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Old 02-10-2018, 11:31 AM   #41
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For me, the first sign of spring is when we move the clocks ahead an hour. Until 2007, it was in early) April. Now it is in mid-March, which is helpful. That makes February a little less dreary, just a little. After a rough January, we have a string of days in the mid to high 40s coming up, also helpful. Any time we have rain in February, I am always glad it isn't snow.
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Days are getting noticeably longer in February. And Valentine’s Day.
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I have SAD and February is great!
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In Canada we have Family Day to break up the February blues.

https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/canada/family-day
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I just got back from a nice bicycle ride to the market. It's sunny and 75 out today. Terribly sorry about that

Actually - and I'm not making this up, I have found this recent warm spell to be quite disappointing. Most of the people I know like it, but I enjoy a bit of gloomy, overcast, and chilly weather. It's good for the soul. Of course, "bad" weather is relative, and here in the SF East Bay, our version of "bad" weather is a little different from people living in many parts of the country.

Apologies if I am being annoying
You are not annoying me. Sunny and a forecast of low seventies for later today for us - also Bay Area. We're taking the dog hiking on a canyon trail after lunch and tomorrow will be on a low tide walk at Crown Memorial State Beach.
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You do realize Walt lives in WV? Walking on a frozen lake would result in us needing a new Mod. Ice is what you put your beer in, not what you fish through.
Exactly. While ice does sometimes form on ponds and creeks it is never thick enough to be safe to walk on. I cringe when I see photos of people driving pickup trucks on ice even in the far northern states. (If your pickup falls through the ice is that covered by insurance?)

When I retired I wanted us to move to one of the Carolinas, or maybe Tennessee. My younger sister lived near Orlando, FL for eight years and described it as "like D.C. in August for 10 months of the year". Way too hot and muggy for us. DW did not want to move that far from family.

I console myself that it is only bad for two or three months of the year.
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Old 02-10-2018, 03:17 PM   #46
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I'm another one that enjoys the winter. I manage to get outside enough to avoid cabin fever (cross country skiing this morning in one of our metroparks), but it's nice to relax at home in front of the wood burner and just get all "hygge" as the Danes say. I love summer but everything seems to go at 90 miles per hour so it's great to have some down time in the winter.

April is about my least favorite month - mud season. Skiing is terrible and too many days in the 40s and 50s still.
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Exactly. While ice does sometimes form on ponds and creeks it is never thick enough to be safe to walk on. I cringe when I see photos of people driving pickup trucks on ice even in the far northern states. (If your pickup falls through the ice is that covered by insurance?)

When I retired I wanted us to move to one of the Carolinas, or maybe Tennessee. My younger sister lived near Orlando, FL for eight years and described it as "like D.C. in August for 10 months of the year". Way too hot and muggy for us. DW did not want to move that far from family.

I console myself that it is only bad for two or three months of the year.
I don't know.

I remember as a kid my DF and I fished off Wolfe Island, Ontario. It was a couple of miles(?) to Kingston Ontario across the St Lawrence. That year they were getting an icebreaker so the ferry could run all year.

There was a kid there my age(13?) and he was excited to not wait for the river to freeze. I recall him telling me every year they lost a couple of vehicles to the river.

According to Wikipedia they have a bubbler system today to keep the ferry running.
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Walt34, you convinced me. Just booked a cruise to warmer climes for late February.
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Fantastic weather here in the Philippines ... and lovely evenings, also. Just had a great 5K run followed by a vigorous frisbee session that took whatever energy I had remaining.



Re: Mexico

I know everyone has different preferences ... but I did winter once in Mazatlan, Mexico, since I found SoCal too cold, especially in the evenings (! -- lows of 40). But the lows in Mazatlan were typically in the high to mid 40s, highs around 70 and windy, and the ocean water was freezing. The taxis were open air golf carts called pulmonias (pneumonia in Spanish, and now I know why). As I was freezing watching a local early evening baseball game with a social group, I kept asking all the Canadians there why they consider that city a winter destination to which the universal answer is, "yeah, but it's freezing in Canada right now!" I invited a friend to winter there with me for 3 weeks and he still won't let me forget about it, lol. I have lived in the tropics ever since and my invited friend has as well.


