale, is the only city in the U.S. where one must travel North to find Southerners. If I could or wanted to retire I couldn’t live North of the Red River.

    We Jews are lucky becsuse we don’t have to take down Christmas decorations. When my kids were younger we hung up a Happy Chanukah banner and a paper dreidel at holiday time and they were Happy. What could be wrong with a holiday that requires that you eat fried foods. We are beyond reformed, we are gastronomic Jews. During Chanukah we eat potato pancakes in the Eastern European tradition and jelly donughts in the Middle Eastern tradition. We eat bagles and lox year round. My mother was raised to believe fat kids were healthy kids. She would scold us if we didn’t finish everthing on our plates by saying, ‘eat, eat, look how skinny you look’. What’s the difference between a group of Jews and a group of Gentiles getting together at the holidays. The Gentiles will say, ‘Let’s have a drink’ and the Jews will say ‘Let’s eat’. 🙂

    I used to make New Year’s resolutions but I always weaseled out of them by February first. I could furnish a nice gym if I had kept all the exercise equipment my wife bought every December that gathered dust in our formal living room. I would only let her buy monthly gym memberships and then write off the initiation fee on my income tax as a medical expense.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I expect, though, there were food hunts and going out to just get away from it all. After a while Gracie and I have to go out and see the world.

      I am retired right here and doing just fine. All my friends are also retired here and my sister lives close. Going to Florida was never given a thought by me or my friends.

      I love bagels but not lox. I use cream cheese on mine. I used to make potato pancakes all the time but haven’t in a while. You are right about the decorations, but that is a choice, and I always seem to choose many. I think that was a gene inherited from my mother. My sisters have it too.

      I don’t make resolutions. I never kept to them anyway.

      Enjoy the rest of your day.

  4. im6 Says:

    Ha Ha. Got my recap of Coffee from WordPress and who, but who, generated the most comments? Our Dear Hedley, of course. No surprise there, was there?! Gotta go. Have to spend my 8 days in the Louvre…

  5. Morpfy Says:

    Chocolate Turtle Cheesecake
    Ingredients
    1 (7-ounce) pkg. caramels
    1/4 cup evaporated milk
    3/4 cup chopped pecans
    1 (9-inch) chocolate crumb pie crust
    6 ounces cream cheese, softened
    1/2 cup sour cream
    1 1/4 cup milk
    1 (3.9-ounce) pkg. chocolate instant pudding
    1/2 cup fudge topping
    Instructions
    Place caramels and evaporated milk in a saucepan. Heat over low heat, stir continually until smooth for about 5 minutes. Stir in 1/2 c. chopped pecans. Pour into pie crust. Combine cream cheese and milk in blender. Process until smooth. Add pudding mix, process for about 30 seconds more. Pour pudding mix over caramel layer, covering completly. Chill, loosely covered, until set (about 15 minutes). Drizzle fudge topping over pudding layer in a decorative pattern. Sprinkle top with remaining pecans. Chill loosely overed until ready to serve.
    Yield: 1 9-inch pie


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