My Christmas ABC’s

A for apple, B for ball, C for cones, D for decoration and E for evergreen, and as a bonus two little selfie-reflecties.

Those of you who are not interested in how to keep toes and fingers warm can skip the rest.

Pretty grey and wet today, but now that I have the cold feet problem taken care of, I just have the cold fingers to fix. When I got the insoles to keep my toes warm, I also bought hand warmers. Little bags of chemicals that also react to oxygen. I tried them in my wool gloves, but obviously they weren’t going to be much good for my finger tips. I just thought maybe if the palms or backs of my hands were warm, the warmth might just spread to my finger tips. That was not the case.

So today I tried something else. I had some thick mittens that last year I used to pull on over my gloves. They were pretty good at keeping my hands warm but hellish to get on and off when I wanted to use my camera. So I took the scissors to them and cut out the lining in the hope they would still keep the wind out and be easier to get on and off. They were easier to get on and off but they no longer helped keep my hands warm. Final experiment: Use the half destroyed mittens with the hand warmers and gloves. It worked! My hands were pretty good, although my thumb felt left out. I had warmth around the finger tips since the little bag of chemicals could move around inside the mittens and the mittens were easy to get on and off when I stopped for pictures. I do have to be careful with all this stuff on my hands, that I can easily grip the brakes.

I'm a US born ex-pat, having lived most of my adult life in Munich, Germany. Cycling and photography are my favorite things.

2 response to "My Christmas ABC’s"

  1. By: NancyG Posted: December 15, 2021

    Thumbs are now my nemesis. I wear fold back mittens (kind of heavy duty ones) and have learned to use those chemical TOE warmers rather than the the hand warmers. The toe warmers stick in place and won’t fall out as I have had trouble with in the past. These work fairly well for my fingers. But my thumbs get really cold and difficult to use when it is very cold. I had to have Susan unbuckle my helmet the other day when I got home with frozen, useless thumbs! I have ordered a pair of rechargeable battery heated gloves that are made for bicycling. I hope #1) they will work, and #2) they are in stock and will get here from Canada in not too too too long!! They were very pricey, but at this stage in my life, I need to be comfortable and continue to ride all the time I can ;’-).

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