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    Arranging My Closet and My Schedule

    I’ve waited as long as I possibly can. It’s finally the end of September and I’m about to retire my bathing suit collection to the trunk upstairs. I will replace it with my vast turtleneck collection. Now, I always make sure to leave all my T-shirts downstairs in case there’s a break in the weather. They also work out well underneath cotton sweaters, which is all I wear.

    My choice of cotton comes from the fact that wool tends to itch on me. Even with a shirt underneath, it just feels prickly. When I discovered cotton sweaters, I felt like I’d solved two problems at once. Initially, I wasn’t sure that cotton would be warm enough, but then a friend of mine initiated me into the idea of layering. Which is something I still do today.

    Some people don’t wear 100% cotton because it tends to wrinkle. But based on my experience, when it comes to sweaters, at least, they really don’t wrinkle. Must have something to do with the bulk and weight. It’s not like a cotton blouse, which will wrinkle unless ironed.

    Have I told you guys I don’t iron anything? My sister, Linda, who recently came to visit, was getting ready to leave when she asked me, "Kath, do you have an ironing board and iron?"

    Well, I knew I did, somewhere. So I sent Herman on a search and rescue. He found the iron at the bottom of the back closet under the stairs. The ironing board was hanging off the closet door. And the iron still worked, or so Linda told me. And get this, she was ironing a T-shirt to wear on the plane. Does that make any sense?

    I had a really nice time with my sister while she was here. I’d go to visit her in Long Island, except that her home is not accessible, and as time goes on I have more and more difficulty traveling. Though that’s not going to stop me for Thanksgiving and going to Mom’s house in Cleveland. Some traditions have to be upheld. And that’s one of them. Plus, can you imagine me making a turkey? I’m not what you’d call a seasoned cook.

    Then, of course, there’s the mountains of food Mom makes no matter how many people show up. She’s said often she only knows how to cook for an army of people. Adding to the army this year, I hope to see my Uncle Erry and Aunt Renee. They’ve been a long standing tradition at Thanksgiving, so I really hope they make it this year. Also, as the reigning patriarch of the family, it’s just not Thanksgiving without Uncle Erry.

    I think I’ll send him a copy of this column to let him know he’s expected. After all, I’m his youngest niece, so he’d better show up. So there, I’ve gotten my closet and my schedule arranged, and I’m ready for fall. How about you?

    "Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"