October 19: Cold Weather Tips

“I was just thinking, if it is really religion with these nudist colonies, they sure must turn atheists in the wintertime.”

– Will Rogers
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Tips for Cold Weather

Are you getting cold weather yet? Remember it’s fleeting. The last two evenings, my winter coat came out of the closet for my walk. Vince turned on the heat for the first time. It got down to about 40 degrees outside. Rather than moving to Sun City or Hawaii, there are a few things you can do to make your life bearable in the cold weather.

Warm woolen blankets at Ft. Vancouver in the market building.

Remind yourself that winter is a fleeting moment in time and enjoy the cold.

Take Care of Yourself

“I would honestly say the biggest thing for cold weather is a good face moisturizer with SPF. Winters are harsh, wind chill’s real, and, a lot of the time, it’s a really dry climate, and so your lips will crack, your face will start to get dry, your nose will peel; it’s easy to get sunburnt, windburnt.”

Gus Kenworthy

I haven’t lived in a REALLY cold weather state since I was 15 except for a three-year stint in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I don’t consider myself an expert or a lover of cold weather, but in addition to the tips I found online, here are a few of mine.

  • If you have really sensitive lips that crack deeply in the cold like I do, Mary Kay has a vaseline-type product that healed my lips which stayed cracked from February to August the first year I lived in Colorado. It’s called “Extra Emollient Night Cream.” I haven’t had to use it in either CA or AZ, but I keep moisturizing lipstick on my lips most of the time.
  • I hate the static electricity that accompanies winter weather. Carry dryer sheets to rub on clothes and hair to prevent static electricity or cling. I also use moisturizer if I’m going to wear something that tends to cling. Wetting your hands and rubbing your clothes can also help in a pinch when everything is clinging to you. Carry something metal you can touch before you shake hands. This takes the charge instead of your new boss’s hand.

What to Wear

“I think really good style is all about accessorizing and layering. For me, I feel like you can always dress much better in cold weather than you can in warm weather.”

Justin Rose
Taken at Ft. Vancouver – docent working in the fur trading building

“There’s no such thing as bad weather – only the wrong clothes.”

Billy Connolly

There were not always a wide array of choices in earlier times. From the earliest hunter and gatherer era, animal furs kept humans warm in the winter, providing both clothing and housing. Fur trading was a staple industry of the Pacific Northwest in the 1800s. People around the world counted on these warm furs to make clothing for winter weather.

Today we have fewer animals, more humans, and more choices of materials to keep us warm in the cold weather.

  • In super cold climates, leather boots don’t keep you warm. Trust me, my Dad gave me new boots when we moved from Oregon to Colorado Springs. I thought that I’d be so well prepared. WRONG After one winter outdoor excursion in the snow, I bought and lived in my insulated snow boots that had rubber soles. Columbia has a pair that looks similar to what I had for about $90. I probably got mine at Fred Meyer or somewhere like that for much less. I also invested in a long, down coat. It was comfortable even in Central California winters for yard duty.
  • A friend here in Prescott told me about electric socks to keep your feet warm. I bought some last year on Amazon after they got them in stock again in March. I haven’t tried them yet.
  • I hate gloves because they make my fingers crack. My favorite gloves are leather with a fur-like lining. More than that I love my coat pockets.
  • I also hate hats. My head is not shaped right for them. If they fit comfortably on the top of my head, they cover my eyes, even turned up so they cover my head twice. My Australian friend, Carol, the Eternal Traveller, crocheted me the nicest scarf I’ve ever had. It’s super wide and super long. I could probably wrap it around me and wear it as a long dress. It is the most comfortable piece of winter clothing I have besides my coat. You can check out Jodie’s Touch of Style to see fashionable ways to wear scarves. I just wrap my huge scarf over my head and around my neck a couple of times. If it’s too cold, I can pull it up over my mouth and nose. Thank you always, Carol!

Literary Winter

“Imagine if fire extinguishers were full of snow. Imagine the fun we could have.”

