Every morning I walk the dog. Regardless of the cold, snow, sleet, ice – and it’s been all that this winter.
Indeed, I am more faithful than the letter carriers around here. Buddy’s gotta go so I gotta go.
After living in this climate -- with a dog -- for over 30 years, I have finally figured out how to dress for the challenge. So in the interest of helping my fellow sufferers cope, I am publishing a list of essential winter survival gear. This stuff is good for people with Reynaud’s syndrome (cold extremities), fear of falling, and common sense. (But if you're a vegan, stop reading now.)
Shearling mittens. I tried everything else, even those hand-warming poppers people take ice-fishing and to football games. These work.
Smart Wool socks. Lifechangers.
Shearling-lined leather water-proof leather boots, but they have to be “made in Canada.” My neighbors to the north are the masters.
Yak-Trax for the soles of the above-mentioned boots. These low-tech wonders are like snow-chains for your feet and have saved my bones and butt on countless occasions. Warning: they reduce slippage but nothing is foolproof.
Silk underwear, top and bottom. Pretty and warm, these long-johns are lightweight and effective; they last for years and are worth every penny.
Fleece headband and/or fleece hat. Hat-hair is the price of admission. (Shearling works, too.)
Knee-length coat with attached hood (down-filled or animal skin.)
Scarf: anything soft. Bright colors are good for your mood.
Consignment boutique cashmere sweaters. Yummy warm clouds at good prices.
Bundle up out there and walk like a penguin.