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Note to Self #10

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.



I have had a love of the written word for my entire life. It's no surprise that eventually I found a platform where I could write. It's random; sometimes funny, occasionally sad, maybe even at times from anger and I lean towards creative photography and hands on crafts. I have a few blogs that high light these interests.

6 thoughts on “Note to Self #10

    1. Seems I am not alone in doing this! Makes me feel better. I am managing but with the temperature sitting at -25 this am will have to bring out the old ugly ski jacket from the 90’s!


  1. No matter how much we know that winter is coming, we are seldom prepared for the time when it arrives. I am still looking to replace my boots. Yikes. Stay warm, Bernie. Allan


    1. Gosh I feel like, as an adult, this might be the first time I’m not prepared. We wear the same coat and boots around here for decades. That’s no exaggeration. My Sister’s are probably 25 years old and on their second liner, my hiking boots which I wear all winter long, are easily 10.


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