“In the morning I woke like a sloth in the fog.”

My morning began with coffee and sloths. I drank my coffee and watched two sloths from the Stone Zoo being fed. They are actually darn cute animals. The sloths ate apples and sweet potatoes and were given grapes as a treat. Breakfasts with different animals are a fundraiser for Zoo New England. My sister has already had breakfast with kangaroos, and she joined me and the sloths. It was fun to watch. There is no question that sloths are slow, sleepy animals. They sleep 15-18 hours a day. I aspire to be a sloth.

The morning is cold, in the 30’s. We are going to have snow showers later, but already snow clouds cover the sky. I always think those clouds have a color of their own, a foreboding grayness. The air is quite still.

When I was a kid, I never noticed the cold. My mother always did. She was a firm believer in layers upon layers, but they were a problem when I got to school. The cloak room was narrow, and we were all fighting for enough space to take off the layers upon layers, and the hooks were too small for our bulky jackets so the jackets hung side by side holding each other up. Taking one jacket from the pile meant tugging and pulling and causing other jackets to fall. We thought it was funny. I doubt Sister Redempta did. She probably scowled, and that was enough to silence a whole classroom let alone a cloak room filled with kids one row at a time.

Fun with Dick and Jane was my reading book in the first grade. I remember it was in color. It was also quite repetitive. It sort of looked like my life. Their father wore a suit to work as did mine. Mother stayed home and did motherly things like housework. Where it differed was how strangely well-behaved the children were, including Sally the baby.

I have to go out today. That makes it two days in a row. I will definitely need a nap this afternoon. As for the rest of the week, I have an empty dance card.

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15 Comments on ““In the morning I woke like a sloth in the fog.””

  1. Christer. Says:

    Still below 32 at nights but now it’s getting slightly warmer during the days 🙂 Today it even rained some instead of snowing as the weather sites said it would 🙂 I’m not complaining but I might do that tomorrow morning when I drive to work, all that ice beneath the snow and rain on that will make some of the roads rather slippery 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      The snow has stopped. We have maybe 2 or 3 inches, no plows even out.

      I did my errand far earlier than usual. When it started snowing, I got dressed and went. It was the smart thing to do.

      It’s true: sometimes under the snow is hidden ice.

      Be careful!!

  2. hedley Says:

    Hey Bob in Texas

    We are all waiting for you to check in and let us know how you are your family are doing. Are you getting power intermittently ? Is everything ok with the house ? Any sign of the weather warming or Rafael Cruz coming back from Cancun ?

    Here in MI we have had a solid week of snow and extremely unpleasant cold. None of these things are much of a surprise other than to remind everyone how much we hate February.

    Hope all is improving down your way

    • Bob Says:

      Everything is okay and the power is back on. My water bill is going to be sky high because every faucet has been slowly dripping since Monday. Thanks for asking.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      Rafael Cruz’s offspring got a trip to Cancun. He came right home to work for Texas as he said he was going to do, but only after he got caught. What a good dad!

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Well breakfast with the sloths sent me down a long rabbit hole to find out if zoos provide their sloths with the algae and moths that live in their fur. A sloth in the wild is an entire tiny ecosystem all on its own. Rather like Pigpen from Charlie Brown except the cloud of dirt would be a cloud of moths. 🙂 I doubt zoos let their sloths have algae and moths, though.

    My grammar school rooms had a wall of bi-folding chalk boards behind which was the cloak “room”. It was probably about three or four feet deep and the length of the wall. Good thing the chalk boards folded because otherwise we’d all have gotten claustrophobia trying to off load winter coats and snowy wet boots in that narrow space. And it always smelled like wet wool and rubber.

    I’m trying to talk myself into going to the post office to see if my 1099 has arrived. If it has arrived, I can do my taxes but, then again, if it has arrived, I’ll have to talk myself into doing my taxes. :/

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Caryn,
      They gave the sloths a bucket of food every day, but they explained sloths don’t eat much because of their metabolism. I only wish I were more like the sloth!

      My cloak room was right outside the two classroom doors to the left of the door and to the right outside the other door. It shared a wall with my classroom. The hooks were on both sides of the tiny room which was all wooden. I thought it was a neat place despite the small size.

      I have mine but haven’t done my taxes. I just can’t seem to get to it.

      Stay safe and warm!

  4. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Yesterday was the last time we lost power and it was between 0900 and 1100. So far we survived Tuesday which was the very cold night without power. Last night the pool pump stopped working about eight and I called my pool guy. He hasn’t had electricity in his house at all for three days and was not very sympathetic to my plight. However, he directed me to the circuit breaker box and the pool breaker had popped. That was last night’s crisis and now I lost power to a couple of my kitchen outlets. I must have accidentally tripped another breaker but it’s too cold to worry about it now. It can wait until the weekend when the temperature gets into the 50s.

