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Old 12-08-2013, 12:21 PM   #81
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I was in central Oregon, where I hope to retire, during Thanksgiving. One of my concerns is that I won't be able to handle the winters but I do have lots of relatives in NM and TX that I can "visit" during the winter months. It was about 10 degrees colder there but was in or near the 40's by 10 am so I'm thinking that this is not too bad. The daylight hours are also not as long but less than an hour shorter than down south. Also there was never much of a wind. Then I get back to NM and now it's in the negative digits in Oregon.
My mom's last 13 years were spent in southern Washington, so we looked for over 10 years at retiring there or to Oregon. We've made friends with a lot of beagle people, and we had the chance to be there through all the seasons.

I think OR is a beautiful state, and we would love the chance to own some acreage there; in fact, twice we made offers on houses there, but they didn't work out.

It's a good thing they didn't. After seeing all the seasons many times, I finally realized over the past 2-3 years that too many months of dark days wouldn't work for me. I think it started happening as i got older. I get nauseous and feel like I want to curl up in a ball. I can't stand it. It shuts me down, even when it happens here in California. I truly am solar powered these days.

The final straw for me was flying up to Portland in early July from a sunny California day to get below Portland's clouds and finding overcast. We had looked at the forecast and saw sunshine, so we wore shorts.

Like you, I have relatives in TX to visit, but then, I never did see the point of leaving where I can live all year round, mostly in comfort, to move to a place where I have to get out of town for a few months every year.

And then I have 3 dogs to take with me, wherever I go . . . .
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I suffer from the same thing, called SAD. There are good therapy lights, some find them very useful. We used to always head south, right before winter. That way I had a week of sun, after that the days start getting longer.
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I suffer from the same thing, called SAD. There are good therapy lights, some find them very useful. We used to always head south, right before winter. That way I had a week of sun, after that the days start getting longer.
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I bought one of those blue lights for myself last year, and I found it really helps. I admit, I was a bit skeptical, but it really works for me. I break it out in the mornings, when I am up early having my coffee, and let it shine on me for half an hour or so while I catch up with ER.org and play Words with Friends.

Someone out there even makes visors with blue lights built in under the brim!
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Old 12-08-2013, 01:16 PM   #84
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It is right about now I feel so correct about moving to Hawaii....... LOL!
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Old 12-08-2013, 05:07 PM   #85
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Guess I've always been a weather wimp. Until recently even the hottest days didn't bother me much, but the cold always just sinks right in whatever I wear. A good friend is the opposite - he suffers horribly in the heat but loves cold weather. Maybe just genetics?

Anyway, before clearing the snow from the driveway I ventured outside with a macro lens and took some photos of snow on the bushes near the house. Kind of neat to see individual crystals.
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OK, I have to make one more comment here.
Many years ago, I went to a talk by a scientist who had spent a tour in Antarctica. He was full of fascinating information, but his closing segment stuck in my mind.

They had a sauna outside the main living quarters, and they made a film (this was before digital video) of one of them coming out of the sauna and standing there in the open.

The water vapor coming off his body went up about six feet over his head, then condensed, froze, crystallized, and fell back down on him as snow.

It looked exactly like the cartoon guy who had the little rain cloud that followed him everywhere.

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Old 12-23-2013, 10:13 AM   #87
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Your reports always make me feel warm, here in Chicago.
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86 degrees here in central Florida going down to 70's tomorrow. Brrrr.......
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85 but we are getting all the way down to 73 tonight...
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Warmer at the poles than in ND.

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I'd Be Safe and Warm......If I was in LA
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I'd Be Safe and Warm......If I was in LA

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We're out shopping in and out of small shops in Chicagoland at 7 degrees - good to know that we're colder than the North Pole also
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51 and 52? Still waaayyy too cold....we have to wear additional clothing at 73.......
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We just might go have lunch down at the beach today

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Yeah, but our tough MN winters make all the women strong, the men good looking,and the children above average. So there!
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About a year out from retirement I looked on the Census Bureau's web site, seeking the state with the lowest population density per square mile. That state is ND.

Then I looked at NOAA's web site, found the year-round temperature averages there, and found there is good reason for that.
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Yeah, but our tough MN winters make all the women strong, the men good looking,and the children above average. So there!
credit should go to Garrison K. and the prairie home companion show. Got to see it live at the fitzgerald theatre. Fun show.
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Yes mn54 I've seen his show many times at the Fitz. Garrison lives down the street from me and gets his eyebrows trimmed at the salon where I get my hair cut!
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Here, in the Northern Alps, the temperatures have been unseasonably warm for this time of year. But we are expecting lower temperatures and gale-force wind for Christmas.
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