Today was supposed to be a very cold day with the predicted high to be only 0oF (-18oC) with winds making it seem much colder so they decided to close schools across the region, and my university did so too. Underlining the unpredictability of weather, in actual fact the day is very sunny and the temperature right now (at mid-afternoon) is 9oF (-13oC) and there does not seem to be any wind, making it seem quite balmy, at least while I was out briefly to shovel the walkway. Yesterday with its winds actually seemed a lot colder.
But while I was at home in the morning, the phone rang and when I picked it up a woman’s voice asked “Is the lady of the house there?” and when I said no, she hung up without another word.
I was surprised by the question. It must have been a vendor of some kind but I could not think of what vendor would be interested in speaking only to ‘the lady of the house, something that sounds so Downton Abbeyish. Usually they ask to speak to the person by name or if generic, who handles the heating or cable bill or some such, without specifying the gender.
I regretted not asking her quickly enough what she wanted but she hung up so fast that I missed my chance. I did briefly consider a variation of that old joke and saying “There’s no lady here but you can talk to my wife” but decided against it since my wife was at work and would not have been able to back up my assertion.
I am still puzzling over what the person was seeking.