– Neil Hilborn

NanNoWriMo is coming up in November. No wonder – it gives writers a reason and goal to sit down and get lost in their novels instead of a snowstorm. I did that one year, (wrote, not got lost) and it was exhilarating. (and a little grueling, but fun).

“Blow, blow, thou winter wind Thou art not so unkind, As man’s ingratitude.”

– William Shakespeare

There are cold hearts, cold shoulders, cold fear, and even cold cuts (both the meat and the insults.)

This is the saddest picture I took during my blogger trip to the Pacific Northwest. There were some homeless encampments in Portland, but not as many as I expected. The homeless live everywhere now – as always. And the problems persist. This man didn’t look up once in the short time I saw him. He had completely shut himself from the cold harsh realities of this world.

Presumed – a homeless man, on a sunny, 75-degree day in Vancouver, Washington.

Inspired by

Sunday Stills – fleeting moments from our Vancouver Blogger meetup with Kirstin Troyer of Loving Life.

Now it’s your turn.

What warms your heart on a cold day? Any tips for the upcoming cold days?

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92 responses to “WQW #40: Getting Ready for Cold Weather”

    1. Marsha Avatar

      I’m on my phone, so commenting is hard, but I love your thoughts and poems, Sadje. Even climates like Hawaii have issues in spite of the consistent weather. So I think we just bloom where we are planted and enjoy the rest winter brings.

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      1. Sadje Avatar

        Thanks Marsha! Yes, we should enjoy where we live and it’s changes.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          I think it boils down to that – or in my case find a place you enjoy more, and then bloom. We moved from Indiana when I was young. I didn’t do well there because of the humid heat and the extreme cold. Fortunately we moved to Oregon, which was more mild, and I felt physically more comfortable there. I have been happy in the remaining places I’ve lived but none have had the humidity of Indiana.

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          1. Sadje Avatar

            Humid climate can be overwhelming/ overpowering for some people. I like the weather in Seattle despite it’s raining a lot there.

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            I like the weather in Seattle, too. My first husband was from there, so we went often to visit his mother and sister.

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          3. Sadje Avatar

            It was mostly pleasant there. Even the winters weren’t that cold.

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          4. Marsha Avatar

            I thought they were pretty cold. One time I wore two pair of sweat pants and shirts, plus a long down coat (calf-length.) I was chilly in my outfit as I walked around Greenlake. There was an OLD man standing in the pathway talking to a beautiful woman. He wore nothing but a speedo! His skin was bright red almost as red as his speedo! I guess cold is a matter of perspective. Men have more blood than women do and stay warmer.

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          5. Sadje Avatar

            Haha! Besides people get used to the temps they are born in.

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          6. Marsha Avatar

            I guess he was pretty used to it! LOL

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          7. Sadje Avatar

            Haha! Yep, one can imagine.

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  1. Cold weather knocking at the door – Keep it alive Avatar

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  2. roughwighting Avatar

    My guy and I raised our family in the SF Bay area. I loved that weather (having grown up in NJ and going to college in PA). Never really needed a winter coat, just a fall-like one for the foggy days. Now we live in the Boston area and in the winter, I can never get warm except when I take a HOT hot bath. So that’s my tip for really cold days. Take a long hot bath and your body will stay warm for a while. 🙂 FUN post. xo

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I love hot baths. I like the area a little east of the East of the Bay like Berkeley. I think SF is a little to cold and breezy. I agree that baths are helpful!!! It’s the ONLY thing that works if I go to bed cold! Thanks again for your helpful comments.

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      1. roughwighting Avatar

        Our son lived in Kensington for a while, great area!

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          That sounds lovely. Our son went to Berkely which is right next door. That area definitely has the best weather in the state, I think.

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  3. OnceUponaTimeHappilyEverAfter.com Avatar

    Will share my quote/tip the end of the month. This was a fun prompt. And I agree, there is no bad weather just not the right clothing for the weather!!

    Glad that dear gentleman had a sunny place to sit by a bright flower bed. Hope he was warm, inside and out.

