Worn Out Before Stepping Out the Door
December 14, 2016 3:10pm CST
With today's temperature being a frigid 15 F (-9 C), one has to bundle-up big time before venturing outdoors. Our pup Molly, a frigid-weather-loving dog, has no need to bundle-up due to that double coat she sports. I have to wear so many items to endure a long walk with Molly when temperatures are below freezing. Putting on all the gear I must wear to protect myself from the cold and from slipping on the ice, I am worn out before I head out the door. 1. Boots- Warm, clunky ones with good tread are a must. 2. Traction Spikes- No boot will, even those with good tread, prevent a slip on the ice every time. Traction cleats are spikes embedded in rubber that are placed over the bottom of each boot. I lost one of the traction spikes yesterday in deep snow, but Molly and I found it on today's walk. 3. Hat- A really warm one with faux fur looks OK, but it is hidden under the hood of the coat, so looks really do not matter. 4. Mittens- Thick, warm-as-can-be mittens work best for me. 5. Sweatshirt- The sweatshirt goes over the shirt and under the coat for added protection. 6. Scarf- The scarf is necessary to cover the bottom half of the face to protect tender facial skin from the blowing snow and gusts of wind. 7. Coat- A wool coat with a large hood trimmed in faux fur goes over the knitted hat to protect the sides of the face from the blowing snow and chilling wind. Whew!
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14 Dec 16
My error. -9 C is the correct temp. On Sunday, however, we will have -5 F which, according to the calculator, is -20 C, if the calculator is correct. Sunday will be a brutal day. Northern Illinois is our area and we have gotten to -15 F, and years ago, -26.
14 Dec 16
Whew is right! Its very cold there today, its cold here too, but not quite that cold. I bundle up when I go outside also. I don't have any spikes, I am just too afraid of walking on ice, with or without spikes because I have severe osteoporosis and I don't have to fall to fracture my spine, so I am very careful and often stay indoors if ice is present.
14 Dec 16
I pulled my winter coat out of the closet. The temperature was -9C (10 F) . Luckily my fuzzy mittens and my knit cap were in the pockets of my coat. The sun was shining, which gave the illusion of warmth. Now the wind is howling....the snow is blowing...it's downright nasty out there. I'll bet Fifi does not want to go out at supper time.