“I pray this winter be gentle and kind–a season of rest from the wheel of the mind. “

The morning is downright cold, only 32˚. The sun is just decorative but framed by a deep blue sky. Every now and then the wind blows. The dead leaves left on the trees blow sideways. The tree branches sway in the wind. The sharp, cold sunlight slices through the branches. The dogs are loving this weather. They have been out most of the morning. Nala, the thief, took some stuff from my bedroom into the yard, a new pair of socks and a phone I bought in Ghana. I saved both of them. My sister suggested I hide everything which might attract Nala’s slippery paws, but that would mean clearing my house and leaving only heavy furniture as there is no guessing what she’ll steal next.

I have to venture out today. I need more needles for Gwen’s insulin, and tonight is uke practice. It is a bundle up day.

When I was a kid, every day was pretty much the same, but I don’t remember ever being bored. The walk to school was different in every season. My favorite time was the spring when we could put away our heavy coats for light jackets. The morning air had a sweetness about it. In the fall I’d look for the prettiest leaves and carefully put them in my school bag. They would later be enshrined forever in wax paper. I’d shuffled my feet through the leaves on the sidewalks and kick the piles. The leaves almost jumped into the air. I remember mostly yellow leaves. The winter was my least favorite season. Even bundled up, I’d feel the cold especially when the wind whipped across the field below my street. Getting ready in the morning took the longest time. I had to get into my uniform and my warm socks. Next came my ski pants and a buttoned up sweater then my winter coat. My mother helped me put the coat on as I had to hold the cuffs of my sweater so they wouldn’t slide up the sleeve. Finally came my shoes or boots, whatever the day demanded. I’d shove my mittens in my pockets, but I’d pull them out if my fingers got cold. Winter was the bulky season.

I have a winter jacket I don’t wear. If it is only cold, I wear a hoodie. If it is freezing cold, I wear my heavy sweater, a bulky sweater. You can’t ever escape the bulky season.

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6 Comments on ““I pray this winter be gentle and kind–a season of rest from the wheel of the mind. “”

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Today would have been my father’s 107th birthday. He’s been gone twenty years which seems like an eternity but it just flew by. The weather this morning was a little chilly but the high today is predicated to reach 75°. This about 15 degrees above normal for the end of November. Today I wore both a sweater and a jacket to ward off the cold at my desk.

    Like you, winter is my least favorite season. I don’t enjoy the lack of daylight, the cold and especially any frozen precipitation. Hopefully we don’t have an arctic breakout like we did last Valentines Day. The low temperature of -7°F was bad enough but the rolling blackouts were terrible.

    Those four days brought out everything that’s wrong with Republican rule of the state since 1993. They deregulated the electric retail market which confuses consumers and created lots of millionaires who now sell power. Then, they didn’t want to comply with federal environmental regulations and disconnected the state electric grid from the national grid. The final straw was not requiring the electric generation industry nor the natural gas providers to winterize their equipment. Everything including thousands of people’s pipes froze and then burst. Hundreds of people died in their homes from the cold. The governor and the legislature basically did nothing to alleviate the problem this last legislative session to prevent a repeat.

    A friend of mine was stationed in Minot North Dakota. When he arrived at that Air Force base another pilot told him, “We have winter sports hear 10 months out of the year, the other two months it’s too cold.” Not my cup of tea. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      It got as high as 39˚ and will get colder tonight. The early Danes doesn’t help. I feel colder in the dark.

      We are used to snow and cold though I still don’t like it. We had very little snow last winter so I hope it will be the same this winter. Even though it was really cold last night I didn’t notice a freeze.

      I always get on my knees and thank God I live in Massachusetts. We have a Republican governor Trump would say is a RINO, a Republican in name only. In this state, that’s what his politics have to be to assure re-election. He hasn’t yet announced he is running for reelection.

      That would have me turn around and go home.

  2. Christer. Says:

    I wish it was that warm over here and it doesn’t seem to get any less cold in the near or even far future. Well we haven’t gotten any more snow and that’s something 🙂

    Boxers are quite strong so not even heavy furnitures would be safe 🙂 🙂
    I’ll get my car some time tomorrow hopefully but I’m not looking forward to the 45 minute walk to the bus stop.

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      The nights are really cold. The dogs’ ears are freezing when they come inside from the yard. No snow has fallen here yet.

      She drives me crazy with all the stuff she steals mostly from my bedroom. I had to close it off which I hated to do as Henry likes to nap there. Nala sneaks outside with her booty.

      Take care!

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I try to make it through winter with just heavy sweaters, knitted hats, and a slightly quilted vest. I say “slightly” because the vest is really old and the quilting has lost its thermal talents. It does block the wind, though. For really cold days, there’s the LL Bean down parka with many pockets and a hood. I can’t move very much while wearing it but it does cushion most falls that would result from that defect. 😀
    It’s cloudy and cold here but the sun is trying to come out. It’s shining weakly through the window next to me and making me feel warm. Go, Sun!
    Have a great day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      My sweater is so thick that I can’t wear a vest with it. I do wear a vest over my hoodies. I have some fleece vests and a couple of down ones. I am not a fan of winter coats.

      The sun was here in the morning but had been replaced by clouds in the afternoon. Now it is dark and feels much colder. I have to go out in a bit, and I’m not looking forward to going.

      Have a cozy night!

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