A Tosa resident since 1991, Christine walks the dog, cooks but avoids housework, writes and reads, and enjoys the company of friends and strangers. Her job takes her around the state, learning about people's health. A Quaker (no, they don't wear blue hats or sell oatmeal or motor oil), she has been known to stand on both sides of the political and philosophic fence at the same time, which is very uncomfortable when you think about it. She writes about pretty much whatever stops in to visit her busy mind at the moment. One reader described her as "incredibly opinionated but not judgmental." That sounds like a good thing to strive for!
No, this is no diatribe on resolutions for the new year. I just want to share a couple things that can change your life, at least for the next couple of months. It really helps to get outside in winter, and if you've got the right gear, it becomes do-able.
- Ice traction devices (cleats). Strap these babies on your shoes or boots and you can walk anywhere. Stable Icers are the creme de la creme of strap on crampons to keep you on your feet and off your butt this winter. They cost nearly $50, but they last, and you can replace the little spikey things should they drop out.
I couldn't get those this year, but I found a great substitute at Dunham's for $13. You can also get the more popular (but wussier and less durable) YakTrax for about $20.
- A three-way hood. I got one for about $9 at Kohl's. You can wear it inconspicuously around your neck, pull it up to cover your head if it gets cold, and over your nose and mouth when it gets really bad.
- Snow pants. If you don't have a pair, get them, and the elements suddenly stop being daunting. .
They make your butt look warm. . .
What are your favorite get-through-the-winter devices?