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I am Tired of the Cold and it’s only December

I must be getting old. I’ve never been a super big fan of the cold, preferring to stay inside bundled up with about a hundred layers. I make the effort to take the dogs on their walks like a dedicated pet owner, but if there was a way to get them to hold it until say, March I wouldn’t complain. Of course that isn’t possible so I put on multiple layers and go tromping outside. But it is definitely not fun, since the temperatures have been bitterly cold the last few days with highs in the teens.

The up side is that both of the dogs are getting old too. Orso is now seven and Charlie is a senior citizen at nine. Neither one of them is too enamored with hanging outside too long. Charlie has short hair and gets cold quick and Orso is just a big sissy. This morning our first outing consisted of running outside after breakfast for a quick trot around the yard to do their business and a mad dash to get back inside where it was warm and carrots were waiting as treats. The second outing was later than usual around ten am, with us holding out hope for a heat wave, (didn’t happen), but at least the snow was very light by then. The temperature had warmed up to a sultry eighteen degrees Fahrenheit.

I had on a tee shirt, a flannel shirt, micro fleece jacket and a lined parka and that was just on the upper half of my body. The lower half I had on sweat pants and insulated wind pants, which work very well for keeping my legs warm and the wind out, I just swish when I walk. I even wore silk glove liners and down leather mittens. I am the bigger sissy here and I’m not afraid to admit it. I think it took longer to get dressed than it took for the walk. We did not dally on the walk, it was walk, get to the task at hand and get back home.

The third outing after they ate dinner was pretty much a repeat of the second outing, with me looking like a chunky monkey dressed in a gazillion layers with a drippy nose from the cold. Why couldn’t they have been litter trained like a cat? More importantly why don’t we live some place warmer?

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December 8, 2013 - Posted by | Creative Writing, dog ownership, Dogs, short story, writing woes | , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. did you folks get any snow up that way?

    Comment by noir33 | December 8, 2013 | Reply

    • So far a light dusting but they are calling for more. I think they like scaring us. How about you much ice?

      Comment by susank456 | December 8, 2013 | Reply

      • I’m sure your area is more prepared for bad weather. Today we managed to get the vehicle out after three days of being stuck in the house. We had some freezing rain, then about 5-6 inches of snow.

        Comment by noir33 | December 8, 2013

      • I truly feel for you. I sound like a real wimp. Stay safe.

        Comment by susank456 | December 8, 2013

  2. I think that every year until i visit Arizona in the summer :)

    Comment by billgncs | December 8, 2013 | Reply

    • Well I was thinking maybe someplace a little more temperate, I don’t know where, but someplace without snow. Maybe I need 2 residences, one for cold weather and one for hot weather. I better buy a powerball ticket.

      Comment by susank456 | December 8, 2013 | Reply

      • That made me think of San Francisco or San Diego.

        Buy two :)

        Comment by billgncs | December 8, 2013

      • Good idea!

        Comment by susank456 | December 9, 2013

  3. I sure don’t envy you all that!

    Comment by heretherebespiders | December 9, 2013 | Reply

    • I don’t envy me either. I am not a fan of the cold. How is your cold?

      Comment by susank456 | December 9, 2013 | Reply

      • Not very! Still around mid to upper 40′s. no sign of the white stuff.

        Comment by heretherebespiders | December 9, 2013

  4. I was surprised that I wasn’t frozen by the time we finished that hunt last weekend. But I layered up just like you and I was fine. I am sure I looked a mess and I had so many layers on that I could not zip my orange vest….lol.

    Comment by 2browndawgs | December 11, 2013 | Reply

  5. Warming hugs winging their way for you…xxx

    Comment by Jane Thorne | December 11, 2013 | Reply

    • I can really use a little heat. The cold is really hard to take this year.

      Comment by susank456 | December 12, 2013 | Reply

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