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  4. Marilyn Armstrong Avatar

    I thought, since winter is much on our minds, that I’d dip my oar in the water too. I’m old enough to have the warm coat, the cozy boots, more sweaters, scarves and mufflers than I will ever have time to wear and some weird hats that actually stay on my head and don’t pop off because my hair gets in the way. NOW I need flannel pajamas. As I’ve gotten older, I seem to be cold all the time, even in the summer.

    I love fall. I just wish it wasn’t followed by winter (shiver).

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I agree 100 percent. I hate when fall ends. The snow is pretty the first time. After that I’m tired of it. I envy your hair. Send some my way. It is thinner than ever. I asked the doctor if I could quit my hormone blocker early to see if I could get some sleep, and he said yes. So maybe some of my hair will grow back. I hope so. So far it has helped my sleeping habits a little.

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      1. Marilyn Armstrong Avatar

        My hair is also very thin. It’s long and it looks like a lot more than it is. It’s very fine and very slick (always was), but now it’s also very thin. I try not to look at how much of it comes out each time I wash it. I don’t wash it any more than I must — between 5 days and a week. If I wash it sooner it dries out and breaks. Thin hair must be part of aging because all my same-aged friends deal with it. At least we HAVE hair!

        My hair fell out and grew back after each big surgery. Then, last time, it didn’t grow back. I guess it got tired. Hats slide off my head because my hair is kind of slick and slidey, but not because it’s thick. This was 20 years ago. Now, at least I still have some and mostly, it covers my head!

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          LOL, I guess you are right, but I was hoping it was because of the medication. 🙂

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          1. Marilyn Armstrong Avatar

            Medication doesn’t help, but sadly, age is a biggie.

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            My genes for lots of hair is sadly lacking on both sides of the family. The only one who had much hair was my dad’s father. Mom’s mom wasn’t too bad off, but the rest of my family as far back as great-grandparents were not loaded with hair. So…

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          3. Marilyn Armstrong Avatar

            I’m seeing more and more women — my age and even younger — who are missing a lot of hair. Maybe because we’re living longer? Or maybe it’s one of those things that always happened and no one bothered to tell us. Maybe both.

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          4. Marsha Avatar

            I know – especially women who dye their hair dark auburn. It seems like they have the hardest time. I used to dye my hair that color and stopped in my 50s or so and changed to blond to hide the ever blooming gray. Now kids are dying their hair GRAY!

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          5. Marilyn Armstrong Avatar

            My hair turned white overnight — just like in the movies (I thought it was a movie myth, but it’s not — it went completely white). So when I came out, dying it was sort of stupid because ever three week, I looked like a skunk with white stripes. I had my color stripped out and it turned out my natural white was a GREAT color and looked better on me than any color I could dye it. It tends to look a bit blond, but that’s because there’s a lot of iron in the water and it makes my white hair turn kind of yellow. Anything that would strip the color out is so damaging to my already fragile hair, I live with the yellow.

            I was half gray when my hair changed entirely to white. Early graying is a family trait. My son also went gray early and I’m better so will my granddaughter in a few year. The white was a HUGE improvement on that iron gray.

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          6. Marsha Avatar

            How interesting! Any idea why it turned white overnight? Did you have a huge fright? I spotted my first gray hair at 13. By 35 I was predominently gray, but colored it and still do somewhat. I need more iron in my water, I guess because I have to do a blond rinse to get it to the color I like. Gray, which it still is, although it is much lighter now clashes with my gray face. 🙂

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          7. Marilyn Armstrong Avatar

            No, I had major heart surgery. Entirely shocking enough. Especially when I briefly died.

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          8. Marsha Avatar

            No way! I’m glad you came back! Did surgeons stop your heart or did you do it yourself? That would be a shock! You have had more than your share of health issues, my friend.

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          9. Marilyn Armstrong Avatar

            They were replacing two valves, doing a bypass, and carving out my left ventricle (rather like a pumpkin) to allow blood to flow. But after all those repairs, my heart refused to beat. It merely stopped beating. They tried everything to get it to beat, but it never restarted. I have a pacemaker to remind it to beat. If I run out of batteries, I’m gone. I’ve got a few more years before they have to change the batteries. Weird thing, running on batteries.

