Monday, January 13, 2020
A few weeks ago Costco marked down the price of its ladies’ Pendelton Wool Coats and I purchased one, as a lark: “For some special occasion?” My closets are full of heavy winter jackets, but while preparing for work yesterday morning as a predicted snowstorm began, I needed outerwear that easily could be stuffed into my tiny workplace locker. I wore the new coat, got it into the locker, and above all, found it wonderfully warm and waterproof.
Later leaving Costco in a heavy wet variety of falling snow, and while the Jeep motor warmed-up, I stood in that snow using inadequate tools to scrape ice from windows. My coat helped me feel slightly ahead of the game. Even on arriving home and hopping from the Jeep in falling snow (to haul hay on a sled to the horses), that wool provided warmth aplenty, and above all, it shed moisture as efficiently as duck feathers.
This coat can “take it” and will become my go-to winter wrap. That might provide my peace of mind, finally, to create closet space. I have many jackets, little-used or for “just in case” situations, that would benefit a non-profit.
While mentioning “good things at Costco”, I discovered there a nice wine for $5.99. It’s a red blend, from Portugal–pleasant, drinkable, and above all affordable. Costco coworkers who already found this wine have affirmed my taste-impressions. The bottle is easy to spot, it has a very bright label, and of course, low-price tag.
I’m using very early morning hours to read a long-overlooked book from my shelves. It’s “Letters of a Woman Homesteader, by Elinore Pruitt Stewart. The letters, written between 1909 and 1914, describe some key events and people in her Wyoming life. Each letter has enough presence to stand alone as a complete story. In fact, the successful modern video series, “Heartland”, was based on her stories. Wanting to know more about EPS, I found a photo. She appears as friendly and open as her letters sound.
I don’t recall purchasing this book, but maybe it was in the early 2000’s, shortly after my move to Bend. I discovered an interest in rural western history and culture, but in those days, many other new interests crowded into my brain. This lovely work got set aside. I hope to finish reading it before having lunch this week with my literary friend, Julie. She might want to read it as another who enjoys well-written stories of, or by, frontier women. We both like learning about their hopes and how they managed to survive in early America’s open range environments. In those days, somehow and despite cultural constraints, women learned to cope with the daily routines and very-real hardships of their lives.
Dear Friends: Warm coat, good bottle of wine, a great book. It’s how I cope! Diana