“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.”

Nope, I didn’t expect the weather to get worse but it did. The wind is howling. The pine trees are bending left and right. I expect the backyard to be littered with their branches. Pine always seems the most likely to snap in the wind. Last night a few snow flakes fell before giving way to rain. It is still raining. The temperature at 44˚ is warmer than yesterday but the dampness is bone chilling.

Henry has pretty much pulled all the stuffing from his toy. He is my first chewer. I just pick it up or take it out of his mouth and throw it away. He goes back for more. I’ve tried to take his picture with that ratty toy, but he doesn’t seem to like the camera and stops whatever he is doing. Henry is also my first dog not to mind the rain. Gracie always looked beaten when I made her go out to the yard. Henry runs out, squats and runs back inside. This morning I didn’t open the door so he was forced to use the dog door.

When I was a kid, I always loved spring. My bike spend more time leaning against the back steps than in the cellar. I wore a light spring jacket with a sweater underneath, no more mittens, no more hats and no more heavy coats. Even if I felt cold, I’d never admit it. I took spring literally.

My sneakers were always white. We called them tennis shoes. Mine were from Converse. When I was younger, I didn’t care if they gotΒ dirty. When I was older, I even used polish to keep them looking white. It was a matter of fashion and pride. All the sneakers were canvas back then. I still have a few Converse high tops. One pair is pink and the other pair purple. I used to wear them all the time. If I wore them now, I’d seem eccentric but old ladies can get away with so much and I like eccentric.

I did go to the dump yesterday. It was freezing cold and raining. I didn’t even change from my cozy clothes. I didn’t ‘t care. It isn’t as if the dump has a dress code.

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8 Comments on ““If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Rather warm here today but high humidity and the feeling of rain in the air makes it not so nice outside but compared to Your weather ours is wonderful πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    All my dogs have been chewers, the faster they have been able to tear their toys apart the funnier it has been πŸ™‚ Thankfully they haven’t chewed a lot on other things though.

    Spring has always been my favorite season, not surprising I guess since we’ve had so many gardeners in the family πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ The best was still less clothes and the bike πŸ™‚

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      It began pouring around three. I was at physical therapy and got soaked running to and from the car. It is just miserable.

      Henry chewed my down comforter. I have been picking up down on the floor the last few days. I need to sew the holes.

      Spring hasn’t yet made an appearance here. Boston had a couple of really warm days but we didn’t.

      Have a great evening!

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Welcome to the group of pet owners for whom flat, unstuffed, dog toys were created. My old dog Tegan would completely eviscerate a stuffed toy in 5 minutes or less. At least she had the good grace to totally unstuff and de-squeak it in one go so I would only have to clean up once. Rocky does not do that. He unstuffs his toys slowly over time so I have several cleaning sessions and there is always dog toy fluff somewhere on the rug. Piki Dog is a dedicated chewer but he leaves the stuffing inside the toy. Thank heaven for small favors. πŸ™‚

    I try to get sneakers that are anything but white. Dust kitty grey is my preferred color since it doesn’t change much as it gets dirty. White clothing and I have never been a good mix. I was always into too much dirt of one kind or another to keep things white.

    I’m watching the Marathon. Dismal weather out my windows and dismal weather on my tv screen. Watching all those runners slog through pouring rain is making me feel the cold and damp even more than I would but it’s fun to watch. It’s raining sideways outside my windows now.

    Enjoy the day and keep warm and dry.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      My friends have a dog who pulls out the stuffing and eats off ears and such. I always bought her inexpensive stuffed toys. Now I have one. Henry, like Rocky, does it over time. He also seems to end up with pieces in his mouth.

      I don’t wear sneakers any more. I wear sandals all summer and shoes or even my slippers all winter. I too am not good with white clothes. Something usually spills on my shirt.

      I watched much of the marathon this morning. I felt so bad for those runners. Some of them had too low body temperatures by the end. I felt the worst for the wheelchair athletes.

      You stay nice and cozy!!

  3. Bob Says:

    Both of our Greyhounds loved stuffed toys and carried them around the house until they were destroyed. My first one loved carrying the portable wireless phone in her mouth where ever she went in the house.

    Sneakers is a regional name for tennis shoes. We called them Sneakers when I was a kid in NYC, and drew strange looks here in Texas where they were called tennis shoes. Viva la difference. πŸ™‚

    Took a sick day to go to the doctor for my annual physical. I have a huge amount of sick time at work which is like dying because you can’t take it with you. πŸ™‚

    I love spring on a day like today. Clear blue skies, light southwesterly breeze and temperature in the mid seventies.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      Gracie loved her toys. Even her puppy toys lasted. When company came, she’d grab a toy to give to our guests.

      My brother wore sneakers, black high tops from Converse. For some reason girls wore tennis shoes. They were not interchangeable names. I guess we wouldn’t get raised eye brows.

      I had PT today, have an appointment with the eye doctor tomorrow and PT again on Wednesday. It is a busy week.

      Today wasn’t spring, not even close!

      • Bob Says:

        the This April’s weather has postponed 24 MLB games due to bad weather, just shy of the 27 games postponed in 2007 according to USA Today. The Toronto Blue Jays weren’t even spared in their retractible roofed Rogers Centre. An ice storm caused iceicles to fall on the closed roof from the nearby Canadian National Tower ripping holes in the roof. The folks in Toronto know how to deal with snow, but ice is a completely different animal.

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        The Sox game was postponed today. They played yesterday in the coldest, damp weather. The crowd was sparse.

        That’s awful-a ripped roof!


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