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Good sunny, cold Sunday morning, 14 Jan, 2018

By Linda Waggener

A couple of caring friends "from off" have written to check on Ed and me after hearing weather reports about the area's winter storm and following week of frigid temperatures which we are heading into now.

With all heat sources set to a hopeful 70 degree range, it's still just 61 degrees in the house. That's as far as the heat sources can push it when it's only about two degrees outside in the frozen snow. Our house feels like the ones we grew up in -- first morning toe-touching-carpetless-floor experience was a shocker.

Notes of pity from off and present conditions creating visions of moving to some balmy island "where the weather suits my clothes" (if you know that lyric then I can guess your age), I added several extra layers of clothing and opened the door to go feed the outside animals. The minute I stepped outside my breath blossomed out in front of me.

I couldn't feel sorry for myself long because it's an incredibly beautiful time outside this morning. The sun coming over Jamestown Hill is already adding its powerful warmth (remind me how delighted I am by this next August), announcing to all the frozen snow on the ground that it won't be there for long.

Someone in the neighborhood has a wood fire going -- that reminded me of home growing up and I took in a few extra breaths. In those frigid morning shocking toe-touching-the-floor days Mom and Dad got to go build up the coal fire, there was no gas nor electric heat to flick on.

The outdoor cats bounded up with expressions that asked if I couldn't have gotten up any earlier, really? As the granddaughters would say, they were so totally ready for their breakfast. They ate.

I breathed in, appreciating the wood smoke. It was good.

Wherever you are this Sunday morning (and I hope you'll text me a picture 270.403.0017), I wish you happiness, health/safety and the peace that passes all understanding. -- LW

This story was posted on 2018-01-14 07:37:37
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