An early Christmas present arrived in the mail today. Mom'd asked for my shoe size a while ago and I gamely divulged the details; today a nice package from Land's End showed up on my doorstep, containing a pair of big warm lace-up winter boots, pair of thick woolen socks to go with the boots, and a pair of warm "shearling" slippers that look like loafers lined with wool and boy howdy are they comfortable. I put them on to make sure they fit and I haven't taken them off to try out the boots just yet.
(Don't worry, Mom said I could open 'em and wear 'em. Just wish I'd had the boots yesterday!)