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          10. Marsha Avatar

            Gosh, that is weird. Do you get a warning beep when you have a few days of charge left, or do you just take your chances? Apparently your heart started at some point or you would be a vampire today! LOL

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          11. Marilyn Armstrong Avatar

            No but they check the battery status every 90 days (electronically) and if I think anything is wrong, it’s off to the hospital. I’m a patchwork of repairs, proof of the miracles of modern medicine.

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          12. Marsha Avatar

            You are indeed. Worth every miracle. 🙂

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          13. Marilyn Armstrong Avatar

            There are days when I really wonder, but this has been a pretty good one. I fell down in the bathroom this morning. I didn’t get hurt, but since I was already on the floor, a place I try not to go since getting up is difficult, I figured I just do some serious cleaning on the bottom rail of the shower — a place that is hard to clean. I considered it an opportunity.

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          14. Marsha Avatar

            LOL, I love your can-do attitude, Miracle Girl. 🙂

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  6. robertawrites235681907 Avatar

    HI Marsha, the picture of the homeless person is so sad. If first world countries can get on top of this problem, how can third world countries ever hope for improvement.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I don’t have an answer for that one, Robbie. It sounds like fodder for a novel, though.

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  7. Miriam Hurdle Avatar

    Hmm, I hope the cold is not coming too soon because I have to dig into the boxes to get out the blankets and clothes that we packed away. It looks like we’ll stay for the winter. I don’t think people want to close escrow around Thanksgiving or Christmas.
    Nice selection of photos, Marsha!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Miriam. We closed on our condo on December 27, and moved in January 4th two years ago. You never know. I hope things go well. Did you find a house in Portland?

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      1. Miriam Hurdle Avatar

        You’re right, Marsha. People do things any time if they want to. We withdrew three offers for different reasons. We’ll wait to sell before we buy because we don’t want to pay interest in a loan infinitely.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          That is very wise. 🙂 Have a good rest of this month. The weather here is glorious right now. Fall colors are in full swing. It’s in the 70s with no rain.

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  8. Suzanne@PictureRetirement Avatar

    Marsha, my summer wardrobe and my winter wardrobe look pretty much the same, but I do love dressing in layers when the temp takes a dip. That happened for a couple of nights this past week and we enjoyed glorious 60s. We are heading to North Georgia next week for some (fingers crossed) leaf-peeping. Packing that suitcase will be fun!

    I can’t wear hats either. I have one sort of beenie hat that works in really cold weather, but it looks terrible. Dryer sheets and lip balm are always a good idea.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I hadn’t thought of dryer sheets! I have heard that hair spray works to cut static, too. There are commercial products that work well. When I worked I carried it with me. I forget now what it was. Lip balm is always a great idea. Thanks for your comment, Suzanne. 🥰🥰

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      1. Marilyn Armstrong Avatar

        A damp sponge or paper towel lightly across the static area works surprisingly well. It’s cheaper than hair spray and easier on your lungs!.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          True that. I have even just wet my hands and rubbed them on my clothes in a pinch. But I definitely have used the paper towel trick. 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I have jury duty this morning. I’ll be by later today!

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    2. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Lady Lee. 🙂

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  9. Retirement Reflections Avatar

    Great cold weather tips, Marsha.
    Our extended summer has been crazy. I am still wearing shorts and tshirts in the end of October. LIkely it will switch soon and I will remind myself of your great tips — especially the moisturizer!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Shorts and shirts-unheard of!!! Wow. It was 48 this morning at 6:30 on our patio, so not bad. It’s perfect walking weather, but I’m in lightweight pants.

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  10. the eternal traveller Avatar

    I’m so glad your scarf keeps you warm and cosy. Wrapped in love!

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  11. kiangablog Avatar

    Great post Marsha. Hopefully we are heading towards summer but are experiencing a very wet spring.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Send some of that beautiful wetness to the western states of the United States! Too bad there’s not a water pipeline. 🙂 Thanks for the comment. 🙂

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      1. kiangablog Avatar

        The babbling I’m hearing is the sound of running water Marsha! More rain today and more flooding in other parts of the state which is a real worry. I wish there was a pipeline too!

