“My house is my refuge, an emotional piece of architecture, not a cold piece of convenience.”

This morning I woke up early, threw off the covers, put my legs over the side of my bed then put them and the rest of me right back under the covers. My bedroom felt cold so both Henry and I got comfortable again, me under the covers, him against me. I didn’t go back to sleep though I tired. I could see the changes in the weather in the space of an hour from my window. It was cloudy then it was sunny and lovely. That’s when I dragged myself out of bed, but the sun was a ruse. The clouds rolled in for their return visit, and that’s we still are. It is cold. That has been the only constant.

Yesterday was a frenzy of phone calls, opening presents and finally a Zoom call. My living floor has piles of opened presents. I have some gift cards to favorite places and special gifts from my family and friends. My sister gave me the most beautiful wooden box from Ghana. I’ve never anything like it. My friends Bill and Peg gave me shea soap from Ghana, a trivet with two elephants, a memory of our Zaina Park trip together, a sloth calendar and Sloth on a Vine which makes me chuckle every time I see it. The sloth are meant to hold photos then you hang the vine. My sister Moe found Spawn of Satan socks for me. She also found so many wonderful old decorations for Easter and Halloween. Tony and Clare gave me some shirts, one of which is destined to become my outside shirt of record. It is a beautiful flannel in colors I don’t have. The other shirt is a bright red and about the softest shirt I’ve ever owned. Everyone gave me so much more. These are just highlights.

Henry wasn’t forgotten. He has peanut butter biscuits from Bill and Peg and a Santa toy from Piper, Tony and Clare’s dog. I won’t ever get into what I gave him.

Today is a do nothing day as I have nothing to do. I’ll look through my presents again. That’s always fun. Right now I’m watching The Phantom Speaks from 1945 in black and white. The plot is in the title.

Oops, the sun is back to taunt me, but I will not be lured. I am staying inside warm and comfy. That is my big plan for the day.

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10 Comments on ““My house is my refuge, an emotional piece of architecture, not a cold piece of convenience.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    The Christmas music has been turned off, and I am staring at the decorations with clear malice. I shall be moving very early tomorrow and will put it all away for another year. We have the heating and cooling folks here on Monday replacing our furnaces and air conditioner units and I am using that as this year’s excuse.

    Mrs MDH overwhelmed me with thoughtful and interesting gifts . I have enough new music to get me to Summer and perhaps beyond.

    The Prince cruises in tonight, he is 14 and towers over me. We plan to watch Wonder Woman together, we will see if I stay awake

    Lions on at 1 taking on the ubiquitous Tom Brady. I know what is going to happen but will watch it anyway

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      Christmas never disappears here as fast as there. I wait a long as I can to get as close to Little Christmas as possible. The real tree goes, but the scrub pine stays lit every night.

      Mrs. MDH knows exactly what Santa ought to bring you whether good or bad.

      My grandnephew Ryder is also 14 and taller than his grandmother, my sister, but that’s a small feat. He is just about as tall as his dad. He just finished football and started wrestling. He also got all A’s. The kid is a wonder.

      No football here any more!

    • Bob Says:

      Most folks wait until New Year’s to take down their lights. I understand getting new heat and air installed. My upstairs central AC is the older of the two units and I suspect it will need replacement one of these years. I may stop turning on my landscape lighting at dusk since the Christmas holiday is over and save a couple of dollars. 🙂

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        My lights will stay on until Little Christmas then I’ll take them down. I hate to see them go as my street is really dark usually but now a lot of houses have lights.

  2. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    I’m off until January 4th with pay, and today I have to decide if I’m going to repeat yesterday and do nothing. There are things I need to accomplish around the house so I might go out for a drive with my spouse and daughter or maybe not. My home office is the one room that still needs organizing from the move in July. In my last house, which had a spare bedroom or home office, I never organized it and it became a junk room. I promised myself not to let that happen again. Right now it has the same junk we moved with us, I’m trying to avoid collecting more junk. My theme, not my resolution, for 2021 is to not collect more crap. My motto will be, “For God’s sake, you haven’t looked at this in 5 years, THROW IT OUT!”

    This house has an attic and I haven’t ventured up there yet. My fear is that it will have a plywood floor to store more stuff. I don’t like getting on ladders anyway. It has one that extends into the upstairs hallway from the pull down door in the ceiling. It seems a little old and rickety.

    It sounds like you got some wonderful gifts. Enjoy!

    The sky is sunny again and the temperature now is 60°. The expected high this afternoon is forecasted to be 70°. Wow, that’s December in North Texas, freezing one day and spring like the next.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      My house is clean. I went to the dump on Wednesday. My larder is full. Everything is in order for me to stay home and enjoy. I think being busy is over-rated. It takes talent to be idle and enjoy it with guilt.

      I have a junk cellar. I always say I will have that company come, and I’ll point, and they’ll take it all away. I do have bags of cans to recycle also in the cellar. Maybe I’ll start those, start small.

      One house I lived in had the same sort of ladder which fell from the trapdoor if you were not careful. Most of our other houses had cellars.

      Yesterday was great fun. I got a lot of surprise gifts my sister found, and the gift from Ghana is beautiful. I’m going to tap into the See’s box of chocolates I got.

  3. lilydark Says:

    Merry Christmas Kat.
    It sound like you had a wonderful day.
    A friend brought over homemade lental soup and I snuggled with Cookie.
    May 2021 be a better year.. that’s not too much to ask for.

    • katry Says:

      Lori,
      Thank you!!

      It was a wonderful day. I would have liked real people instead of Zoom, but I get it. That will come. We did get to see each other open gifts.

      Your day sounded just fine! We deserve a better year.

  4. Christer. Says:

    Stormy, grey and dull over here today and naturally the wind comes from the only direction where it can hit my cottage. None of the dogs likes to be outside for any longer period of time, I dislike just opening the door to let them out 🙂 🙂 🙂 We might get snow tonight but it will hopefully be too warm for it to stay. Well we had really nice weather during christmas so I won’t complain too much 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      It stayed sunny but cold. I went to pick up animal food and the car stayed cold. I was happy to get home and get warm. My heat keeps blasting. Henry goes out then turns around and expects me to let him in. I do but it does drive me crazy.

      It will be cold tomorrow and warmer Tuesday. No snow on the horizon yet.

      Have great day!


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