Pat Shingleton: "Mittens or Gloves and The Landing"
Probably the only gloves being worn now are work or gardening gloves and golf gloves. With expected cold weather
well into April, our "glove alerts" will be advanced at appropriate times. Research finds that mittens are more effective
for hand warming. Exposed body parts such as ears, nose, toes and fingers are vulnerable. Hunters, fishing enthusiasts
and golfers may experience "chilbains," caused by prolonged exposure to cold, damp weather. Complications from super
cold conditions include symptoms such as redness, burning, itching and chafing of hands and feet. Years ago, the United
States Army designed a climate-controlled high-tech "uniform." These waterproof suits included tubes were similar to NASA's
space suits that functioned by circulating cold and warm air to accommodate body temperature. Technology has advanced to
a suit called, "Objective Force Warrior." The computerized suit was originally designed in the 1990s and includes state-of-the-art
items such as a tele-screen helmet and purifying system. Finally, a few years ago,Emile and Susan Rolfs would extend
compliments to me and the contents of my former Advocate column whereby I occasionally reminisced about weather-related
experiences. In days-gone-by, a "dumping" of snow not only closed schools but put us on the hills of Pennsylvania for sled riding.
Super cold nights also sent us to the lime stone quarry for ice skating. The enjoyment of outdoor winter activities met with a
directive from Mom. The "side-door" and landing area was the designated spot to shed wet clothing. Newspaper, stuffed into
boots, absorbed moisture. Thermal underwear, socks and "hoods" were draped over the basement close-line. Another
"warming" device was the floor "register" that advanced furnace heat through the house and especially to our cold feet.