Frosty Mornings – Time to Hibernate

We are awakening these days to very frosty mornings. Very cold, frosty mornings. This morning, the thermometer on the tree said 0, the weather app said -1. Cold. Frosty. We had a couple of days where temperatures got above freezing. Delightful days, actually. Except. The snow melted enough to create ice. Then a few snow flurries. So now we have ice lightly covered with snow. And cold. Time to stay inside and hibernate.

Most of the girls spend time looking out at the frosty cold. That’s what I do. Until I must venture out. All the way to the garage to get in the van. No walking for me – too cold, too much ice. We did go to the Juvenile Detention center, husband, Shasta and I. It is hard for husband to do this now, but it’s important to him. Shasta is a Pet Partner registered dog and can visit the detention center, the cancer treatment center, the hospital. The visiting has become less frequent because it is hard for husband to walk now and he cannot stand for long periods. But still he goes almost every week to the detention center, where the kids throw the ball for Shasta to retrieve, a little break in their days, a little time to play. I go only as chauffeur, because I am not comfortable with husband driving now. I do not like driving at night, especially in winter, but it is important to him.

Lily spends most of her time inside these days. Lily spends most of her time inside looking for trouble. As I sit and knit, she too often grabs my ball of yarn and runs. Spices up life a bit, she does. I hear the thudding of eight cat feet through the house periodically, as one chases the other and wrestling matches ensue. Twiggy hides in the closet to nap when she grows weary of the kid pestering her. I consider a cage for the kid. Except I know without a doubt that a caged cat will be a howling cat. I like quiet. So Lily remains free.

Sometimes Lily goes out for awhile. She lives with the theory that the quail will sit quietly and allow her to jump on one of them. They do not. They aren’t willing to play that game. They may be feather brains, but they have excellent instincts.

There has been little to share, not many words twirling around in my brain. I have been visiting the blogs I read, but my “comments” have mostly been limited to clicking the “like” button. Or just reading. Brain freeze, perhaps. Or just taking a break. It’s a pleasant thing though – hibernation. I have enough.

I hope you have enough.

About Carol

I'm me - nothing unusual, just me. Widowed, 2 grown children who are my best friends, 1 dog, retired, loving being retired. I am woman, I am strong.
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18 Responses to Frosty Mornings – Time to Hibernate

  1. Kat says:

    The low here is in the 30s and all of the californians are bundled up!


  2. Hi Carol,
    I love the photo of the girls all staring out the window. And also the one of Lily trying to sneak up on the quail. It’s wonderful that your husband can still think about going to the detention center to bring a little fun to the kids there, and you are wonderful for supporting him in this.


  3. Lynne Ayers says:

    I love the one of the girls at the window. Smart girls. We had thoughts about training our Jaxxon tobe a visitor dog but never followed it up. I’m sure Shasta brings smiles and relief when she visits.


  4. Joanne says:

    I’m happy to know you have enough Carol. Sending loving thoughts your way as your hibernation continues. πŸ™‚


  5. Karma says:

    I love the picture of Lily attempting to sneak up on the quail – and the fact that you can photograph quail in your yard, how cool!


  6. I didn’t realize that Shasta is a therapy dog – how darned cool is that?! And Lily is a sleuth – an international quail spy! And of course I enjoyed the photographs – thank you for sharing them.


  7. dawnkinster says:

    Have never seen quail in snow…have only seen them around the Grand Canyon…and I was always there in summer. Never thought about them in snow. Yes I have enough….thank you..glad you do too…but very sorry your husband has grown weaker. Glad he can still do the one volunteer piece that is important to him though. Hugs to you.


  8. Ditto to what Karma said! I’ve never ever seen a live, wild quail! Lily is such a pretty cat. I have a Siamese, which I love, but Lily looks so exotic. Very nice photos, thanks for sharing!


  9. diggingher says:

    I just adore the picture with them all looking out the window!


  10. Heather says:

    Glad that you have enough, and that you can accompany Husband on important trips. It was above 50 here today – the end of a warm spell – and I am looking forward to the snow that arrives tonight. I’ve been pretty quiet too, and understand about just not having the words. They will come in their own time. Meanwhile, happy hibernation!


  11. Angelia Sims says:

    Brain freeze. I get this too. I feel really recluse and quiet for a period of time. Sometimes, I can’t even read or like blogs. Thank goodness it always passes. That is wonderful what Shasta and your husband do. I bet it really brightens their days. πŸ™‚


  12. Hi Carol,
    I loved the picture of the pets looking out the window. That’s how it feels here. We had our January thaw and all is mud or slush.Not inviting for outdooor activity. Good for Shasta and Hubby to do dog therapy. What a wonderful way to give some time. I see why that is important to him. I have been volunteeering some time as well and know how rewarding it is. As for the brain freeze, I stilll haven’t recovered from mine. Part of me wants to blog again, but then it takes too much time when I could be volunteering. What to do,the jury is still out…


  13. Well, it might be cold, but it’s very pretty!!! We have snow today, too, but it’s the nasty, wet, slushy type, that falls on you from trees, and tries to make you slip over.

    Sid actually asked to go home this evening, while out on our walk!


  14. Kathy says:

    Oh, Carol, me too…I have “enough” too. It feels good, doesn’t it? I am feeling peace reading your words and marveling that you have quail nearby. Are quail the same as our partridges? I always forget.


    • Carol says:

      Kathy, partridge and quail are similar, but not in the same family. I think partridge are larger. The quail are really fun to watch in the summer when we’ll see a trail of adult quail in front of and behind the young ones.

      Sent from my iPad


  15. Lisa says:

    There are many ways to hibernate! It’s been super cold here…14 degrees this morning on the way to work. Every year we ask ourselves WHY we live here. Shasta is a Pet Partner? How wonderful! Someday I hope to get Tanner’s Canine Good Citizen certification so he can be a therapy dog too.


  16. What a wonderful, brilliant thing your husband and Shasta are doing. I am sad to hear that he is battling to walk but really glad that the trips still sometimes happen. Animals are the most remarkable healers.


  17. I think your hibernation sounds great. Keep warm. Since I’m so late catching up, now I can safely say spring is around the corner. πŸ™‚


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