“And people who don’t dream, who don’t have any kind of imaginative life, they must… they must go nuts. I can’t imagine that.”

The sun is shining and the sky is blue. Both are tempting me to get out of the house, but I’m not going to take the bait. It is freezing and no sun or blue sky will help. I did go out with Gracie as she is quite unsteady. When she was done, we both hurried inside to the warmth. I gave Gracie and Maddie chicken this morning as Gracie didn’t eat her dog food yesterday and only had a little the day before. I got worried that she isn’t eating, but she did manage to eat all the chicken, a Christmas snowman biscuit and a beef treat. She is fine, just picky.

I gave in and did two loads of laundry yesterday and brought up a load which has been sitting in the dryer since Christmas. I didn’t bring up either of the new loads, but I did take them out of the dryer and fold them. I also put away more Christmas. The snowmen and the tree remain, and there are boxes in the kitchen which need to go down stairs but not yet. The ornament box has to be at the bottom of the pile.

Tonight will be an actual 0˚. I don’t know how much cold the wind chill will add. Winter is having its way.

For some reason, I have been a night owl of late. I don’t really mind as I can sleep in or I can set Alexa for an alarm if I have to be somewhere. Most nights I keep busy by puttering around the house, playing on the computer, reading or watching TV. Last night it was mostly reading.

Winter seems the season for dreaming. We are stuck inside, victims of the weather, and our minds take us worlds away. I plan trips, even check out flights. That I haven’t the money never limits the planning. I read through recipes and choose menus for dinners I will probably never give. It’s the fun of the hunt which draws me. I make a list of summer party themes and think about the decorations. I read adventure novels, science fiction and mysteries. The other sorts I leave for summer when the world is bright.

I keep my travel documents and even my shots up to date. You never know if someone might knock on the door and tell me to grab my passport and let’s go. I’ve seen it in the movies, and I want to be ready.

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16 Comments on ““And people who don’t dream, who don’t have any kind of imaginative life, they must… they must go nuts. I can’t imagine that.””

  1. theOwl30 Says:

    I love that quote in Bold letters at the top.
    I am reminded of the Myers-Briggs personality types and, was it ESTJ’? or ISTJ’s and another quote, something very close to: “ESTJ’s. Doing nothing unordinary since the beginning of time.”

    Not that we should be weird or tooo outrageous, but c’mon. Live a little. Try something new. be a bit adventourous! Sigh. Some folks are just soooo conventional. I suppose they pride themselves on how “grounded” and “practical” they are, but often they are just depressingly routine and boring. Do they even Blog? Try new foods? a new TV show? Take a scenic drive? I’ve made my point.

    • katry Says:

      Owl,
      I agree totally with your second paragraph. Life is so wonderfully filled with adventure, new foods to try, roads to take and people to meet. You’d think no one would want to miss out on that golden merry-go-round coin.

  2. olof1 Says:

    We had much the same weather here today but much less cold. I had to do some laundry after one of our walks because I accidentally went down a mud pit with one of my legs 🙂 🙂 I managed to stop when half my right leg was down into the mud but I still couldn’t feel the bottom of it 🙂 🙂 How cattle can pass there I have no idea 🙂

    Winter for me is seed sowing time, I already have several plastic bags in my fridge and more is on their way. It is easier to put the seeds in moist paper towels and in to plastic bags than to sow them outdoors, birds and rodents have a tendency to eat all the seeds 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      Right now it is 13˚. The cold is just so persuasive. It takes a minute or two before you freeze. I stay out with Gracie and beg her to be quick, but I don’t think she needs me begging as she wants in too.

      I never thought about plastic bags and starting seeds. I just buy flowers which are already growing. Maybe I should start my veggies that way.

      I wonder how far the mud goes. No mud here. The little snow stays around as it it too cold to melt.

      Have a wonderful evening!

  3. Hedley Says:

    A new intergalactic all world record as we enjoy our 12th consecutive day without reaching 20f. In celebration of crushing the old record of 11, I went to Home Depot, the dry cleaners, played disc 3 of Bob meets Jesus and talked music with im6

    Im6 and I drifted down the highway of faded names, he promoting Joe Jackson (yes she really IS going out with him) and I the wonderful Graham Parker. “The place is buzzin, please don’t let the fuzz in” sang Graham, deffo touched my Soul Shoes.

    Uncle Eric and his Kansas Chiefs kick off the playoffs this afternoon and we will be cheering. Perhaps the Prince will go to the Super Bowl ? Let’s hope

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I applaud your energy and your venturing out into the Arctic. I get my paper and go out with Gracie but haven’t used the car. It is still covered in snow. I have to go to the dump tomorrow as it is now closed Monday through Wednesday. It won’t be open seven days until late May.

      I am with both of you. Call my taste eclectic.

      The Pats have been the lead in all the papers. There is a feud between Kraft and Brady and Big Bill. The trading of Garoppolo brought it to a head. Brady figured that he might be traded so he didn’t want a likely QB still on the team. I don’t know how that will affect the playoffs.

  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    The sun was shining up here as well. It was all a sham. Light but no warmth. Even the dogs didn’t want to be out in it. They’d run outside and run right back in. Eventually, they really had to stay outside and finish what they started. No choice.

    Now I am in the Kat-boat. My oil burner died sometime during the morning but I didn’t discover it until almost 2PM. I called it in but I still have three hours wait until someone can get here and fix it. If they can fix it. I hope they can fix it. It’s about 55ºF in here now. Might even be colder. The dogs are glued to me. I’m looking for mittens.

    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Gracie also hates to go out now. I have to force her, and I don’t blame her for the reluctance. It is so pervasively cold.

      That’s awful. You know you have my sympathy. Both Maddie and Gracie were warm under covers. Trying to get someone at 2 in the morning wasn’t easy. How old is your furnace? Is it fixed now?

      Stay warm!!!!!

      • Caryn Says:

        Heat’s back on. It got down to 48ºF in the house. The dogs were huddled under blankets. I was wearing a wool hat, wool mitts, a musk ox wool cowl, a heavy wool sweater, a down vest and I was considering putting on my heavy duty down parka when the truck pulled up. Instantly it began to feel warmer even though it was psychological. 🙂 The oil burner motor was dead.

      • katry Says:

        Caryn,
        I’m so glad it’s back as tonight is going to be so cold. My electricity went off one winter and by the time it came on the house was 37˚. I had a fire at first but ran out of wood. The cats huddled under the blankets with me and the dog was right beside me.

        I’m glad you didn’t need a new furnace.

    • Birgit Says:

      Oh dear, good luck Caryn!

  5. lilydark Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Compared to just about everyone it’s warm here, but not to us. We are having a lot of rain. Went to concert last night and tweaked my knee again. Music takes away the tweak, till I wake up the next morning. I saw John McCutcheon last night. In Berkeley all the folk musicians and storytellers come out to see him.
    Waving,
    Lori and her Crew

    • katry Says:

      Hi Lori,
      I also like John McCutcheon. He has been around a long time. I didn’t realize he was still touring.

      Knees seem to take forever to heal as you can’t do much without them. I’m sorry you hurt yours again.

      Take care,
      Kat and the kids!


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