Saturday, October 18, 2008

Goodbye to Summer, Hello *foot stomp* Winter

I don’t want to do it, but unless I want to freeze my butt off, it has to be done.

Time to dig out the winter clothes.

Just last Sunday it was 80-something degrees and I wore a thin, short-sleeved white shirt to my granddaughter’s birthday party. I took full advantage of summer’s last gasp, driving with the windows rolled down and sitting on the deck like it was July. But alas, it is mid October and the 50-something highs and 30-something lows blew in at the end of the week like an obnoxious house guest.

Bye bye crop pants and t-shirts. See you next year tank tops and sandals. I’ll miss you.

This the first winter season in many years that I won’t have clothes to take to Goodwill or to give away to friends and family members. For the last 12 years, I was either getting bigger or getting smaller. Finally, I’m the same size I was last year so I know everything will fit. This is a huge relief given the state of our economy and my checkbook.

As soon as I finish my afternoon snack – steamed broccoli sprinkled with parmesan cheese (it’s comfort food) – I’ll open the narrow closet I stuffed – literally stuffed – all my sweaters, leggings, boots and winter workout clothes into. I’m so happy when I get to take out the summer stuff that I don’t fold the winter stuff. I just shove it all in the closet and shut the door. The winter me hates that about the summer me. I really wish I wouldn’t do that.

Mental note: fold and stack next year, Lynn. Fold and stack.

I know what awaits me. Clothes will fly out as soon as I open the door. Then I’ll have to go through them and separate the tops from the bottoms, decide what has to be washed, and then try to find room for it all. It’s not like I have many clothes, but you know how bulky winter clothes are. One sweater takes the room of six t-shirts (…sniff, sniff…I miss them already).

I don’t like the feel of winter clothes anymore. I used to worship winter because it meant I could hide behind layers of shirts and wear sweaters that covered my butt. The irony, though, is now I NEED clothes that layer and cover my butt because I get cold – really, really cold – in the winter.

Which reminds me, I have to go to the basement and dig out the space heaters.

Winter is complicated.

…sigh…The broccoli is gone. I’ve rid my teeth of the green remnants of the florets. No more dragging my feet. It’s time to divide and conquer the winter mess upstairs. Time to say, “Adios little pink shirt that goes with the white pants I wore in California. Au revoir strapless dress with the yellow flowers. Arrivederci ballet slipper-style shoes with the cute strap across the top. I will fold you and and stack you and give you the respect you deserve as you hibernate in the closet. I’ll keep doing what I’m doing so that I will fit into you all once again next summer. In the meantime, enjoy the lavender sachet. I’ll peek in on you every once in awhile, especially when it’s snowing and 10 degrees outside.”

…cue closing song from the Lawrence Welk Show. By the way, I know the guy in the back of the video, Tom Netherton. He was my big brother Marty’s oh-so-dreamy friend when they were in high school…But I’ll leave that for another blog.

13 comments:

nmburleson said...

Living in Florida we don't have to go through all that! I just open my closet and find the one light weight jacket and put it on. Of course I don't have it anymore, because I cleaned out my closet of all my biggest sizes! Rats!

When I lived in upstate NY I always thought winter clothes were so much fun. As you pointed out I think that's because I was always trying to cover something up!:)

Well I'm a winter lover, I know weird, right? I'm envious of your cooler temps!

Congrats on staying the same size, that is quite and accomplishment! :)

MizFit said...

Im torn.
living in TX now I miss the winter...when I lived in PA I was ALWAYS LAMENTING the snowshovelage :)

da61107 said...

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Sandrelle said...

Lynn, I enjoyed reading this! Too funny. The weather changed here quickly as well, we even had snow stay on the ground last week. This will be my first "thin" winter and I'm so excited about all the new fashions I can wear--tall boots, leggings, form-fitting sweaters, etc. I'm loving it all and spending too much on my new wardrobe! I keep reminding myself I don't have to replace my *entire* wardrobe this year. :) Watch out bikini, I'll be back next summer...tighter and more toned!

Sandrelle

Shawnda said...

Unfortunately i have so few clothes that all seasons fit in my one closet but I can certainly relate to the "W" word sneaking up on us. I love fall, the mountains explode with beautiful color but I hate what follows. If heating wasnt sky high and I didnt have to get out and drive in it I would probably not mind it as bad!

Tracy Haraldson said...
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Tracy Haraldson said...

Well, cold weather means that while I was shopping at Target yesterday, I was able to grab a cup of coffe at Starbucks with a Soy Sugarfree Vanilla Latte in it before I grabbed my cart....Good bye Mango Ice Tea....hello warm fuzzy feeling in the tummy.....Love ya!

Dee said...

My problem is my walk. Its hard to get out there when its SO cold! I can't take the dog with me because he is a small yorkie.

I live in Northeast PA (Pocono's), so I am sure you are aware of the snow fall!

Good job on staying the same size from last year!

Dee

debbyweighsin said...

Fun post, Lynn! I look forward to winter mostly, because our summer out here is long and hot and dusty. But then when winter arrives, there are other things I worry about. Too cold for the dogs, too much mud when it rains.Blah, blah, blah...

And the clothes. I like winter and summer clothes, but man are they bulky. And I have a very small closet.

And regulating the heat in the house has become increasingly complicated as I have lost weight and gotten older (I'm colder) and menopause (I'm hotter, periodically!) Aaarrrgh! The best I can do is to dress in layers, and be ready to open the door and windows periodically.

Lynn Haraldson-Bering said...

Natalia, it's OK to be a winter lover :) Although I challenge (and I'm sure Deb does, too) anyone who lives in the north to "love" it in February. That's when it gets really really old, yanno? Hope you get a new jacket soon!

Shawnda, I have a very tiny closet, too. I'm a fan of those plastic drawers you can roll under a bed. I live in a very small house that was built before closets were invented ;)

Debby, the menopause/lost weight thing has to suck. Hot/cold/hot/cold. I remember my mother having her bedroom window open when it was 10 below zero! She was a tiny woman, but dammmm if the meno didn't keep her perpetually hot. My poor dad froze his butt off every night.

Cheri said...

I'm glad you're back (and I love the picture of Claire and her crown, Happy late birthday to her!).

Yesterday it was lovely and warm, this morning we awoke to a couple of inches of snow (and an inch of ice on the road) and a high of 34 for the day. So we dusted off the winter jackets and found gloves. I'm only one size smaller than last year, so I'm not quite ready to run out and buy new clothes (but I did treat myself to new jeans). I love all of the seasons and the clothes that go with them ;)

Lynn Haraldson-Bering said...

cheri, where the heck do you live? Ice already? Yikes. By the way, I love the slippers/socks you knitted (I was lurking on your blog). And the tops you made are adorable! You're quite a talent, my friend.

Cheri said...

Lynn, I live at 7,250 feet elevation on the Front Range (Colorado Rockies facing east). Yesterday we had about an inch of ice on many of the roads, it was a mess. Today it's sunny and 40! Usually we don't have such a storm until after Halloween...actually our first "real" storm hits on Halloween.

Thank you for the compliment on the knitting, I am just about constantly knitting and always have it with me. I find it very very relaxing. :-)