After a beautiful October and first half of November, I got a reality check this week when the temperatueres dipped and the wind speed climbed. For the first time since early last spring the water in the horseâ€™s tank froze and we had to put in a tank heater. Meanwhile, my children had to dig out their snow pants, boots, hats and gloves.
Â Â A check of the inventory found that the boots that had kept our two youngestÂ childrenâ€™sÂ feet warm last winter were too small to do duty again this year. I wasnâ€™t surprised.Â The twoÂ seem to need new shoes about every six months and itâ€™s been at least six since they wore the boots.
Â Â Yesterday I headed to a local store and bought a pair of pinkÂ boots for my daughter and black ones forÂ my sonÂ I also bought a pair of mostly black ones for myself. Theyâ€™re much more comfortable than the pair I had and will keep my feet toasty on my trips between home and work.
Â Â Â I also bought a pair of cheap black gloves. The gloves are pretty thin, but a pair of new ones are on my birthday lists. Gloves are an annual birthday gift that my husband buys. I canâ€™t remember the last time I made it from one December to the next with the same pair of gloves.
Â Â Â Â Â Â I was feeling pretty proud of myself last year when I still had my birthday gloves in mid-February. However, my son, who had borrowed my gloves, left them at a sporting event in a neighboring townÂ in late February, and thatâ€™s the last time I ever saw them.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â With a pair of new, albeit cheap gloves, warm boots and winter coat, Iâ€™m ready for winter. However, if the snowÂ Â forecast for this weekend doesnâ€™t fall and temperatures warm I wonâ€™t be feel bad.Â The longer my winter gear stays stashed, the better as far as Iâ€™m concerned.