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Bad Clothing

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – January 26

I’ve heard that the Norwegians have a saying: There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing. As I put on fleece-lined rubber boots, a long down coat, a woolen scarf, hat and gloves and go out in the snow to walk The Dog, I thought of the wisdom of these words. I was comfortable, and actually enjoyed the snowstorm.

Wishing it was spring, or even not snowing, would be foolish. Preparing suitably for the existing conditions, even those that aren’t particularly pleasant, is much more intelligent.

In general, it’s far better to deal appropriately with what is instead of spending time and energy on what we wish were true, or what we think is right.

The birds deal with what is. They don't complain that it's snowing again (at least that we know of) or wish they were in Florida. They puff up their feathers and eat extra seed at my feeder.

The Dog feels like he's always well dressed for playing in his beloved snow.

4 comments to Bad Clothing

  • Ditto. As one who has been working outside through many winters now, I know that you can never underestimate the value of good clothing. I like that saying; never heard it before, but I’ll probably have plenty of opportunities to pass it on to the guys I work with.

  • I love the ever-so-appropriate appellation, The Dog. Any of us ruled by our love of a canine understands.

  • I just put up a photo of The Dog, bracing against the wind and loving being out in the snow. His current game is to see how many mouthfuls he can gulp down before I say, “Stop eating snow!” (It makes him barf.)