we did a road ride this morning, 15 miles 1 hr15 minutes. havent been able to ride in many weeks due to cold, snow, ice, raining etc. its been warm enough now mid forties, to ride comfortably. plus I have the wrist procedure coming up wed so I wont be able to ride for a while. also my therapy work.
cathy we have more several step stools. this house has 3 levels. I cant reach the upper shelves in any cabinet or closet, in the house or garage . they fold flat enough to slide in next to washer/dryer or next to the fridge. I sometimes use a chair but no countertop to climb on. Be careful you dont break a rib!. Dh isn't very tall either so we use folding step stools a lot. I use a set of long kitchen tongs or a coat hanger to retrieve things behind the dryer without moving appliances.
The right clothing is key to active outdoor things. I use synthetics like polypro. no wool except for socks. even thinking about wool makes me itch. merino works for a lot of people but I coudn't stand it. bought a sweater last year, tried it on for 2 minutes, and back into the bag to return. for me, synthetics in layers work. we rode this morning, damp and mid forties, I wore two layers one with a hood, windbreaker jacket. nothing that technical. synthetic not cotton. DH wore a down vest also, and got too warm. I was cool to start but warmed up in a few minutes. I'd rather be a little cool to begin with, and not have to adjust everything in 10 minutes. I dont sweat much so I have more trouble with hot weather.