How To Dress When It’s 5 Degrees

Well it’s my favorite time of year again when it takes 10 minutes just to dress to go outside. For those of you who live in areas equally cold as Kansas, or (shudder) even colder, you’re nodding your head in agreement. And for those of you who live in warmer climates and think 50 degrees is a cause for panic, pay close attention to the following tutorial.

In a vain attempt to make this look like a science experiment, I’ll weigh myself before and after dressing. So here we are before.

(Note to Self: Paint toenails a.s.a.p.)

First, I have a long sleeve shirt and long john pants on. The pants are those that have the special microfiber, thermal weave, good enough for a trip to the moon type material. Whatever. All I know is that we’re building layers to trap heat, and this is a good place to start.

 So next, put on a good pair of heavy woolen type socks.

  Next, put on a pair of jeans over the long john pants.

 Next you need to put on more shirts. You can wear several knit shirts, or like I’m doing today, a couple of hoodies.

 Next, put on a heavy pair of coveralls. They’re lined, insulated and also protect your clothes from any unwanted poo the cows might fling at you.

 Bear with me, we’re getting close to being done, and hopefully we’ll be dressed before spring arrives. Next, all purpose boots – good for snow, cold, mud, rain, and the ubiquitous cow poo.

 Now, about this point you’re thinking, “Crap, I don’t even look like a girl anymore, this is the most unfeminine outfit ever. Looks like I’ve gained about 50 pounds. They’ll never showcase this outfit in Glamour magazine. I’m a frump.” 

Solution: add some pink.

  Ahhhh…much better.

Finally, put on some thick gloves.

 Now we’re ready for whatever winter throws our way, and we’ll look darn good while doing the farm chores.

 But back to the scale to find out how much this stylin’ outfit weighs.

Some quick math reveals that I’m wearing about 10 pounds. I’ll try to look on the bright side of this and tell myself that carrying the extra weight around will be like a cardio workout.

Now let’s go outside and burn some calories.


——–>  UP NEXT: We’re off to feed the calves grain and hay.

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Cattle, corn, wheat, beans, mud, snow, ice, and drought. Plenty of fresh air and quiet. Our life is sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes joyous, but never boring.

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23 Responses

  1. Too funny. Holy cow… TEN pounds?!?! I’m amazed that you were able to put your arms down and that you didn’t look like Ralphie’s brother from “A Christmas Story.” 😀

    • Suzanne says:

      Hi Justina,
      I notice the weight after I’m in that get up for a while, and then when I take it off, I feel light as air. 🙂

  2. Melanie says:

    HAHA! Apparently I have dressed like that a time or two. .long, long ago (when I was first married and SOOO in love) because I sneezed as the dust flew off those memories that were lost in my own head 🙂 Now I just bid him a great day as HE bundles up and heads out! The crazy funny thing to me are the guys who come here to deer hunt. .and they sit IN the DARK. .and COLD. .and try not to freeze solid before they can actually SEE the deer! Not this fair weathered chick. .I like heat! Is it spring yet????????

    • Suzanne says:

      Hi Melanie,
      Hee hee.. I always like to point out to hunters that I’ve gotten 2 deer in my life….from the warmth of my car. They jumped out in front of me, and I couldn’t help but hit them.

  3. Sandra says:

    And I was grumping about 69 degrees is not Christmasy! But then tomorrow we could have a blue norther and be cold. But not likely. We live with what we get, don’t we. I have been here almost 50 years and never get used to the heat. Good luck with your winter feeding.

  4. Stephanie says:

    Oh you look so cute he he… If too cold then probably can wear double wool socks… and heavier…

    • Suzanne says:

      Hi Stephanie,
      Look for me on the fashion runways. 🙂 Oh I do wear the double socks if I’m going to be out for a long time.

  5. Doe of Mi. says:

    The pink hat was definately the greatest accessory you could have used to “top off” your beautiful outfit.
    Keep warm.

  6. Glenda says:

    Brave woman! Only a thin min like yourself would dare to stand on the scales, take a photo of it, then post it on your blog!
    Loved the outfit!!!
    The amaryllis leaf is getting pretty tall in the window. My big bulb started a new shoot up so had to put it in the East window already!

  7. Saska says:

    The cows won’t care if your toenails are painted!

    We usually dress like that too, but luckily it hasn’t turned into a frozen tundra…yet.

  8. The pink hat made it all better.
    It’s too cold to show your toes to anyone. Keep them in the socks!

  9. trisha harris says:

    You are a courageous and thin girl. Try to stay warm and think about all the good soups and stews and delicious cold weather foods you will enjoy. Do you ever make hot cocoa? I would have a pot going 24/7 if I lived in that climate.

  10. Chester's Mom says:

    This morning, after dressing to go feed the animals I told my husband I was exhusted from just putting on all those layers! But I do like the change of seasons too.

  11. Michaele says:

    How cute are you!? Only one thing you forgot – Hot Hands. I could never do chores without them : )

  12. Teresa says:

    So funny! I have to say I prefer sweat pants instead of jeans because they are looser and create a better layer for trapping that warm air. Love the pink hat!

  13. bfitz says:

    You forgot the lipstick! I think Pink. Then the hot hands.

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