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Cool Cat and Other Cold Thoughts

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Cold is not my favorite word, I have to admit that I don't like the cold very much.  I don't think that "cool cat" up there does either, though it looks mighty spiffy dressed up in that pink hat and scarf! (Maybe that's what he/she is so unhappy about! :-)  Cold weather makes me ache, and when I get chilled it takes me forever to warm up again.

My father's funeral was held on an icy-cold day in South Dakota in early January 2010.  My mother's funeral fifteen years earlier, in January 1995, was so bitterly cold that internment at the cemetery following the church service was very brief.  The cold is what stands out in my memory of those times, overshadowing memories of winter fun as a child.  I hope I never have to return to Dakota in the winter again.

But not all things connected with cold are bad. I need my tall glass of iced-tea every morning to jump-start the day. I enjoy a glass of cold milk with warm chocolate chip cookies, and I love ice-cream year around, with pistachio being my new favorite. Papa Bear loves ice-cream even more than I do, and would be perfectly happy to have a big bowl of it nightly. :-) 

Toby, my one-year-old kitty, loves ice-cubes... for playing hockey on the kitchen floor!  Papa Bear started it, dropping an ice cube as he was retrieving some from our freezer drawer one day.  Ever-curious Toby quickly discovered that melting ice is slippery and flies around the kitchen floor with the slightest touch.  Now, as soon as he hears the freezer drawer open, he hurls himself across the room to stand ready for a complimentary ice cube.  (I slip n' slide across the floor pretty well too, due to wet puddles left by Toby's hockey game!)

I have one more version of cold to share with you... my mother's most excellent Apricot Slush mix that is stored in the freezer but never freezes beyond slush consistency due to the alcohol content.  I've given it for Christmas gifts and taken it to many office parties in old days, and it's always a great hit... and deceptively potent!  Try some this holiday season, it's good stuff! :-)  (If you prefer it less sweet, use club soda as the mixer, I do.)
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I'm linking up with Brenda at BYG Adventures
where the word we are Pondering this week is "cold" 

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    1. Jennifer! How nice to see you dropping by! :-))

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  2. Imagining Toby playing with ice cubes makes me smile.

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    1. Being young, he has so much energy, Rome, everything is a toy and a game to him, and if all else fails he chases his sisters! They put up with him amazingly well. :-)

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  3. The slush sounds yummy....I love the picture of the kitty at the top, and we could definitely imagine your cat batting the ice cube around. What fun to watch. Do you have a video? We'd love it!

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    1. The slush is really good stuff, Linda Kay! You don't taste the alcohol. Great for parties, or even a fun evening thing to share with the hubby. Because it's stored in the freezer it lasts a long time! I am never quick enough to catch videos with my phone, I am usually the one fussing about the trail of water on the floor, or the fact that I nearly tripped over him while trying to retrieve an item from the freezer drawer! :-)

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  4. Cold is painful for me, too, and that looks like a fun recipe!

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    1. I don't like cold one bit, Mimi! The slush is delicious!

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  5. I hate heat. I cannot breathe in heat. I look at it as yin and yang. Having both make it all bearable.
    I have been to many Winter funerals. They always seem so forlorn.
    We give snowballs to the cats. And ice cubes to the dogs, who love them in Summer. They are also good for teething puppies!
    The punch sounds good, sans alcohol.

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    1. Heat does have it's miseries too! I don't breathe well in humid heat, and my asthma acts up in cold wind, better to live on a nice tropical island I think! :-). It is true that funerals in the cold of winter are just that much more depressing.

      We rarely have the makings for snowballs here, but if it snows this year I will have to bring in a snowball for the cats! I recall my mother bringing in a dishpan of snow for my daughter to play with in her living room when she was very small. If we'd had done that as kids we would have been in serious trouble! :-)

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  6. Nice reading about the playfulness of your pets! Keeping oneself warm in winters is tough, to say the least. Thanks for the recipe!

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed my post, Uppal! Keeping warm in winter means bundling up, and I so don't like that feeling! I am happy where I live and we rarely need more than a jacket, even in the winter.

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  7. Trixy loves ice cubes too....
    Thanks for pondering with me!

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    1. I'm sure our critters love the cool sensation as much as we do, Brenda. Iced tea without is is just blah! :-).

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  8. Love the cat photo! Sorry I missed TST this week...the week just flew by before I knew it!
    Have a wonderful Christmas week, Josie!

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