“Christmas isn’t just a day, it’s a frame of mind.”

When I first opened my eyes, I looked out the window and saw flurries. I fell back to sleep, or would that be drifted back to sleep? Well, I’m leaning toward drifted with the snow and all, but regardless, I went back to sleep. When next I woke up and looked, the snow was heavier. I stayed in bed warm and comfy until Henry got restless knowing I was awake and pretending not to be so I decided to get up and get on with the day. The snow had stopped.

The kids here have a snow day or rather a wind day. The wind last night was heavy and loud and brought fears of downed lines, but it blew itself out. The trees are calm this morning. The only snow left is ugly, pock marked, after a day of rain. The streets and walkways are clean. My neighbor across the street shoveled. The rest of us let the rain do the clearing.

Where I lived when I was a kid got lots of snow in yesterday’s storm, maybe even a foot. The no school announcements were on TV early, for some, as early as the night before, running at the bottom of the screen during the news. When I was a kid, it was an alarm from the fire station which announced no school. Even an inch or two had us hopeful, had us listening for that blast of the alarm. When it didn’t happen, we groused in disappointment. When it did, we wanted out right away to play in the snow, to sled down the hill and to throw snowballs. We couldn’t go to school, but we could play in the snow all day.

Boxes arrive every day. My dining room is disappearing, hidden under piles of empty boxes. Yesterday it was three of them, all filled with Christmas presents from my family. Just now two more were delivered. Henry was crazed, and I was afraid he’d go out the door. He scared the FedEx lady so much she dropped the packages on the steps and took off. I don’t blame her. Henry was scary.

I have no need to be out today. I have plenty of food, drink and even a bit of dessert. I treat myself well during my self-imposed quarantine. Tonight for dinner I’m having steak quesadilla.

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6 Comments on ““Christmas isn’t just a day, it’s a frame of mind.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Until next year I’m Working from home because we have no classes and if it snowed I also wouldn’t go outside. It’s a chilly 60° and cloudy today with a chance for some needed rain late tonight. Steak Quesadillas sound wonderful. Are you making them yourself or ordering in?

    Last night was the last night of Chanukah and everyone enjoyed themselves. We didn’t do any traditional foods because my wife is on a low carb diet and my son is back to eating vegan. I just miss the jelly donuts which I can have anytime. 🙂

    Last night I watched Stephen Colbert’s interview with Joe and Jill Biden. What a pleasant surprise to have a President and First Lady who are just normal people. A man with a moral compass who spoke his family and about bringing the country back together again. It was especially nice that Joe didn’t turn the whole conversation over into a diatribe on himself, nor did he go after anyone. What a fabulous change from the immoral, nasty and petulant toddler we have today. Biden did say that personally he didn’t care if Trump attended the inauguration. But, that for the country it would be important that he attends to show the world that we have a peaceful transition of power no matter who or which party wins.

    My biggest concern is what will all the right wing nut jobs who are armed to the teeth might do on Inauguration Day to show their displeasure. It could become violent and deadly. Trump has ignited and throws gasoline onto the fire of hate and discrimination that the Republicans may not be able to contain nor put back into the bottle in the future.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I have a dinner to cook from local Mexican restaurant. They sell them ready to cook with salsa, sour cream and guac on the side. I haven’t had Mexican in a while.

      I might have sneaked in a few jelly donuts. I always think on special days, special occasions, you get what you want. You get to celebrate. I’d glad it was such a good time. It was the first Chanukah celebration in your new house, a good time for memories.

      Trump and his minions are doing it again. The Biden team says the Pentagon Trumpers are thwarting them in the transition.

      I think Stephen Colbert was the perfect choice to interview the President-Elect. What a change it will be to have caring, thoughtful people living in the White House. He can work with the Republicans but will they work with him? Trump is still waiting for the results of the election.

      Maybe Trump won’t show. I know people think he needs to show as an example of the peaceful transition, but he is divisive and he can go golf instead.

      • Bob Says:

        I heard an interview today with Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, no relation. He doesn’t think Trump will pardon anyone in his family because once they are pardoned, they lose the right to invoke the fifth amendment and have to testify. He says that Trump only thinks of himself. If they loose the right to self incrimination, then they will spill everything that they know about Trump and his business dealings.

        He also said that Trump’s legal game is to postpone and delay any court action until the other side gives up. Trump’s previous attorney, Roy Cohn, also no relation, used that tactic when the city of New York accused him of racial housing discrimination which was rampant in his apartments in Queens. Eventually, the city caved in and Trump’s company paid a small fine.

      • katry Says:

        Trump has always thought of only himself. He’ll throw anyone under the bus. I can’t, think that delaying court action will work with the feds. Too many people want Trump arrested or fined or both.

        They can definitely be forced to testify in a federal case after a presidential pardon. They can incriminate themselves because they can’t be prosecuted, but they can refuse to answer if it relates a state crime as well. Maybe they ought to refuse the pardons then they can be safe from self-recrimination. Throw your father under the bus, kids!!!!

  2. Christer. Says:

    No snow here but we did get to see the sun for 18 minutes. I know the time exactly because it lasted all through my breakfast break but nothing before or after 🙂 🙂

    I prefer to pick up my parcels at the grocery store because not even with the GPS they find this place 🙂 🙂 They can actually see my cottage but have huge problems understanding how to reach it. The road looks like it is turning in to the farm next door but actually turns back again and down the hill to me 🙂 🙂

    I’m expecting two parcels next week and one of them is my christmas present to myself, I do hope it arrives before christmas but who knows now when so many things are shipped all over the country and world.

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      That is 18 minutes more of sun than I had. I thought the sky got light for a moment, but nope, no sun. It got dark even faster than usual. It was another ugly day.

      My street is easy to find. The UPS guy even leaves a dog biscuit for Henry. They have stopped here several times this week. There is a rush on to deliver packages.

      My post office said priority mail is five days behind. At UPS, there was a wall of packages, but so far, they have been delivered on time.

      Have a wonderful day!


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