“the comfort of reclusion, the poetry of hibernation”

The house was cold this morning even though all the windows were closed. It was 63˚. I threw on a long sleeve shirt, but a sweatshirt might still be a better choice. When I woke up, the cat, a monumental beast, was on my hip and purring away. The dog was asleep at the end of the bed. I asked Alexa the time. She wished me a good morning.

We are under a tropical storm warning and are expecting wind and rain starting this afternoon. The storm will intensify during the night. Right now the day is cold, dark and windy. All my windows and doors are shut. I do need to go out today to the dump and to Agway for cat food so I’m hoping to finish before the rain. I’m thinking being warm and cozy all afternoon.

Today is a day for comfort food. When I was a kid, I had favorites like American chop suey, grilled cheese with tomato soup for dipping and mac and cheese. I don’t think my larder has the necessary ingredients few though they are, but I can always stop at Ring’s grocery. I’m leaning toward a grilled cheese with fresh tomatoes from the farm store. Looks like I’ve added a couple of stops.

I have a book I’m in the middle of and several catalogs to browse. I have that potholder kit and my new ukulele. I can only play a couple of chords and neither all that well. My fingers keep getting in the way.

Last night I had dinner with friends at Karoo’s, the South African restaurant. The food was, as always, delicious, and I really enjoyed being with my friends as I hadn’t seen them in a while. I have been a bit of a hermit lately, content to be home. I guess I’m preparing for winter hibernation.

I am watching Cosmic Monsters. They are giant bugs in a feeding frenzy. Though not spiders, they build webs for catching dinner. The schoolteacher is being attacked. She just fainted. The female computer operator is caught in a web. She just fainted. Will she be saved?

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12 Comments on ““the comfort of reclusion, the poetry of hibernation””

  1. hedley Says:

    I trundled down to the local SSA office this morning and was met with the not unexpected indifference bordering on hostility. Luckily I had an appointment was seen promptly and a rather pleasant lady signed me up for Medicare Plan A.

    Of course one of the thrills of being the number 1 target in the United States for Identity theft, is that i have had to shut all online access down and do everything in person.

    Still, 65 calls, I’m old and I have signed up for Medicare.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I’d hate to have to do everything in person despite the amount free time I have. Offices like the SSA or RMV are never without long lines filled with people who have to give extensive explanations.

      I was already retired when I turned 65 so I had already faced my own mortality.

  2. Bob Cohen Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Comfort food for me are things like grilled cheese with tomato soup, chicken noodle soup, preferably Campbells. However, nothing is as good as a NY bagel with lox and cream cheese.

    We hit 100 degrees today under sunny skies. Obviously, when you are freezing in January we can be running around in shirt sleeves

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I forgot the chicken noodle soup. I agree with you about it being comfort food. There is a small take out place where they make chicken noodle soup periodically. I love it so much I buy a couple of cartons. The owner sometimes brings me some at home if I missed it at her shop.

      Cream cheese, yes! Lox, no!

      It never got warmer than 65˚.

  3. olof1 Says:

    So I guess that the remnants of that ropiucal storm will reach us in a few days and I can only hope that the ocean is cool enough to calm it down. I’äm not ready for a big autumn storm quite yet 🙂

    It has rained here all morning but it looks like the clouds are breaking up, it bwould be nice to see the sun shine today, I don’t see much of it during the work week.

    No comfort food here but I did buy myself a chocolat bar with salty crackers in it yesterday, too bad I ate it all so fast because I would have liked to have it today as well 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      We didn’t get a whole lot of wind or rain. Right now it is fairly calm.

      I think we won’t get any sun today either. This, then, is day 2 of ugly days. I’m staying home today!!

      I bought everything I need for food comfort. I even got fresh corn!

      Have a great day!

  4. Rowen Says:

    Grilled cheese with fresh tomatoes…. I shouldn’t read this blog when I’m hungry.

    I’m pleased to learn that Cat1 has made the adjustment. I entertain hopes for Cat2, though I get the feeling this is a less gregarious beast to begin with.

    • katry Says:

      I was told one of the cat is shy, and that is an understatement. The poor baby, Cat2, runs if I see it out from under the bed. I also feel bad as the two cats were alone for nearly two months before their owner, my aunt, died. Now Cat1 is getting pats, scratches and treats. I wish Cat1 and Cat2 would communicate with one another.

      I got locally grown tomatoes and fresh corn at the farm store. I bought a couple of kinds of cheese. Dinner was simple but superb!1

  5. Spoondrift Says:

    So good to find you again.

  6. I had started to write a comment and then it disappeared. So— great to have found you again. Love the music.

    • katry Says:

      Welcome back!! I got bounced from the old Blogger and had to find a new home so here I am.

      I’m glad you’re enjoying the music. I’ve been posting all sorts!

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