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Babbling is beautiful, if only it wouldn’t get so carried away. I hope everyone is okay.

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  12. sustainabilitea Avatar

    Love that first quote, Marsha. Electric socks? Really? How do they work as you obviously can’t walk around plugged in? 🙂 The homeless man shot is a wonderful shot full of feeling and pathos. Your comment about leather boots is very true. For winter weather, you need winter clothes and fashion has to take second place. I’m getting ready to pack some cold weather clothes and boots for my trip back to Illinois. I probably won’t get any snow, but I’ll enjoy the cold. 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      The socks have a rechargable battery. If I could get to you before you go, I’d loan them to you. But I ended up not even coming down for my dr appointment. He did a video conference. It’s kind of a pain to have to pack cold weather clothes when you are traveling by plane. There is no way to pack light. 🙂 Have fun. I miss you already. 😉

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      1. sustainabilitea Avatar

        Don’t worry, I’ll be fine. 😘 It’s unlikely to be colder then the low thirties so not a problem. Cold weather clothes just take up a lot more room but I’m excited to wear them again. You have fun too and hopefully I’ll see you before year-end.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Sounds like a good plan. I know Jodie wants to come up here and go to some of the museums in Prescott. I want to go down there and go to some of the gardens. You are going all over the place this fall! See you soon!

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  13. Jodie Avatar
    Jodie

    I wasn’t even sure that was a real person vs a statue Marsha. It is so sad.
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      He didn’t move a muscle, Jodie. There wasn’t one part of him showing, but I hadn’t thought about him not being real. Maybe he wasn’t. I’ll have to ask Kirstin to check out that bench next time she goes to Vancouver. It would be a lot less sad if he were a statue.

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  14. Terri Webster Schrandt Avatar

    I must have heard the cold weather vibrations in the air with this post, Marsha. I just spent the last hour trading my summer clothes for the winter clothes I had in my she-shed. It is still quite warm in the sun here at 74 F for the high today. It all changes Friday…according to our weatherman, he says, “massive changes coming…” I believe him. We got down to 39 overnight. By next week we will average 50F for daytime highs and 32-33 for lows with rain and perhaps a dusting of snow!!. I’m ready! Got my sheepskin-lined boots out, my flannel-lined pants, and my gorgeous thick fall scarf, so I can keep walking outside.

    I love all the fur pics you captured on our Ft Vancouver trip. The volunteer modeling the fur is hilarious—how did I miss that? I agree that the best boots are waterproof with wool or shearling lining.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      It sounds like you are ready to go. You are so cute with that she-shed. It’s like an extra super sized closet. I’d need more clothes. Even Cindy has more clothes than I do. Nutter Butter keeps ruining my clothes. So far so good on my new clothes, though. YAY! You missed the model because you were taking the perfect picture with the fur hook and the leather look. 🙂 Perspectives, my friend. We might have been in different places on this trip our pictures are so different. 🙂

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      1. Terri Webster Schrandt Avatar

        Lol! It’s true it doubles as a closet, with garden tools and half painted totem poles. I’m glad your clothes have stood the claws of time 🤣 But it’s fun to see what we think is compelling 😉❤️

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Lots of laughs in this comment. I love “claws of time,” and what is “compelling.”

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          1. Terri Webster Schrandt Avatar

            Fun to have fun 🤣💕

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            How true. I got dismissed from jury duty today, and the day was one of the most gorgeous days ever.

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          3. Marsha Avatar

            I know! It could have been raining and ugly!

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  15. Janis @ RetirementallyChallenged.com Avatar

    I don’t think I’d do well in a really cold climate. What passes for “cold” around here would make anyone who lives where it snows laugh. Although I agree with Justin Rose’s quote: “I feel like you can always dress much better in cold weather than you can in warm weather,” I still prefer shorts and Ts to jeans and sweaters.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      When I had my book edited, my editor pointed out that dressing for winter at 50 degrees might make people laugh. I have seen people in shorts and t-shirts at that temperature. It’s still cool for me.

