“November always seemed to me the Norway of the year.”

I seem to be apologizing every day for the lateness of the hour. This morning I awoke close to lunch time. It was just one of those nights, fitful and restless. I’m sure Gracie was annoyed by my moving around. Her head was on the other pillow when I woke up which, I suspect, minimized her discomfit from my moving all around. Fern was lying right beside my legs. I do remember her meowing at me during the night as I wasn’t sleeping deeply. I also remember ignoring her.

The hunt for Gracie’s Christmas digs continues. I am not having a whole lot of success. One kennel told me to call back today. I’m hoping they have space. (SUCCESS!!!!!!-Gracie will be staying at that kennel!!!!)

Duke, the boxer of my childhood, was the most stubborn of dogs. Usually he came on vacation with us, but I remember one time my grandparents took care of him while we were away. I’m sure Duke wasn’t all that thrilled as they weren’t animal people; in fact, they weren’t people people either (I know this wording sounds odd, but I tried several different versions, and this one despite the repetitive words was the best). Anyway, they’d let Duke outside, no leash laws back then, and he’d take off and go home. My grandfather had to fetch him several times which made my grandfather annoyed which eventually morphed into angry. When we went to pick Duke up, my grandfather told my Dad never again would he dog sit. I think Duke was relieved.

Every day is colder now. It gets dark far too early. The trees look naked without their leaves, and I can again see my neighbor’s houses through the branches of the trees. The sun slants a different way than in summer. I’ve added socks do my daily ensemble. There’s no denying it now. The season has irrevocably changed.


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18 Comments on ““November always seemed to me the Norway of the year.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    At Wembley France and England stand together – unified in the pre match ceremonies, the national anthems and in a sport that we love.

    I say Allez Les Blues – now lets play football.

    France I will see you in Paris next year for the Euro2016 Final at the Stade de France.

    • olof1 Says:

      Sweden plays against Denmark right now in the play ofss to the European championchip. We won the first match and just now Sweden scored (0-1 to us) 🙂 Too bad it is Denmark we’re meeting, I’ve always liked them. It would have been better if we tossed out Norway instead 🙂

      • Hedley Says:

        Christer – I am watching the England match but of course hoping that Sweden will get through the game tonight and go to France

        Best wishes and I am sure it would have been much more fun to boot Norway !

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I’m a fan only because so many of my Coffee friends are too!

  2. olof1 Says:

    Congratulations 🙂 It doesn’t happen often but some times the luck finally shows its happy face 🙂 So now You’ll celebrate christmas in Colorado!

    I haven’t been on a vacation without a dog since the time I only had one dog and that’s around 25 years ago 🙂 She was the easiest dog to place somewhere when I had to leave, she was the kind of dog people asked if they could have her over a weekend 🙂 and people afraid of dogs never were afraid of her. Her trick besides being a nice dog? She looked like a Golden retriever puppy until she was ten years old and got away with anything just because she looked like that 🙂

    I now wear thick woo, sock indoors because it is getting colder now. I do hope it is like last winter, two weeks with cold weather and then back to just below 50F 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      Thanks! I was so excited when she called. Now I have to bring Gracie to meet them, sign some papers, get Gracie a kennel cough shot and the preparations are complete.

      Gracie is a gentle dog but has streaks of craziness. She loves people, but insists on giving kisses, often unwelcomed.

      I have some soft wool socks I love as they keep my feet toasty warm. My slippers have fleece inside, but I still need those socks.

      Have a wonderful evening!

  3. Birgit Says:

    Happy Christmas, Kat!
    No soccer for me today, our friendly Germany-Netherlands had to be cancelled. Good luck for the Swedish and English team and everyone!

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Birgit! I could have dance when the lady told me they’d take Gracie.

      I saw where the match was cancelled. Sorry for no game today!

  4. Richard Says:

    Do I hear David Bowie’s ‘Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes’ in the background … ? You’re just undergoing another of the things I call ‘Life’s Little Changes.’ They’re tricks our biology plays on us to remind us we’re not one of the movie characters known as ‘The Immortals.’ Wait – those were also the Persian heavy infantry that Xerxes brought against Leonidas’ Spartan troops at Thermopylae. The ‘shadow crushing’ technique used in ‘300’ to depict that battle was just great – every bit as good as Ridley Scott’s lighting for ‘Blade Runner’ … but I digest …

    Glad to hear you found a temp home for Gracie at the Last-Minute Kennel. That’s good news.

