There was a frenzied few minutes and then a gaping
hole. In the following hours there were a few more thoughts.
Let me set the stage. The temperature and the wind made it colder than -20 so I felt it was time to upgrade from my fall jacket. So I went for my winter casual one. Only it wasn’t there or there or there (the 3 likely spots). Seems it was only -20 and it’s only a 1 km walk to work from my parking spot I left wearing my fall jacket. Switching to my very Old cold weather one would have been crazy because if it’s not -30 to -40 it’s far too warm. I could have worn my old ski jacket but old is a good description. It’s seen better days and again it’s for cold days not sort of cold winds.
But what had I done with my jacket? Another search after work. Conclusion reached. I’m pretty certain that after I washed it in the spring I sent it along to the Salvation Army. It was a down jacket and had some issues that bugged me; first world ones for sure. I’d had it for about 5 years and as it had been on sale the $10 a year I’d spent felt like it was time to let it go. Or so I think I recall.
But NOTE TO SELF – if you decide to get rid of your jacket in the spring replace it before winter arrives. Leave yourself a note for early October to go shopping.
Today I opted for my leather jacket. It’s also old but it’s in very good shape. Paired with a heavy sweater and a big scarf perfect for a day like today. The snow gently falling; it’s like some Hallmark movie moment with gentle flakes drifting to the ground.
Note that I have a few old jackets. I guess the next one needs to fit into the same category as those ones; quality and classic. So it will last me 30 years and then no one will worry that I can’t remember throwing it away!
PS I do recall thinking that in the fall, with all my new found time, I would sew a mid weight classic style. A jacket that I’ve had in my mind for a few years. In the spring I actually looked at patterns and even looked into the material. That’s as far as it went and now winter is here. Obviously there’s a few issues here. More on that later.