“O, wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind?”

I remember reading All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury. On Venus the sun comes out for one hour every seven years. The rest of the time it rains, and that was what brought this short story to mind. I am living the Venus experience. Here we are again with Clouds, nothing but clouds. I called my sister who lives north of Boston. She has sun, an object becoming fainter in my memory.

The day is cold and raw. Snow flurries are predicted. The low will be 29˚. I am so tired of bundling when I go out and wearing socks and a sweatshirt inside the house. Where have you gone spring?

When I was a kid, it didn’t matter how cold it was. Life went on. I don’t remember ever complaining about the weather. That was an adult thing. We played after school in the cold of winter. Snow was fun and the more snow the better, maybe even a snow day! It was only winter rain which kept us inside. Now the cold gets into my bones. Sometimes I just can’t get warm. I am quite adept at complaining about the weather.

I have watched every Red Sox game. The last two were at Fenway. It was football cold. Even if I had been offered tickets, I would have politely declined.

Henry is feeling more at home. He has started to roam a bit. He came into the bathroom with me and followed me to the front door when I went to get the papers, but I have to be careful as any noise spooks him, and he runs to his safe spots, the couch and my bed upstairs. Every morning when I wake up, he greets me with a wagging tail and kisses. When I let him out, he runs down the stairs to the nearest grass. He doesn’t roam the yard yet. I still need to teach him to use the dog door.

The cape used to shut down all winter. The motels closed. Route 28 was mostly dark. Only one movie theater was open. The only shopping was Main Street Hyannis. Few restaurants were open. I don’t know how I survived my teen years.

My dance card is empty. I do have the first physical therapy for my arm tomorrow, but that’s it for the week. When bears hibernate, they sleep and time passes. I wish it were the same for me. With the clouds and the cold and staying in, it feels as if I’m hibernating.

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8 Comments on ““O, wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind?””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Quite the opposite here today, sunny and almost 68F πŸ™‚ I have even had my kitchen door open all day and now Albin expects that it will be open every day till next winter πŸ™‚ It will start to cool down already tomorrow but just having this one day gives hope of a spring this year too πŸ™‚

    Nice to read that Henry is adapting to his new home πŸ™‚ He will take small steps every now and again and one day it’s like he’s never been nervous at all πŸ™‚

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      I am envious of your warmth. We haven’t broken out of the 50’s on even our warmest day. It is supposed to get warmer during the week.

      Henry drove me crazy today. He has been so restless, up and down off the couch time and time again. He keeps bothering Maddie by sniffing her. She is nice about it, but I don’t want Maddie upset.

      The sun came out for a bit, but it was still cold.

      Have a great evening!

  2. Hedley Says:

    The Prince is gone and I am committed to a quiet if chill day. As usual I filled up my morning with football and the Sunday Times. Mrs MDH did a Costco run and I took a bit of a nap.

    Music fills the house, but that isn’t unusual, and I am reading Antony Beevor.

    It’s a Sunday, and it is quiet, just me and Mrs MDH.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      My day was a bit like yours. I watched a great Sox game and read my two papers. I then took a short nap. I am about to order in. I’m thinking a pizza and leaning toward linguica.

      I’m watching MSNBC to get my daily shot of news.

      Here too is quiet, just me, Maddie and Henry.

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    It’s great that Henry is exploring more. Or, at least that he is following you to other parts of the house. He might be starting to realize he’s home at last. I hope so.

    There’s a new word going around the internet memes: Sprinter. Spring/Winter. Usually it is plastered on a photo of someone in spring dress gardening in feet deep snow banks or sitting on a beach chair surrounded by huge piles of snow. I think it’s a keeper. πŸ™‚

    The sun decided to show itself for a few minutes just now. It was cloudy and cold all day until then. It’s still cold but it feels less so when the sun is out. The big pile of clouds stacked up to the west indicates it may revert to cloudy and cold pretty soon.

    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I hope so too.I was happy today to see him wandering and amazed that he followed me into the bathroom. He has been here two weeks so maybe he’s figuring out he’s here to stay.

      I like it, sprinter. One video I saw was a golfer teeing up in the snow. It gave me a few chuckles.

      We also had the sun for a few minutes. It was like a tease from Mother Nature. The nights get so cold, and the days don’t recover.

      Have a great evening!

  4. Clare Stevens Says:

    You have a date with Captain Frosty on Thursday!

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