I woke up late this morning because went to bed late because there is this book I am reading and I can’t seem to put it down….
Anyway, I had all good intentions of doing things today because yesterday I spent reading and relaxing all day. So I finally got myself downstairs and in setting up for breakfast, my hubby calls down and says there is no hot water. Well, not the end of the world. Not as if there is no heat. So the plans I had for today had to go on the back burner and I am now waiting for the service man due this afternoon.
Meantime I checked the weather outside and found it is…..9 degrees? But it feels like… -13 degrees? OK, no way I am venturing out to complete some chores….at least it did not snow and turn to ice…. We can do this, only a few more weeks until spring….
There is laundry to be done and some bathrooms to be cleaned…now where did I put that book I was reading?
I have lived in New York all my life. From the time I was born until now I never thought of moving out. Well, that’s not entirely true. In the 1970s two friends and I decided to drive cross-country and had made a pact that if we all found a state we loved and decided to stay, we would do it. Guess it never happened. Actually by the time we reached California – we were all homesick.
So we returned to good old NY and stayed there. Or at least I did. Somehow I lost contact with my friends, so they may be out of the state or country for all I know. So growing up in NY I have seen my share of snow storms….big ones and small – blizzards and hurricanes…and as a child I loved it. No school meant running around in the snow, making snow men, throwing snow balls.
So when did it stop? When did I hate going out in the cold much less the snow. I dread sweeping the white stuff off the steps and waiting for my son to come shovel or use the snow blower I finally agreed to get. I dont love driving in it….not that I can’t, it’s all those other drivers who can’t drive in good weather, much less the snow. I suppose it has a lot to do with age…the older I get the more I only enjoy seeing children and dogs play in the snow.
I now know why people become snow-birds – going to Florida in the winter, coming back when Spring shows up. But it is something I havent been able to bring myself to do. Because I do love NY. The city, the everyday happenings and the people. I can go anywhere and talk to someone, anyone….even if I dont know them. Standing on line has afforded me the opportunity to see another side of people. I can start a conversation on the smallest thing and then introduce my business. So it has also afforded me an opportunity to grow my business with new customers. I feel like I am in my element….can I do that anywhere else? Probably, but I do know my town and guess I am just comfortable here. And the biggest reason for not leaving is family. How in the world would I leave my 9 grandbabies?
How is everyone coping with the cold. I personally hate it. And even though I must go out of the house (being retired still means I need to shop, or drop off orders to customers) I hate the fact that I cant slip on my shoes and pick up my bag and head out the door. No, there is that extra sweater I need, my boots, my gloves, my hat and of course my scarf.
On top of that there is no place to put all these extra accessories….especially since hubby has his stuff too. But then again when the kids were all home, well, we had a load all over the place. And so the winter is here….predicting snow tomorrow and other than moving to Florida I know I will have to cope. On the brighter side (always look for a brighter side) I am retired. So I dont HAVE TO go out. And while before I was out first thing in the morning when the temperature was colder….I can now wait until after 10 am, when the sun comes out and warms up the neighborhood for me.
I also have some great customers who insist on picking up their orders, so all I do is wait from them at home. So with a good outlook I will again survive the winter with the thought that spring is just around the corner…..they did say something about baseball spring training the other day….starting soon. So everyone keep warm (unless you really are in Florida – then enjoy) and think of me!