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Old 11-20-2007, 05:33 PM   #1
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Winterphiles not phobes?

No - it's not cause my sister thinks the Pat's are a good football team! - relatives this year(San Diego, Palm Springs, Pensacola) are going to sis's for a ski vacation (greater Seattle) type Christmas holiday. I begged off - still going south(not picked yet) - somewhere warm. I wonder if I'm just a subconcious snowbird or it's an old age/retirement thing. Note that bulk of relatives are going the opposite way - from warm to cold. Plus they are younger - world traveled ex/active military except for two of them.

Are there actually any ER's out there who really really like cold - true winterphiles?

heh heh heh - old Bob down at the doughnut shop(retired railroad) loves to run his winter fur traps - which I count as a little strange but he seems alright!
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Old 11-20-2007, 05:40 PM   #2
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Are there actually any ER's out there who really really like cold - true winterphiles?
We're going to have to get Martha in here...
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Ask me on a nice winter day, with snow gently falling, fire in the fireplace, and chili on the stove.
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I begged off - still going south(not picked yet) - somewhere warm. I wonder if I'm just a subconcious snowbird or it's an old age/retirement thing. Note that bulk of relatives are going the opposite way - from warm to cold. Plus they are younger - world traveled ex/active military except for two of them.

Are there actually any ER's out there who really really like cold - true winterphiles?
Uncle,
you've been spoiled. You lived in New Orleans. They think it's freezing at 65 degrees. Speaking of winter, we've had 80+ springlike degrees here the past week. That ceases tomorrow, when a blue norther comes in; should stay about 5 days or so. I know Martha doesn't think much of it, but it will be a forty degree change. Brrrrr.
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Cold is such a relative term. Are we talking below 50 or we talking below zero. Here in minnesnowta we embrace the weather. We like to think that the cold weather helps to keep the rifraf away. We cross country ski, we play platform tennis outside all winter. If it wasn't cold in the winter, we wouldn't enjoy and appreciate the rest of the year.
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............ If it wasn't cold in the winter, we wouldn't enjoy and appreciate the rest of the year.
i.e. July.........
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Yep, we like the cold. I don't think I'd like North Dakota, but southern Ohio is great. We've lived in FL, and it's just too hot for too long. Four seasons great by us.
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Ask me on a nice winter day, with snow gently falling, fire in the fireplace, and chili on the stove.
Ditto. Tomorrow the low is supposed to be 11 degrees. I plan on turning on the fireplace tomorrow morning for the first time. Nice.
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I don't love cold, snowy winters, but I sort of like them.....it's gives me a break from garden work. Besides, when the weather outside is frightful, I take a trip south to boost Florida's economy for 3 or 4 weeks.

I know I'll like the cold and snow better this winter than in the past years.....since I don't have to go out at 5:30am to clear a path, and brush snow and ice of the cars to go to w*rk!!! Instead, I'll go out about mid-morning.....MAYBE! Heck, I might just let it all melt away, so I don't have to shovel/snow-blow!
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I don't love cold, snowy winters, but I sort of like them.....it's gives me a break from garden work. Besides, when the weather outside is frightful, I take a trip south to boost Florida's economy for 3 or 4 weeks.

I know I'll like the cold and snow better this winter than in the past years.....since I don't have to go out at 5:30am to clear a path, and brush snow and ice of the cars to go to w*rk!!! Instead, I'll go out about mid-morning.....MAYBE! Heck, I might just let it all melt away, so I don't have to shovel/snow-blow!
That was my reaction.

Once you don't have to leave the house for that commute, winter is much less an annoyance.

I only have to go as far as the birdfeeders and the mailbox.

Just be sure to have a few days' extra supplies.
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I don't know about "really really cold" or constant snow to shovel and drive in, but summers in Texas are long enough that by this time of year, I'm craving colder weather. A cold front is coming through later today which should finally get fall started here -- it should hit about 78 by noonish before a cold front drops us down to around 40 tonight, and we won't get much over 55 all weekend. Glorious!
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-- it should hit about 78 by noonish before a cold front drops us down to around 40 tonight, and we won't get much over 55 all weekend. Glorious!
It was 63 at 8pm last evening, and has been dropping slowly ever since.....currently 43. The snowman is supposed to start pooping later this afternoon.....1-3 inches.....and temps only down to about 31 over night. Not too bad......just glad I don't HAVE to get out in any of it! The snow should pretty much be melted away before I head out for coffee Friday morning.
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Looking forward to my first winter of no w@#k. Won't be driving the 4400' pass to work or the 55 miles to Spokane unless I want to. I can run the snow plow during daylight and see where I'm going. Temp last night 18 with a high of 30 for today. The river in front of the house is starting to freeze.

Started putting out food for the deer and have half a dozen does and fawns showing up. Yesterday had three bucks pass through also.

We'd probably be going south after Christmas but due to MIL's health will have to pass this year. After she's gone we may become snowbirds but we'll see.
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Ask me on a nice winter day, with snow gently falling, fire in the fireplace, and chili on the stove.
That's the way it is here in Fort Collins today. After spending the last 25 years in Texas, I'm thoroughly enjoying it. Of course, this is just the first taste of winter here so we'll see.
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I used to despise the cold until I realized that it wasn't the cold I hated, it was spending 90%+ of my time indoors that I disliked.

My solution: Learn to snowboard. Now I can't wait until it snows.
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my last year in the north it wasn't even cold enough for the lake to freeze (early sign of global warming?) and it wasn't but the previous year that i finally got the ice skates i'd longed for. got to use them just a few times before we moved to the tropics. my brother takes his kids skiiing for two or three weeks every year. this year they are headed to far north new york state but i haven't played in northern winter weather in 35 years. i'd rather bike to the beach all day.
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34 degrees with sleet/snow north of Kansas City - no deep fryed turkey in peanut oil out on the patio this year.

Nice and simple oven bag - Cajun Butter injection(Louisiana Seafood) and straightforward stuffing.

Supposed to stop for Turkey Day.

heh heh heh - no ice on the streets yet.
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Having lived in Alaska for almost 4 years - I got used to cool summers and pretty cold winters. Cold winters were as low as 80 below but most of the winters were pretty mild around Anchorage. Only when I had to go up to Fairbanks in the winter was it cold; like 50 to 55 below and constant, really constant wind. Ice fog was something I had never seen -- when the air is so dry the little bit of fog actually turns into ice. I count that time as the best 4 years of my life and I really enjoyed the weather up there. Of course the taxpayers were paying for the home and the utilities -- so I had a bit of an easy time of it financially. Retired and in central Ohio is a "piece of cake".
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Old 11-22-2007, 08:42 PM   #19
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I'm not sure if I would call myself a winterphile but I am looking forward to living in SW Ohio after I retire (leaving San Diego) and getting four seasons again.
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Temps are dropping and it looks like I should consider wearing long pants instead of shorts.
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