“Winter bites with its teeth or lashes with its tail.” 

“The weather outside is frightful.” We had maybe two inches of snow before the sleet started. I got pelted when I went to get the paper. The dogs, though, don’t seem to mind. They have been in and out a few times already. Nala ran the yard and came in with her tongue hanging. Both dogs are having their morning naps. Henry has his side of the couch while Nala is beside me curled in a ball and resting her head on my back. She is snoring. She does that.

My house is cozy and warm. I’m in my usual winter garb, my cozies: slippers, a sweatshirt and flannel pants. I did wear my boots outside, but I could have worn my slippers as the snow isn’t so high.

Today is a day to stay inside, to stay off the roads yet to be plowed. It is cold, 34˚, but the wind, a slight wind, makes it feel colder. Even when I was a kid, I would have stayed inside today. Sleet is uninviting.

I read all the classics when I was young. The saddest was Black Beauty. I only read it once. I got Little Women as a Christmas gift when I was in the fourth grade. I read Heidi and can still see the book cover in my mind’s eye. A little girl is wearing what I thought was an apron but I found out later it was a dirndl. She is standing in a green field framed by snow capped mountains, the Alps. I read all the Doctor Dolittle books. I hated Long John Silver for his duplicity. My favorite was The Wind in the Willows.

As I got older, I started reading mysteries and science fiction. The girl detectives were my favorites. The science fiction books back then had no aliens. They were mostly space ships and journeys to the stars. My imagination ran wild. I dreamed of being in space and seeing millions of bright stars.

I have no lists today, no events and no chores. My larder is filled. I have almost everything I need to survive winter’s onslaught, but a few chocolate chip cookies wouldn’t hurt.

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3 Comments on ““Winter bites with its teeth or lashes with its tail.” ”

  1. Christer. Says:

    We’ve had really nice weather over here today. Chilly morning but warmish day. Lots of sunshine but mostly thin clouds that the sun could shine through, springwinter is here 🙂

    I ate my chocolate chip cookies yesterday but I think I have some peanuts somewhere that I can chew on it I feel for something to eat.

    Have a great day!


  2. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    We finally got to 39° this afternoon. Unfortunately, we are still under cloudy skies with a very slight chance of freezing drizzle in the morning.

    When I was a kid I got bored with the kid classics such as Robinson Caruso and Treasure Island. Instead, I read most of the novels of Leon Uris and my favorite author, Earnest K. Gann. Gann’s most famous novel was, “The High and the Mighty”, which was turned into a John Wayne movie in 1954. The theme music won an academy award. Books like the “Andy Hardy Boys” and other kid serials didn’t hold my interest. I remember reading the book, “The Rise and Fall of the third Reich”, by William L. Shirer when I was in the sixth grade. I wanted to do an oral book report and my teacher didn’t believe I had read the entire tome.

    I remember reading the book by Robert A. Heinlein, “Stranger in a Strange Land”, which was about an alien which was written in the late 1940s. I loved science fiction movies about space travel and the future. When I was a kid I thought that by now we would have colonized Mars.

  3. lilydark Says:

    Hi Kat,
    The sun in the morning and afternoon is warming, but then it shifts to cold ( for me ) especially when the fog rolls in.
    I’d forgotten about reading ” Stranger in a Strange Land” and now I want to read it again.
    I did read the Nancy Drew books, and even wrote a letter to Ms. Keene, but never received a response.
    The Wrinkle in time, and all books by that author I loved.
    I have a long to do list, and am procrastinating.
    The world has gone crazy again, and I fear what might happen.
    If I had a cookie, I’d eat a few.
    Take Care,
    Lori and Ms. Cookie

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