“Cold! If the thermometer had been an inch longer we’d have frozen to death.”

When I went to get the paper and yesterday’s mail earlier this morning, I gasped from the cold. I would have quick walked to the mailbox, but the street is icy. I walked gingerly. I had put deicer on my front steps, but they are slippery anyway. Right now it is 17˚. The high for the day will be 25˚.

From my den window, the day is deceivingly inviting. The sun is bright and sharp. The sky is the deepest blue and cloudless. Everything is still, even the smallest branches. The dogs come in with the coldest feeling ears and fur. Right now Nala is still out, but Henry is having his morning nap. I haven’t told him yet, but I am going to cut his nails today. Usually he doesn’t mind. I hope it is the same today.

On my hall wall is the reflection from the prism hanging on the back door window. It is beautiful. Purple and green top yellow and orange. Usually I don’t see the reflection, but I’m keeping the back door closed as I can feel the cold coming down the hall from the dog door.

In my mind’s eye, I can see myself bundled against the cold to walk to school. My winter ensemble included a hat, a winter coat with a sweater underneath, mittens, long underwear which came to my knees, socks and a scarf around my neck. When I got to school, it took a while to take off all my outside clothes while jostling for space in the crowded cloakroom.

The classroom was warm. Tall radiators were below the windows. They hissed and steamed. My classroom was crowded with kids usually numbering in the 40’s. I remember walking sideways between the desk rows as there was little room to maneuver. I remember the fourth grade when I had a back desk right in front of the windows. I’d sneak a look.

I don’t bundle much now. I usually just go from the house to the car or to the store and back again. Sometimes I just wear a sweatshirt over my flannel shirt or a light fleece on the coldest day. I don’t often wear socks or a hat or mittens, but today is so cold I’m going to bundle. My mother would be pleased.

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4 Comments on ““Cold! If the thermometer had been an inch longer we’d have frozen to death.””

  1. Christer. Says:

    Warmer but still not warm over here. Just above 32 and it rained a big part of the day. More rain will come tomorrow and after that even more but it will at least stay above 32 almost all the time.

    Albin looks like I’m about to kill him when I trim his nails, Nova looks the other way ans Alma just don’t care at all 🙂 I think she’s the first dog living with me that really doesn’t care if I touch her feet or trim her nails, she just looks at me with a curious face and just lets me do it. In most other ways she’s impossible though 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      You’re having a heat wave compared to here. It is really cold again tonight. It will also be tomorrow but a couple of days from now will be in the high 50’s. This is crazy weather.

      Henry looks like the saddest of dogs when I cut his nails. He has been good about it, but I still go quickly so he’ll let me finish. I don’t know how Nala will doubt her nails are close to needing clipping.

      Enjoy your day!!

  2. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Another sunny and mild day with strong southerly winds. This has sparked grass fires in the adjacent counties to the north west of the DFW Metroplex.

    Last year at this time we were without electricity most of the rest of the week and we had only sporadic power for a couple of hours at a time. It was worst without heat when the temperature went down to minus 7°F that’s minus 21°C with both snow and ice on the ground. 🙁

    The primary season is upon us again and we are being bombarded with Republican TV ads about which candidate is more conservative and will stand up to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. The Democrats don’t have the money to run primary ads. Texas hasn’t elected a Democrat to a statewide office since 1993 when Ann Richards won the governorship. Her Republican opponent, Clayton Williams, only lost because he made a speech comparing the weather with being raped. He said both are inevitable, so you might as well lay back and enjoy it. In the next term we got George W. Bush followed by three even more right wing loony toons.

    Our Republican lead legislature has constricted voting rights while gerrymandering both congressional and state districts to where a democrat can never win. Unfortunately, the current Supreme Court seems to think that the Voting Rights Act no longer applies. Since Mitch McConnell packed the court with far right wing justices, elections really no longer matter.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      It was cold ll day today. It got to the mid 20’s today and tomorrow will be a repeat of today. By Thursday we will be having a bit of a hear wave with a temperature in the 50’s. That sounds like deck weather!

      The last time I lost heat for days, the house got down to the low 30’s. I burned every piece of wood I had then sat around swaddled in blankets and quilts. The pets stayed closet keep warm.

      I am so happy I live in the bluest of states though we have elected a few republican governors; however, our current governor, Charlie Baker would be called a RINO by Frump. He is not running again. The race already has a few democrats running. Seldom does the Republican Party pay for and televise ads.

      I am appalled by the Supreme Court.

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