I never saw Aunt Bea in a pair of fuzzy pink slippers but I’ve got to believe she owned one. Here in domestic Nirvana, I’ve given mine a real workout of late. These slippers are not the dainty feathery type with pointy, sharp heels, (I’m no Elizabeth Taylor), or the casual flip flop summer variety, but more an over the ankle combat boot lined with molten hot flannel wrapped in thick batting, and finished in a flurry of heavy duty fleece.
As I pad along creaking oak floors in these beauties, I’m also wearing hefty wool socks patterned with stripes, plaids, little yellow ducks,( the print doesn’t matter), because its effectiveness I’m looking for. What I really want is a compact pair of energy efficient ovens for cold, arthritic feet, but I can’t find any anywhere in retail.
I generally love frosty weather, but this year my brain seems to have dropped the ball because my body never got the message. As a result, I’m moving through the house with the silhouette of a Green Bay Packer, (undershirts, long johns, sweater on sweater), muddling through work that suddenly is more chore, less delight, and the sheer weight of heavy clothing is getting me down. Now add grey, overcast sky and ice with an attitude and you can see where I am. We’ve had so many ice storms this year, I’m tempted to throw away every piece of crystal in the entire house just to get rid of any reminder of the brutes outside beating up the shrubbery, torturing naked trees, and mauling finicky power lines.
Then there’s the fact that I blew out a tire in a couple of appliances and the budget isn’t having anything at all to do with my sobbing pleas to replace them; as a result, I’ve found myself grounded to a complete halt on the frozen surface of the proverbial creek. I might have a good case for self-pity:
Blues, despair, agony on me, Deep, dark depression, excessive misery. If it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all. Blues, despair, agony on me, (Lyrics courtesy of Buck Owens and Roy Clark for this verse of their little jingle from Hee-Haw, circa 1969 – 1992), but I don’t think so. If Aunt Bea wasn’t already ‘homesteading’ in earnest, she is now.
The problem with actually living life means there isn’t as much time to write about living life, so from time to time in passing, I smile at the computer, wiping a near-tear away with designer cleaning gloves, as my furry combat slippers carry me from one chore to another.
Dietary news is much brighter than what comes out of Maintenance these days, what with dark, heavy skies and flurries of flurries, I am inspired. Soups, stews and rich warm casseroles have found their way through last season’s maze of light entrees and green salads, kicking ass and taking names.
The cabbage looks a little droopy in the market so Rich gets a well-deserved break, but the aisles are literally bursting with colorful, mysterious looking varieties of winter squash and root vegetables! Aunt Bea Me has tried them all, some more successfully than others, but each a winner in its own humble way.
With Rich’s A1C level hovering safely around 6, it’s good to go at our house, and both of us are eagerly awaiting the lull we plan to transform into a virtual festival of rest and relaxation! The puzzle boxes are stacked neatly on a corner game table and the remote control is properly situated between the two sections of a double recliner we share.
Yes, Mission Control is a-buzz with anticipation as these two old space cadets giddily wait for leisure to begin.
Unfortunately, to this point, by the time the day’s work is semi-complete, neither has the energy for lift-off. And although it’s not exactly the scenario either had imagined, it still beats the pants off anything we had before we teamed up.
Happy New Year, my friends, and may the Force be with you.