“Paradise can take the form of anything! It can be a flower or it can be a word or it can just be a sincere smile!”

I’m running late. I changed my bed, showered, shopped a bit on line and watched CNN. There was no urgency in getting things done. In due time I thought. The tree is still in the stand, bare of Christmas and sitting in the middle of the living room. I tried to get it out of the stand myself, but I couldn’t. It is the only glimmer of Christmas left, and later today it will be gone. My outside lights continue to be lit each night. I am loath to return to darkness.

It was so cold yesterday I brought the bird feeders into the house to fill them. My sister thought it strange and said I should have bundled up and done it outside. I fear the cold has warped her thinking. There I’d be out on the deck layered and wearing mittens and fumbling to get the seed into the feeders. Getting dressed to go outside would have taken longer than the task.

Today is sunny, but the light is muted, even chilly looking. I am not going out. This will be the second day in a row of my self-imposed exile from the world. I have all of life’s essentials: books, TV and Christmas cookies.

Last night I cooked chicken. I rifled through my herbs and spices and found one I hadn’t used, Caribbean Calypso Spice. It came from Penzey’s Spices, an occasion of sin for me. I’m sure a few of you are shaking your heads and wondering what in heck is an occasion of sin. I’ve known since childhood as the nuns were diligent in teaching us to avoid an occasion of sin, “Any person, place, or thing that of its nature or because of human frailty can lead one to do wrong, thereby committing sin.”  When I was younger, the list was long. Now that I’m older, I don’t even think I have a list. I live life with abandonment and am better for it.

I am wearing my new sweatshirt. It says Doctor Who and has a picture of the TARDIS. I am also wearing new slippers. I am warm and comfortable. I just ate a couple of cookies. I’m thinking this is a bit like paradise.

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10 Comments on ““Paradise can take the form of anything! It can be a flower or it can be a word or it can just be a sincere smile!””

  1. olof1 Says:

    I think I agree with Your sister 🙂 This must have taken much longer time 🙂 My feeders can’t be removed easily but one I just open up the roof of it and the other one is open on one side so I just toss in seeds in it till it is full 🙂

    Unusually warm here, the cold weather they said would start here in the beginning of January came to You instead, I’m not surprised it usually turns out the other way. This timeit wasn’t any European experts that said this, it was Your experts 🙂 I guess they are just as bad all over the world 🙂

    I’ll keep my little fake tree for some time more and the christmas flowers I bought, azaleas are still alive and flowers so nicely beside the tree.

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      The filling was quick. Both open from the top and I just poured in the seeds. I would have needed a heavy coat and mittens. This was far easier.

      They have been warning us the cold was coming, and they were right. They said last night and this morning would be the coldest. Many schools delayed opening today by a couple of hours so it would be warmer if kids walked or waited for the bus.

      I’m going to give taking the tree down another try later. I have a new plan. Let’s hope it works.

      Have a great evening!

  2. Hedley Says:

    Ooohhh, a Dr. Who sweat with a Tardis, pretty awesome.

    I am part of the generation that grew up behind the sofa as the Daleks reeked havoc upon the good Doctor, his travelling companion (s) and often the good folks of London. Dr. Who first appeared on Saturday November 23 1963, an appalling bad day, but was to become very much part of Saturday evenings as it hit the TV screens at 5.15 pm immediately following Grand Stand. The Daleks arrived almost immediately.

    I liked the first two Doctors, William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton. The first Doctor travelled with his Grand Daughter Susan. She was super spunky and almost a match for those naughty Daleks

    Dun dun dun dun….and behind the sofa I go, two cushions please

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      Doctor Who showed up here in the late 60’s. I don’t remember if it started with the first doctor or the one current at the time. PBS was the hero for bringing us the good Doctor. It was on in the afternoon. I was hooked right away.

      The music is the same though the special effects are a bit more spectacular.

      The Daleks were always the most feared but then came the Weeping Angels. Their open mouths with those scary teeth outdid the Daleks for me.

      I think Amy Pond became my favorite companion and she brought Rory along, and I liked him too. Donna Noble was maybe my least favorite. Now I get to watch on BBC America, and I never miss Doctor Who.

      His Tardis and a Dalek graced my Christmas tree.

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I usually just run out the cellar door, unbundled, and fill as quickly as possible. There are only four feeders and I can take a bit of cold. Afterwards I run upstairs and use the blow dryer on myself to warm up. 🙂

    It was brutally cold today. Even so, I put on my Russian ushanka (AKA The Dead Coyote Hat), a long sleeved Tee, a velour funnel neck jacket, jeans, fleece-lined Crocs, clipped the dogs to their long lines and went outside. Three times. In single digit temperatures. And I found a dandelion flowering in the frozen snowy lawn.
    Hope springs eternal. Or Spring eternally hopes.

    After that I discovered that the fill pipes to the washer were frozen. Usually it’s just the trap that freezes. I aimed a small space heater at the pipes and called the plumber. He said when they thawed they would either leak or not and to call him when I got water in whichever form it came. The pipes have thawed and they are not leaking so far. I slipped a couple of issues of the local paper behind the pipes in hopes that they would provide some insulation from the freezing cement wall.

    It’s difficult to think of Penzey’s Spices as an occasion of sin. 🙂

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      First Penzey’s-I think of it as an occasion of sin because I can spend so much money easily when I go through the catalogue. I want this and this and this. I don’t now what I’m going to do with the spices and herbs, but I just know I’ll need them sometime.

      I usually go out and abide the cold but it was too cold this time for me to stand there and fill the two feeders.

      Today I did not go out except to get the paper and mail. I’m surprised you could actually walk with all those layers on, and I applaud your having gone out three times. I opened the door four times for Gracie to go out. Luckily she has the yard.

      My cellar, most of it anyway, is above ground. I have regular size windows and I have opened the heater vent in the pipes so I don’t worry about anything freezing. How cold it must have been for those pipes to freeze. Let’s hope your luck holds out on those pipes!

      Stay warm!

      • Caryn Says:

        Most of my cellar is under ground except for the wall that the plumber put those pipes on. That wall is completely above ground and faces north. At least once or twice during the winter the trap in the pipe that drains the washer will freeze. This is the first time the pipes have frozen. It may have been because the vent to the dryer is right next to them and the cowling around it was loose. Cold air might have been blowing in. Who knows? I taped that thing up just in case.

      • katry Says:

        Caryn,
        The north is the worst direction for me here with the worst storms, whether rain or snow.

        I hope the taping works.

  4. Bob Says:

    This morning the tempersture was 15F degrees with no wind and clear skies. For North Texas, that’s cold. According to the weather prognosticators the sleet and winter mix should skirt to the South of the area in the morning. Freezing precipitation and Texas drivers is a formula for hundreds of accidents which make a body shop owner to smile. Getting back to work this week has been a life saver for my sanity. If I retired my spouse and I would either kill each other or we would be in divorce court. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      That’s cold for anywhere, even here. We, though, have had single digits and some minus degree mornings.

      The Cape isn’t supposed to get snow but other parts of the state will. There were some snow squalls down cape yesterday, but they never got to me.

      My dad drove my mother crazy when he first retired, but then he got the hang of it and all was good.


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