“I dont hate it he thought, panting in the cold air, the iron New England dark; I dont. I dont! I dont hate it! I dont hate it!”

Last night was bitterly cold. It was 7˚. Everything which had melted froze again. My front step was so icy I was afraid to walk on it. I thought it was an accident waiting to happen, but it didn’t. I got in and out of the house without incident. Gracie slides on the last couple of deck steps. They have been de-iced several times as have the front steps. Today is currently 36˚, the predicted low. The high temperature will be 40˚. Tomorrow could hit 50˚. My whole world will melt.

My outside Christmas lights are still connected and glow every night. They are beautiful under the layer of snow. The star on the fence is my favorite. It doesn’t matter if there are clouds, a bright star always shines. When I went out last night early in the evening, I saw many houses still had their nights lit. They looked beautiful.

We have added over 20 minutes of light since the Winter Solstice. Red Sox pitchers and catchers report to spring training on February 12th; the rest of the team reports February 16th. Despite snow and cold, the signs are evident. We will have a spring!!

When I was a kid, I never really took notice of the seasons as much as the events of each season. This stretch from New Year’s Day to February vacation seemed to take forever. Nothing happened. It was as close to a rut as any kid gets. If we wanted to play outside after school, we’d have maybe an hour, maybe less, before it got dark. Putting on layers, boots, hats and mittens seemed far too much work for such a short time. If there was no snow, I’d haul my bike out of the cellar then put it back when I had to go inside the house. That was a lot of work for a short time as it took some wrangling to get the bike out of the cellar because of the concrete wall right across from the cellar door. I had to put the bike on end to get it out of the cellar. In summer I’d leave the bike in the yard, but in winter it went back inside.

My mother used to have to reach up into the arms of our winter coats to pull down our shirtsleeves by the cuffs. She was thrilled when we finally learned to hold on to our cuffs when she’d put on our coats. I was watching TV the other day, and I saw a character hold on to his cuffs when he put on his topcoat. I had to chuckle. His mother must have been thrilled.

It is sad. Tonight President Obama is making his farewell address. I will miss him.

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18 Comments on ““I dont hate it he thought, panting in the cold air, the iron New England dark; I dont. I dont! I dont hate it! I dont hate it!””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Over 32F hare but very windy, they say the gusts tomorrow might reach storm force. They said that the last time too and the wind never really started to blow at all 🙂 This time however it has already started, almost all wind hit my neighbors cottage so I can only hear it here in my kitchen.

    I always longed for spring when I was a kid, winter has never been anything I’ve liked 🙂 but I guess coming from a family filled with gardeners I sort of had no chance of not keeping track of the seasons 🙂 Spring also meant ice cream 🙂 Nothing I even thought of from late autumn and winter 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      Last night 32˚ would have felt balmy. The wind really does get to the bone on a cold day. It is great that your neighbor is your buffer from the wind.

      Spring meant I could ride my bike and we had a vacation in April. My dad wasn’t really into flowers but he did manage to plant a few in our front yard.

      My dad worked for an ice cream company so we always had ice cream in the house.

      Enjoy your day!!

  2. Coleen Says:

    Hi Kat! Thank you for posting the song by Sly…it is one of my very favorites!

    I never have understood why outside lights come down at the end of the Christmas season…it’s so dreary, dark and cold at night that we need something to brighten things up…

    I had a dear friend – – since deceased – – who would end our winter phone conversations with “Pitchers and catchers report in (fill in blank) days!” (Anybody who knows me knows I am not a fan of this time of year. In fact I was stuck in the house yesterday because of the ice.) He knew the only thing that mattered to me…

    Waving,

    Coleen

    • katry Says:

      Coleen,
      You are quite welcome!

      I agree about the outside lights. I leave the lights in my windows always. They keep my front yard bright.

      You and I agree about the importance of spring training starting. I’m sorry you lost your friend. Ones who know us so well are so important. Their loss leaves a hole.

      Baseball is coming!!

      Waving!!!

