“He had mittens, Minjekahwun, Magic mittens made of deer-skin; When upon his hands he wore them, He could smite the rocks asunder, He could grind them into powder”

Today is cloudy and in the 40’s which I still consider warm for this time of year. A sweatshirt is enough for me. I suppose if I were outside for a long time, I’d probably have to wear my winter jacket which sees little action most years. I do keep gloves in the car just in case, but I prefer mittens. They keep my fingers warmer. My pink ones are my favorites. They brighten even the darkest winter’s day.

When I was a kid and outside for a long stretch, the snow would stick to my wool mittens which would get so heavy with balls of snow the front would sag under the weight. It was time to go and trade. My mother kept pairs of mittens handy in case we wanted dry ones. She’d take our wet mittens, remove as much snow as she could and then put them on the radiators to dry. She also kept mittens without a mate just in case the mate appeared. If worse came to worse, we’d wear unmatched mittens. Fashion was never an issue.

Sometimes we got mittens in our stockings. My mother would buy them at church fairs where there was always a table of handmade goods. The women, always my grandmother’s age, sat behind the tables chit chatting. Every now and then one would get up to sell something or to rearrange the table. When I started buying stocking stuffers for my niece and nephews, that table was always my first stop. I swear the same old ladies were sitting behind it chatting.

Today is a day to get things done. I have a wash sitting in the hall, another load in the dryer where it’s been for a week and I have some errands to do. My larder is bare. Last night it was eggs and toast, a favorite dinner of mine, but not for two or three nights in a row. I am definitely thinking mashed potatoes and some kind of meat. Maybe I’ll go comfort food and cook meatloaf. Add peas, and that’s perfect dinner for me.

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13 Comments on ““He had mittens, Minjekahwun, Magic mittens made of deer-skin; When upon his hands he wore them, He could smite the rocks asunder, He could grind them into powder””

  1. Hedley Says:

    The season is almost upon us, and tomorrow officially starts the turning of the doors of the Advent Calendar.

    Kat’s post of Nina and Frederik brought forth “Little Donkey” and today Nina does her very best to sing The Christmas Song despite the interruptions of Eric and Ernie. If this doesn’t get you in the mood for the jolly fat guy (careful), nothing will

  2. olof1 Says:

    Snow had fallen during the night so I wasn’t too happy to see it when I woke up. Still further south they had the full strength of the storm Gorm who hit them badly. 50 000 households were without power this morning, rooifs had flown of buildings and one of those roofs fell down into an eleven year old boys bedroom. He wasn’t hurt at all but I guess he was a bit scared 🙂 The gusts had hurricane force so who am I to complai about some snow 🙂

    Those church fairs are the best places to find high quality wool mittens and wool socks! and I think You’re right, it is the same old ladies who sat there when we were kids 🙂 I got, pretrty early, some mittens with wooly inside but the outside as made from nylon or something similar. I never had to change mittens but on the othger hand, they were so stiff that I barely could hold anythinh´g while wearing them 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I agree! A little snow seems small compared to all the damage from Gorm. The mid-west had the same problems of lost electricity. The ice storm left wires so heave with ice that telephone poles fell as if they were match sticks. Trees split down the middle. Cars slip into each other on the major highways. One video on the news showed a car sliding sideways and amazingly it slid between two accidents which had already happened.

      I have a few pairs of homemade mittens, and they keep my hands nice and warm. I’ve never liked gloves.

      Have a great day!

  3. Birgit Says:

    Same church fairs here, mittens, socks, scarfs, straw stars and more. Probably the same old ladies, they just multiply and spread each December. What do these ladies sell on the southern side of the globe when Christmas is in summer?
    Lots of rain on our southern side of storm Gorm.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      Maybe the same ladies travel all over the world like in a Twilight Zone story. They do all the knitting in the summer and relax by the fire all winter after fair season or they knit cozies which go around cans so they don’t sweat in the heat.

      It is dark now and getting much colder. Gracie and I have yet to leave the house. She is snoring beside me on the couch, loudly too.

