Originally Posted by Captjob
Congrats Dare on 2 years!
Sounds as if it was the perfect match for you and your husband. I hope to find the same type of feeling when I arrive for my scouting mission in two weeks.
I had a conversation with a business associate the other day and we got on the topic of the perfect place to live after discussing the massive problems of California etc..etc. I mentioned my desire to move to New Hampshire and low and behold he was originally from NH. He left the state in 1979 (Manchester) and never looked back. He brought up the oppressive heat and humidity in the summer (as if 100+degrees here in SoCal all summer was any different
) followed by the cold and ice storms all winter. This discussion then lead to the bugs, flies etc.
Needless to say he did not consider NH a viable option for himself; however, did admit he never spent time in the Northern part of the state and he had not been back since 1979.
After the conversation he mentioned his interest in learning how my "Project New Hampshire" mission is going to turn out.
We shall see!
Thank you Captjob - Obviously, I can't speak for the Manchester area, but I have noticed the weather between this area and the central and southern parts of the state is different.
Last summer we went to visit hubby's daughter in southern Maine and most of the trip was down I-93. When we left here, it was sunny with a nice breeze - as soon as we hit the Laconia area and further south, it was hotter and quite muggy. When we came home later in the afternoon, when we hit the Laconia area it was cooler with a breeze again
It seems from that area south (from watching the weather on WMUR anyway), has quite a few days that are 90+ in the summers; I think we *may* have had 1 day of 90-degree weather. If I'm not mistaken (and I may be, so somebody jump in if I'm wrong) I believe I remember seeing "ozone alerts" for the southern areas - we didn't get them.
This past winter, there was more snow south of us, which I found amazing- I figured we'd get more snow. We had plenty of it, don't get me wrong, but there were quite a few days that people on the forum were saying they were having snow and we didn't get anything or very little. We didn't get much in the way of ice. Our first winter here was MUCH colder than this one - I remember one or two weeks where it was -20 the first winter up here. I think this year we had only a couple of days that were that cold. It does take some getting used to the cold, though. Once I learned "the art of layering" though, I was fine, even running errands in -20 temps, although I can't imagine having to work outside under those conditions.
I haven't noticed a major problem with bugs/flies/mosquitos up here, either, but that may be because we had pretty much the same bugs/flies/mosquitos in NYS, so I was used to them
A couple of times this winter, I was discouraged with all the snow and did have some doubts about whether or not the move was the right one. I called relatives to see what they're weather was like and they were also having as much snow as we were and were actually colder than we were and many times were having ice storms instead of snow; oddly enough that made me feel better.
Then I remembered the differences in the spring and summer and I *really* felt better
When we left here last weekend to head to NY, it was chilly - I was wearing a light-weight jacket - halfway there, I had to take it off and when we reached our destination it was in the 80's already - that REALLY made me remember how nice it is here
We have what hubby and I both agree is "weird" to us - there's a tree next to our driveway (I don't know what kind of tree it is), but that sucker starts to bud overnight! Two days ago, there was no green on it at all. Yesterday morning it had green all over it and this morning the leaves are even bigger - we remember this particular tree doing the same thing last year...it's "weird" but it's kinda neat too
One thing I've noticed about myself since moving is that I seem to have "recaptured" some of my "inner child." So much is new and different that I feel like a little kid, learning so many new things and I kinda like that