“Foggier yet, and colder! Piercing, searching, biting cold.”

The morning is cold. The small bit of snow left on the grass cracked when I walked on it on my way to the papers. That sound took me back to cold, cold mornings and walking to school across the field. Every place I stepped the ice cracked and web lines spread in front of my boots. I could see my path across the field in footsteps mostly cracked in the middle. Sometimes the cold took my breath away.

Today is in the mid-30’s. The morning sun and blue sky have been displaced by clouds. Outside looks cold. I shut the back door, Henry’s door, as I could feel the cold through the flap and down the hall. I think it is time for socks.

When I was a kid, everything Christmasy made me giddy. The countdown began one week away from the big day. When we got out of school for Christmas vacation, the excitement was palpable. December 23rd was often the last day of school and the last day before the big days.

Christmas Eve morning was usually anti-climatic. It was a regular winter morning, sometimes cold and sometimes damp. I wanted to wake up to parades and bands, to celebrations heralding the coming arrival of Santa. It was a day to be impatient and not at all sleepy, a day for surprises and for new pajamas. I remember watching A Christmas Carol almost every Christmas Eve after dinner.

I am staying home today as I have no reason to be out and about. I am dressed in comfy clothes. My warm around the house pants celebrate Christmas and are covered in gnomes wearing red hats and coats. My sweatshirt is red. I have plenty of food, a fridge full, some cheeses, hummus and pita, avocados, candy, chips and an onion dip. I have milk for cocoa and fluff to float on the top. I have cinnamon rolls in the can. I am in paradise.

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4 Comments on ““Foggier yet, and colder! Piercing, searching, biting cold.””

  1. Christer. Says:

    We had sunshine almost the entire day today, it felt so strange 🙂 🙂 They say we might get it on Christmas day as well but I won’t believe it until it happens 🙂 Warm too but a bit windy, really nice to be outside walking 🙂

    Since christmas eve is the big day here the 23 was the hard day for us. Since we have a sort of smorgasbord on christmas eve all homes usually smelled like food on the 23d. The Yule ham was in the oven and the rest was cooked early on the 24th (like sausages and meatballs).

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      We had no sunshine the whole day. It was cold. I went out just to tighten the screw holding my little library door shut. It had come loose over time. I bought a bigger screw the other day. One side of the door needs more weather stripping. I want a warmer day for that.

      We didn’t have a huge dinner on Christmas Eve. That was reserved for Christmas Day. Mostly we just snacked that night and watched a Christmas Carol.

      Have a wonderful Sunday!

  2. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Another partly sunny day with a high around 60°. My daughter and I took a drive around Tarrant County through the town of Watauga which is a suburb of Ft. Worth. There’s nothing exciting there except that I had never driven to it and have seen it on the map. We listened to the music from the Movie, Rocketman which is the music of Elton John.

    The big holiday is less than a week away and that means we’re closer to getting rid of the worst President ever. Not just our worst, but the worst in the entire world. Anytime a Republican brings up his disdain for politicians or anyone inside the Washington Beltway, he should be slapped behind the back of the head for even thinking that a reality TV host and failed developer could be a good President. Trump promised to drain the swamp, but in reality he is the swamp. The only thing he was good at was firing people who tried to straighten him out. Oh, I forgot, that was the entire idea of his TV show, “The Apprentice”.

    If I needed or wanted anything, I would buy it right after Christmas. That’s when the professional sales happen. No business wants to carry inventory into the next year. Come January tenth, retailers have to write a check for all that merchandise that they ordered in September. Hopefully, after paying for the goods and the overhead, they made a few dollars in profit. We won’t have to worry about Jeff Bezos or the Waltons making a small profit, they make very big profits. They have been raking in the cash all during the pandemic.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      No sun today, all day, and it was cold, warmer than yesterday but still cold. Tonight is even colder. It is only 30˚ right now. It will get down to 26˚, and I will be here warm and happy.

      I read an article from a major European publication which also called him the worst president ever. He made the swamp deeper and wider by naming cabinet members with little or no experience in their own cabinets. Look at how many people left his administration either voluntarily or, in so many cases, involuntarily. He is an evil, angry, incompetent man.

      I buy presents for next year at the sales after Christmas. My best purchases are shirts which are usually $80, but I get them half price after Christmas.

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