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Definitions of Cold

  • of or at a low or relatively low temperature
  • lacking affection or warmth of feeling
  • a common viral infection
  • served without heating 
  • served chilled or with ice
  • impersonal, objective
  • depressing, gloomy, dead
  • stale
  • unlucky
  • unprepared

The definitions of cold can take you in many directions with this challenge. Feel free to substitute synonyms. When I added the topic for this date, I expected the temperatures to have dropped significantly. For many of you that may be the case. Here in Prescott, the temperatures hover around 70 and sunny, a far cry from cold. Last year we got cold weather from December to March.

Puppy Girls has no undercoat. She’s wearing a sweater and her parka to walk in the snow. She needs boots. ๐Ÿ™‚

Other Kinds of Cold

  • Maybe the clues on a murder case you are writing are cold.
  • Maybe your streak of luck at poker has run cold.
  • Sometimes I worry needlessly about waking my husband, but he is out cold.
  • In the summer he asks for a cold drink.
  • The waitress gives him a cold look.
  • The results are seldom good when you step in cold in front of a group to teach or speak.
  • It’s even worse if you have a cold and sneeze all over the audience.
  • It gets more embarrassing up there if your jokes are met with cold stares.
  • What if your date gives you a cold shoulder at dinner?
Leaders practice coaching skills so they won’t go in cold to work with their teachers.

What’s your take on cold, this week?


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A Few Quotes I Liked This Week

A little bit of mercy makes the world less cold and more just.

Pope Francis

A family is a unit composed not only of children but of men, women, an occasional animal, and the common cold.

Ogden Nash

If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry.

Emily Dickinson

This wouldn’t be so funny if it wasn’t written by Emily Dickinson. It made me want to write a poem.


A pantoum is a fixed-style French form of poetry. The second and fourth lines of each stanza become the first and third lines of the following stanza. In the last stanza, the third line of the first stanza is the second line, and the last line is the same as the first line in the first stanza. It is written in three-foot iambic lines.  So the stresses are read as – da DUM da DUM da DUM

I haven’t written one of these in years, so I numbered the verses and rhyming patterns to help me along. I left them in case you want to write one.

Real Love Combats the Cold

  1. A The man who makes me tea,
  2. B Removes the cold inside.
  3. A Means everything to me.
  4. B His faults begin to slide.
  1. B Removes the cold inside,
  2. A A light begins to shine.
  3. B His faults begin to slide,
  4. A And warmth goes down my spine.
  1. A A light begins to shine,
  2. B Like a Christmas tree I glow.
  3. A And warmth goes down my spine,
  4. B To him my joy I owe.
  1. B His vigor and his verve,
  2. A Means everything to me.
  3. B His willingness to serve,
  4. A The man who makes me tea.

When the weather chills, my husband often says with a gentle smile in a little boy pleading voice, “Make me tea.”

Most of the time I find it endearing. It means, “Pay attention to me. Show me that you love me more than your blog.”

Who could resist this face?

Sometimes turn about is fair play. It is one of the small ways we stave off the cold in both the weather and our marriage.

Since my injuries this summer have kept me helpless at times, this wonderful man has treated me with kindness and patience. He often has had to wait on me doing tasks, I’m sure he never expected to do.

I don’t recommend getting hurt to get attention, but if it happens, it’s reassuring to know that someone loves you enough to make you tea when you can’t do it yourself.

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  1. So enjoyed this post. Hope to get one written so I can join you. Cold is something I don’t enjoy…in many senses of the word.

    Glad you have had a devoted husband to help you through your recovery. The give and take of doing things for one another is key to a successful relationship. I do all of the cooking in our house but once a week Paul cooks by picking up Taco Bell, or a subway sandwich or ordering a pizza. Makes all the difference.

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    • You are so right. Couples have to compliment each other in what they do and even more, they have to make sure the other half knows how much they are appreciated. That was a problem we both struggled to do and continually have to make sure that we do. I’m glad you and Paul have worked out what works for you. ๐Ÿ™‚ We are taco and pizza people, too. ๐Ÿ™‚


    • The Pantoum is pretty easy to write. I love how this one came out. ๐Ÿ™‚ I have trouble writing something that is meaningful not just trite, and I felt this one captured some feeling.


    • Thanks, Lady Lee. You inspired me to try something old and something new. Most of my poetry is rather silly, and I was pleased when this one came out with some feeling.

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  2. I love your snowy pics from last year, Marsha! You are coming up on your one-year anniversary of moving to Prescott this month! Cold is a great theme and we are getting plenty of it…I would worry if we didn’t. Puppy Girl is adorable and that gave me a great idea for my Sunday Stills post…Aero will model a couple of his sweaters for “fur and feathers” ๐Ÿ™‚ I chuckled at your second list of cold ideas. And I’m so glad Vince is keeping you safe and warm and I love that poem!

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    • She’s not super patiend about putting on all those winter clothes, though. She needs some new clothes for this winter. Those are her CA clothes.





Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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