“By the picking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.”

The sun is missing. The sky is a light grey. It is cold, down to 31˚. The low won’t get much lower, 29˚. Walking on the snow is noisy as the top is crusty, and any step causes cracks to radiate from the footprints. I walked gingerly to the mail box.

My agenda for today is simple. I have to water plants and change my bed. I am toying with doing a wash, but that seems like overly optimistic planning.

When I was a kid, I’d ride my bike in winter once the roads and sidewalks were cleared. I remember how cold it was riding in the winter air, especially down hills. The ride turned my cheeks rosy and made my nose run. I always wore mittens because any stop meant freezing handle bars.

I don’t wear my winter jacket much, actually not at all. I wear a sweatshirt mostly or a fleece over my long sleeve, flannel shirts. My exposures to the cold are places like the dump or the market. I’m a run in and run out sort. I don’t get cold and neither does the car. I do wear my mittens on the first car ride of the day as the steering wheel gets so cold at night.

When I was a kid, Saturday was my favorite day. I could sleep late, not have to go to church, and if I wanted, I could go to the matinee or just roam around town having fun in the ride or in the walk. Double Creature Feature was on television, and that was the deciding factor on many cold, winter Saturdays. I saw them all, all the classics: Godzilla, Rodan, Gamera, Mothra with those tiny fairies in a cage singing in horrific, chill up your back voices and all those monster versus monster follow-up movies. I always rooted for Godzilla.

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6 Comments on ““By the picking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    We used to watch Creature Features and later on we watched Fantasmic Features with Feep (Ed T. McDonald who was also Major Mudd).

    I don’t like wearing a winter coat. It’s so restricting. I feel like the younger brother in A Christmas Story, all bound up in a snow suit and muffler. A long sleeved shirt, a heavy wool sweater, a windbreaker vest, alpaca hat, cowl, and mittens and I’m warm enough. Days like yesterday, the L.L. Bean down coat was necessary and I was glad to have it.
    Today’s not too bad. Cloudy but bright and not quite as cold.
    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I loved Creature Double Feature. I also remember watching it on Channel 56. I think that’s when I started enjoying the old black and white movies.

      I think on days like yesterday I just stay inside nice and warm. Next week one day will be in the high 30’s so I’ll plan my errands on that day. Snow will be coming again next week even though we still have plenty of the last storm on the ground. Nothing melts.

      It never got higher than 30˚, and with the once in a while wind, it felt much colder. I have been perfectly happy staying home but not at all happy with Trump being acquitted. What a travesty!

      Stay warm.

  2. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Today the high temperature might hit 29°. Brrrr. Right now the sun is out, but the snow won’t start falling until tomorrow night. The weather prognosticators are calling for two snow events, one on Monday morning followed by another on Wednesday. They are predicting a total of as much as 10 inches of the stuff. My wife bought the last snow shovel in town yesterday. 🙂 Thankfully, these kind of winter storms here are very rare events.

    When I was a kid Saturday was similar to your description. TV shows in the morning and playing or riding my bike in the afternoons. I avoided all those horror movies because they kept me awake at night. I had a very vivid imagination as a kid. Now if I watch them, I just laugh when I see the bad special effects and rubber suits worn by the monsters. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      Your temperature sounds like ours even with the sun. We will have some snow then rain, but if it stays cold, the rain will freeze. That is worse than the snow. As for the storm later in the week, the weathermen are not conclusive as to how much snow we’ll get. I hope not so much.

      I too was an imaginative kid but I knew the monsters weren’t real. Some of them seemed even a bit silly, especially the Japanese monsters. The cities they stomped didn’t even look all that real.

      • Bob Says:

        Intellectually, I knew they weren’t real, but I would have nightmares about them. Ice is much worse than snow for driving. The 133 car pileup proved that a thin sheet of ice could cause such destruction. Unfortunately, here I don’t think there are any snow plows in the midcities. If the snow is deeper than an couple of inches it might be difficult to drive.

      • katry Says:

        I guess I wasn’t easily scared. I don’t know why.

        That accident with the the truck hitting the side was on a bridge. I noticed it on the video. Bridges are notorious for ice. We slid across a bridge over Route 1. It was scary.

        It always makes me laugh when a couple of inches of snow stops Southern cities dead in their tracks.


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