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Bundle Up Against the Cold

 Temperatures are falling both with the weather and with personal interactions at home. I had to do a quick errand yesterday morning. My shop opens at 10 am, and the store that I needed to get something at opens at 9 am. That leaves me time to go to the store, get what I need, and return to the shop in time to open. I got to the store that I needed at 8:55 am and waited for their doors to unlock, went in and in 12 minutes, I was back out of the door and heading back to the shop. I got back to the shop, continued the chore that I needed more supplies for, finished that, went downstairs for a minute and the phone rang. It was my DH who started the conversation whining "Where have you been? I've been trying to get a hold of you for a half-hour." I said in return, "If you need to contact me and I'm not answering at the shop, call my cell phone. It's why I HAVE a cell phone." He got all miffed off about that and hung up. Now he's giving me the silent treatment because I "yelled" at him, and all because he was stupid and didn't call my cell phone because he didn't think about it. I've been carrying a cell phone for more than a decade, so you think he would use his brain sometimes <sigh>. Oy veh !

Falling Temperatures

And physical temperatures are cold here today also. Although the city doesn't get as cold as the countryside does, our state-wide temps dropped into the cooler last night and today will be quite cold as well. Our low temp is 10 degrees F (-12 degrees C). Our high for the day will be 23 degrees F (-5 degrees C) and our low overnight in the state was -10 degrees F (-23 degrees C). There was no snow overnight, although we are expected to get 1-3 inches of snow today. We have an index in this area that we call the PIP Index (Pain In the Posterior Index) and this winter is looking like it will plot quite high so far. A big change from last year's winter which was actually pretty darned nice, with minimal snow. Oh well - 'tis the season....
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"If you need to contact me and I'm not answering at the shop, call my cell phone. It's why I HAVE a cell phone."

Ooops. Men. Huggles.

While it is not quite as cold here it was about -5 last night and is not going to get above freezing today. The snow has turned to ice and we tried to take the dog where there was grass as at least you can walk on it. The pavements are awful, and I think we are the least affected of anywhere in the UK apart from parts of west Wales and some parts of the south coast. I feel like I ought to be writing something in the winter, lol. I am in the summer in two stories. :D

Have a good day.
Summer is not a bad place to be in stories when the frigid wind teases outdoors. It is helpful to remember the warmer days, and as we get closer and closer to Solstice, we can focus on the turning of the year once more. I am always amazed by our temperature fluctuations here in the north. Our summers can go over 100 degrees F (37 degrees C) with humidity in the upper 70's - hot and sticky. I'll take the cooler temps of the spring and fall and the cold of the winter - it is more comfortable and I can always wear another sweater.

- Erulisse (one L)
Walk carefully on that ice, Sian.
as we get closer and closer to Solstice, we can focus on the turning of the year once more.

Mum and I have always drawn a breath of relief once the Solstice has passed, even if it does often get colder after. (I hope it won't get any colder, some places in Scotland have seen - 20 C at night and diesel has been freezing, or going waxy whatever it does in extreme sub zero temps.)

I will walk carefully, thanks - I have to meet Mum to go to the supermarket (haven't seen her in days) but I am meeting her at the top of the main road as this small one is a skating rink :\
I'm sure she is missing the Medeterranean on cold and icy days like you've had lately - LOL. Just rub it in a little bit (OK, I know I'm evil ). Have fun at the supermarket - buy yourself a treasure to enjoy (and be sure to take Kev's shopping list too so that he can make more kitchen explosions).

- Erulisse (one L)
buy yourself a treasure to enjoy

Haha. Wish I could! (Most of my treasures are online) XD I was armed with Kev's shopping list, which was surprisingly small, mainly herbs and veg, but the shop was a crush, which makes me panic.
Ah...one word - chocolate. Soothing, a treasure (even currency in some ancient cultures), and impossible to panic through, even in a crush. I don't like heavy crowds either, although I don't have panic attacks in that situation (others...well, we won't go there ). But you'll make it through with herbs and veggies in hand. Enjoy your day!

- Erulisse (one L)
That discussion over the phone with abrupt ending sounds soooo familiar. Yes, sometimes men's brains seem to disengage. There would be no hope if the fate and finances of our household were in my husband's hands...

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Fortunately, although he gives me the household check, I pay all of the bills so the finances are basically my problem, job, task, etc.

- Erulisse (one L)
Re: husbands and their selective memories/thought processes. You have my empathy. In my case, it's not the cell phone, but deciding "I know best" and doing a bunch of re-wiring in the attic of our on-the-market NJ domicile...without getting a permit as I just discovered. Oy vey.

A -10F overnight low already? Eeeesh. But that's the upper Midwest for you.

Good luck soldiering on with the shop (I looked at the web site -- whee! Lovely beads! Although I do not bead, I think I am like a jackdaw in that I am attracted to shiny little things) and the season's demands.

I think I am like a jackdaw in that I am attracted to shiny little things

Of the chrystalline carbon structure variety, by any chance? Or just amorphous glass?

Almost every jeweler and beader that I know is attracted to sparkle. Rather like Bob in up, but instead of "squirrel", it's "oooooh, shiny!". Since I work with jewels and with glass, I get my sparkle quota every day.

- Erulisse (one L)
My DH will do many things, but (fortunately) wiring is not one of them. He knows on that one to call an electrician. You have my sympathy.

- Erulisse (one L)