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a handful of mid-winter Sundays

January 23, 2011

I woke up today looking at a uniformly gray sky.  A breeze from the north

nudged smoke from the chimney past the window.  Ollie strongly suggested

that he be fed, bending his usual “meow” into an urgent “now”.  I left our

warm bed and my warm wife, hoping she could sleep well into daylight.


Ollie and Slinkee trailed me down the stairs.  Roameo had opted to stay

near the woodstove through the night, but was already up and dressed

for breakfast.  I fed the troops then made my usual morning meal,

cereal topped with flax and soyogurt, soaked in vanilla fortified soy

beverage.  I was about to go with Maple Nut Flavour Oatmeal Crisp,

but got adventurous and turned the bilingual box around to the

French side for Saveur Erable et Nois Avoine Croquante.


Much more sophisticated.  Very Continental, this breakfast.  And even

though it’s Sunday, I added a handful of dark chocolate chips — our

finest, funnest health food.


I divide seasons into thirds.  This is the first Sunday of mid-winter.

Even though there’s only a handful of them, they used to be my most

dreaded days when I was living in places where I didn’t want to live.

They were too quiet and I couldn’t tolerate too much self-reflection.

It’s different now, living with the perfect partner on ground I hallow.

Back in those days, I would have regarded the rain that’s now falling

as an accent mark over my melancholy.  Now I welcome it as vital

to the circle of life.


I could wax on a tad, but I have to go prepare for the premier event

of mid-winter Sundays, the NFC and AFC championship games.  They

determine the participants of the Super Bowl.  It’s the best Sunday in

football.  I say the Steelers’ experience outlasts the Jets’ talent, and

that Chicago falls to Green Bay as Aaron Rodgers solidifies his legend

to help Packer fans forget Brett Favre’s earnest attempts to ruin his.


So please enjoy the rest of your day and don’t worry about me.  I

promise to pace myself and drink plenty of fluids.




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3 Comments
  1. January 23, 2011 11:22 am

    The problem with Favre was that he didn’t know when to quit. He’s way past his prime, and has been for several years. He should have quit when he was on top!

    • January 24, 2011 2:51 pm

      His stats weren’t that bad until this season. It was his yo-yoing career decisions that bugged me. It reminded me of a cartoon that showed a sign in a store window that read “20th Annual Going Out of Business Sale”. I also wanted to tell you that I appreciated your comments when I first started, but I just today (Monday the 24th) learned how to answer a comment correctly. I hope you’ve been checking back. I, too, am a dark chocolate lover and acknowledged it in Sunday’s post.

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