In which the weather outside is still frightful and I am all purple

The weather is still disrepaired here in the Swamp.  

HOWEVER, the I.R.S. processed my taxes (finally) and my Big Fat Tax Return appeared in my checking account last night.   Y'all know what that means:   time to buy building materials!

Jim and I hustled off to the lumber yard today and bought an entire "unit" (44 pieces) of plywood.  I have never spent so much money for mere potential.  Ever.  Criminy.  The good news is that we can start cutting the boards to size tomorrow!  Since the barn roof is in place, we have a large place to work out of the rain, hurrah!

The bad news?  We cannot PAINT (and thus cannot MOUNT) the walls until the temperature rises above 50 degrees.   Look at our backyard:
Do you even remember what 50 degrees looks like?  I vaguely remember the color, growing out of the ground, not just the normal moss-growth on the Swamp-dwelling people.  Bah.  There isn't 50 degrees in our forecast for at least a week.   Bah, bah, bah.

However, here's something I can say nice things about:  Purpleness.  

It's so warm, it's cool.  Dig the insulated purple overalls (locally referred to as "cuvvies") with the matching insulated purple jacket?  Oh, yeah.  I'm a huge fan of Carhartt gear, but they haven't quite got the hang of purple yet.  "Raspberry" isn't "purple", y'all, anymore than "dirt" equals "chocolate."   Right? 

Jim's enterprising brothers teamed up with Santa Claus in December and got me really-o, truly-o purple cuvvies and a jacket from Rods! 
I was hopeful, but slightly skeptical.  Could they possibly wear as strongly as Carhartts?  Could they possibly keep me warm and dry, even in the cold wet Swamp?  Guess what?  They can--and they do!  I'm loving these garments.  They are "work-wear sized," which means they don't cling or bind...and they fit over my jeans or my riding breeches or my jammies.  The pockets are big enough for tools, a flashlight, my camera, and a fistful of horse cookies.  (The pockets also keep my stuff dry, which is important to people who want to use the camera or the horse cookies a few hours later!).  The hood fits over my riding helmet.  Machine wash + dry.  I saw a teeny bit of shrinkage at the first washing, but not after that.  I've pretty much worn them every day since I unpacked the box under the tree.

And hey: they're purple.  Eat your heart out, Carhartt.   (they come in pink, too).  Here's the link.

Speaking of purple, and a little closer to home, here's another great shopping discovery:

Purple insulated thermal gloves with rubberized palms!  Wahooooo!   I got these at my local farmer's co-op, but I see that the brand is "Bellingham"...uh, as in my hometown?   Sure enough:  the gloves are from a commercial fishing company based in Bellingham, WA.  How cool is that? 

I admit:  I bought these gloves because they're purple and because my hands were cold that day.  But I've returned to the feed store and bought a bunch of extra pairs of them because they actually keep my hands warm and relatively dry (i.e. dry if you get rained on but not dry if you immerse them in a water tank to retrieve something your goofy horse tossed in).  The rubber palms make it easy to hold onto a leadrope with one hand and open the gate clip with the other. And they're purple, which is important.  And also under $10, so I can buy lots and not feel bad when I lose the left one. 

(always the left, don't ask me why)

I love them.

The LFS Marine store online is a little wonky, and I found plenty of Bellingham gloves on the website but not the purple ones.  Blue, black, and dayglow yellow (Jim got those, because they are difficult to lose), but not purple.  Me, I'd contact the LFS store if your feed store doesn't have these amazing gloves. Here's the link to their contact info. 

As for me:  well, the delusionists at the National Weather Service seem to think our weather will improve soon.  Slightly.  Probably.  Well, kinda. 

Can we all just think warm thoughts for a few hours?  Maybe that would help. 

Warm thoughts...and purple clothes.  It can't hurt, I'm thinking.


  1. Hey, come to my house! It's 50 in the den every morning! At this point 50-80 all feels the same indoors, and 10-30 feels the same outdoors. They say we'll hit 50 on Tuesday, but that could change as soon as they update the forecast. :(

    Love the pallet o' plywood, and the purple gloves!


  3. i think your chicken netting is having the same problem as our fish netting. agh, we really need to get our new, appropriately sized mesh pond netting up!

    i like your new gloves and wonder if you got them at that odd mysterious store that says only CO-OP on the outside, nothing else to let outsiders know what kind of a shop it is. *lol*

    if so, i hope you enjoyed some nice free popcorn (or is that only avail. at the marysville one?)

    speaking of marysville, my man was on the phone and he said, "We're in Marys Will right now." i just love his accent!

  4. Yep, the chicken netting is really sagging under the weight of the sn*w. I'll need to replace it next year--we'll prop it back up when the sn*w melts, because the hens will be moving into their movable tractors soon.

    Meantime, we all just sorta scuttle around the edges.

    Is it melting, yet? Sigh.

    Purple gloves from the "co-op", yep yep yep. I love that place.

  5. I'll have to look for that brand of gloves. The ones I have are nice soft leather, lined with Thinsulate, and they don't work. Grr!

  6. Love the purple. Work gear needs to be seriously fun. It helps us get out there in the muck, snow, or rain. (I get to pull on my giraffe print carhartts if I go out! Yay! And no, sadly,I made that up. No giraffe print.)

    Thinking and sending lots of warm your way! (green too)


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