Sorry but I've been to Mexico 25 times (there now) and never been in the 40's unless you go inland at 7,000 feet above sea level
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Sounds like ya'll need to visit Arizona for the month. Only 82 today, got some shrubs trimmed and a trip to Lowes to buy a ceiling fan for the back patio. And also picked up an orange tree. Sure beats the socks off the Illinois home, all that snow, ice and wind chills........
We're on our way! Going to SE Arizona very soon to look for sun and birds.

We're in our third year of FIRE, but this winter has been the toughest yet. The first couple of years I was just catching up on my "indoor" hobbies that were somewhat repressed during my w*rking years. Now I have cabin fever in a BAD way, and I need to get somewhere warm and sunny for a few weeks.

Traditionally, we visited Florida each year. Although we were only there a few weeks, the positive impact lasted for a few months, enough to get well into spring. We stopped going to FL several years ago, frankly because we got bored with it. We loved the bird photography, sun, and warmth, but we needed to see something different. So, this year it's SE Arizona.

When w*rking, I was never bothered this much by winter, although many people around me complained of the blues. W*rk and life responsibilities occupied most of my time. Now in retirement, honestly, I tire even of my favorite indoor hobbies, in part because I have more than enough of them. I long for the summer outdoor season when we can get back to kayaking and biking.

I'm learning that I need to get away every year to some place warm and sunny even for a few weeks. I didn't realize how much I'd miss this getaway until I FIRE'd and discontinued our regular Florida excursion. Live and learn...
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In college I visited a flame and her parents near Pease AFB in New Hampshire in late Jan 1981. The river through town was frozen over, and hundreds of folks, including myself and GF, were ice skating up and down the river. We also went skiing at Gunstock NH. It is one of my treasured memories before I met DW.
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I left MN to head to Fl for the winter., It was -13 when I left. It makes you wonder how the North ever got populated.

I plan on heading back around 3/15 which seems like it is tomorrow.

Time flies when it is 60+ degrees at night and 85 during the day. I feel as though I just got here.

If I was still in MN, it would still feel like March was month's away, not weeks...
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Just got back from 10 days in Africa. Breaks it up nicely. And there is the promise of spring. Days getting longer, sun warm on one's face and the crocuses are coming up! All good.
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When w*rking, I was never bothered this much by winter, although many people around me complained of the blues. W*rk and life responsibilities occupied most of my time. Now in retirement, honestly, I tire even of my favorite indoor hobbies, in part because I have more than enough of them. I long for the summer outdoor season when we can get back to kayaking and biking.

I'm learning that I need to get away every year to some place warm and sunny even for a few weeks.
I could have written this myself, except I have found that a few weeks is not long enough to escape the long northern winters. We're gone for 2 1/2 months, and I could easily do another month. It will still basically be winter where we live, when we get home in mid-March.
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Agree. February sux here.
Went to SC for January and am trying to stay home till March. Can't even get excited about hikes at the park. I'll get some more gym time in and try to burn off some of that fried chicken, fried fish, fried oysters, and hush puppies I brought home under my belt.
Not looking forward to Valentines Day this year either.
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Mardi Gras is Tuesday, and as you all probably know, traffic and sanity both come to a nearly complete and total standstill in New Orleans during the week before Mardi Gras, due to numerous parades around town.

When we were working, our workplaces were closed of course on Mardi Gras day, but not on Lundi Gras or any other days. So, we used to take a couple of vacation days so that we could get out of town and escape the insanity.

Now that we are retired, we don't feel the need to do that any more. We really aren't in a big hurry to go anywhere or get anything done. Right now I can hear the sounds of energetic high school marching bands on the big parade route half a block from our homes, and it's kind of nice. Oh, to be young again. We could walk down there, but probably won't because it's 61 and drizzling a little bit.

February is a pretty good month.
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Today was my birthday.

I've survived much longer on this planet then I ever believed possible. DW wanted to take me out for dinner but I'm very content staying in. I'm a lucky man. ✌

Our winterfest was last week. This is part of the second day:20180204_083242.jpg
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