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Old 03-08-2008, 01:30 PM   #41
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You folks in middle America sure have been dumped on this year!
The good part is: I'm retired!

I wasn't planning on leaving the house until Monday, and I could slip that to Tuesday or Wednesday if necessary.
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Old 03-08-2008, 03:01 PM   #43
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Help! This winter has been so tough here in Minnesota that I am really tempted to do something crazy. It's -15 overnight with wind chill, and cold nights like this have become commonplace.
Sounds like a trip south is needed!

Uum, I got up this morning, hopped on my bike and pedaled the 7 miles to my running club race. After running the race (in shorts and t-shirt) and thinking it was a bit warm over the last couple of miles, I stopped at the farmers market on the way home and stuffed my backpack with locally grown veges.

Breakfast included an orange that I picked off the tree in my back yard yesterday.

I'm now sitting at the computer looking out the window at a 70F day with crystal clear blue ski. My plum tree is covered with white blossoms and the current and manzanita are also in bloom. The apple, persimmon, and pomegrante are also starting to show green and DW is mowing the back lawn.

But it is expected to get down to 45F tonight. Brrrrr!

Sorry but sometimes those of us in the high cost but nice weather locations just have to gloat a little.

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Gloat?

I just came back from a short walk through 15" snow. It's beautiful: soft and white and deep. Most of the birds in the area have figured out where the food is: black and red birds against white snow and black branches.

Retirement has brought me back to some of the good parts of childhood.

Snow isn't a problem unless you have to be somewhere. My neighbor has to go to work; he shoveled his driveway, but it's a quarter mile to a plowed road; he said someone with 4-wheel drive will come get him.

I don't want fire ants, hurricanes, and 90F and humid several months of the year.

And now the sun has appeared; white and bright.

I only wish I had a house with more insulation and solar gain.
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Gloat?

I just came back from a short walk through 15" snow. It's beautiful: soft and white and deep. Most of the birds in the area have figured out where the food is: black and red birds against white snow and black branches.

Retirement has brought me back to some of the good parts of childhood.

Snow isn't a problem unless you have to be somewhere. My neighbor has to go to work; he shoveled his driveway, but it's a quarter mile to a plowed road; he said someone with 4-wheel drive will come get him.

I don't want fire ants, hurricanes, and 90F and humid several months of the year.

And now the sun has appeared; white and bright.

I only wish I had a house with more insulation and solar gain.
I agee that the snow can be very nice at times, much more so when you don't have to go to work in it, but as another poster mentioned I recall getting very tired of winter about this time of year when I lived in snow country.

I live in CA now so I don't have fire ants, hurricanes or humidity. An earth quake every now and then though.

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The "perfect climate" is hard to find. One sister lived in Pembroke Pines, just north of Miami, FL in the early 80's and found it not to her liking - too humid and hot. They take their cockroaches seriously there.

But we found that snow doesn't matter so much if you don't have to go anywhere. The first year of RE we had a 2.5 foot snowfall and aside from trips to the curb for mail we didn't go outside for a week. Made a big pot of beef stew and had some movies to watch.

But still, the SIL's place in Murrell's Inlet, SC is looking mighty inviting about now. About a 10-hour drive with stops.
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After much soul-searching, I've decided not to touch this one.
i will also behave. <snicker giggle horse laugh>
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but..but...but...i thought you were referring to golf clubs when you mentioned an 8 and a 10. weren't you? <full open horse laugh>
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Help! This winter has been so tough here in Minnesota that I am really tempted to do something crazy.
Tell me about it! February up here was pretty rough and I was ready to slit my wrists.

I live in Alaska, btw.
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"Snow isn't a problem unless you have to be somewhere"

That is pretty much it. Why I have no problem moving back to the midwest.
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