Hung them on the line to rid the mothball stench? Winter is on the way, me lovelies
In the Land Down Under,
Today, 32C, 89.
Tomorrow 34C, 91.
next day, 35C, 95,
next day, next day, next day.....
I come from the land down under
We have a guest coming from Sydney for two months. He will miss most of winter there, I suppose. The last place I'd visit on purpose is here, especially if I was coming from summer weather (from our point of view).
I have a down filled coat that is great when the weather is way below freezing and the wind is up to its usual tricks. I have a wool blanket that I absolutely love, a down comforter, a quilt. My bedding is kind of heavy in winter, but I like it that way. Don't like electric blankets. They get on my nerves. I usually wear my insulated barn coat. Brand new, LL Bean, bought on eBay for $35 in the khaki green color I like. The pockets hold my Kindle and wallet, so I'm all set. The best part of winter is not having to carry a purse.
I also noticed that over the years, fleece sweaters have gotten thinner and aren't as warm. They are perfect for people who live in well-insulated houses. So I bought some on eBay that were made before the change. They were cheap and in like new condition, and I am very pleased with them. One of them is so warm and thick, it must have originally been outerwear.
I did have lots of long johns. But they are all size small, so I have to buy some mediums. I also need to buy some really warm sweatpants and regular pants. I bought a pair of men's fleece-lined ones last year, but can't find them. They were $70 before 40% off at Lands End. I noticed over the years that men's clothing and outerwear are often much warmer than women's.
I also bought a brand new, beautiful (pastel greens and blues) wool Pendelton shirt on eBay. I also have a fleece lined flannel shirt. These are my favorites.
I also can't find my fingerless gloves. My hands are so small that the fingers extend up to my nails, but I can still type, so all is well. My hands get icy cold in winter.
My insulated duck boots from LL Bean are great - they aren't the warmest, but I don't stay outside for a long time -- and they are waterproof.
Winter clothing is a pain -- so much to put on. So far, I've lived in houses that were poorly insulated and need new windows for the last 30 years. I thought moving from a 100 year old stone house into a 67 year old brick house would make a difference. It has not. If I could move around more at my usual brisk pace, it wouldn't be a problem. I have spent half my life in the Frozen North, and spent a lot of time researching warm garb.
Some day, I am going to try cross country skiing. If I like it and can stay upright, it will be fun. Either that, or move to a tropical island.