Looking Winterized

The space heaters have been running in the upstairs every night. Our bedroom gets very cold since it is the corner of the house and there is no wind break. We used to have the bed on the inner wall but had to reconfigure the furniture when we bought new bigger furniture (a long time ago). No matter how many blankets I pile on the bed I’m still cold. Sparky on the other hand is cold until he goes to sleep. Once sleeping his metabolism goes into hyperdrive and he is a furnace. I’ve attempted to snuggle up to him but because I’m cold, he instinctually moves away. I end up chasing him to the edge of the bed… I promised myself that I wouldn’t whine about the heat of summer and I didn’t! But there is no such promise not to complain about the cold!

The following poem is an Espinela. This Spanish form consists of 2 stanzas and 4 end rhymes across 10 lines. Each line is 8 syllables with a rhyme scheme of abba for the first stanza and accddc for the second.

Cold winter air makes clear the sky
Shines down a frozen light from stars
Makes black shadows on snow like scars
Achy bones chill will amplify

Mocks my hopes and dreams of July
My breath is frozen in the air
Come summer quickly is my prayer
Huddled closely to the fire
As flames fade soon to expire
My icy tears exclaim despair

74 thoughts on “Looking Winterized

  1. lol – Muri, you have done it again – taking the mickey out of Sparky and in such a loving way nobody can object (although I can’t speak for the man himself). I could tell you a thing or two about being cold in my caravan during winter, or the one day when I opened the door from the inside, and over night snow had piled up outside covering the step and coming right up to the threshold. That was in North Yorkshire. Having escaped the cold to a small apartment in Bonn, I won’t indulge. Stay warm both,

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    1. Brrr! I am completely against the idea of van life and that is just another reason!! Glad you are staying warm. Sparky has been very accommodating by sleeping on my side and then moving over to give me the warm spot – he does love me!

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    1. Yes it is!!! It seems the weather is getting a little strange. We usually have snow that sticks at Thanksgiving but not this year. The temps have been fluctuating like crazy (20 one day and 55 the next), and not as much precipitation… We usually don’t have to water the lawn but this last year it needed it! I hope our dreams of summer keep us a little warm. Again I’m going to make a pledge of no complaining about the heat of summer – but I’ll probably slip up some time in August.

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  2. We’re the other way………. I’m the furnace and Hubby is cold. I welcome his cold hands and feet sometimes to cool me down, but I still throw the covers off while he rolls like a slug in them.

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      1. I thought I’d left all that behind in 2010, but 2016 saw Humphrey’s appearance and one of the side effects of the meds is hot flushes. Ho hum. I’m due to stop taking them in 2029, so they’re with me for a while!

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        1. Yikes. I guess with every medication there are side effects… at least the hot flashes are bearable! I’d love to get warm in an instant! Right now I’m sitting at the computer with the little heater next to me. I may have to break out my “cozy spot” to keep my mouse hand warm. (its a little heating pad in a fuzzy cover that you slip your hand into!)

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  3. If you are cold on night even with Sparky, Val, perhaps you could get up and ” dance with the Christmas tree in a tango ” ?? ( this is a quote ) πŸ™‚
    I wish you a warm and happy new year 2021.
    Love ❀
    Michel

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    1. Haha! Michel you are very witty! Yes getting up and exercising has happened but I’m usually dealing with a leg cramp – more St. Vitus Dance than a tango! I am staying warm and with my electric fireplace I’m very happy this new year!!! I hope you are able to stay toasty warm this winter too! ❀

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  4. My hubby was always cold, and when we had been gifted an electric blanket, he was stunned when I gave it away to someone else. I am the one who uncovers to get some fan time at night, so I didn’t realize he was enthused about using it. I’ve used one when I had a poorly heated bedroom, and it helps. Is there a reason you avoid one?

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    1. There are many who love the electric blanket – but I’ve been very wary ever since my parents had one short out. It didn’t cause a fire but was on its way to one! They had to buy all new bedding because there were burn marks on the sheets and comforter. They were told that they were fortunate not to have been electrocuted… I know that this was way back in the 1970s and that they have probably improved the technology but I’m still not comfortable! I’ll stick to the layers of blankets, my space heater, and Sparky!!

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  5. I am never cold. If I start complaining about the cold it’s because it’s really damn cold or I’m sick. Everyone else complains the house is cold and I’m in a tank top and shorts. I sympathize with Sparky.

    Love the poem – it evokes some great winter imagery.

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  6. I’ve never read an Espinela so apt for the season. Also, I’ve never heard of an Espinela before today. Novelty–while I shiver in my basement hoping the space heater will eventually conquer the cold–is appreciated.

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    1. Kiri I’m so sad to know you are chilled. I’m sitting here in a long sleeved top, sweatshirt, Cuddle Dud fleece wrap and my little space heater is humming. I’m starting to warm up!! I’m thrilled you enjoyed the Espinela – it was my first attempt at this form.

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        1. Hehe! You give me too much credit! I’m not much of a functional potter! The ceramic heaters are much safer than the ones that use oil or have bare electrical coils (like a toaster)!

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      1. πŸ€” Maybe I should get more… I have one electric heater in my place and I huddle around it all night and don’t move anywhere else. Generally, not productive! But my place isn’t that big… I am thinking about it…

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        1. The electric fireplace puts out lots of heat – so much so that it isn’t comfortable in a small room (had it in the craft room and I was sweating) so it has been relocated to the downstairs family room which is always cold in the winter…

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  7. My version is a little different. πŸ™‚

    Cold winter air makes clear the sky
    Diamonds in the velvet dark
    Shimmering magic, light and spark
    the spine of sky, the Milky Way

    Soothes my summer’s trammeled soul
    My breath makes brief clouds in the air
    “Winter forever!” is my prayer
    Bootprints mark my way in soft snow
    Far south sun shows me where to go.
    So short this season, snow so rare.

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                1. Things are closing down again because of omicron. Even in the “red” state of Indiana we’ve seen cancellations of events – the Epiphany concert (4 churches choirs singing individually and as a combined choir) and the progressive dinner…

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                    1. Same news here. I’m praying that the congress somehow slaps him with the crime of treason and makes him ineligible to hold public office… Not very likely but I can hope.

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    1. Thanks! I was happy with this poem for a first effort at the Espinela. I’ve located my extra blankets and today is the day they go on the bed (well, my half of the bed anyway).

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    1. True that. I used to have an easier time when working because all the fluorescent bulbs were “sunlight” bulbs that mimicked natural light. Once the kitchen light bulbs need to be replaced that’s the kind I’m getting!!

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