Little Hotties Hand Warmers - My Mums New Favourite Bowling/Bingo Accessory
Little Hotties and My Mum
My mum is a child of the 30's so she is quickly heading towards her 80th birthday, a fact that she would reprimand me for telling you if she was so inclined to read my ramblings about her and life in general! However I think I am safe when talking about the Little Hottie Hand Warmers as it's me who is purchasing them for her and she is just the joyful recipient of them.
Why Joyful? Let me explain.
My mum moved to a small country town called Deniliquin (Top 10 Things to Do in Deni) in the Australian state of New South Wales around 25 years ago, a move motivated by a desire to retire to a warmer climate and also participate in all those activities that people who are entering the work free phase of their lives enjoy.
This led my mum to become a trophy winning machine in the sport of indoor carpet bowls as well as enjoying hot Summers and balmy Springs and Falls, though what she didn't bargain for was the cold of Winter and the effect it would have on her hands and joints as she aged. Whilst Deniliquin gets to over 100F in Summer it hovers just above 40F in Winter, and as age attacked her hands she started to suffer from a condition that is normally only associated with people in hard labour careers, white finger.
Mum's white finger, a condition where she loses all heat and feeling in her fingers (and they turn a lovely shade of pale white), is brought on by the cold of a Deniliquin Winter. Suddenly, with no feeling in her hands, mum became less of a trophy winning machine and more of a cold fingered bowls chucker. It even affected her bingo playing as she struggled to hold the bingo dobbing pens and her concentration began to focus more on the cold in her hands rather than the numbers that were being called. Her win/bingo ratio was also suffering.
Then my step-sister had an epiphany.
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A Moment of Genius from my Step-Sister
She heard about Little Hotties from some of her friends that skied (yes, we actually have snow fields in Australia), so she went and purchased a box of them and gave them to Mum. They were a revelation, as Mum is very resistant to a lot of modern technology, so a simple pouch that you expose to air, give a little shake to and slip into a pocket or glove to keep your hands warm was just what we needed.
So how do they work?
Well I'm not a chemist, but these air activated hand warmer pouches contain 6 ingredients, cellulose, iron, water, carbon, vermiculite and salt. Once exposed to air they all react in a similar way to the way iron rusts when exposed to air, just much quicker (for those chemically inclined the reaction is called exothermic oxidation). As with many chemical reactions, this creates heat, which in the case of the Hotties is the perfect temperature and can last for up to eight hours. Just long enough for mum to bowl and bingo.
So there you have it, my mum loves her Hottie Hand Warmers. They make her comfortable, have improved her quality of life, have improved her bowls game and are something that she is really comfortable in using. Yes there are other types of hand warmers on the market, which I personally use, but the last thing I want to give my mum is a Zippo hand warmer that requires burners, flint and fuel. I give her one of those and I know she will go up in a puff of smoke!
For the elderly, cold handed (or feet, they make one for those too) person in your life, mum and I can't recommend Little Hotties enough.