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About three weeks ago I found the perfect pair of boots at Farm & Fleet, but they were out of my size.
Were there any in back? Were they getting more in?
"We get only two shipments per winter and already got them."
But winter doesn't even begin for another three weeks!
The next day I called the Oak Creek Farm & Fleet and asked if they could shuttle the pair they had to Waukesha. I didn't ask how long it might take, but figured a week should be about right. Many phone calls and snow falls later, after being told the wait is usually a week to a week and a half, the boots finally arrived in Waukesha -- 2-1/2 weeks later.
The same day I learned the boots were in, Mom asked what I wanted for Christmas.
I know just the thing. It's definitely something I can use. They're warm, comfortable, waterproof and the perfect size. I can even tell you exactly who has them. But wait till Christmas to give them to me, please.
She dropped them off at the house the day we talked. The day before the 12" snow. Wife doesn't much care for the look, but feet like them very, very much.
We spent a lot of time together today, the boots and I. Because we didn't get our street plowed out until after 11:00, we didn't go in to work. Instead we helped push two cars stuck at the end of the street. A neighbor's snowblower broke down in the street so we helped drag that back to his house. We also walked around the block to see what else was happening.
We used the snowblower once before the snow stopped and again after. Our next door neighbor was going around the court plowing out fellow neighbors, so we helped them out by shoveling their walk. I noticed he somehow found time to rake his roof today. When we were on our own roof raking today, I discovered he'd already raked one full side of our house.
We went to St. William's today for a little driving practice for my youngest and to pick up Christmas food for two needy families. We saw the gym was set up for Christmas Clearing Council, distribution of which is tomorrow, Saturday the 20th. It always brightens my spirit to see that kind of generosity.
I was outdoors a lot today and put the boots through rigorous testing. There are no laces or buckles so putting on and taking off is a breeze. At only 7" high they manage to keep even the deepest snow out. I walked through a knee-deep drift on the roof and only got a little snow in the boot. The insoles are removable for drying.
The boots are LaCrosse Alpha Lite Mule olive drab green hunting boots. They're made with naturally insulating neoprene with a nylon knit lining. I love them.