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Shoveling Away
Dear Weather,

I have finished shoveling. Please stop snowing. Thank you.


Now I know why raccoons are always covered in snow. Because the lining on my down coat collected lots of snow! It looked more white than black, when I'd finished shoveling. (Yes, the lining of my hood is real fur. Yes, I feel a little weird about it. I've owned leather, but never fur, even this tiny bit. I don't know why it should feel different. But that's a subject for another time.)

I also know why raccoons always look so warm: that fur is nice and cosy. So is the down -- that explains why geese rarely look chilly either. Combined they do a pretty good job of keeping me warm. Now if only I was young enough that I could still wear snowpants, so my legs wouldn't be cold.... Maybe I should get some flannel-lined jeans like lindaatzarquon talks about.

The boots I wore did a surprisingly good job of keeping my feet dry and warm-ish, actually. I wanted new snow-boots, you see. My old snow-boots had lost their waterproofness. Before going out to shovel this evening, I was whining to myself, "Darn it, I wish I had a good pair of boots!"

The ironic thing is that I even had a good pair of winter boots in my hand awhile back, sometime during last winter I think it was. I held them up and said to my friend I happened to be at Target with, "I should buy these. I need a new pair of winter boots."

"But what for?" He asked me. "When would you wear them?" (This is why two cheap frugal people should never shop for necessities with one another.)

I faltered. "You know, when it's snowy outside." I tried to justify myself. "My other boots fell apart. The only winter boots I own anymore are dressy, with heels. Good for wearing to work, with suits or dresses, but not good for walking through snowdrifts and stuff."

"But would you really wear them? Do you walk through a lot of snowdrifts?" Slowly, he helped me talk myself out of it. I pictured my daily routine: walk to car, walk from car to office, work indoors...he was right! What did I need silly dry boots for anyway?

"No, I guess not...." I generally don't feel comfortable spending money, not if I can convince myself I don't need to. When I shop, sometimes I need somebody practical to come along to reassure me that my potential purchases are a good idea. Shopping with somebody who is even more cheap frugal than I am is a bad idea, because I find myself feeling guilty for wanting to buy the slightest little thing -- even winter boots in Michigan! (From Target, not somewhere expensive!)

So, to sum up: I didn't buy the boots. I don't remember it being all that much of an issue last winter. But this evening it was. I drove home, parked my car in the garage, and then carefully picked my way through the three inches of fluffy snow in my driveway in my cute black heels with the silver buckles (that don't look nearly as cute when covered in salt). I grumbled away, mentally cursing the person who had talked me out of buying the stupid boots. "This is why I needed them," I exclaimed internally to both of us. "So I can shovel the damn snow! And walk through it before it's been plowed!"

For lack of anything better, I wore the dressy boots while shoveling anyway. To my surprise, they kept my feet warm and dry. That's the most important thing, so I guess they worked out. I was almost inclined to agree that I didn't need the silly new boots after all, except then after shoveling I went for an evening walk. Only about 30% of the sidewalks had been shoveled, so I tromped my way through a lot of uneven snow. It was a beautiful walk, but several times the narrow-but-pretty heel of my boot slid sideways out from under me on the rough terrain. My toes clenched to keep my balance, the heels were awkward, and my knees and the arches of my feet hurt when I was through.

Ah-HA! See, I was right -- I do need a new pair of winter boots! Time to do some shopping. But I bet at this time of year, all the good ones will be sold out.... And spring is surely just around the corner, right...?

Maybe I don't need boots after all.
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From: nicegeek Date: January 6th, 2005 05:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Now you see, when he asked "Do you walk through a lot of snowdrifts?", you should have said "Yes!". :-)

"And spring is surely just around the corner, right...?"

