If you’ve been reading this blog long enough, you know that getting out in nasty weather has consistently been my biggest challenge. I complain about the weather a lot. If I didn’t have the dogs to motivate me I might never go outside when the sun isn’t shining! But even they couldn’t always prevent me from making excuses.
I kept saying that if I got the dogs raincoats, I’d do better. Guess what? I’m happy to say that it worked! There are still days, especially now with winter approaching, that we might pass on a walk (we had freezing rain the other day, and we did not go out in that!), but for the most part, rainy days are no longer an excuse for me to stay inside.
Summer and early fall were crazy weather-wise around here. Summer was cool and fall was warm. When November arrived, the weather definitely turned colder, but it’s also been up and down a lot. I’ve had Luke’s winter coats out (his Gold Paw Portland Pullover is my favorite, and you can read our full review of it here), and I even almost put their Made by De raincoats away the other day, thinking we’d no longer need them.
The last week has been especially miserable. We’ve rarely seen the sunshine, and we’ve seen a lot of rain along with a little snow. Some days the ground is frozen from the cold; on others we’re slogging through the mud and puddles on our walks. While I’m not crazy about the colder weather, I welcomed it, especially after I got that tick bite recently. I had to go back to putting bug spray on the dogs while walking (we only use all-natural products), so I am ready for the ground to finally freeze and those bugs to go away!
I do have to say though, when we headed outside into the rain yesterday morning to play, the relatively warmer weather was welcome. The 40’s seemed to feel balmy after the cloudy 30’s we’d been having. I was once again glad to have those raincoats, and the dogs were happy to get outside. They couldn’t care less what the weather is, they just want to play ball!
I was glad we headed out in the rain earlier in the day. The thought had crossed my mind to wait until later when the rain might stop and there might be a little sunshine. We never did see that sun, and by the middle of the day, the wind had whipped up and the temperatures were dropping! That might have been the last hurrah for the raincoats this year but I don’t think I’ll put them away quite yet.