Christmas in February

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you might recall I had to spill the beans early about Donna’s Christmas present. She fancied a pair of Lucchese equestrian-style western boots. These boots are made to order, so I had to measure her feet and place the order in time to have them for Christmas. I ordered them in October and we received the boots mid-December before we left San Diego.

But, something was awry. Either I made a mistake in the measuring or the last Lucchese built the boot on wasn’t really true to size. The boots were too big. They were excessively loose in the heel and also over her instep. I had to return the boots and have another pair made a half size smaller. The replacement boots arrived on Wednesday – Merry Christmas, Donna!

Ladies tall equestrian boots

These boots are styled similar to the Lucchese women’s competition polo boots – except they don’t have the hard shielding and they have a walking heel. The heel is one-inch tall and the shafts are 16 inches tall. The leather is full-grain aniline calfskin. The boots are hand crafted and all leather with the exception of the rubber heel cap. It would have been nice if the boots had come a week earlier – she could have worn them when she spoke at the convention for the American National Cattlewomen. I’m sure she’ll find a reason to wear them soon enough.

The weather here in Mesa, Arizona has been near perfect. Daily highs hover near 80 degrees and it cools to the mid-50s at night. Just right for sleeping with the bedroom window open. The only fly in the ointment was a night with gusty winds that continued through Wednesday morning – but I can’t complain. The historical average high temperature for February around here is 71 degrees. We might see temperatures closer to the average next week.

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