  4. Richard Says:

    Like the airline told the oversize passenger who wanted to fly from NY to CA: “Sorry, but there’s no West for the reary.” Yeah, I know – it’s tacky, ‘politically incorrect,’ and a host of other things, but cheap shots and low humor make life worth livin’.

    Our WX today is a continuation of the same wonderful wet, cold greyness we’ve had for, lo, these many joyous days. Temps are in the, umm, 40-ish range, so nothing’s on the ground or power lines except water. The people in the leasing office looked at me like I was crazy when I walked in wearing my shorts and a T … hell, I live for weather like this. It’s summer I can’t stand. I hafta admit I will wear gloves when it’s in the 30s, ‘cuz fingers.

    There was only one time in my childhood when we had snow enough to ruin our ‘Not Ready For Snow Time’ clothing, and sure enough, we did just that. Some things just aren’t ‘Nat’chly N’Awlins,’ and snow falls into that category.

    I’ll see if I can finally get to the fitness center tomorrow and resume working out. It’s about six days now since I was last there, and y’ lose the ‘training effect’ pretty quick when y’ break the routine.

    After the workout, it’s time for grocery-makin’, and it’s about that time of year to pick up some beef stew meat ‘cuz this is ‘comfort food weather,’ and nothing’ says ‘comfort food’ more than a rich, thick beef stew with chunked-up potatoes, carrots, peas, garlic, celery, and all the other flavors that go with it. Hafta cook some rice to serve it over, too. Yeah, I know it already has potatoes in it – those are just the ‘bonus round’ prizes. The best part is I can make a huge 8-quart pot and eat on it for over a week. I never get tired of beef stew.

    • katry Says:

      Richard,
      I’m having soup for tonight. I was going for meatloaf but chose another comfort food instead. I have a couple of rolls waiting to be warmed so I can soak up all the great juices. I didn’t have lunch so I’m looking forward to dinner.

      I just got back from the grocery store, and it is nippy outside. The forecast is chilly but dry for the week so tonight fits perfectly. According to the weatherman he sees no snow for at least the first couple of weeks in December. Boo!!!

      Around here shorts, sandals and t-shirts are the summer “uniform,” but even hearty New Englanders don warm clothes for the winter. I did wear only my sweatshirt out as it is too warm for jackets but I won’t be wearing a tee outside until summer. I choose warm and cozy.

      My mother made great beef stew. The thick gravy, carrots, potatoes and all those herbs have me salivating at the thought. I have a great beef barley which also drives away the winter cold.

      I really didn’t get whole lot done today. My hand still hurts quite a bit so that was my excuse as if I needed one!

  5. Jay Bird Says:

    Mittens for girls; gloves for boys. Thus it has been… thus it is still, other than the Alaskan dog sled mushers, who all wear sheepskin mittens.

    I must hark back to your Thanksgiving post, specifically, BELL’S Seasoning. I had a lovely T’giving with friends, but the cook did her turkey “naked”. I just cooked my little breast yesterday, with an onion/celery stuff, and heavily seasoned with Bell’s. Much better! The whole bird is tastier, but I live alone, and don’t need a 14 lb. turkey.

    Is Bell’s not available outside the northeast? Pity! I used to send a box of Bell’s to my daughter when she lived in St. Louis.

    Beef stew sounds wonderful. Except I pitched my last Crock pot (a real “Crock” slow-cooker) because it barely got above room temperature.

    • katry Says:

      Jay,
      Boys, then, are missing out the warmth of mittens. That finger to finger contact keeps your hand warmer than gloves ever can. The Eskimos wear mittens and they know cold.

      I agree totally that Bell’s makes the stuffing, but it was pointed out to me that other parts of the country did not have Bell’s so they don’t demand it in their stuffing.

      As far as I can tell, it is not available out of the Northeast and neither is Marshmallow Fluff. I have to send jars to my sister’s in Colorado where she has introduced it to children and grandchildren to their delight.

      I also have an old crock pot which I got in the 70’s. It still works well, but I do have a newer one which I use for spaghetti sauces and chili.


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