Southwest Missouri Relocation: Wardrobe Follies

Real Estate Agent with United Country Countryside Realty

Over the last year, I've gone through the process of relocating from Pompano Beach in ultra-urban Southeast Florida to rural Southwest Missouri outside the town of Miller.

I'll be blogging occasionally about different aspects of my relocation to Southwest Missouri, for those of you who might be considering doing something similar (I'll let you in on a will all work out fine). 

This past week, the weather has gotten colder here.  A couple of little "wardrobe moments" have really brought home to me that I live in a new climate now.

Let's Talk About Sox

I lived in Florida for 10 years.  Go ahead, mentally open up my dress sock drawer, I don't mind.  Look, it's empty! 

Women don't wear socks in South Florida.  OK, you wear white socks with your athletic shoes, but that's it. 

You do not wear socks with dress slacks.  You wear a lovely high-heeled pair of sandals or slides, with your feet and toenails primped and polished to the nth degree.

If you wear flats, you wear them with bare feet.

Skirted business suits are worn bare-legged by those who have the legs for it...not me anymore.

And pantyhose are always an option for those who don't like all the bare-legged running around described above.

When you get dressed up for a really nice party, then of course you wear stockings with your evening gown.

But socks?  Never! 

So the other day, I wanted to put on a nice pair of dress khakis, and one of my favorite pairs of casual flats.  But it was 40 degrees out there.  I dragged out a pair of old brown cable socks that my mom gave me a few years ago, and off I went to work...and to the sock store!

I am now the proud owner of several pairs of lacy, pretty black and brown dress go with my winter wardrobe of wool dress slacks, which is another whole topic.

Where Are My Keys, Anyway?

Last Tuesday, I was over in Carthage, a very beautiful town in Southwest Missouri, about an hour west of Springfield.  Dropping by Lowes, I picked up work gloves and a saw blade, paid, and made my way back to my car.

Picture this scene.  It's the Lowe's parking lot.  The temperature is in the low 40s, and the wind is blowing hard.  I am standing there at the tailgate of my Honda CR-V, looking for my car keys.

Watch me, now:   I look in my jeans pockets.  I look in my purse.  I look in the shopping bags.  I look in the inside pocket of my purse.  I check my jeans again.  I begin to think of bad words, but you can't be sure of this, because I do not say them.  You see me start walking back inside, and you think, "That poor woman lost her keys!"

Come on now, you northern folks know where my car keys were, don't you?  You know you do.

They were in my COAT POCKET.

I have not worn a coat in 10 years.  It never even occurred to my poor little relocated Florida brain that a coat existed when I was running through the mental list of options about where my keys could be.

Yup, it's going to be a long winter.

Comments (7)

Rosario Lewis
DDR Realty - Newburgh, NY
GRI, SRES - DDR Realty - Orange County, NY
If you suffer cold at 40 degrees you have a real shock coming. I advise you stock up on gloves, mittens, scarves, boots, hats, and leg warmers. Think Eskimo.
Nov 17, 2007 03:47 AM
Judith Reppert
United Country Countryside Realty - Mount Vernon, MO

Rosario, believe me, I am scared, but I will get my wardrobe straightened out and go sell some property.  One positive thing is that nice jeans and cowboy boots are very acceptable dress for a farm or ranch listing appointment, because you have to walk the land.  Thanks for coming by to read my blog.

Nov 17, 2007 04:34 AM
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495

Judith:  I wrote a post on organizing my desk; I lost my cellphone on my desk.  LOL  Thanks for your post!

Mike in Tucson

Nov 18, 2007 03:13 PM
Amber Bourland
Ozarks' Independent Realty - West Plains, MO

Judith- I really enjoyed your post. I understand the culture (and climate) shock that comes witha move to the Ozarks. I came from the Chicago area, though, so I was prepared for winter, then disappointed when we didn't get snow, but ice instead!  A pointer for you- if the day starts out at 60 degress (or even 50 and climbing) and it is anywhere between September and the end of May, bring a coat and extra clothes, because you never know what the weather will be doing in an hour. I have seen the temp drop over 35 degrees in an hour and have been caught in a skirt and short sleeved blouse when the sleet started needling down...

Jeans are a standard for me, but when I dress in anything more "professional" looking, I always bring jeans and tennies or hiking botts in the trunk. I may go from a country-club home to walking a dairy farm or a really nasty foreclosure.

And by the way, the deer hunters this year are forecasting a very cold winter because the deer they've butchered have had extra fat on them. And the spiders moved into houses early this year, and according to my Grandma, that's a sure sign of a bad winter to come... Keep that coat handy!

Nov 19, 2007 02:10 AM
Judith Reppert
United Country Countryside Realty - Mount Vernon, MO

Hi Mike, thanks for coming by.  Yeah, my desk wouldn't win any organization prizes most of the time.  It's actually pretty clean right now because I'm working from home as well from the office.  So both desks are clean but the car is a mess, since I carry everything I might possibly need back and forth.

Hi Amber, nice to "see" you again, thanks for the weather tip.  I do need to seriously look into putting some emergency stuff in my car, other than jumper cables.  Beyond weather stuff, I think I will start bringing boots and jeans for sure.  For instance, I unexpectedly need more pictures of a dairy I just listed, and I am dressed for the office today, spiky heels and all.  So, I'll have to go tomorrow.  We're supposed to get a flake or two of snow on Thanksgiving morning, I hear!  P.S. Know anyone interested in a dairy over in this direction?  We're just getting the listing put in today on Spgfield, already in Joplin.  It's actually pretty far west, directly north of Oronogo.


Nov 19, 2007 05:13 AM
Amber Bourland
Ozarks' Independent Realty - West Plains, MO

Offhand, I don't know of anyone looking out in your area. Most of the buyers we have are looking for hunting land or anything with live water. We aren't on Spfld BOR, so you'll have to send me info on whatever you have, so I can keep it in mind...

One thing I have added to the "emergency" stuff I keep in the car, are those self-heating hot cocoa cans. You push the button on the bottom, the quick-lime mixes with water, and it heats the cocoa. They are great to have if you get stranded in the snow or cold.... And ALWAYS keep a blanket on hand!

Nov 19, 2007 11:44 AM
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


I've lost my keys on my desk!  LOL  Welcome to Active Rain!

Mike in Tucson

Nov 25, 2007 11:55 PM