Long Underwear

One of the great things about summer is that I can stop wearing long underwear.  Now, I’m not talking about the red one-piece underwear that you see in the cowboy movies.  The ones that the cowboys wear night and day – with the flaps.  Like these at Cowboy Outfitters.

My long underwear is two pieces – top and bottom.  Some pieces are white and some are pink. 

Very feminine – at least for long underwear.

The thing is – I didn’t used to have to wear long underwear in the winter. 

I’ve always been cold-blooded – Wait! – I mean cold-natured!  (Hmmm. . . Freudian slip?)

But as I’ve grown older, the cold has become more and more agonizing for me. 

Now, the climate is not considered particularly frigid in my corner of the world.  Not like Antarctica or Iceland.  But when the “wind comes sweeping down the plain” in the frosty winter,

(Ooops!  Song interlude.)

it can cut right through me like – uh – ice.

I’m getting older – and colder.  I hate that! 

No wonder retirees move to warmer places – like Florida.

Ahhhhh.  Here comes the sun. . .

(Ooops!  Song interlude – again.)

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About grandawn

I work as administrative support in the Oklahoma State University Art Dept. For the past few years, I have been responsible for finances, paperwork, and other decisions for my parents who lived in Texas. Working now to finalize everything after Father's death in 2012 and Mother's death in 2013. I also keep busy blogging, writing children's books, and occasionally shooting commercials. I live in Oklahoma, USA. I have three wonderful grandchildren. I am a teacher, writer, actor, singer. . . and whatever else I can manage.
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20 Responses to Long Underwear

  1. Paula says:

    WOW, Grandawn! I just discovered your blog while responding to a post in nrhatch’s “Spirit Lights the Way.” (I’ll give a plug to her wonderful blog: http://nrhatch.wordpress.com/

    I’m responding to the last post on the page, but my thoughts are many and respond to multiple posts: For one, I have other homophonic suggestions to substitute for colognic: colognial, colognist, cologny – I’m sure there must be more! If it’s a spirit, let it stay, don’t send it away! He/she sounds very friendly to me, and how nice to leave a lovely scent behind to remind you of the visit! 😀

    As far as embarrassing your children goes, I feel that is a parent’s job. I remember one time when our youngest was about 12 that we were having dinner at a 1950’s style diner. Music from the era (mine) was playing on the jukebox, so I was “boppin’ along” in my chair and singing (albeit quietly). Our son said, “Stop it! Mom!!! You’re embarrassing yourself!” To which I replied, “No, Matt…I’m embarrassing YOU!” 😀 What fun I had, mostly at his expense, but it was worth it. Now that he’s in his 30’s, and soon to be a Dad for the first time, he is beginning to appreciate my carefree abandon…I say BEGINNING to! I can still embarrass him on occasion!

    Also, since I have become a (very) amateur photographer, I am indebted to you for mentioning the Photoscape website! What a treasure – especially as I, too, like to do photo manipulation!

    I am now a follower of your blog and look forward to reading it regularly (my list of reads is growing!). We gracefully (sometimes klutzily) aging women need to stick together! Thanks for the thoughts and laughs…and go ahead – get that tote bag before the deadline (which gives me pause – if it’s supposed to make summer last and last, why is it only available until the official beginning of summer?)

    • grandawn says:

      Thanks, Paula! So glad to meet you. I agree – we gracefully, klutzily, eccentric, crazy aging women do need to stick together. Yes, I really enjoy nrhatch’s blog.

      I’m enjoying reading your comments. 🙂

  2. adeeyoyo says:

    I have only got to this post now as my bandwidth ran v.v. low towards the month end. I plan on buying thermal underwear (long sleeves, long johns) in UK when I visit (I think) next month. At the moment I have been wearing long sleeved T-shirts and stretch pants for underneath my clothes for the last couple of years – and too bad if I look fat!!!

    • grandawn says:

      I’m so glad your bandwith is feeling better. 🙂

      One of the good things about the thermal underwear is that it doesn’t make you look fat (yeah, that’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it).

  3. Tokeloshe says:

    I love your underwear.

    I enjoyed the music interludes. Love the Beatles and Oklahoma! takes me back to when I was a young teenager and we went to see many musicals.

    Take care,
    Ouma has a whole drawer full of long underwear.

    • grandawn says:

      Okay – When I saw the email letting me know about your comment, my heart jumped into my throat and nearly choked me. The only line of the comment that was visible in the email was “I love your underwear.” This is not a message that I often receive in my email. 🙂

      Now that I have picked myself up off the floor (and my heart has returned to its rightful place), I can respond. Thank you! I love it, too, on those freezing winter days. And, obviously, I have good taste since Ouma has them too. I’m so glad you enjoyed the song interludes.

  4. New Attitude says:

    Loving the feminine longjohns 🙂 hope it warms up soon

  5. colonialist says:

    I have only just arrived in WordPress after years of blogging at Letterdash in South Africa. Lyndatjie suggested I visit, and I’m glad I did. We seem to have versification , grandparenthood and music in common, and I also write – fantasy for the young and young-at-heart. I loved your takes on the swings and roundabouts.
    Um… if you abhor puns, stay away from me!

  6. Lyndatjie says:

    Long underwear? WHERE CAN I BUY IT?
    I’m freezing my nosehair at the moment and my dogs keep on upsetting all my beds by trying to climb underneath the covers. I’m not coping so well with the winters anymore – I think our blood is getting thinner and this is making us feel the ice in the air more… *walks off whistling Here Comes the Sun*

  7. knittingmaestro says:

    hmmmm…..long underwear….i’ll bet your daughters are SO proud!!!!!! LOL btw…I refuse to listen to the song interludes lest those pesky tunes get stuck in my head for
    DAYS!!!!!!!

    • grandawn says:

      Oh, yes. My daughters are so proud – I never embarrass them (heeheehee!!).

      You may not listen to the song interludes. But I know the tune starts going through your mind as soon as you see it (bwah-hah-hah-hah!!!!!!!).

  8. granny1947 says:

    I have just come out of the hot flushes…for the third time…cold is GOOD!!!!

    • grandawn says:

      I would have to agree with you on that granny1947. Cold is definitely good when going through the hot flashes. Third time?!?!? NOooooooooooo. . .

  9. grandawn says:

    Hi, Cin. Really cold there, huh? Brrrrrr!! You have a great weekend, too.

  10. theonlycin says:

    You’re so funny, I can imagine you’d go mad with the cold South African winters.
    Have a great weekend grandawn.

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