Hey friends, long time no write, huh? Did you think maybe I had fallen off the face of the earth? My last post was one month ago – this one for Where Bloggers Live 12.2023. A few days after I published that post, PC began feeling bad with a number of complaints. Many of them related to what seemed to be a UTI. After struggling to feel better on his own, we wound up going to a stand-alone ER when his fever went over 101.5* and his symptoms were more severe.
The ER doctor diagnosed Paul with sepsis secondary to a UTI and called for an ambulance to transport him to the hospital. He was hospitalized for 4 days. An ultrasound showed that fluid was collecting in a pocket outside his bladder. A drain was inserted to drain off the fluid and he was pumped full of IV antibiotics. Thankfully, his fever came down, the infection subsided and a few days before Christmas, PC was sent home with the drain in place for another week. Scared us to death!!
Needless to say, most everything other than caring for PC fell by the wayside. Including blogging. And I have pondered whether or not to start blogging again but here I am. For today. But when LIFE gets the best of me, it is hard to think clearly enough to put a sane thought together.
Like I said, though, today I am here for this month’s Where Bloggers Live 01.2024: Staying Toasty Warm in Winter.
Where Bloggers Live
The ideas for this colorful series originate with our adventurous leader, Bettye, at Fashion Schlub. She describes this series as being kind of like HGTV’s “Celebrities at Home,” but…with bloggers! Every month, Bettye provides the six WBL bloggers with a prompt that invites us to share our work and living spaces, homes, hometowns, thoughts, and memories. Several weeks ago on a night when she should have been studying, Bettye put together the list of prompts for WBL that would see us through 2025!! That’s some planning.
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Where Bloggers Live 01.2024: Staying Toasty Warm in Winter
We are just home from a whirlwind 5-day family trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico. And boy, did we have to employ ways of staying toasty warm up there. So far, our winter in El Paso has been very mild. No winter precipitation and very few nights of really cold temps. But Santa Fe was a whole different ball of snow!!
Brennyn and Mustafa and their children, Cadence 13 and Declan 2, were driving in from Ft. Worth, Texas to be with us in Santa Fe. Lauren and her family, PC and I had vacationed in Santa Fe last January so we had some idea about what to expect weather-wise. But I was worried that my Ft. Worth babies wouldn’t be prepared for the predicted wind chill and precipitation.
My favorite way to weather the winter weather is by wearing layers. And my favorite layers come from 32Degrees.com. My brother and sister introduced me to this company last year when I was packing for our ‘inaugural’ trip to what Lucia calls “Snow Mountain.” As soon as our plans were confirmed, and our AirBnB rented, I set about ordering baselayers for all of us.
Baselayers for the Win(ter)
The baselayers at 32Degrees.com are like a modern day and much more stylish variation of the long Johns or long underwear of winters long past. I was curious about the history of thermal or long underwear, and found this short history of the original baselayers from way back when. While the style of these undergarments really hasn’t changed that much in the years since their innovation, the fabric used has. According to the article,
…cotton was common in the 1970s, synthetic materials rose in the ’80s and then wool entered the game in the ’90s. Alongside those fabrics came the addition of features like zippers on thumbholes on sleeves.
Why the shift from synthetic materials to the natural wool? Because wool performed much better than synthetics…synthetics talked about moving moisture away from your body, but it didn’t do anything with it. Meanwhile, wool absorbs the moisture when it’s still a vapor, preventing the excess from making the body damp and cold, and stopping the formation of odor-carrying bacteria.
But wool can be so itchy!! I am glad that 32Degrees.com uses a combination of polyester and Spandex in the fabric for their baselayers. It is moisture-wicking, anti-static, anti-odor, anti-pilling and tag-free with a lot of stretch. No wonder it is so comfortable. These baselayers come in 3 weights, light-, mid- and heavyweight. And baselayers are as affordable as $6.99 a piece.
What Did I Wear?
Here’s how I stayed toasty while tubing down “Snow Mountain” and playing in the snow. Baselayers, baby!!
In this photo, I have on my 32Degrees.com poly-fill, packable, lightweight, hooded jacket (not an affiliate link) and bibbed overall snow pants. Underneath my jacket, I am wearing an Under Armour fleece hoodie (similar), and beneath that, my lightweight baselayer top (not an affiliate link).
One thing I picked up this year that I was lacking for our trip to Santa Fe last year, was a good pair of waterPROOF gloves. The Under Armour water resistant gloves I had purchased in 12.2022 were no bueno, as my BFF Sharon says. My hands were cold and damp. When I realized, I tried to purchase some gloves on the mountain but they were super duper expen$ive. So, Francisco loaned me a pair of his.
This year I was prepared. I purchased these waterproof gloves on Amazon. And they were perfect. They even have the media-friendly index finger tip that enabled me to snap pictures with my gloves on.
I also bought this 3-piece beanie set for this year’s vacation. It worked wonders at keeping my face and neck and head toasty warm.
For our tootsies, we wore thick Columbia brand hiking socks, 2 pairs, and Eddie Bauer waterproof hiking boots that I found on sale (out of stock now) online at Kohl’s.
All in all, I think we were all very comfortable, if not completely warm. And once we got to moving on the mountain, we didn’t have time to think about being cold!!
So tell me true, how do you stay toasty warm in the winter? Coffee? A pot of chili? Bowl of soup? Electric blanket or heated throw? Maybe a steamy mug of hot chocolate? Have you ever tried Mexican hot chocolate? If not, girls, you have got to check out this recipe right here. It is divine. Rich, spicy, chocolatey.
Do you baselayer? Or layer-layer? We are forecast to have some chillier days next week. I will be pulling out and pulling on my baselayers to wear under jeans and yoga pants so I stay comfy-cozy.
Want to join me in checking out the ways my Where Bloggers Live comadres (chums) stay warm? If so, just click the links below the graphic to drop in to visit them. You won’t be disappointed. They are creative, fun gals who live in some pretty cold places…with the exception of Daenel and Jodie. But I bet even they get cold and have to find ways to stay warm!!
Bettye at Fashion Schlub
Daenel at Living Outside the Stacks
Em at Dust and Doghair
Iris at Iris’ Original Ramblings
Jodie at Jodie’s Touch of Style
Sally at Within a World of My Own
Leslie at Once Upon a Time & Happily Ever After
My sweet friends, thank you for spending a few minutes of your day here with me. Tomorrow I am substitute teaching again…gotta pay off that Amazon card. And I have to do 4 days a semester in order to be able to continue subbing. Thought I’d better strike while the iron’s hot…you never know when the bottom might drop out around here.
Happy new year, girls. Wishing you a kind and gentle and very healthy 2024.
Hugs and kisses,