  3. Hedley Says:

    I don’t think that I can watch THE President tonight in the same way that I cannot afford that title to the Vulgartweeter.

    The snows descended, the Jeep took a solid hour and 40 minutes to bring me to work and now the rains are starting to wash the pavement clean.

    I fell asleep during the Clemson game but caught the fourth quarter on ESPN this morning – it was breathtaking in its drama and outcome. I haven’t worked out why ESPN decided to use The Stones “Gimme Shelter” as part of the intro to the game – I would have thought that parts of the lyrics are way to edgy and inappropriate. I am sure I am missing something but I don’t quite get it.

    Got to be down the Chapel by 5, and I shall be generous in my departure time.

    • Hedley Says:

      Well, I guess there is an answer and if was from Clemson I would have been pissed…

      From ESPN

      Saban’s musical preferences include the Eagles, Michael Jackson and the Rolling Stones. When returning from the airport after Crimson Tide road victories, he and his wife have a ritual of blasting the Stones’ “Gimme Shelter” in the car. “We crank it up coming from the airport, driving home,” Saban said. “That’s kind of my happiest time of the week. That means we won the game.”

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I have given thought to skipping tonight, but I think he will be magnificent, and I need that. I will skip January 20th.

      We may have rain later in the week. It will help wash away our snow. That would make me happy.

      I saw the result of the game last night. Not following college ball gave it less of an impact for me. I went up to bed at 11, but around 11 when I was still awake, I gave up and pulled out my iPad to watch Netflix.

      Be careful on the road!!

      • Hedley Says:

        The departure of the real President of the United States of America was all too much.

        Now I have no end of yucks as Buzz Feed issues the 35 page Tweeter report highlighting his nocturnal activities down the Ritz Carlton in Moscow. Sounds like his barnet got a bit wet.

      • katry Says:

        MDH,
        I can’t describe well the feelings I had listening to our President last night. Sorrow, lamentations and anger were a few.

        Of course, he will debase Buzzfeed. He is, according to what I just read, a germophobic.

      • Hedley Says:

        Buzzfeed is saying that there is a videotape.

        For the sake of all humanity, destroy the tape, please….we are begging you

      • katry Says:

        MDH,
        I’m also begging them to destroy the tape though I would love for Trump to be underminded by his good friend Putin.

  4. Bob Says:

    Today the Texas Rangers could have opened spring training here in Arlington. The high temperature reached 75 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Tomorrow is supposed to be even a little warmer. A cold front is expected on Friday to bring rain for the weekend.

    The sun is coming up earlier while driving to work which is better than driving in the darkness. When daylight savings comes around the morning drive to work will once again be in darkness.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      The Pats would have played today, but the Red Sox just aren’t lovers of cold. When they play here in April, the often wear head covers, gloves and long shirts.

      I sleep a bit later so the sun is always up, I spent thirty-three years getting up at 5:15 every day in the dark for a good part of the winter, and when I was an administrator, I got home late, also in the dark. I felt like a mole.

      I love that we are inching toward spring.

  5. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I missed the speech but I heard it this morning. Great. I’m going to miss Obama for so many reasons but mostly because he speaks well and intelligently. The next four years are going to be wince-making.

    I love when people leave some of their lights up after Christmas. My town and the one next to it leave the lights on the Commons up until February, I think. It was always so gladdening on the way home from work, not having seen the sun since the previous weekend, to come around the bend into Reading and see the lights on the trees in the common. I don’t know why tree lights on the common in the dead of winter should be more uplifting than all the normal lights everywhere else but they were.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Caryn,
      Even if I mute the TV for the next four years I’d be stuck watching him and his clapping and his other hand movements which drive me crazy.

      My lights could come down this week as the rain has uncovered the plugs and timers, but I’m not going to. I also like the lights. I remember how great Reading looked.

      I think all the colored lights, even the white ones, are so lovely on the trees concentrated in a common or along sidewalks. They are what my eyes see rather than the normal lights.

      Enjoy this warm day!!


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