“Shut the door not that it lets in the cold but that it lets out the coziness.”

Last night we had a sprinkling of snow, less than an inch. The sun was out when I woke up but has since given way to clouds. The melting has stopped. Cold is creeping in, and it is down to 32˚. We’ll have flurries today.

Yesterday it poured most of the day. Gracie and I went to the dump, and, of course, it started to rain just then. I got wet.

I’m ignoring my lists. The last few days I have been lazy and have crossed off nothing, except the trash and the dump from Saturday’s list.

Winter is a time for hibernation, and I think I’m hibernating in my own way. My days are routine. I mostly stay inside. I find ways to keep myself occupied. I watch TV. I read, and every now and then I randomly clean. I live in my comfy clothes. Afternoon naps are common. The phone rings and strange phone numbers from all over the country appear in the corner of my TV. I don’t ever answer, and they don’t ever leave a message. They interrupt my naps.

Spring training has started. The Globe is filled with baseball stories. I read them all. Thoughts of baseball conjure green grass, warm days and steamed hot dogs.

I hate commercials, but I don’t hate them all equally. Some I hate more than others. The Dole fruit cup commercial where the haughty woman says to her husband, “Oh, they are drainers,” is the worst. She looks at the other couple as if they are plague carriers instead of drinkers of sweetened fruit juice. I change the station.

The catalogs stopped for a while, after the Christmas sales were over, but now they’re back. Some I toss right away into the recycle bag. Others I thumb through hoping to find a treasure.

It’s time for lunch: chicken noodle soup from one of my favorite places, Spinners. The soup is perfect for a cold winter’s day. It warms the innards.

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8 Comments on ““Shut the door not that it lets in the cold but that it lets out the coziness.””

  1. Birgit Says:

    Yesterday we saw the first glimpse of spring, sunny and even warm enough for this year’s first teatime in the garden. Spring is gone for now but hope stays.
    No commercial or political calls here if you don’t explicitly allow it. I never agreed and only one company tried a few times after we’ve got this law. I pity the poor call center agents that had to deal with me. Occasionally an opinion poll company (legally) called but it looks like I’ve successfully scared them off too.
    Chicken noodle soup delicious, my typical winter soup is pearl barley soup, it’s quite traditional in this region.
    Great music today!

    • katry Says:

      I have a few green shoots in the garden, but they have a bit of snow cover. They are too early.

      Supposedly we can opt out of those annoying phone calls, but there is some sort of loophole which is why I’m getting the calls though I am on the no-call list.

      I love beef barley soup but seldom have it. Now you’ve got me thinking about it.

      The chicken noodle was delicious.

  2. Bob Says:

    The last couple of days have been cool with clear skies. I have been in recurrent trading for the airplane I used to fly. I haven’t been in the full flight simulator for the past four years and I managed to keep the blue side up and the brown side down and ended each leg at a runway. 🙂

    Unfortunately, I have been suffering with a case of the crud. A bad cold that went to my chest. Thankfully I have a doctor who will send out a prescription without me having to go in for an office visit. A series of antibiotics and I’m feeling better.

    I saw this article in USA Today this morning and thought I would share it with you.


    • katry Says:

      I envy you your weather, especially the clear skies. I could use some sun.

      It sounds as if it was battle won for you in the simulator. You got up and you got down.

      That article was on point and scary.

      • Bob Says:

        Tom Friedman is one of the most brilliant minds on the Middle East and world affairs. Here’s his two columns in this week’s NY times. I have never seen him write two in one week.

      • katry Says:

        These columns are great and scary. To think they were written even before that press conference yesterday.

  3. olof1 Says:

    I can’t stand commercials where they assume that I’m an idiot and every time I see one of those I stop buying their products. I have for instance never eaten a Snickers bar because of a commercial I saw at the cinema when I was seven years old 🙂 There are now very few products that I actually can buy 🙂

    I too am getting catalogues now, I’ll see if I can find a winter jacket on sale. I really should have bought one already in the autumn but the one I have, worn as it is, is just too comfortable to throw away just yet 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      I like Snickers! Their ad campaigne about eating a Snickers and feeling yourself is funny.

      I don’t think a commercial has ever stopped me from buying certain foods or products. Usually I don’t happen to buy most of the stuff from the commercials I hate.

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