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    Leaving Long Pants Until Last

    So I waited until the last possible minute, when it was absolutely getting too chilly, to finally put on long pants. It was the second week in October and I finally broke down. It was just getting too ridiculous to wear shorts.

    The reason I kept a lot of summer clothing downstairs in my closet was because the first week of October was outrageously summer like. Herman and I both were in the lake and I think that’s the latest I have ever been in.

    Terry looked at me one day and basically said, “Look, you’re going to have to choose a few shorts and tanks to keep downstairs. The rest have to go up in storage for the winter.”

    So I picked out a select few items for whatever warm days were left and she took the rest upstairs to the trunk for winter storage. When she came back down, she told me there was no room in the trunk for anything else until all my turtlenecks came downstairs.

    Well, I wasn’t ready for that yet, as I’m just getting used to the idea of wearing long pants. But as of Yom Kippur (the day I’m writing this to you) which is October 13th, I’m wearing a sweater with a T-shirt underneath it and long pants.

    Herman and I spent the morning in the synagogue down in Gloversville. Yom Kippur means “Day of Atonement” and is the holiest of holidays for the Jewish calendar. Today is supposed to be accompanied by fasting, as a way of self-denial. But because of all the medications I have to take during the day that require food be taken with them, I can’t really do that. And Herman, not being Jewish, isn’t required to fast either.

    So I guess I’m in for the long winter haul of pants wearing. By the time you read this, I’m sure my turtlenecks will have come downstairs as well. With several days of rain and no sun in the forecast, I’m starting to look at my solar panel tanning booth with ideas of starting it up too. It hasn’t been on since early last spring, but it won’t be long.

    So until we see stretches of warm weather again, it’ll be long pants for this girl. Hope you are staying warm where you are too. Happy Thanksgiving!

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