    Never knew anyone with a boxer. Dalmatians, Chows, Spitz, and mutts were the dogs of my youth. There’s a story my Mom told me about the dog she and my uncle had when they were kids. His name was ‘Prince’ and he was what they called a ‘jumper.’ The family home had a raised front porch with steps leading down to the sidewalk and the wrought-iron fence and gate there. The iron fencing was the ever-popular ‘spear point’ top so fashionable at the time. One day ‘Prince’ got it in his head that he could jump that fencing. He couldn’t – but he managed to impale his ‘maleness’ on one of the spear points. Lucky for him, all the points had ball tops, otherwise …

    Colder here too today. Grey clouds and ‘flash flood’ weather moving in from the west. Soon as I hear the first crackles of lightning in the 600 band of the AM range, I’m powering down and disconnecting the computer, monitor, and external hard drives until the weather passes. Don’t need to have my electronics fried just because I was too lazy or spoiled by the technology to disconnect when it’s called for.

    Still not wearing socks – or shoes – indoors. It’s barefootin’ time. Even when I motivate over to the fitness center, I’m in shorts and a T. Tried working’ out one day when the first chills of winter appeared and thought I was gonna die. Not doin’ that anymore. I can deal with the cold, but not with the heat. That’s why first thing I do when I get into the fitness center is slip off the plastic cover of the thermostat and dial it down to 66°F … and I turn on the overhead fans, too. Good thing the place is usually empty when I go, huh … ?

    • katry Says:

      I always thought my grandmother was old and wondered how old felt. I have decided that at no age do you feel old. I know my body can’t do what it used to but that’s the only indicator. Oops, I forgot the grey hair!

      I know how jumpers are as Gracie was one when she was young, before those boxer muscles were too much to carry when jumping. I had a 4 ft picket fence, newly installed. It took her only a couple of weeks to fly over the pickets. My friend and I spent an entire afternoon adding shingles so the fence was about 5 feet. They didn’t stop Gracie. On one of her escapes, she got caught between two pickets. She was so stuck her body was straight out. I was in tears when I couldn’t free her, but finally adrenalin hit me and I was able to extract her. I put in a 6 foot fence when she also jumped. I added shingles to the top of the fence adding more height and she was stuck in the yard, no longer a jumper.

      Cold here but no rain. That’s coming later in the week. I’d freeze if I wore only a T, shorts and no shoes. I think we are now beyond summer clothes.

  5. im6 Says:

    I knew YouTube wouldn’t let me down. It had several offerings for the search “Rocky Mountain Christmas.” All were pretty bad. This may or may not be as bad as I fear. We’ll have to let Birgit translate for us!

    • Birgit Says:

      Funny find, im6! I never heard of this guy.
      The lyrics are appropriate, celebrating Christmas like we did 100 years ago and it won’t change the next 1000 years, snow everywhere, beautiful landscape, evening before Christmas, mother is in the kitchen, the man chops wood, we’re waiting for Santa Claus …
      It reminded me of another song:
      My chorus sings it but it’s not on YouTube.

      • katry Says:

        I’m a bit confused. What song not on youtube does your chorus sing?

        Pretty song-Colorado Christmas. I’ll be spending Christmas there with my sister and her family.

        Thanks for helping on the lyrics.

      • Birgit Says:

        Kat, I tried to write that Colorado Christmas sung by my chorus is not on YouTube. Sorry, I was in a hurry, we’ve had chorus rehearsal today with an American vocal coach.

      • katry Says:

        Thanks, Birgit!

    • katry Says:

      Thanks-I love songs in foreign languages. I was so happy the year I found one in Swedish for Christer.

  6. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    You’re late posting and I’m very late reading. 🙂

    I have never taken my dogs on vacation with me. None are acceptable house guests for most of the people I know even though all of them were reasonably well behaved. For terriers. 🙂
    When I was young we would the resident dog or cat on vacation. We would be at a lakeside cottage which made it easier. Way back then there generally weren’t restrictions on smoking or pets.

    I glad to read that you found a place for Gracie to stay at Christmas.

    For quite a long time I’ve felt that November was a long dark tunnel into winter. I was pleased to find out from the weather person the other day that November is normally 57% cloudy. No wonder it seems dark. Shorter days and the sun doesn’t show at all for a good percentage of them. We are having an abnormally sunny November. I am vindicated in my anti-November prejudice. 🙂

    It’s been cold here but I am not up to wooly socks, yet. I wear fleece lined crocs most of the time now. They are very warm.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Gracie comes to New Hampshire with me and she loves my friends. She and I sleep in the apartment over the garage and my friend Bill walks her every day.

      Other than that one time, Duke came with us for all vacations. Every time I’ve gone away someone has stayed here. This is Gracie’s first experience being away from me and home at the same time.

      I always think November begins the holiday season so that saves it for me. I was never a fan of the shorter days and still aren’t. The darkness comes far too soon.

      I have fleece lined slippers but my feet still get cold, and I hate cold feet.

      Have a great evening!

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