February 18 Far from normal
Many of us think of our lives as boringly normal, while others live the high life. Take a step back, and take a look at your life as an outsider might. Now, tell us at least six unique, exciting, or just plain odd things about yourself.
In winter I wrap up warm with lots of layers. I do not wear cardigans, because I have very sloping shoulders and I have found that a jumper does not move about as much as a cardigan does. In the past, when I have worn a cardigan, it hasn’t been the cardigan itself, which became uncomfortable, but layers underneath which began to slide off my shoulders.
I wear needle-cord trousers and tuck them into my boots to go out. If it is very wet, I wear walking over-trousers on top and fasten them over my boots with press-studs. (In my English childhood we called press-studs poppers.)
The woolly hat, which I wear, I knitted for Mum. It turned out that her head is much smaller than mine; I gave her one I had knitted in a child’s size and kept the larger one for myself. I can pull it down over my ears with a double thickness to keep them warm.
I probably look like Charlie Brown in the cartoon, where he fell over on the ice and couldn’t get up again, because of all the clothes he was wearing. I don’t think my head is quite as big as his!
When I have warmed up indoors, I remove the unnecessary layers. It is not very ladylike to take off a pullover in public! And as for over-trousers…
…in mixed company I try to find some privacy.
My dressing and undressing antics serve as exercise. Pullovers require my arms to be raised above my head and I balance on one leg at a time putting my over-trousers on or taking them off.
On Sundays I need even more clothes as the church in our village is one of the oldest in the county and very difficult to heat. I wear a lined skirt and other extra layers. As the hall where we have choir practice is well heated, layers are essential.
I also have to consider how warm it is inside other people’s houses if I am invited out.
The neighbours probably think I look very odd.