“Winter slithers, autumn strolls, summer swims, spring skips.”

The sun is hiding. It was here earlier but it’s gone now. Today is chillier than it has been, but not chilly enough for the heat to be triggered. The clouds are white, and there is barely a breeze, but I’ll take the clouds rather than the usual cold of November.

When I was a kid, I rode my bike all year. Only the snow stopped me. The roads were seldom plowed all the way down to street so it was too slippery for bike wheels. It was sort of the same when I was walking to and from school. The sidewalks were shoveled by the people who lived beside them, not the town, so we’d hit parts which had never seen a shovel. Rather than get all snowy and wet, we’d move to the road and walk in the ruts. Sometimes we’d have to walk toe to heel because the ruts were so narrow. Sometimes we’d fall into the snow. We always laughed.

I really didn’t mind school all that much in the winter, but I really minded it in late spring and fall when the days were still warm and bright. All I could think of was I should be outside playing or riding my bike; instead, the best weather was being wasted, and a taste of the day at recess only made it worse. All I could do each school day was watch through my classroom windows as warm days withered away. We played when we got home from school but darkness came early, and the street lights were on by four. My mother didn’t care what time it was. She went with the street light curfew.

My town had so many trees bordering the streets and sidewalks that fallen leaves were everywhere. The ones on lawns were cleared and burned, but the rest sat in gutters or around tree trunks. Yellow and orange are the colors of fall to me.

Sometimes I still think of all the other seasons in colors. Spring is green, all different, varied greens. Summer is all colors especially reds and yellows, pinks and purples as the gardens come to life. Winter is white when it snows, and red and green at Christmas, but the rest of winter is mostly brown and grey. We’re almost there now.

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10 Comments on ““Winter slithers, autumn strolls, summer swims, spring skips.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    Father Christmas is appearing very rapidly – Sherwood Forest (I kid you not) near my home has their great big Santa on the roof, glowing, a beacon for wayward reindeer. The office is full of talk about the holiday decorations.

    We are heading to the Chapel tonight to celebrate the 90 or so good folks who are part of the Catholic Community Response Team that do so much for our friends and neighbors in the City of Pontiac. This is very much the “invention” of Mrs MDH and I can only hope that I can grab her coat tails on the up escalator.

    My furnace is being erratic, its a code 14 – they have been twice and obviously a code 14 is not easily cured. They will give it another try tomorrow.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I have a cousin who has already decorated her house for Christmas, but when I said it was crazy, I was castigated by my sister. Whatever you like to do is fine, she told me.

      Mrs. MDH deserves hugs and plaudits, and I bet she has strong coat tails.

      Good luck on that furnace. I replaced mine about ten years ago, and I still blanch at the cost. Oops, my heat just went on. I guess the cold weather being predicted is here. The western part of the state will have a small covering of snow.

  2. Bob Says:

    Although our temperatures have been warmer than normal, I noticed today driving home that some trees are starting to turn color. It’s still a couple of weeks until the Thanksgiving holiday. Other than Canada, does any other country celebrate a Thanksgiving day. I don’t know how much thanks most people give in between over eating and watching football. πŸ™‚

    Thanksgiving is the official start of the winter holiday buying craziness season. Already the TV ads are pushing the cornucopia of stuff to buy for your friends and family. If we didn’t have the holiday season then the economy couldn’t recover from that kind of blow. Brick and mortar stores are suffering the most from the ease of online shopping. What would Thanksgiving morning be like without the Macy’s parade? πŸ™

    The right wing crazies with whom I work think that there is a war on Christmas perpetrated by those mean secular liberals who say ‘Happy Holidays’. When they wish me a ‘Merry Christmas’ I always answer with ‘Happy Holidays’ just to drive them crazy. They have no idea about Chanukah nor Kwanzaa.

    Today was much cooler with the high around sixty under cloudy skies. The rain is holding off until morning.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I didn’t think other countries celebrate so I went looking:

      GERMANY. A religious holiday that often takes place on the first Sunday of October, Erntedankfest is essentially a harvest festival that gives thanks for a good year and good fortune. …
      JAPAN. …
      CANADA. …
      GRENADA. …
      LIBERIA. …
      THE NETHERLANDS. …
      NORFOLK ISLAND.

      This site tells you how they celebrate:
      http://mentalfloss.com/article/60261/how-7-other-nations-celebrate-thanksgiving

      I do a lot of shopping on-line because it is convenient and the stores on cape are limited. We don’t even have a Walmart. I already have several gifts as I buy all year when I see so thing I know the person will like.

      I usually say Merry Christmas but more than Christmas is celebrated like Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Three Kings Day and maybe St. Lucia Day. Happy Holiday would then take in all of the above and more.

      The western part of the state will get a covering of snow. Just last week we had record warmth. This is a crazy weather year all due to those pesky Chinese. We are the only country not signing the Paris agreement.

      • Bob Says:

        Thanks for your research. I knew about Canada because I once flew to Toronto on the Sunday before their Thanksgiving. I apologized to the class for having them come to my class on Thanksgiving. They told me it wasn’t a problem because they had eaten enough turkey and we’re happy to get a break from their families. πŸ™‚

        We do a lot of online shopping year round. If we want to buy something heavy or bulky online shopping is great because someone else gets to carry it upstairs. πŸ™‚

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        We celebrated in Africa and had a late dinner of all the fixings after classes.

        I was glad to find out myself.

        I love Amazon prime as it is free for delivery and stuff comes in two days. If I can’t find what I want, I check Amazon. It seems to have everything between its warehouse and outside sellers.

        I love groceries delivered as the man carries the bags right to my kitchen.

  3. olof1 Says:

    Icy roads here this morning and then again on my way home. I thought since it was above 32F and had been sunny all day that the roads would be fine but oh how wrong I was. It will be warmer again tonight so I do hope the roads will be better tomorrow morning.

    They say that we’ll have sunshine on the weekend so my guessis that it will snow πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ It would have been nice if they are right fornonce because thye mornings will be chilly and that means morning fog, as we had today.

    I just realised that we too actually have a thanksgiving! It is called TacksΓ€gelsedagen and is more or less how You describe it is in Germany but I doubt I know anyone actually celebrating it πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    My old home town has forests in the middle of it so we always went to the closest one to pick leafs that we then had to drew or glue to a paper, our third grade teachet went sort of nuts with doing that every single Friday until there were no leafs left to pick. She managed to kill the joy of going outside on a school day πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      Our long fall is over as it will be in the 30’s at night through the weekend. My heat has been on and off. To make the day even worse, it is cloudy and windy. I need to go out, but I’m not happy about it. I have the new pull harness for Gracie so I’ll try it to get her into the car.

      We may even get below freezing by the weekend. I’m not happy with this quick change in weather. I was enjoying the warmth.

      We never went outside except for recess when I was in school. I would have loved a field trip, but there wasn’t any reason for one.

      Our Thanksgiving is really centered on giving thanks for the groaning table filled with food. I also think my father was thankful for all the football on TV.

      Have a wonderful day!

  4. sprite Says:

    Spring and fall are the best times for road trips up and down the East Coast because you can literally watch seasons show up or disappear in a matter of hours. 350 miles aren’t many in the grand scheme of things, but that amounts to roughly 2-3 weeks of seasonal change.

    • katry Says:

      sprite,
      I agree about the two seasons, and I’d put fall first. I love the warmish days and the cooler nights, and the colors of the leaves are mind blowing.

      If I didn’t have my fur buddies, I would love to make a longish trip.


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