I must be getting old. I’ve never been a super big fan of the cold, preferring to stay inside bundled up with about a hundred layers. I make the effort to take the dogs on their walks like a dedicated pet owner, but if there was a way to get them to hold it until say, March I wouldn’t complain. Of course that isn’t possible so I put on multiple layers and go tromping outside. But it is definitely not fun, since the temperatures have been bitterly cold the last few days with highs in the teens.
The up side is that both of the dogs are getting old too. Orso is now seven and Charlie is a senior citizen at nine. Neither one of them is too enamored with hanging outside too long. Charlie has short hair and gets cold quick and Orso is just a big sissy. This morning our first outing consisted of running outside after breakfast for a quick trot around the yard to do their business and a mad dash to get back inside where it was warm and carrots were waiting as treats. The second outing was later than usual around ten am, with us holding out hope for a heat wave, (didn’t happen), but at least the snow was very light by then. The temperature had warmed up to a sultry eighteen degrees Fahrenheit.
I had on a tee shirt, a flannel shirt, micro fleece jacket and a lined parka and that was just on the upper half of my body. The lower half I had on sweat pants and insulated wind pants, which work very well for keeping my legs warm and the wind out, I just swish when I walk. I even wore silk glove liners and down leather mittens. I am the bigger sissy here and I’m not afraid to admit it. I think it took longer to get dressed than it took for the walk. We did not dally on the walk, it was walk, get to the task at hand and get back home.
The third outing after they ate dinner was pretty much a repeat of the second outing, with me looking like a chunky monkey dressed in a gazillion layers with a drippy nose from the cold. Why couldn’t they have been litter trained like a cat? More importantly why don’t we live some place warmer?
Well I was thinking maybe someplace a little more temperate, I don’t know where, but someplace without snow. Maybe I need 2 residences, one for cold weather and one for hot weather. I better buy a powerball ticket.
I was surprised that I wasn’t frozen by the time we finished that hunt last weekend. But I layered up just like you and I was fine. I am sure I looked a mess and I had so many layers on that I could not zip my orange vest….lol.
My name is Susan Kelly and I started this blog as a means to get my stories out for everyone to enjoy. I have written a book that is a collection of short stories about my experiences pheasant hunting as a newcomer with a bunch of middle aged seasoned pheasant hunters, all men. I am trying to get it published at this time. I poke fun at the dogs, my hunting partners, the “old ways” and most of all me. I don’t take myself too seriously in life and in literature. I’ve started writing about some of my challenges in life, love and marriage, too. It’s kind of the same as hunting.
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