|What's a dog to do when he can't get to the fire hydrant?|
period. Of course, that was a while ago, and now with still no end in sight, well, we're cranky lot up here in the frozen north this April. I'm not even getting jazzed about starting a new story or fiddling with a book trailer or...
But there is something I'm excited about.
Yes, boots! Waterproof boots!
I really wanted something to replace my Sorrels. After sixteen seasons, they finally collapsed. I suppose I can't complain. But what I did want was a pair of Sorrels to replace them. I began and ended my search near the end of January. Apparently, in Saskatchewan in late winter you can buy the latest summer gear but no winter gear.
Saskatchewan averages over five months of winter-like weather and that's not counting the weeks of chilly slush. Wouldn't it be wise to stock winter apparel year round - possibly be specialists in outfitting for winter? It would make more sense than the frustrating boot search that was followed just three weeks ago by a city-wide search for a snow shovel. With two recorded roofs collapsing in the city, snow was more serious business than usual this winter. Most stores had no snow shovels. What they did have was lawn furniture.
|Mid-April, get out the toboggan.|
Three weeks ago, we had no need of a new chaise lounge unless to maybe lounge on the recently shoveled deck, with a "too cold" beer in hand and view the "no exaggeration' seven foot snow bank juxtaposed against its six foot counterpart all framed quite nicely by hoar frost.
|A glimmer of a sidewalk.|
So back to my George's. They're Walmart specials, $19.99 on sale and you know what, the other day I proved they were waterproof. They aren't fancy but they keep my feet warm and dry.
Sometimes the simplest solution is the best whether with footwear or with a story. Like the current story, it just needed a few edits and I wasn't too happy with one of the later chapters. I stalled for a while thinking I'd have to rewrite and then, eureka, an idea came to me. It was a simple as tweaking a few paragraphs because really all I needed was already written, just covered in - well things that shouldn't be there. Kind of like my Walmart boots. They were a last resort, too simple, too economical to possibly beat out a pair of Sorrels. And yeah, they won't make the cut at -25 celsius, but for now, they're just the fix.
And this Monday, April 15 I'm over at BK Walker Books with Fatal Intent. Stop by and leave a comment. I'd love the company. And as usual, follow the tour and any comment enters you for the grand prize at the end of the tour and a prize on the day. See details on my website.