    My water bill is going to be a whopper. We have been running water slowly in every faicet, tub and shower continuously since Monday. I didn’t think my upstairs shower and my second bathroom tub would freeze because they are not on an outside wall but nearby. They froze so I opened the faucets wide and let them sit. Yesterday, when the heat was on for a day and a night, they warmed up and the hot and cold water is flowing. I don’t hear any leaks or see any dripping on the ceiling below. Maybe, I got lucky.

    This morning on the news they reported no more rolling blackouts and they are starting to repair the power plants that froze up. I received an email from Amos Energy, the gas company, that they were requesting everyone to turn down their thermostats because they were getting low on gas supplies. Yesterday, Governor Abbott ordered all Texas gas producers not to ship any gas out of the state. 🙁 What!! Texas is the country’s largest supplier of energy and I live on top of the Barnett Shale formation which was the largest reserve of natural gas discovered in this century. They dug gas wells all around and on the property of the DFW airport just a few years ago.
    So, where’s all that gas? How could this have happened? The answer is looking rearward at the past winter weather instead of forward to save money. Republicans don’t believe in global warming or preparing for the extreams that will happen more frequently.

    The Republican politicians started blaming wind farms which were frozen and which only supplies 19% of the state’s energy. I don’t know why they were frozen because there are wind farms in Norway. In 1997, the state deregulated electricity based on the idea that prices would go down due to competition of a free market. We now have at least 500 retail electric providers each with 10 or more plans to choose from. It’s confusing and additionally Oncore, our local deliver charges an additional $35 a month just to hook us up to our chosen provider. This scheme means that we are not connected to any other state’s grid and therefore unable to purchase power if needed. Remember ENRON. The CEO, Kennit Lay and the Bushes were great friends. Whenever a Republican politician mentions the word, “Deregulation”, look out because you’re about to get screwed where the sun never shines and some big donor will get very wealthy. :-‘)

    Thankfully, we are all safe and well. The house and the pool have survived, I think.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I am so very glad you are okay and have your power. The news all dray from Texas has been grim. Your governor had to walk back his wind turbine stupidity and admit it is the problem of natural gas pipes freezing. Now we have Cruz getting caught going to Cancun. His stupid reason? He wanted to be a good dad. He doesn’t mention he didn’t expect to get caught. His suitcase looked quite well packed for an overnight.

      It surprised me to see that Texas is its own energy provider. The map was interesting. There it was Texas, all alone, and that is the reason no help could come from the other grids. This is still the lead story-the incompetence of your governor with his anti-green agenda and his lie.

      • Bob Says:

        The stupidity of the Republican run state government in preparing for this cold snap was criminal. The politicians are already taking cover to blame someone else. It’s right up there with Trump’s denial of the Covid-19 virus last year at this time.

        We have just been very lucky to dodge a bullet. There were some cold times without heat but we bundled up and kept the faucets running. We never were without power for more than eight hours at a time which was just dumb luck.

        In some parts of the area the water treatment plants froze up and at least we don’t have to boil our tap water. And, we didn’t have to turn the water off at the curb to prevent flooding the house from a ruptured water pipe. Plumbers are taking appointments to fix burst pipes for the middle to late next week. There’s already a run on bottled water at the grocery stores and many people are melting snow on their stoves to use to flush their toilets. Going from no heat to no water is a double whammy. 🙁

      • katry Says:

        Given that, according to the news, there was something similar 10 years ago. Nothing was done to save or insulate pipes. This wasn’t expected, too big even to imagine.

        I lost my electricity for three or four days one winter. The house got down to 37˚. I couldn’t get warm. I couldn’t move either given how many quilts and blankets I had on me. Luckily, there was no damage to the house from all that snow,.

  5. Birgit Says:

    Winter is over, the snow is gone, – hello spring 🙂
    Sunny 62°F this weekend.
    Good luck and stay safe dear Americans!

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      Hunkered down here and cold with outside being 31˚ and getting lower. At least the snow has stopped.

      62˚! I am oozing jealously!

  6. lilydark Says:

    Kat,
    Tired and sluggish…which is why I’m not writing much.. I am furious at the stupidity of the regugs. Let them all hang slowly in the wind, until some of them go to jail.
    I don’t remember Dick and Jame, but a school mate says we read it.
    I’m not even going outside to check the mail.
    Love,
    Lori and Ms. Cookie

    • katry Says:

      Hi Lori,
      I’m watching Kimmel skewer Ted Cruz for his Mexican trip. What a hypocrite.

      Dick and Jane were around for a long time. My sister, 7 years younger, read them too. I think they lasted until the 60’s.

      My outside is really cold. There is snow on the ground. I have no more reasons for going out, except the papers in the morning.

      Take care!

      Love,
      Kat and the kids


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