Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Stinkerbell

Winter is an expensive season at Rudee's house. In addition to the costs involved in heating the joint, we go through winter coats like nobody's business.

When last we discussed my little criminal, we talked about her penchant for bookeating. Well, she has costlier habits too. Stinkerbell McZippereater has an issue with winter coats. Really, she doesn't have the issue, my pocketbook does. One by one, this child will destroy the zipper of a winter coat in no time flat. I put her on the bus in the morning with a perfectly good coat, and she comes home in the afternoon with teeth missing. Not her teeth. The zipper teeth. If I were handy with a sewing machine, there wouldn't be a problem. I'm not. 


So far this winter, we are on our third winter coat.  We started the season with an old one we found in the basement that still had teeth in the zipper.  We've since moved on to my coat from two years ago.  Yesterday, her first day back to school since last Tuesday (I kept her home when the temps dipped below zero last week), I put her in my chocolate colored Ralph Lauren coat, and she came home with a half eaten zipper.  I'm not certain where the teeth go, I only know they're gone.

Today, I had to put her in my own pretty red coat.  I think she must have worn it before because there was a snap missing (she likes snaps too).  The zipper works just fine, but without the snap to protect the zipper, I am certain the zipper won't be fine by tonight.

I don't know what Stinker's problem is with the zippers.  I only know a winter coat doesn't last a single season.  When I shop for a coat, it has to zip, and it has to have a closure to hide the zipper.  This limits us.  Now that it's late in the season, the pickings are slim when it comes to coats that meet this criteria.  I need to try to find another coat for her to wear so that I can salvage my own before it's too late.

12 comments:

Betty Flocken said...

Well that IS a problem! And it's only January and winter coats are all sold out? This is hard for me to relate to.. It's suppose to be 80 degrees today

Rudee said...

They aren't sold out, it's just hard to get exactly what we need. Even on sale, 3-4 coats a year really puts a squeeze on the budget.

Miss 376 said...

One of mine seems to have a problem with zips, but even he doesn't go through that many

Anonymous said...

Velcro

Rudee said...

Anon-it would have to be industrial strength. Then we need a seamstress to put the velcro on.

Duct tape might work....

Brenda said...

Well, it all sounds cute from my end, but not so much from your end of the pocket book. Lots of pull over sweaters maybe? I do sew, so maybe I will come up with something uniquely Rachel's. I tried to take a picture of myself today with your beautiful gift I received yesterday. It was rather frightening. Old women should not try to take a picture of themselves. YIKES! Didn't know I looked THAT bad. Oh well...one will appear at my blog sometime soon. Spring is just around the corner...I can feel it in my bones!

flydragon said...

Stinkerbell McZippereater!! Oh my, you should be selling your names to Dr. Seuss. Make enough money to be swimming in winter/spring/fall coats.

Anonymous said...

A pull over.

WT said...

That really is a conundrum.

Winifred said...

In the immortal words of Victor Meldrew, "I don't believe it!" Good grief that must be costing you a fortune!

Do you have charity shops? They often have good quality coats in all seasons.

New zips are a pain to put in and quite expensive but cheaper than a new coat. Are there any repair shops that would replace the zip?

My final suggestion is a straight jacket!

Anonymous said...

Reason #4,845,963 to move to a warmer state.

Sandy said...

OH dear.... how about thrift stores!

She sure sounds like a challenge but what an adorable photo and little girl she was/is...