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Lesson 984 – Quotable Chicks

By Wendythomas @wendyenthomas

Friday’s Quotes for the Chicks

Sweater, n.: a garment worn by a child when its mother is feeling chilly.

Ambrose Bierce

We lucked out, yesterday’s storm only dropped a few inches of snow (although the bitter colds temps have returned – man it was cold walking out to the car after the kids’ swim team banquet last night.)

Our next storm is scheduled to arrive this Sunday/Monday.

One side effect of this never-ending winter has been an increase in warm clothing. Some people, when they get overwhelmed by circumstances, tend to eat, oh, but not me – I tend to buy warm, comfortable clothing.

But I’m also thrifty and could never justify paying the money it would take to buy all this stuff new. So instead, every time (and there have been many opportunities this past winter) *another* storm is predicted, I stop off at our local Goodwill and I buy yet another scarf, or oversized sweater, or even wool blanket as a type of insurance against the winter blast.

I have gotten wool and polar fleece scarves, sweatshirts, sweaters, a hat, and blankets which have somehow moved from the TV room up into bedrooms as the cold and snow continue. I find my kids taking the sweaters from my office preferring the garment that mom has already tested and guaranteed to be good at keeping warm. I’ve even seen my daughters wear some of the sweaters to school (“it’s cold walking to the bus stop, mom!” ) they and I appreciating not only the warmth but the length as they sufficiently cover legging butts.

And of course, after having 2 major car accidents this winter, you can bet that several of these warm clothing pieces live in the trunks of our cars “just in case.”

With all the storms we’ve had I can truthfully say that I probably never need to buy another  sweater in my life and I would still make it through any future rough winters nature wanted to hand out – quite comfortably.

But that’s not going to stop me.

Just don’t get in my way as I go to the Goodwill this weekend before the next coming storm.

 Be safe, stay warm, and see you all next week.

Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at [email protected]

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