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I woke this morning, opened the sliding glass doors and noted the hairs on my arms standing at attention.

The Midwest.

In typical Midwestern fashion, it was 90 degrees just 2 days ago, we spent the day at the State Fair, and I managed to get some color on my shoulders. I also managed a shirt that was stuck to my back with sweat. DH was our sherpa, and designted water boy. The Collective, were forced to stay hydrated, by both of us.

This morning, it is a chilly 54 degrees. I had to find a long sleeved shirt, pants, and a jacket for my son who is in first grade.

Funny how 8 years in a tropical rainforest (a.k.a. Arkansas), made me forget the need for a jacket in September. In fact there was rarely the need for an actual winter coat in Arkansas. So this morning, I feel the pressing need to make a list of fall and winter supplies that will be needed in the coming months.

snowblowershovelwindow scrapers2 sets of winter outerwear for the Collectivesnowboots for every paerson in the houseflannel jammiessilk under clothingmittensgloveshatsactual sweaterssweat shirtswool sockssledsalt for the walkwayssandbags for the trunkcat litter (just in case I get stuck)extra blanketsan emergency winter box for each vehicle

12 years ago, I would have considered 54 degrees as "shorts weather". Not any longer.

For those of you in colder climates, what is on your MUST HAVE list for winter?

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