Life in the mountains and the county can sometimes get a little hairy. Sure, it’s absolutely gorgeous and so relaxing. However, as the seasons change, we also run into some unfortunate distractions. As I mentioned in the previous post, we’ve had our share of mud up on the property and as the home is a work in progress, there isn’t any road base really from the driveway to the RV or the house. This leads the nice drive of dirt to turn into muddy trenches with snow melt, leaving ruts from vehicles, and a chore for when we’re in our work dress clothes.
Immediately, once I knew we were moving quickly before the spring warmth, I raced to find my trusty Bogs. Unfortunately, the hubby already packed them. The Bogs were a Christmas gift a few years back and I have to say that in the snow and mud in the past, they’ve been a life saver. I highly suggest if you plan on country life in way, shape, or form to travel this route. They’ve also come in pretty handy for when I’ve trounced around the countryside with the man for his photographs followed by my blogs on our site. Not only do my feet stay totally dry, but they also remain toasty. Both my thicker socks in winter and my normal crew socks in the spring and summer fit comfortably inside. Yes, my Bogs look identical to the ones below all except for the fact instead of blue flowers, I have pink.
While I love the Bogs for around the ranch and in my free time, another situation arose. With them packed, I needed to figure out another means to protect not only my nice, suede boots for work, or my dress pants from mud, I also needed something that was a little more practical for a work environment. True, most of the time, I’d be removing the boots before leaving the car and putting them back on once we were heading home in the car. However, there might be the occasion where I’d need to wear them into the building if running behind or the snow was deep once more.
Because of this, I went out and purchased simply a plain pair with no design. Let me say, what a relief I did this. As women, we tend to be picky with our accessories and worry about how they match or don’t match our look. At least with the plain pair I didn’t need to worry how it matched or didn’t match my outfit. And, in some cases, I even just wear them around the property when dealing with the mud. Trust me, we all know of some royalty that wears them too while in the country. Having the plain, black pair also allows the luxury of knowing my dress slacks and my dress boots will be safely tucked inside and free of the mud that can coat them. It also means we won’t have to worry about ruining the nice Bogs that will come in handy still too and last even longer.
The simple, black pair will suffice till we find the Bogs in the rest of my packed away belongings. Along with that, the gravel has helped. With spring right around the corner and warmer temps starting up, the mud too will dry out soon. It just did before our gravel delivery the last weekend. Then, another dollop of a foot of the white stuff Tuesday, but already melting away. In the meantime, the mud’s returned for a few days. When the spring rains come in too, we’ll probably have more. Yet, the gravel is sure to be a game changer. But, until the hubby can make us some walking trails around the lot too, the boots will no doubt come in quite handy.
And, of course, I may not like them on a regular basis and, under most circumstances, I at least feel prepped for country life and nature which I love as I wear them. I’m relaxed more knowing my other beloved items are protected. Of course, I know I’m conquering the terrain too and not letting it dictate to me, and completely ready to carry on beside the husband. When off work, I throw on my skinny jeans, tuck them inside the boots and carry on, reminding myself other royalty has followed suite and I won’t be the first “Duchess” to carry on wearing wellies.