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  16. bushboy Avatar

    Can’t find a winter hat as your head is the wrong shape!!! Don’t you have Beanies in the US? They fit any head and keep your head so warm. Australia even has a Beanie Festival 😂😂
    https://beaniefest.org/

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  17. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

    sadly I’m afraid I won’t be needing sweaters even next week when I’m in N. Y. Marsha. Praying for rain here though and love your post, 💗

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Cindy. Pack a sweater just to be safe! You never know in NY. I took two light jackets with me to Portland last month – one for wind, one for rain and I packed really light – one carryon, which they checked at the gate for me both ways.

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      1. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

        Oh good to know Marsha.. thanks so much for letting me known.. That’s really helpful ❤️

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  18. restlessjo Avatar

    Funnily enough I bought a snug winter jacket today, and some trainers that don’t let in water! A little rain arrived- about the only time I ever go shopping- but temps still hovered around 22/23C. I remember one day at the beach last January when the wind was really cutting so now I’m all prepared.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I’m so proud of you, Jo. A teacher’s heart – be prepared for everything.

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  19. Tofino Photography Avatar

    I do winter camping and have slept in -45 F weather. I have learned there is no such thing as bad weather,……only bad clothing.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Brrr I’m super cold at night – unless I’m not. I sleep in my fuzzy robe with the heat on and a heating pad to fall asleet. Then I wake up super hot! I might need one of those bear furs if I was sleeping in -45 F. 🙂

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      1. Tofino Photography Avatar

        one thing I learned during my winter camping is how to pee into a bottle. Nobody unzips their sleeping bag in that temperature….trust me!

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          LOL, instant frozen liquid, too! That would be super uncomfortable – icicles, too! Bad visual!

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  20. joylennick Avatar

    Hi Marsha, All very interesting, thank you. I’m retired with my husband in ‘sunny Spain,’ and we don’t see snow in our region: the Costa Blanca area, which comes under Orihuela Costa, Alicante. It does get a bit nippy now and then, but rarely goes down to freezing, and we also have several milder periods, often around Christmas and New Year, so lucky us! Take care and have fun! Cheers. x

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      It sounds like a lovely place. Vince said Sunday he would like to re-retire in Europe – probably Spain or Italy. I’m afraid his scardy-cat wife is all for staying put, but I’d sure like to visit some day.

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      1. joylennick Avatar

        Hi again Marsha, I wasn’t sure about coming to Spain either, but we’ve been here for 22 years now and I don’t regret it at all. The UK became so expensive and the weather is usually…more fickle. We sold our house here and now rent at 350 euros per month (2 beds, 2 baths). In the UK that would mean one thousand pounds…and Brexit is a no-no which has lopped a lot off our mean pensions…A 3 course meal still can cost ten/12 euros…& travel fares are much cheaper. No-where’s perfect, of course, but the pluses certainly outweigh the ‘downs.’ The artistic facilities are generous -plenty of theatres, writing and acting groups around. I Chair for Writers’ Ink and used to take a group for the U3A (Uni for the third age). We live a mile from the Med. which is handy…We also receive free medical care – ‘im indoors had cancer treatment and, fortunately recovered, and I have had a few very mini strokes. (I received no payment from the Spanish government for the above!!!)
        Cheers. Joy x

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Wow! That is really interesting. I had one other blogger friend who moved from the UK to Spain. He loved it but had to travel farther to get medical attention.

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  22. Sally Pace Avatar
    Sally Pace

    I miss you so much! I am not ready for cold.

    We are in Santa Barbara at the Dr. and it is 75 degrees.

    We are going to Switzerland for Christmas so I better get ready for the cold. Sally Pace

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I miss you too, Sally and all my friends at Kiwanis. What great times we had. It was so fun being with Chuck and Jenny almost like we had never parted. I took out your phone number from the comment section. It hasn’t changed has it? It probably prints automatically from your phone.

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