These Boots Are Made for Walkin’

If, like me, your pants are feeling a little snug and the thought of a huge box of candy for Valentine’s Day is making you sweat, let me set your mind at ease.  Simply tell your significant other that you would like to shake things up a bit (watch out, they might get the wrong impression here . . . we’re talking about candy, remember).  In lieu of a sugary treat or high calorie dinner to celebrate Valentine’s Day, give your lover a list of delectable objects you would prefer instead.  A list of romantic things such as garden boots, for example.  Won’t that quickly rekindle those fires?  If not, I have a few other ideas up my sleeve . . .


Durable Muck boots in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Durable Muck boots (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

Muck Boots:  The name “muck” really says it all; these are the ultimate in farm/yard boots, allowing you to trudge through mud or snow while your feet stay warm and dry.  The lower portion of the boot is coated in a moisture resistant plastic, so you can even walk in shallow water, which I often have to do when removing invasive weeds or pulling debris from my backyard stream.  I wear the taller style (although they offer a lower calf) as it works best in deep snow and I can comfortably tuck my pants inside. The taller leg also provides a sense of safety when walking through snake infested areas . . . (


Colorful Bogs' boots in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Colorful Bogs’ boots (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

Bogs Footwear:  While Muck boots are more utilitarian (and slightly less attractive), Bogs offer a lighter, less bulky option with an array of colors and designs to satisfy the fashionista in you.  You might not want to run to the store in a heavy duty pair of Muck boots, but throw on a flowery printed pair of Bogs and away you go.  I have the tall version (although there is a big opening in the leg, so it’s no good for deep snow) and the shorter version, which is what I prefer to wear when working in the garden.  They’re stylish and comfortable enough to wear all day, even for light walking. (

If boots aren’t your thing, how about curling up with a book?  Here are a few I’ve enjoyed recently:

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver is a fictional tale about a farming family, their small southern community, and how an improbable monarch migration affects them all.

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert is a story that takes place in the 1800’s, involving plant hunters, ocean journeys, romance, adventure and a touch of moss.

Essays for Creating Your Right Life by Martha Beck is a compilation of short stories, each with valuable life lessons.  This is a perfect before bed read.

Founding Gardeners by Andrea Wulf will help you brush up on American history, while learning about our past presidents’ impact on today’s gardens.

L L Bean's lightweight headlamp in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

L L Bean’s lightweight headlamp (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

And last, but not least, one of the most useful items I received this year is a Trailblazer 4-LED headlamp from LL Bean.  Weighing in at only 2.7 ounces (including the 3 AAA batteries), with five color choices (black, blue, orange, pink or red), this compact lamp comes with an adjustable strap which will comfortably fit around your hat or hood, leaving your hands free to hold other objects.  For me, those objects include dog’s leashes (for late night walks), grain pails (for early morning feedings), and a pitchfork (for late night stall mucking).  I’ll bet this lamp would be handy for many situations where you need a flashlight, but also need both hands.  Check it out! (item #  TA279868 at LL Bean:

Whatever you choose for your Valentine treat; a comfy pair of boots, a good book, a portable headlamp, or a combination of all three, (or a box of Godiva-the hell with it) have fun and enjoy the adventure!


  1. What a fun article! Muck boots have come a long way! Although, I still love my plain old black ones that I learned about from Mama Ann! I still wear them here, in 5 feet of snow!

    • I love my Muck boots, too! We’ve had a lot of snow lately and they’re great for keeping snow out and warmth in. Thanks for writing, Dina~

  2. I have those muckboots to that aunt patty gave me. I love the article!

  3. Hi Kathy, Love the article! I am one of the lucky ones that have both muck and bogs; and use them both. In some ways I prefer the bogs as they are warm, but a little lighter on the foot. Also want to say great job on presentation of Valentine gifts for H.O.R.S.E. And I love the horse pics and captions. Love, Mom

    • I definitely prefer the Bogs when I have to be out for a while walking around, as the Muck Masters are very heavy! Each has a purpose for sure.

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