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I wonder if I'm just getting used to the weather. It can't be that the goats are calmer... 
27th-Dec-2010 10:46 am
Justin-goat
It was 20 degrees with a zero-degree wind chill this morning, and it really didn't seem that bad. I dressed in regular sport socks, fleece-lined jeans tucked into my boots, a long-sleeved t-shirt, the inside layer of my parka, an integrated-headlight ballcap, a winter hat over that pulled down over my ears, a scarf wound around and over and around again, the outside layer of my parka, and fleece-lined deerskin gloves.

... and promptly boiled my chest off. The rest of me was comfortable, with a touch of chill at the scarf-slit across my face/ears and at the tips of my fingers. But I was WAY TOO HOT across the center of my chest and the center of my back from about the base of my neck to my waist. pant pant. hot. I need to figure out how to lighten up on the layers at the center without sacrificing the layers on my arms.

I'm quite certain that part of my lack of misery during morning barn chores this winter is due to the better water and power arrangements. I'm not wrestling with water over long distances (or pouring it on myself) in the dark. The water is close by to the animals, and there is power to at least one bucket per group, so there is less frustration about ice. And there is sufficient light by which to see what I'm doing and where I'm stepping.

I'm wondering if the other reason for a lack of misery is that I've moved my schedule later by almost an hour. I'm finishing my chores as the sky is lightening. Look! Sunrise! Depression BE GONE! ::poof::
Comments 
27th-Dec-2010 03:51 pm (UTC)
You'd probably need to see if it is enough warmth, or if they make heavier duty versions - but I know there are Arm Sleeves for runners.
27th-Dec-2010 10:22 pm (UTC)
this may be why I rarely actually zip my coat...

there are also fashion arm warmers, which may or may not be as warm.
hm. well, they /used/ to carry things that were like leg warmers for arms, but a lot of those have buckles and chains.

I'm thinking add one more torso layer and leave the parka somewhat unzipped.

I think this is what Arashi was mentioning.

http://www.bing.com/search?q=arm+warmers&src=IE-SearchBox

These are only 15 inches long, but more like what I was thinking of. Thing is I at least really notice cold on my upper arms : http://www.sockdreams.com/products/arm-warmers/arm-warmer-w-thumb

17" http://www.sockdreams.com/products/arm-warmers/harajuku-vitamin-arm-warmers

28th-Dec-2010 12:49 am (UTC)
Sleeves can be knitted sans sweater.
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