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Old 12-13-2012, 02:34 PM
 
Location: California Mountains
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We (husband and I) love the four distinct seasons we experience in our current residence. The spring is alive in blossoming flowers, the summer is pleasantly warm (with highest temperature in the low 80s), the beautiful autumn foliage is breathtaking, and the white winter never ceases to energize us. This morning, with 6" of snow already on the ground and heavy flakes still falling from the sky, we woke up early and walked downtown for breakfast. On the way back, we stepped right on the same footprints we left on the pristine snow an hour earlier. Oh, the simple pleasures of everyday life...
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Old 12-13-2012, 04:33 PM
 
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do you mind me asking whereabouts you live...you don't have to give the specific town/city if you don't want to, but just the general area would be helpful. What you described is what I am looking for too....thx.
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:26 PM
 
Location: California Mountains
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do you mind me asking whereabouts you live...you don't have to give the specific town/city if you don't want to, but just the general area would be helpful. What you described is what I am looking for too....thx.
If the question was for me, the answer is: we live in a mountain town in Southern CA.
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Old 12-14-2012, 07:41 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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For some people, it's certainly possible to become less tolerant to both extremes, heat and cold, with increasing age.
I think you could safely say most people have less tolerance for temperature extremes as they age. Or maybe more accurately they are less physically able to cope with them. Getting plenty of exercise can help minimize the capacity loss, but, it is what it is.
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Old 12-15-2012, 06:30 AM
 
Location: Floyd Co, VA
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I grew up on Long Island and did a few college years in upstate NY on the Canadian border. Then moved to the SF Bay Area, where I lived for 32 years.

When I retired I moved to this rural community in the Blue Ridge mountains of Sw VA. I knew that giving up the mild temps of the Bay Area would be a challenge and it has been. Our summer highs are rarely more than 85 but even that is tough for me. I try to get my outdoor chores done early in the day. A couple of years ago I had to take down two very large maple trees (before mother nature did it for me) and they were on the west side of the house and now the lack of shade in the afternoons means that the living and dining rooms are flooded with sunshine and the house heats up much more. It will be a few more years before replacement trees make much of a difference.

I have a better time dealing with the winter cold since it's possible to add another layer of clothing, keep the fire going, etc. Driving in the snow is not too bad since I have a Suburban with hefty tires and 4 wheel drive if needed. For the most part I can avoid having to go out if the roads are slick with black ice in the early morning hours since I am retired and can just hunker down for a day or so if the conditions are really bad.

While I could wish for milder winters and summers that are not quite so warm I don't regret this choice and think that all the good things I love about this place are more than worth it.
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Old 12-15-2012, 06:57 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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do you mind me asking whereabouts you live...you don't have to give the specific town/city if you don't want to, but just the general area would be helpful. What you described is what I am looking for too....thx.
While I can't say for certain, Wanderer's description would match the town of Big Bear, in southern California. Very reasonably priced, and the town has a lot of charm since it's also a tourist destination.
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Old 12-16-2012, 08:13 AM
 
Location: it depends
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I figured that the experience in life people could relate to this topic and could give me some guidance. Obviously, whenever we contemplate retirement, weather plays a BIG part in our choice. What have the good folks in this forum found as far as tollerating weather. My wife and I would like a moderate climate since we can't afford to have two homes, depending on the seasons. So, we'd like to find a one size fits all retirement location. However, I'm wondering what your collective experience has been in tolerating weather. As you have gotten older, is it easier to handle cold weather or hot. I used to think that everyone who got older found cold harder to handle and so wanted to escape south. However, living in Texas I've found that I am having increasing problems handling the heat, and look forward to the cold. What do you say gang?
A big factor for us is the risk of great bodily damage from slips and falls in snow and ice. The young are resilient; the elderly, not so much. Apart from that, I'm having an easier time tolerating the heat instead of the cold--but that's always been my personal preference, too. Now the wife has a medical issue that favors warm-weather living--it's a trifecta for Florida weather for us.
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Old 12-16-2012, 10:23 AM
 
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At 65yrs old i can handle cold a whole lot better than i can handle heat.
In the winter here in Montreal i put on appropriate clothing for the temperature and am never cold when going outside,
When in Florida visiting friends and Family temps in the high 80's with much humidity have become unbearable and i spend almost all of my time in an air conditioned environment..
Why every one seems to want to retire in Florida i have no clue,coastal Virginia and Carolinas are becoming more appealing to me.
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Old 12-16-2012, 10:46 PM
 
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I'm having more difficulty with the cold and snow than when I was younger.

Now I am still as happy to go out and do some chores in the morning and gaze at the sunrise as I ever was...but by evening, I don't want to be out there doing them twice - it feels too cold after a long day. I am clearly not the same "me" who just dove into this stuff over a decade ago. My dh has mentioned now on more than one occasion that he would like to spend some time back in Hawaii (he lived there through high school+). He never used to have an issue with the cold, and now sometimes he really does. We do love watching the snow, but working in it is starting to suck.

So yeah, we are both changing in that what was enjoyable weather wise and no problem is now starting to be an issue. That said, we both still like the remoteness here for so many reasons that it will be interesting to see if we can find a work around for this, like maybe going some place just a bit warm for the winter. It will be a challenge to figure out where, because neither of us can tolerate really high humidity, though who knows...give us a few years, and that might change as well as we continue to age.
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Old 12-20-2012, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Toronto, Ottawa Valley & Dunedin FL
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If I were in a condo in a large building in a large city I would have year round climate control with automatic humidity adjustment and all air filtered. It probably would not matter what the temp. was outside so long as I did not have to go there.

If I HAD to step outside, I certainly would prefer the cold because I could bundle up enough to prevent problems. When it is hot you can only take off so many cloths and then you are just STUCK with the intolerable heat.
Yes, but I like stepping outside! In fact, I get cab fever if I have to live indoors. That was getting to be a problem in the winter, in the north. Being in a city, I could walk in the winter if the weather wasn't too severe, but that wasn't enough for me.

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A big factor for us is the risk of great bodily damage from slips and falls in snow and ice. The young are resilient; the elderly, not so much. Apart from that, I'm having an easier time tolerating the heat instead of the cold--but that's always been my personal preference, too. Now the wife has a medical issue that favors warm-weather living--it's a trifecta for Florida weather for us.
I think that's one of the big issues with the cold. Aside from shoveling, which can be physically stressful, falls are a big nemesis for older folks. I would like very much not to break a hip or ruin a shoulder falling on the ice.

Luckily, we have the option of two homes (well, 3 really.) Winter in Florida is mostly glorious. Sometimes a bit chilly, rarely hot, mostly beautiful.

If we had to live in one place in Canada, full-time, it would be Victoria, B.C. The weather there is really lovely. Perhaps some day we'll do that, once we can't go to Florida any longer.
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