Either I pride myself on being prepared for any kind of weather by having two different wardrobes in the closet or I have too many clothes.

Putting the summer clothes away seemed like a good idea until I put on a sweater that made me look twice as big. Being over the hill lets fashion take a back seat to staying warm. Wearing ear muffs, mittens and a stocking cap doesn't seem ridiculous to me anymore, nor do I care.

Going out of town for a weekend in the fall, in the Midwest, means two suitcases. It's a matter of comfort and climate control. Shorts, if it's a little warm, pants if it's not. Sweaters for cool evenings, jackets for brisk mornings, sandals to go with the shorts, shoes to go with the pants and a coat just in case.

I’ve noticed a new trend with the younger crowd of wearing crop tops under their coats. This seems a tad aggressive, as far as being prepared for a swing in temperatures, but apparently this generation has a high tolerance for skin exposure to the temperatures as they still can’t seem to get their britches pulled up to where they’re supposed to be. Wouldn’t it make more sense to use a belt to keep their pants up instead of having to hold them up with one hand? I knew my daughter had finally grown up when she realized being "cool" didn't mean you walked out the door in the freezing cold without a coat or proper shoes on.

It sounds like there’s a new “bug” lurking around exercise equipment in public gyms so I’m going to use that as an excuse to stay away from them. I still have a basement full of the same equipment, but it would take a good amount of time to get the junk and cobwebs off. Who needs a treadmill when you have grandkids?

One overnight stay with the 5-year-old grandsons and 1-year-old granddaughter was enough exercise for a month. Patting myself on the back for keeping up with them I decided I deserved a piece of pumpkin bread.

While putting up the fall decorations I had a revelation on why people gain more weight in the fall and winter months. Try comparing the calories in a salad to a piece of pumpkin pie. Besides, it gets dark earlier, so instead of eating dinner after the outside chores are done around 7 or 8, you end up eating early so there’s plenty of time to get hungry again before it’s time to go to bed.

This weekend we have the 2-year-old granddaughter, and, just in time, as I’m making another batch of pumpkin bread.


-- Sandy Turner lives in Independence. Email her at sandydownhome@hotmail.com