First Snow of Winter

Last night about 9:30pm Cynthia, at the top of the stairs, said “Look outdoors!”. Sure enough, I could just make out a blanket of white and feel some flakes as I opened the door down here. And this morning when I got up at about 6:30am, there it was, the big blanket of snow over everything. Judging by the snow on the porch railings, the depth looks about three or four inches. The wind is strong — I can tell because the tree limbs swaying and the snow is blowing across the driveway, and to top it off the temperature is 15F. So, I should be able to track animals today. However, I have a very bad cold. I noticed the sore throat by Monday afternoon, and now it has broken out all over, in the way that colds do. I can’t remember when the last time was that I had a cold. At least two years ago, maybe more.

Over the past weekend, Dec. 2 and 3, I attended Llanda’s annual International Pot Luck Christmas Party, or should I say, Llanda and Terry’s party, in Northborough, Mass. I stayed overnight at Nadim and Amy Khalil’s place in Southborough. I met Nadim around 2pm on Saturday and we chatted for a half-hour before he took Chad to his basketball game, and I took a nap. Had to rest my voice for the big evening and for my singing of “When the Night Wind Howls” from G&S’s Ruddigore. To make a long story short, I did a terrific job on the song, accompanied on Llanda’s Steinway by Steve Porter, and felt I had the group of about 45 people at my finger-tips, so to speak. Later, Llanda had me read Twas the Night Before Christmas’ and I enjoyed that as well. But my voice got real tired, especially after more informal singing. After a poor sleep and much getting up to pee, I had a nice breakfast prepared by Nadim, and then headed off to Waltham where I had a good visit with Nat and Eryn. Then I got home about 4pm, just in time to take my coumadin and atenolol pills.

  1. zgirl’s avatar

    “Then I got home about 4pm, just in time to take my coumadin and atenolol pills.”

    Aw, so cute. I’m so glad you had a rapt audience at a great go at your song!

    Feel better.

  2. NK’s avatar

    Sorry to hear you’re under the weather OB,

    Great Performance!

    Take care,


  3. Mardy’s avatar

    Hey, thanks guys! That was fast: I got the full 100% of my readership already! Amazing!

    I think my cold is a bit better today. As I said, I can’t remember when the last time was that I had such a cold. Not since my “younger days” in fact. Does this mean I have to stay in East Denmark, Maine, the rest of my life? What a fate! :-) lol :-(

  4. zgirl’s avatar

    Well Dad, they say it takes 2 weeks for it to run it’s course. Hang in there, only a week to go!

  5. Mardy’s avatar

    Ahh, but I do feel better already now. Still, it hasn’t run it’s course. Maybe by the end of next week.



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