Saturday, December 15, 2007

Just Too Worn Out...

Last night was a night I rarely have to endure. I was cold and could not get warm. It probably was because I have spent the past five days or so in and out, wet and dry...and not even from doing any Christmas shopping! I could not get warm...no matter what I tried. I finally had enough layers for my top parts to warm back into the living, but my legs stayed stiff and cold, and achy. I spied many cat bodies in front of the woodburner. Aha! Thinking that they were almost rendered completely into piles of cat-goo, the same would work for me, I stood by the woodburning stove until I thought my jeans were going to self-ignite, it was so hot. I now know what an ironing board feels like. And that didn't even work! I was afraid to stand there any longer lest I become a pale impression of a human torch.

Now, even though they work hard and have kept on going, in truth my barn jeans are just shadows of their former selves. Oh, there's enough material there to cover pieces-parts admirably, but in reality - they are a wisp of their former selves. The sad thing is they are just now getting that lived-in-more-comfortable-than-your-favorite-shoes feel to them. There are times, however, I wonder if it's just sheep suint (from Websters Dictionary: suint: dried perspiration of sheep deposited in the wool and rich in potassium salts) and chicken poo that are holding them together...along with the odd splotch of paint adorning them from our last painting attempt. They have served me well...until now.

This morning I remembered my favorite winter undergarments. I had ordered a set of Merino wool, lace-weight, beautiful cream-colored, winter under-garments! They are as soft as Sea Island cotton but can keep you warm even if they get wet, which can be a problem if you are carrying buckets of warm water out to sheep each morning. They have been the best investment I have made with regards to clothing. If I slosh water down my leg I still stay warm. They are lightweight but oh-so warm...truly a godsend for anyone having to be outside with our temperatures.

Not to sound bizarre...I mean who really goes around extolling the virtues of knitted under-things? But these will make a difference between still enjoying my sheep, or hurrying through morning chores because I'm freezing. I can keep warm enough to take some time to still enjoy myself. Yes, I still do enjoy being outside with the sheep and around the barn, even in the middle of winter.

It's either the additional layer of clothing, or boarding an Air New Zealand jet with a Shetland sheep under each arm, the rest following behind. I don't think they'd like me bringing these friends along...come to think of it...Do Shetland sheep wear Merino under all that wool in Wintertime? ;-)

7 comments:

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

Do you have a bathtub? A good soak in hot water is the best thing for a thorough warming, in my opinion....

Kathy said...

Yup...tried it and it didn't work either. I finally did get warmed up though with some hot soup.

It was -4 F here this morning. Even the sheep weren't too glad to go out this morning. :)

Tina T-P said...

Brrr - way too cold for me! Glad you remembered your NZ union jills...You be careful out there - maybe a rope tow would be a good idea to get up and down that hill? T.

Val said...

You sound like you need that woolly wear, there is nothing like a layer of wool for warmth in the snow. Maybe I should be knitting you one of my woolly hats?

melanie said...

Ooooh, baby! You're still colder than us!

We've gotten our first Nor'easter, but our 8 inches pales to your snow. I've been out all day fussing with the snow blower, barn, paths, and feedings, and right now I would vote for the bath, too.

But the thing that warmed me the most was the "new word of the day" (suint). Can't wait to use that one in a sentence...

Kathy said...

The bathtub here is really one of those very big, very deep jetted tubs. It's very long and very deep and drains the hot water heater everytime someone takes a bath. If all else fails, I soak in it...luckily that doesn't happen more than twice a year! Ha, ha! It's just showers normally...very, very, very hot showers!

Tammy said...

I feel for you Kathy. Does it look like you are going to get a break anytime soon? I hate to say it, but we are having lovely weather here--nearing 50! Our little dab of snow is melting off and the critters are basking in the off and on sunlight. :-) I'm glad you dug out your woolies, and hope that helps!
Tammy
p.s.--is anyone else having trouble with pictures showing up on the blogs? It's not anyone in particular but all of 'em.