Shedding

This is the season when I need two extra layers of clothing when we go out walking. Although I look at the temperature before we set out, humidity and wind can make a big difference. This morning I put on a sweatshirt, a light windbreaker, and a hat. As soon as I stepped out the front door, I whipped off the hat and stepped back in the house to leave it on the table. I made it to the porch steps before taking off the windbreaker and hanging it on the doorknob. Surely that would be enough. It wasn’t. The sweatshirt hung on Connie’s and Marla’s mailbox post until we came back from the creek. I took a photo when we came home, showing the windbreaker on the door and the two of us reflected in the windows. The sweatshirt was still hanging on my arm. I wonder if anyone ever notices my clothes flapping about in the wind.

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Down at the creek, we saw a calf wobbling about in the pasture across the water. It must have been a newborn, judging by its lack of coordination. I didn’t try to get a video, because my hand was wobbling more than the calf.

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We took a half-day trip, driving through Rutherfordton, Spindale, and Forest City. This area was settled in the 1780s. The town buildings are old, though not that old. We were surprised to find many of the businesses are closed on Sundays and Mondays. Luckily, the Copper Penny restaurant in Forest City was doing a lively business. I asked John to pose with one of the wall hangings composed of pennies. Below his shoulder is a line of pennies on the wall that went around the whole dining room. Where repairs had been made in the floor of the bathroom, pennies filled the gaps there. I thought that might have been taking things a bit too far. A penny for your thoughts!

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39 thoughts on “Shedding

  1. That’s funny how you shed your layers – I have said I feel like I am doing the numbers game, adding and subtracting as the weather can’t make up its mind. You have to have different coats, different tops, and a hat all at the ready when you’re walking … and get this, I may have to drag out the lug-soled boots as we may have snowshowers or a light covering this Friday and Saturday. And I made my hair highlights appointment back in July – I wanted to go as late as I could into November as I could. I should have picked last Saturday evidently – sigh. And I did grocery shopping yesterday – that was stocking up. There were so many people there due to sales, I thought I’d go this morning, but I was put off by this 45-50 mph winds we’re getting tomorrow. No use in loading food in the fridge, then lose the power. I’m not ready for Winter yet!

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      1. It sure is – it’s been like this since last December … I remember Marge’s birthday was December 3rd and I was talking to Jeff outside about his mother’s birthday. I had walked in the afternoon because I had errands in the morning – no hat, I think carrying a coat and people putting up Christmas decorations in shirt sleeves. That was a Sunday – by Friday we had a snow storm and that was the end of nice weather, we had snow and ice and cold the balance of the Winter and it lingered to the first week of April. I don’t like this “new norm” at all.

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      2. Thanks Anne – I am so disenchanted with it right now … the wind is gusting at 43 mph and it is raining. I was going to respond to comments later just before I started work, but concerned I’ll lose my power. Our weather is usually so nice in Fall – none of that this year. l almost slept the clock around. It sure felt good. I just got up a few minutes ago.

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      3. And I was just yawning a few minutes ago – maybe too much of a good thing. I am quite bored at work – I’ve had the same things to work on for weeks and despite all that sleep, I had to get up and walk around several times today. I think I’m going to go to bed early tonight as well – hopefully the Doberman doesn’t ask to go outside – he is outside all day while they are at work. When they come home, he goes into the house, but is let out to do its business every night at 10:30 and every morning at 5:30. It’s annoying if you want to go to bed early or sleep in like this morning – I knew I wasn’t going out in the rain and wind and had run the car yesterday so knew I would not go out to run it.

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      4. I just heard the story again on the 8:00 a.m. national news and they said they are eyeing Queens, last night they specifically said Long Island … today they said Queens. This would be a major hub they said. We have a distribution center opened up in Brownstown and that’s about 15-20 miles from here. They took over a warehouse last year and had a hiring flurry there as well when they opened. I told Ellie I heard a story on the news about Amazon and people who self-publish and distribute their books. I heard it in the morning and when I saw Ellie’s post about the new book, I told her I’d look for the story – couldn’t find it though. Try to Google Amazon and books – you go nowhere.

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      5. John was telling me Amazon announced a possibility of a second headquarters. Many cities vied for it. They are now considering Long Island City, an area in Queens just across the river from Manhattan. We think they are crazy because of taxes. Surely almost any state would be better than NY.

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      6. See, I don’t think the national news reported it correctly in the morning. They reported splitting their headquarters in the morning and the 2nd HQ would be Long Island. Later they reported it was another hub. I would think it would be costly for taxes anywhere in NY. My friend lives in Honeoye Falls, NY and pays $10,000.00 a year in taxes (assuming she is not lying – I wouldn’t ask, she posts everything on Facebook). Detroit was in the running as well and they hired some planners to put together their submission. Detroit was told that there was not enough public transportation for the workers to get there. That is true because the buses are not dependable in the City (and they’ve cut the buses in the suburbs) so it was not a viable choice since people would need an automobile in most cases to get there. It was not going to be in the heart of Detroit.

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      7. That’s incredible – I thought Carol’s taxes were bad but I put it down to the town where she lived – very quaint and nice town where they have little shops, no large big box stores and some entity wanted in and I can’t remember if it was a Dunkin’ Donuts or a Starbucks and the town fought tooth and nail to keep them out.

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  2. Anne
    I am amused by the coats and hats hanging around your path that will help people identify that you have been by. The baby calf and its family were beautiful. Do you feel hot while you walk ? Intriguing how pennies were used to fill in gaps- good there is no rule against stepping on pennies.
    Susie

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    1. I’m warm when I begin walking, because I get our of bed and throw on clothes — no time to get cold in our cool house. I heat up while walking and usually need to shed a layer after going half a mile. That’s at Marla’s and Connie’s house. John stays the same temperature, so he needs to have the right clothes to begin with.

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  3. I’m always layering, so I get it. My house is generally colder than outdoors, so half the time, I’m shedding things right away.
    I was thinking about the calf. My cousin has a farm and this and the next few months seems to be the season for calving, I don’t get it though because it’s the start of winter when it seems they’d be more vulnerable. It reminded me of an old John Wayne film where he had to brave the snow and storm to save several calves from freezing (and impress Margaret O’Sullivan). I think that’s who it was. LOL

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    1. We walk all year, preferring too cold to too hot. It’s great that we don’t have sweltering temps here in the mountains. Also, having our heavy coats from New York means cold does not deter us. Maybe once it was far below freezing with a heavy wind, and we stayed inside that day. Otherwise, we are out there except if it’s raining or icy underfoot.

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  4. Rutherfordton, Spindale, and Forest City sound like names of towns that could have been featured on the soap opera All My Children. Are they anywhere near Pine Valley, per chance?

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    1. We were at the creek this morning, but the cows were not in that area of the pasture. We cheated, though, not walking because of rain. We drove to the creek because our polling place is the firehouse beside the stream.

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