“The perfect antidote to dark, cold and creepy is light, warm and cozy.”

I had a bit of a shock when I opened the door to take Gracie out and to get my papers.  Snow covered the ground. It was probably an inch or less of fluffy white stuff, but it was still a surprise. My mother used to tell us it was too cold to snow, but yesterday was brutally cold, and it still snowed.

The dump was almost empty. I think there might have been only two other cars. The smart people stayed home, but I went. I froze the minute I got out of the car but then the man who works there told me to get back into the car. He emptied everything: bags of newspapers, boxes galore and several bags of trash. The poor guy was dressed for a polar expedition. His face was so covered only his eyes could be seen. It was about 12˚.

Today will be cold but a bit warmer than yesterday though I don’t think warmer really works here. Maybe I should say not as brutally cold as yesterday. It is 17˚ right now and could get up as far as 21˚. Deck weather?

My car gets serviced today, an oil change and a quick look over of everything else. I really want to stay home, but I need to get this done. I also have a couple of other stops so I’m doomed to face Old Man Winter.

Nothing much is happening. It is a quiet week. When I was a kid, weather like this meant a day of reading or playing in the cellar or playing board games. We’d set the games up on the living room rug and get ourselves comfortable. We’d play Sorry, Monopoly, Clue or cards. Our favorite card games were crazy eights and steal the old man’s pack. We all had the competitive gene from my dad so game times often got loud. My mother would yell from the kitchen about playing nicely or not at all, a typical mother comment. We mostly ignored it.

The sky is cloudy, the sort of color which looks cold, even steely. Though the house is warm a metal table here in the den is cold to the touch. Blasts of hot air from the furnace  seem to come one after another trying to keep the house warm. I’m wearing flannel around the house pants, a sweatshirt and slippers. Only my hands get cold.

The news last night showed pictures of sea smoke or steam fog which happens when very cold air moves over warmer water. It was a bit strange, even eerie, to see the smoke hovering over the white caps. I don’t remember seeing that before.

It is already colder than it was this morning, down to 12˚. I’m watching the news and the outside reporters look a bit like Randy in A Christmas Story. The weather lady is predicting polar like winds and maybe more snow. I am definitely going to layer my clothes and hunt for my hats and mittens. This is not the time to be fashionable.

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8 Comments on ““The perfect antidote to dark, cold and creepy is light, warm and cozy.””

  1. flyboybob Says:

    The clouds continue to hide the sun and the temperatures are not too bad yet. Currently we are in the low 40s. However, the big chill is coming on Sunday. Hopefully, any precipitation will sublimate before the really cold temperatures arrive on New Year’s morning. We are looking at a low of 19 degrees.

    The unscientific mind of the current occupant of the White House has declared that we could use a little of that phony global warming because of the cold temperatures in North America. The lack of belief in science and the scientific method by the Republican party is ridiculous. A couple of years ago the Senator from Oklahoma Jim Inhofe, who was a physician by training, brought a snow ball onto the floor of the US Senate and declared that global warming was a hoax because it snowed in Washington DC. Imagine what John Q. Public believes who are not scientifically trained? The war on science has even transferred to the CDC. They are not allowed to use words like, fetus, vulnerable, or transgender in their requests for funding. I guess they will have to use a word like, little immature in utero people. 🙂

    My spouse and daughter are taking a girls weekend over New Years eve at a hotel with an indoor pool. I will have the house to myself with occasional appearances of my son from his room. 🙂

    Hopefully, I can catch up on some TV that I have recorded but failed to watch.

    • katry Says:

      Wow, that is really low for you! It sounds like the weather we are having now. I think that might have been the high for today. Even now I am cold.

      The idiot in the White House doesn’t understand the difference between climate and weather and neither did that snowball throwing senator. All Trump has to do is see how each year brings a warmer Earth. His pulling out of the Paris Agreement is a prime example of his scientific ignorance, and he didn’t get that its name is because it was signed in Paris when he made the idiotic statement, “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.”

      I also have no plans this weekend though I may treat myself to a bit of the bubbly!

  2. olof1 Says:

    We actually had a few minutes with sunshine here today but we also had misty rain and strong winds. I’ve picked up my Christmas present from Joyce and it was filled with all kinds of yummy things 🙂 🙂 I had planned on going to the pet store but it was just too cold and windy when I was in town so I went home instead. I’ll go next week instead.

    I think that clouds only can make so´now if it isn’t colder than 19,4 F, so the snow that falls when it is colder must be slightly old I think. They say we’ll get snow next week but it’ll stay above 32 until then.

    We always had lost of sea smoke in my old home town in winter. The water was usually rather warm but every now and again we had periods when the temperature fell nasty low., It was impossible to be outside those days to be honest and it rarely lasted more than a week.

    Have a good continuing of Christmas!


    • katry Says:

      I also cut short my day. I was going shopping after I had my car serviced but decided to go right home and stay warming cozy inside. The weather will be the same cold until Monday or Tuesday, and there is a prediction of more snow.

      It was single digits last night, but we still got a dusting of snow. Luckily it was he light fluffy stuff so cleaning the car was easy.

      I think I am just not at the ocean enough to see the sea smoke. It does look strange.

      Stay warm and enjoy the rest of your vacation.

  3. Hedley Says:

    I woofed at im6 this afternoon, that I had ventured into the Bob Dylan “Trouble No More” discs. He claimed no knowledge of said Dylan and we moved right along.

    It’s Bob, and it’s very high energy and no sign of a Sinatra song anywhere. The gospel singers rock, it’s on loud, it’s….Bob

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I also claim no knowledge of said discs. Now you have me curious because it is Bob!!

      I am watching Inspector Hornleigh Goes to It. Alastair Sim is his sergeant. I kept expecting him to say Bah Humbug.

  4. sprite Says:

    Thank goodness for kind employees!

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