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Winter is Coming!

Posted on: November 14, 2018

The geese are gathering. Maybe they sense snow is coming tomorrow and are making travel plans.  I walk around the cold lake and contemplate the bleak season upon us. I find myself making enough stew and soup for several days, visiting the library for armloads of books, digging out the warmest coats and mittens, and getting a flu shot. Going to the YMCA on Tuesday and Thursday mornings has enlarged our lives. New faces, new schedules, hearty lunches at favorite restaurants. Then there’s volunteering on Wednesday afternoons at the elementary school and church on Sunday,  but that still leaves a lot of week. And the bitter truth is: winter is coming with its cold, dark days, and I’m such a summer person. Friends migrate to Florida but we stay home with our little Jack Russell, Gypsy, who will soon be fifteen. Her steps are slower now and our walks shorter. I wonder if this will be her last winter. We both get stiff after watching too much TV in the evening and wobble a bit. My hubby and I have taken to the crossword puzzles in the daily papers, hoping to keep our minds active. We are frequent fans at the local basketball games, girls and boys, cheering on kids from our church and friends of our grandchildren. Our children and grands plan to be here for Thanksgiving dinner and I look forward to that day, when we’ll feast on a turkey dinner, then walk over to the barn and visit the llamas. Hopefully, I’ll get a picture. I’m ordering Christmas gifts online and look forward to selling books at the South Knox Christmas Craft show. Christmas will be delightful, hoping we can negotiate dates to celebrate with all the other family groups involved. After that, it’s longer and darker days. We will hunker in and make the best of it, but I won’t like it; I’m such a summer person.

9 Responses to "Winter is Coming!"

Marlis Helle hope you are having a grand day.I love your blog but I also like wintertime.I do wish we were there with you so we could walk the lake with you.I just came in from school I have been working for couple of days one more to go.I like being there with all the children.When I worked there I knew most of their parents,Some are so little their backpacks are bigger than they are. Drinking a cup of tea now before supper.Have a good evening.

Hi Janet,
Thanks for reading my blog. My publisher pays for it and I like for her to see that someone reads it.How I wish you were here to walk with me. Glad to hear you’re helping at the school. I volunteer on Wednesdays, listening to 3rd graders read. Fun. Cheers!

Nancy Martin- Such a beautiful picture. Your lake makes a wonderful setting. Thanks for sharing.

Martha Wiscaver -Always enjoy reading your blog! I am not a fan of winter either.

Martha Stroud -Thanks for sharing . I’m feeling too!

Penny Williams – Lovely but I hear a bit of sadness about the absence of warm weather.

Reading your blog and looking at your lake, I can’t help but wonder what the fish are doing to prepare for a long winter under the ice. Do they dream of dainty baits dropped through holes in the ice? Do they have a special warm place to cuddle from icy currents? Maybe they dream of summer days when a nice fat frog dives close and they have a feast.

Love your response! Not too late to fish, old friend. We had fishermen today. Come anytime, our lake is your lake!

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