“Come, ye cold winds, at January’s call, On whistling wings, and with white flakes bestrew The earth.”

This morning I redefined leisurely. Gracie and I went out around 9:30. She did her business while I got the papers and Saturday’s mail. Once inside, I got the coffee going, fed Gracie treats and Maddie her breakfast. It took two cups of coffee before I finished the Globe. Gracie and I shared a gingerbread biscotti with the second cup. The Cape Times was next. That was only a one cup read. I then sat and read my book for a bit, an Elly Griffiths. I turned on the TV and started watching Die Hard 2, a cheery Christmas sort of movie. Finally I checked my e-mail and took Gracie out again. That brings us to now.

Outside almost seems balmy. We have sun framed by a light blue sky. It makes the day feel warmer. I may even wear a Hawaiian shirt over all my other layers. It is 15˚ and could go as high as 21˚.

I am going to start putting Christmas away. I have already piled the kitchen decorations on the counter. I de-Christmas room by room. The tree is always last.

My niece started putting Christmas away. Her 3 year old cried on the couch. Her 5 year old started hiding decorations. The two boys were devastated. She let them each chose a couple of decorations they could keep in their room. That worked.

Summer clothes are bright. Winter clothes are dark. I have never understood why for it is in deep winter when we need color and brightness the most. In summer the world is alive. Gardens are bursting with flowers. The grass is lush under foot. The sky is a gentle blue. In winter, gray white and brown predominate. Dead leaves still hang off the ends of branches. The birds wear their drabbest coats. Color is packed away and stored.

Even the sounds of winter are muted behind closed windows. I sometimes hear a barking dog from the street behind me. It sounds lonely, even mournful. At night, the wind seems to howl with a ferocity, and I imagine it surrounding the house and shaking it like a snow globe. The few cars going down my street ride silently on the snow.

The only stirring I will do is to clear off the car windows. The brush is on the floor of the back seat, a silly place as I have to clear that door and window to get at the brush. I guess I’ll use my broom then buy another brush to keep in the house. Winter forces me to be practical.

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8 Comments on ““Come, ye cold winds, at January’s call, On whistling wings, and with white flakes bestrew The earth.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Yesterday was bright and sunny which made it feel much warmer. Today it’s overcast again which makes it feel colder. Right now we are at 25 degrees.

    I also don’t understand the seasonal color differences. Personally, I like navy blue, black and gray regardless of the season. I only have one set of cloths except for a coupe of pairs of shorts rather than jeans when it’s cold and a few golf shirts rather button up shirts. Luckily my company gives me a uniform which is comprised of long sleeve, blue, button down shirts, charcoal gray slacks, a bomber type jacket and a sweater. We also get short sleeve golf shirts for weekend wear. I own one white dress shirt and a gray blazer for weddings, funerals and Bar Mitzvahs. I refuse to wear a useless neck tie for anything. I have one pair of black dress shoes for work and a pair of white althletic shoes to go with the jeans,

    I do have a couple of swim suits and a pair of flip flops for the pool.

    Everything color coordinate and it makes getting dressed in the morning easy.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I hate going out as the cold is relentless. The one good thing is there is no wind. I can’t imagine a temperature in the single digits with a wind.

      Your colors are too drab for me. I have a variety of both winter and summer shirts in colors. My summer colors are brighter than those of winter, but winter has colors like deep greens or purples.

      I have a couple of dress shoes and a summer dress and another dress good for fall or spring, but there are few occasions anymore needing dresses.

      I color coordinate.

  2. Spaceman Says:

    Off to rousing 2018 start down New Orleans way.

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Today was just as cold as it has been every day for what feels like forever. The sky was blue and the sun was shining. Just shining. Not warming.

    Peapod came this morning with a quarter of my order because their refrigeration system at the store failed. They sent me a text and a robo-call. When I took out the English muffins they were close to frozen just from being in the truck all morning.

    We’ve been leisurely here as well. The dogs aren’t happy about it until they get outside and then they aren’t happy about that either. It’s my fault that they can’t find the door into summer. I wish I could comply because I’d like to find it, too. 🙂

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I went out with Gracie each time, but she is quick, not wanting to be in the cold either. I never did get to the car so the windows are covered in snow. Now I’ll have to get out earlier tomorrow because of my appointment.

      I need to do a Peapod but I’ll wait another couple of days so they can take care of the problems.

      I go out with Gracie, and that’s about it. I do need to go to Hyannis tomorrow and then get a few things at the grocery store. I’m thinking the best place is home!!

      Have a great evening and day tomorrow!

  4. lilydark Says:

    Hi Kat,
    We are waving,I’ve decided that I should stay in bed. So every thing I need is in my bed. OY. Knee is feeling better, yesterday I recorded some movies. Cookie did get her medicine, so that is a blessing. I believe I have a concert at the end of the week.
    Take Care,
    Lori and the Gang

    • katry Says:

      Lori,
      Waving back at you from inside out the window! It is too cold to stay outside for long. I’m glad your knee is feeling better.

      Even when I am fine, I like sitting on the couch watching movies or reading. Do continue to take it easy.

      Kat, Maddie and Miss Gracie!


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