Monday, 12 September 2016

Prepping For Fall

This weekend it got a bit nippy, cold even. Nothing too cold, but cold enough, overnight, so as to cause me to think about the cold weather to come and how to deal with it.

What I did was get out my two other quilts and put them back on the bed. I also trotted out my safely stashed away cold weather clothes and looked them over. One of these was my set of thermal undies.

I did what I said I was going to do and bought another pair and one other item (more on that later). This meant that I now have four pairs of thermal undies, all one size larger than the other.

Why I do this is so I can wear one pair of thermal undies after the other, all at once. As in, I wear the Medium right next to my body, then the Large, then the Extra Large then the 2 x Extra Large.

Why I do this for layering and more importantly trap yet more air. As we all know insulation is in fact trapping dead air. Still air can be heated radiantly and just by your body or the heat from the house.

That is why thick pink insulation or puffy jackets are so good at keeping your warm, they are in great at trapping air.  Yet this many layered thermal undie garment has one downfall to it.

What that problem is manifests itself anytime I take on or off this garment. As you can guess, lining up the cuffs of each of the layers so they are all at the same level takes a bit of doing.

So this year, I decided to just sew the ends of the cuffs together and be done with it. Sure, this means that when I put this garment on, I can no longer just put on two layers or three layers.

History has taught me, however, when I put this thing on that I don’t put on only one or two layers it is all or nothing!

So here is me half way through sewing up one of the cuffs.

The process is a simple up and over method making sure to keep going up and over the top again and again.

I made sure to get every layer at once by constantly pulling them up and reaching down at least five to ten millimetres on each pass with the needle.

Eventually I was done all four cuffs and this is what it looks like.

The other thing I did was buy a new pair of sandals.

They look big don’t they? They are the perfect size, as far as I am concerned. Why? Well, they are going to be my winter sandals . . . yep winter sandals.

You see, once I am all dressed up in my warm clothes with about 5 – 6 layers, including at least 2 pairs of socks, my feet get fat. At that point the only footwear that fit are my winter boots.

If I just have to pop outside to switch propane tanks, or get something from the truck or even just do my evening walk around, this is tedious and overly time consuming.

So, what I did was buy the largest set of rubber sandals that I could get my hands on Size 13. I usually take a size 10, so these things should fit my fat winter feet.

This ways I can just keep them by the door, slip them on, pop outside, then back inside without the fuss of the boots.

I can still put the boots on when I need to go to the store or go outside any distance or for any length of time.

As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive and keep moving forward!

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