As posted by kathrynzj at RevGalBlogPals:
I’m heading from unseasonably warm temperatures and no snow to a place of GREAT SNOW. Sadly, for reasons that don’t need to be boringly laid out here, I am sans decent winter boots at the moment so I need to find some… NOW!
In the meantime I am shaking my head at myself. How could I possibly be without one of the key essentials for living in my environment?
Every area is different. What are the 5 key essentials needed for where you live?
And bonus – what have folks looked twice at you for because you wore it out of place.
1) Well, since I live in the land of GREAT SNOW (for today, anyway) — boots, of course. I wore the same pair of slip-on LL Bean boots for many years and finally had to replace them, reluctantly, with something that worked better for my RA-impacted feet. I found these Merrell’s. It took some getting used to the stiffer ankle construction, but now I love them. I really haven’t needed them much this winter! But today they are a necessity.
Also, people say they’re cute.
2) A really warm coat. I’m without one this winter. My beloved, flowered LL Bean barn coat with the fancy pants insulated lining showed the wear of years, and I harvested the buttons to use on my other, flannel-lined barn coat. Next year, new barn coat, or something similar. Love those coats.
3) A really warm hat. I have several, including a new favorite celebrating the NY GIANTS.
4) A really warm scarf. (Getting the picture here?) I have a favorite hand-knit scarf, and I’m using my delicious, cuddly skein of Malabrigo to make another.
5) A shovel.
More than one, preferably, in case the other gets lost under the snow. (The way the firewood on the back steps, not to mention the rest of the woodpile, did.)
Bonus: When I first moved to Maine, I had a pair of really ugly boots. They seemed like a good idea. They had those duck boot bottoms, and quilted (sort of) legs. And in the catalog the color looked okay. But no. They were pretty awful, sort of a pukey yellow rather than the advertised “tan.” I was a young mom, and the little child got priority on wardrobe spending, so I had to live with those bad, weird-look-attracting boots for a long time, including many sledding trips. No, I don’t have a picture.