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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Frost is on the Pumpkin!

Well, it's getting chilly here in Maine. Time to get the electric blanket plugged in, the snuggies out of the bottom drawer, and the furry slippers out of the closet. 'Bout the time we finish eating the leftover Trick or Treat Candy, we'll be seeing snowflakes.

I have a whole different attitude about winter this year: I'm retired, and if it's nasty out, I don't even have to get out of bed, if I don't want to! You have to understand that last year at this time my job had me driving all over creation in all kinds of weather. Getting up before 7:00 a.m. so that you can get the snow brushed off your car and the windshield defrosted is not my idea of fun. Then driving 2 1/2 hours through blizzard like conditions (it happened more than once!) to arrive at a customer's home to have them say, "I've changed my mind. I bought from the guy down the street," was such a delight.

Of course, if it was really storming when I got up in the morning, I could reschedule my appointments for another day. But in New England, the weather conditions can be very different two hours away from where you are, or even where you are standing, two hours later!

On one occasion, I got stuck in a snowbank in my customer's driveway, and prayed that the poor old guy wouldn't have a heart attack while shoveling me out! More than once I managed to get my car back in control after performing a reluctant 180 degree maneuver on an icy road.

Nope, not this winter. When the snow blows, when the freezing rain falls, you'll find me safe and warm in my home, maybe in my snuggies and furry slippers, sipping hot toddy, and thanking the good Lord that I'm retired and don't have to venture out there. I'll watch Ellen and Dr.Phil and snuggle up with my blanket in my recliner! (And I might not even bother to wear that bra!)

21 comments:

S.E. Sward said...

Just color me green with envy!

I ADORE Crabby Road and Maxine - she's my hero, I want to be just like her when I'm an old lady!

The Toll House Cookie said...

I work 2 minutes from home...and have a 4 day work week. If this is the slightest glimpse of retirement, then I'm happy as a pig in you know what!!! My 3 day weekends are calling those cold, snowy, windy days so I can stay in my jammies, wear my fuzzy socks, grab a blanket, sit by the fire and just watch the world go by. Being at home you can so appreciate days like this! ENJOY your days of retirement to the fullest!!!

The Vegetable Assassin said...

See this is what I love about working from home most days as well - you can do boring worky things but be doing them in your cozy pajamas when it's minus forty outside. You can sit there and drink coffee and eat grilled cheese and listen to music and grin at all those poor unfortunate souls having to wear their entire wardrobe just to go warm up the car. Excellent!

We had snow already here briefly though thankfully it went away again. Next time it falls, it'll be here till April. UGH. :)

Cathy said...

As someone who lives in MN and has a 45 mile commute each way, I'm soooo jealous of you! I'll think of you when I'm driving through the snowstorms, ruining my hair with hats and looking oh so glamorous in snow boots.

Hillbilly Duhn said...

I'm just thinkin that now that it's getting cold out, I will have to be wearing my bra. That sucks. I don't want to have to point at everybody all the time...

One Cluttered Brain said...

I love Maxine! She is so dang funny! ROFL!!!

Char said...

Maxine and I have everything in common. That cartoon made me think of my dear uncle (gone now). He used to say "When the frost is on the pumpkin, its time for dickie dunkin."

Meeko Fabulous said...

Seriously green with envy here! Hey . . . What exactly goes into a Hot Toddy???

Queen-Size funny bone said...

Oh I love her.

Melissa said...

lol! it just started getting cool here in california, and i already feel like i'm freezing to death. Can't imagine how cold it is up in Maine. Stay warm =)

lakeviewer said...

I know that feeling. Sometimes it is noon before I hit the shower and venture out. We don't get your cold; but we do have weather.

Mox said...

Going commando will ALWAYS get my vote. I cannot tell you how amused I have been, laughing in my head at my own little inside joke that you found my roll call on SITS and clicked on it because of the "free booze"! You are a character! I love ya.

Marie-Jolie said...

Frost on the pumpkins... I love it!

ethelmaepotter! said...

Retirement is still four years away for me - but I can dream! Only four more winters of sneaking out of work to scrape my windshield and turn the heat on, then sneaking back in to get off the clock! Only four more years of praying the ice covers the roads ONLY my offnights! Only four more years of driving in snow, testing how long I can hold my breath.
And only four more years before I can go braless some days. Hurry up, retirement!

Na'Comi said...

You are the 1st person person, other than my mom to post on my blog so a quick thank you for that! I squealed with excitement. ;)

Retirement I know always sounds good when you are out working hard, but it's just as hard to finds thing to occupy your time at home I bet. My dad just got laid off and is struggling with this big decision himself. Good luck and may warm thoughts surround your heart.

Elle said...

Luckily my commute is less than one mile and my car is in the garage so at least I don't have to scrape it before work. I do envy you those nice days cozied up inside. I'm a long way from retirement. Thanks for stopping by our blog today :)

JennyMac said...

that cartoon cracked me up. No frost on any pumpkins, mine or otherwise, here in the south...LOL.

The Retired One said...

I echo those sentiments! Same weather here and same issues. I used to do home health nursing and often got stuck in patient's driveways...and "white knuckled" it all day driving everywhere. Now I am with you...there are times in the winter where we don't leave the house for four or five days in a row. Isn't retirement wonderful????

Canadian Blend said...

Snow flurries were predicted here, briefly, last week. In the end they passed us by, but October is too soon for snow (even just a little) in Central Ohio. Last year we had October flurries and the rest of the Winter was rather cold and unfriendly for cycling; I'd just as soon not have another like it.

I'll be getting the electric blankets out of the closet in the next week or two.

Queenie Jeannie said...

I'm from NY and have lived in the midwest........so I understand snow and ice and driving in both. Yuck!!

Enjoy your leisure - you've earned it!!!

Tam said...

Oh I really don't want to go back to work! The thought of venturing out in the rain (not so much snow here in the PNW) in the dark to and from a JOB gives me a headache. I love staying home...waaaahh!!!