“The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house. All that cold, cold, wet day.” 

Today is lovely. It will be close to 50°, but a strong wind blows now and again chilling the air even more. The sky is mostly blue. I’m staying close to hearth and home. I have chores. Some Nala trash still litters the backyard so I’ll grab my prisoner stick and get clearing. When I walk through the house, I am ominously surrounded by dust devils. They swirl around my feet. They need to go. I’ll vacuum. The kitchen floor needs sweeping and washing. After days of ark building rain and dogs coming and going, the tile floor is covered in dog prints.

The nuns would call Nala an occasion of sin. She is a bad influence on Henry. Yesterday she brought a small branch into the house, chewed it a bit then lost interest. Later, I saw Henry with the branch in his mouth. Nooooooooo!!!

I am bored. Last night I finished my book and haven’t started a new one. I keep looking but have yet to find anything on TV to watch. I started watching but didn’t finish movies, old TV shows and even the news in case I missed anything. None held my interest. I’m still in my cozies and have no desire to get dressed. I’ll do a few chores then feel as if I’ve deserved the nap I know I’m going to take.

Once Christmas is over, winter has little to commend it. When I was a kid, the weather determined my activities for Saturdays. On nice winter days, I would do outside stuff like skating and bike riding and sledding if we had snow. On ugly, cold, wet days, I often went to the Saturday matinee, a winter only event. I remember only two movies: The Wizard of Oz and The Song of the South. My favorite scene from The Wizard of Oz was when the house landed in Munchkin Land and everything was in color. That was jaw dropping. In Song of the South it was Zip-a-Dee-Do-Dah. I always wished I was right there in the movie skipping and singing along with Uncle Remus, the three kids, Br’er Rabbit, Mr. Bluebird, the bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.

I just turned up the heat. I can’t seem to get warm. I’m about to layer.

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4 Comments on ““The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house. All that cold, cold, wet day.” ”

  1. Birgit Says:

    Poor pitiful dust devils! You really want to chase them without merci and imprison them in your vacuum cleaner or maybe even abandon them in the chilling cold?
    Btw, we call them wool mice. They like to live in my house. Maybe I’ll try to convince them to leave in spring.

    • katry Says:

      Here they are actually called dust bunnies by most people. I gave that up a while back. With the fur of two dogs adding to them, those dust bunnies get huge!! The vacuum is my only weapon.

  2. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Today, we went to the movies and saw a sneak preview of, “80 for Brady”. It was a fun movie and maybe Tom Brady has found his next career, after the Cowboys gave him and the Buccaneers a good shellacking a couple of weeks ago, producing comedy movies. 🙂 Of course, the real stars are Lily Tomlin, Rita Moreno, Sally Field, and Jane Fonda. It’s actually based on a real group of elderly ladies from New England.

    Today was partly sunny with a high temperature of 65°. Another cold front is predicted to move through in the morning and bring us rain and cold weather during the week. The areas to the northwest of the DFW Metroplex got snow showers last week and may get more this week.

    My daughter and I still enjoy, “The Wizard of Oz”, when it comes back on TV. Imagine the shock to the movie audiences in 1939 when Dorothy landed in Munchkin Land and they saw Technicolor for the first time ever. When I was a kid I enjoyed, “Song of the South”, but we didn’t realize it’s racist underpinnings.

    I remember segregation in the south in the 1950s very vividly. Here we are 60 years later and we still encounter the same kind of racist thinking mostly from our Republican friends who voted for Trump.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I have seen previews of that movie. It is on my list to see. I love those four actresses. Maybe Tommy Boy will wrap up his career given his latest lost.

      Another cold front is on its way here too bringing temperatures in the low to mid 30’s. It will arrive sometime mid week. I guess I ought not complain given the warm winter we’ve had.

      I don’t watch The Wizard of Oz every time it is on, but I do enjoy watching it periodically. I’m still amazed by the color over the rainbow. I just read that the last Munchkin recently died. He was the middle Lollipop Kid. I didn’t know about Song of the South either. I thought it was a wonderful movie.

      I know busing in South Boston was a horrific time. It took a long while to heal. I don’t know of any wide scale segregation here at that time so I was never really exposed to it.

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