...which makes this the perfect time to buy a new umbrella. ;-)
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: January 6th, 2005 05:57 am (UTC) (Link)
you need cole slaw!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 6th, 2005 03:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
magentablue From: magentablue Date: January 6th, 2005 06:11 am (UTC) (Link)
actually now is probably a great time to shop for boots as many seem to be going on clearance. and i would bet that the "practical" boots are still out there. it's the cute dressy ones that go fast... hopefully you don't wear an odd size.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 6th, 2005 03:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
No, I wear an even size. (haha) Actually wait, is 6.5 even or odd? Probably neither, come to think of it. You're probably right -- I hope so!
itsmika From: itsmika Date: January 6th, 2005 06:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
You might try DSW - the clearance racks in back might even have some boots on major bargain by now! Prices there are rather reasonable there anyway...

I'm so happy I bought new snow boots this year! They are wonderfully warm and snuggly/comfy - like slippers. I wear them all the time - and I am NOT a snow drift wader ;-)

My old ones were always too small, so they were still in excellent condition from lack of wear. I'd hand them over to you if I could figure out what I did with them...
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: January 6th, 2005 11:44 am (UTC) (Link)

flannel lined pants

The back cover of my fraternal magazine (I am an Elk) had a full cover page for flannel-lined denims, 2 pairs for $29.99 for men. But I checked their website and they've got flannel lined pants, not denims, for women. http://www.haband.com/jump.jsp?itemID=765&itemType=PRODUCT&iMainCat=6&iSubCat=27&iProductID=765

And buy some boots! If I was back in Michigan, I'd be getting a new pair since I threw out my old hiking/ice sole boots when I left (the thread had worn down completely and it would have cost as much as a new pair to have those resoled).
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 6th, 2005 03:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: flannel lined pants

Hmm. The price is good...but they're not really very attractive.....

I live practically across the street from an Elk's club.
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: January 6th, 2005 04:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: flannel lined pants

You should try to meet some Elks, they're always looking for new members (Women can be members for about the past 10 years).
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 6th, 2005 05:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: flannel lined pants

I don't know anything about the Elks, but I always was under the vague impression that they were old men with funny hats. Kind of like in the Flinstones....
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: January 6th, 2005 05:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: flannel lined pants

No, that's the Shriners. Dig through
http://www.elks.org for all the good things they do, like veteran and youth programs (scholarships, drug education, hoop shoots, soccer shoots).
anarmyofjuan From: anarmyofjuan Date: January 6th, 2005 10:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: flannel lined pants

my Dad has been an Elk for years. seemed to me to be much like going to an old-school bar and occasionally doing community projects (thanksgiving dinner for the poor, etc...), but then, I haven't been to an Elks lodge in years and years. no funny hats, though. :-P
jenx From: jenx Date: January 6th, 2005 02:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
I bought your boots. :D

The big blue ones that lace up, for $21.99 at Target.

Yes, they come in handy.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 6th, 2005 03:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well darn it... You're right, those probably were the ones I was looking at! *grumble* Well at least somebody is enjoying them. (:
jenx From: jenx Date: January 6th, 2005 03:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Try Target again - they may have them on sale.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 6th, 2005 05:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I do believe I will!
operatic From: operatic Date: January 6th, 2005 02:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's so weird to read people talking of winter; right now, GA highs should be in the mid 40s-mid 50s, not the mid-70s we've been getting the last week. (It's nice and all, but it's also disturbing weather for the first week of January.)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 6th, 2005 03:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Now you're just being mean....
bjorng From: bjorng Date: January 7th, 2005 08:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's no longer *hot* today in Atlanta, but I have been wearing shorts and t-shirts all week. Then again, when I was up in NYC I regretted not having shorts along for the trip, so it's not that much warmer down here than up there. (Michigan is another matter entirely.)
cannibal From: cannibal Date: January 6th, 2005 07:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
nishar From: nishar Date: January 6th, 2005 07:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dear Renniekins,

Better buy those boots, and a bigger shovel! Know what I mean???

love, da Weather!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 6th, 2005 08:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: January 7th, 2005 04:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Tell "you know who" that everyone who lives in Michigan needs a good pair of practical winter boots, esp if they own a house.

This wouldn't be the same person who owns a fur winter hat would it?
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