“It is a happiness to wonder; — it is a happiness to dream.”

No doubt about it. Winter is here. The day is cold, a biting, damp cold, and it will get even colder tonight. When I went to get the papers, there were snow flurries, and they’re still around, small flakes from the north. It is a dark, cloudy, snowy day, the sort of day which gives winter a bad name. When I was a kid, I’d stay in all day near the hissing radiator. I’d color at the kitchen table or lie in my bed and read. I’d be wearing my flannel pajamas and slipper socks. Okay, I admit that it even sounds a lot like me now. I’m talking flannel bottoms, a sweatshirt on top and new slipper socks. Add a coloring book, and I could be ten again. I guess cozy doesn’t change much over the years.

Tonight is game night. We’ll play our two games, Sorry and Phase 10, and we’ll eat something while we’re playing and then we’ll have dessert after the games. Rumor has it we may be noshing on tacos. I’m doing the dessert this week, and I’m thinking chocolate pudding. I have all the ingredients and even have heavy cream. After the games, we watch The Amazing Race saved from Wednesday. It was always on Sundays before this so we maintain the tradition of games, food, the Race and dessert.

Poor Maddie got called Fern and Gracie this morning. She didn’t seem to care. That name mixup reminded me of my mother who used to take care of her younger brothers, Jack and Joe, long before she was married. If she wanted our attention or wanted us to stop what we were doing, she sometimes went through a litany of names to get to us. She’d say Jack, I mean Joe, I mean Kat. I never took offense.

My niece just posted pictures and videos of her two boys, ages 5 and 3, on Christmas morning. The older one stood in the entry way to the living room with his mouth wide open when he saw the toys left by Santa. He was amazed. I remember those days of walking downstairs on Christmas morning and seeing the lit tree surrounded by toys and gifts. It is one of the wonders of the world.


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10 Comments on ““It is a happiness to wonder; — it is a happiness to dream.””

  1. flyboybob Says:

    My mother-in-law has the same issue with the names of her three daughters. What really upsets my spouse is that she sometimes calls her the name of her 28 year old granddaughter.

    The other day we had some time to kill in Plano and we walked around a huge comic book store. They had more board games than I have ever seen in one place. I would have thought in the digital age board games would be out of fashion. I didn’t realize how many versions of Monopoly they make. In addition, the store had a large area devoted to game tables where the latest version of the nerds.

    The temperature is in the mid 40s with sunny skies.

    • katry Says:

      I was never bothered by the name my mother used. She always caught herself and would get the real name. It was no big deal to me or my sisters.

      Games have never really disappeared. When I was looking for a new game as a present, I had so many to choose from. My friends and I still love to play card and board games. They are so social compared to digital.

      It is cold.

  2. olof1 Says:

    Cold here too right now and the snow storm we were supposed to have on Monday night- Tuesday morning has now turned to normal wind and mostly rain and slightly warmer than tonight. I don’t mind missing the storm but I’m not sure what I dislike more, snow or rain 🙂 🙂

    I still call for some of my older dogs when I open the door 🙂 They may not be around any more but they really never leave us 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      The sky has the look of rain about it. Even the clouds get a different color before a storm. It is only 26. Maddie has her head up under the shade of the lamp.

      I always miss my other dogs but it is Gracie with whom I spent so much time as I was retired the whole time I had her. The kitchen looks so different without her crate.

      Have a great evening!

  3. Hedley Says:

    Bruce is on my mind. We head out this week to see the Broadway Show. IMHO the best Bruce bootleg is Piece de Resistance, a radio broadcast from Passaic on September 19th 1978. Bruce was in a contract dispute and there was a long wait between Darkness and the River. Piece rolled out Independent Day and Point Blank, I played the vinyl in to oblivion. Bruce burned it up.

    Bruce just released Passaic, September 20th as part of his live series. He is loose, and at times sublime. I put Bob down and played the 2 and 1/2 hour show.

    Friggin freezing, I tasked myself at Home Depot and Target and the gas station and Papa Joes all before 9 am. Now I am slumped and cheering for the Jags. We have too many Pittsburgh family members and I don’t want to hear it

    Enjoy Sorry tonight, such a fun game

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I have always been a Bruce fan. I’m sure you’ll love that concert. It is a perfect way to throw off the winter blues. Bob has had his time so I understand the switch to Bruce as preparation.

      I have yet to get dressed, but I have to as I need to get out and my cozies just aren’t outside worthy. I keep looking out the den window and I can see the clouds getting darker and darker. Weather coming.

      Sorry is a fun game. We always chuckle that it isn’t a kid’s game when we play. Our language gets a bit blue when we are sent back to start.

  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I’ve done that name thing. I’ve also combined names. I laughed the first time I called my dogs Pocky and Riki. Sometimes I’ve even called one or the other of them by my old dog Tegan’s name. So far I haven’t called either of them by any of my old cats’ names.

    Today started out cloudy, cold and damp. At some point the sun came out for several hours before being overcome with clouds again. Now that it’s about to set, it’s giving out sideways sunshine.

    Enjoy game night. Dessert sounds great.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I did chuckle at myself. There I was correcting the Fern name with Gracie. Poor Maddie, all alone and almost nameless.

      We didn’t have any sun at all. Even now the sky looks threatening, even more than it did earlier. I need to get our before the sky opens and drops whatever is waiting there.

      I do enjoy our game nights. If there is one of us who won nothing, he/she gets the big L. It is fun.

      Have a great evening!

  5. splendidone Says:

    One of our go to games is Loaded Questions. At this point most of us enjoy story games over competitive ones. We played Reminiscing tonight. Somewhere we lost the board and the box but we use the handy subject chart and the dice to pick which subject. I am glad you have your friends close by right now. xoxoxox

    • katry Says:

      Thank you!

      Sorry is for ages 8 and up which always makes us chuckle. We haven’t ever played story games, but our board games are pleasantly competitive and lots of fun!

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