“Winter dressing is all about having chic outerwear.”

Last night I was freezing though I was only outside for about 5 minutes. It was Gracie’s last trip before bed. She sniffed the air, checked out a couple of sounds and walked around outside the fence. She didn’t seem at all inclined to do her duty. I begged. She ignored me. I begged again. She sniffed the ground, but that was it, no squatting. It was the end for me. I brought her inside. We went to bed. She slept the whole night, but I got up once.

When I was a kid, my room was upstairs on the left. The bathroom was also on the left. The stairs were a quick right turn from my room. In the small hallway outside my door was the dirty clothes hamper and the linen closet recessed in the wall. When I was 10, I walked out of my room and turned right. I fell down the stairs. You’d think the sound of me falling would wake someone up. It didn’t. Either I fell quietly or my family slept like the dead. That is an important memory for me, a milestone of sorts. It was my first fall down stairs, the first of many.

Yesterday we didn’t go to the dump. It was because of the weather. The dump is generally cold, and if it is a windy day, like yesterday, the dump is as cold as Siberian steppes. The wind whips and freezes you to the bone. This morning I brought the trash to the car. I decided to bite the bullet and go despite the cold, 33˚ which will be the high today.

My front yard is still covered in branches from the huge pine tree branch which fell on the lawn. The small stones from my front parking space are on the street and in the garden. They were moved around by the plow. My back yard has several different size branches lying where they fell during this winter. One skinny pine tree breathed its last. Another leans and its future is doubtful. Winter is harsh.

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4 Comments on ““Winter dressing is all about having chic outerwear.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    We’ve had a few really warm and sunny days here but the wind has destroyed them a little. I was working anyway so it didn’t disturb me at all 🙂

    I don’t remember the first time I fel down the stairs but I do remember the time I almost tore off my little finger 🙂 I sat on the floor started to move toes, feet and legs just in case I might have broken something when I realised I most likely didn’t have the little finger on my left hand any more 🙂 🙂 It was still hanging on but just barely 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      We have had strong, cold winds. The umbrella on the deck was blown over. It has a 100 pound base. Last night you’d have sworn you were at a station hearing the train coming.

      That’s awful! Luckily I have had only broken bones, sprains, split lips and a couple of broken teeth.

      Enjoy your day!

  2. Bob Says:

    How much snow did you receive from the big storm? Here we have been windy, partly cloudy and warm. Winter passed us by this year. No ice, no sleet and no snow. When I lived in NYC as a teenager I had to walk our dog in the snow. Normally he would sprinkle the neighbor’s plants and we could move on back to the house. However, if there was snow he would linger ai each snow pile to check out the previous canine visitor. I think he would hold it in on the coldest and snowiest day just to spite me.

    I haven’t traveled to the North in a year and I’m ready to go somewhere, maybe Miami or Phoenix. I don’t understand how the climate change deniers, including Trump, can ignore the evidence. Of course there’s billions of dollars at stake so we know who will win, the big monied interests.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      We didn’t get any snow here on the cape. We had rain which destroyed any snow left from the previous storm. It was also so windy you’d swear it was a train.

      Gracie backed out of the doorway as it was pouring. I didn’t blame her and was glad as I would have had to take her outside. I walk her down the deck stairs now. It only takes a couple of minutes, and she feels safer.

      Trump can deny anything he chooses and will have several explanations as to why such things as climate changes aren’t true.


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