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Old 01-09-2015, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Garages for cars are a luxury. There are many homes that do not have garages, even in climates where you have to chip ice off your car. ...
We were parking outside like that for a couple years. Then I made a garage. Now both of our cars and my tractor can all fit under a roof.

This is much nicer.
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Old 01-09-2015, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Upstate NY
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It was 5 degrees (I know it was even colder where some of you live) when I woke up this morning and thought, it's still dark out, it's cold and I don't have to warm up the car or scrape the windshield because I'm retired and I don't have to go to work. In fact, I don't have to go outside at all today.

So, who thought of the benefit of being retired today because of the temperature where you live while you were casually having your morning coffee/tea/hot chocolate?

Lol if this isn't the truth!

That's been one of the biggest benefits of being retired. I remember one woman at work who always loved the snow and didn't have patience with carping workers who drove in. Of course, she didn't drive and her big decision was which door her husband would drop her off at that morning. It's very different when one has responsibilities.

Now I can see the snow from the window and say, "Isn't that beautiful?"--then roll over and go back to sleep!
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Old 01-09-2015, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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Woke up to sleet hitting the roof this morning. It was brief though and turned to rain.
I thought..glad I don't have to drive in it.
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Old 01-09-2015, 04:16 PM
 
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It was 5 degrees (I know it was even colder where some of you live) when I woke up this morning and thought, it's still dark out, it's cold and I don't have to warm up the car or scrape the windshield because I'm retired and I don't have to go to work. In fact, I don't have to go outside at all today.

So, who thought of the benefit of being retired today because of the temperature where you live while you were casually having your morning coffee/tea/hot chocolate?
I didn't do that awful crap because I have a garage and store my truck inside the garage. ZOMG brilliant!

Some houses don't have garages, but I had this brilliant idea where I selected a house that HAD a garage. ZOMG. So much forethought.

Some areas that's expense, but I had this brilliant idea where I purchased in an area with decent wages and very reasonable costs of living. Z...

You get the picture. People chipping ice off their cars are either very early on in their careers, failed at launching a career, or are making absolutely terrible choices about how to spend their money. If they don't have money, they are in one of the first two challenges.
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Old 01-09-2015, 09:46 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Default Garages

Even the small, modest two-bedroom, one-bath house I lived in as a child in the 1950's had a one-car garage. (Most families had only one car at the time). This was in a suburb of St. Louis, where the winters are fairly mild compared to what most posters are talking about in this thread. We did have several snows each winter, some of which stuck for a while. The rooms of the house were on one level with the basement and garage underneath. Although the garage was unheated, it never got below freezing in there because of heat transfer from the rest of the house. So we avoided even the small amount of scraping ice off the windshield that we would have had as apartment dwellers.

I miss the snow and sometimes I wish I lived where there was some, but I don't think I would enjoy having to get ready for work early in order to allow time for the ice scraping task. In other words, if I lived in a cold climate I would want to have a garage.
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Old 01-10-2015, 06:37 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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I miss the snow and sometimes I wish I lived where there was some, but I don't think I would enjoy having to get ready for work early in order to allow time for the ice scraping task. In other words, if I lived in a cold climate I would want to have a garage.
I know a number of people here who have a nice garage (most of these attached) that is so filled with "stuff" they cannot use it for their car. That is currently the case with us, as our attached garage is being used as a "shop" while we renovate (thankfully coming to an end this year). You see many, many homes with garages and cars sitting out all night. Many of the small ranch homes built in the 50s-60s have a unenclosed portico for the car. And of course many households have only one garage and several cars.
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Old 01-10-2015, 06:43 AM
 
Location: Northville, MI
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I'm far from retired. But anyways, Atlanta reached 13 F thursday morning. Gainesville Amtrak station recorded the coldest temps at 10 F. Warmest was 16 F at Coyners. That's quite cold for the deep south.

Thankfully, my walk to class was in the afternoon when it was a sunny 39 F. Felt quite nice .
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Old 01-10-2015, 07:13 AM
 
Location: ☀️ SWFL ⛱ 🌴
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Our 1876 NY house had an unattached single car garage behind the house, over to one side. Someone had the brilliant idea to plant a few maple trees from the street to the garage door at one point in time. I'm sure it was fine as saplings but the trees are huge and its a walking path only to the garage now. I had 30 years of cleaning my car of ice and snow early in the morning to go to work and never thought anything about it, it was what I did.

I never gave it any thought because I had to clean off the driveway and the wall of snow at the end of the drive the plow deposited to get out anyway, like everyone else. Cleaning the car was the least of my worries and a few minutes of the entire task. I never thought about the advantage of a garage because everyone had to be out shoveling anyway or using a snow thrower.

Rain was the killer, especially when unloading groceries there and I do appreciate an attached garage with door opener in FL. I'm glad I never knew what I was missing all those years.

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Old 01-10-2015, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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It was 5 here in our little part of the Ozarks this morning. Our last home was in CA so extreme weather was not an issue and scraping windshields, wazzat? We do have a garage and believe it or not, we park our car in it. I know. Craziness!

But I am always glad to wake up retired regardless of the weather but perhaps more so on mornings like this. Hot coffee is an imperative.
Well, I never wake up "retired" but I had so many days off in Dec. I 'almost' got a taste of what it would be like. lol I was especially grateful to have New Years Eve off when we got 4" of snow! It was really nice to be able to just sit in my cozy little warm house and watch it come down. I still have some snow in my yard 10 days later but it's been 'warm' enough that it's melting off, finally. Right now it's 42 degrees with a high of 56 predicted. Yesterday the high was 65.

I park in a carport and it does a good job of keeping the frost, etc. off. I don't remember the last time I had to scrape my windows. Maybe 10 years ago when I still lived in the mountains.
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Old 01-10-2015, 09:50 AM
 
Location: SW MO
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Well, I never wake up "retired" but I had so many days off in Dec. I 'almost' got a taste of what it would be like. lol I was especially grateful to have New Years Eve off when we got 4" of snow! It was really nice to be able to just sit in my cozy little warm house and watch it come down. I still have some snow in my yard 10 days later but it's been 'warm' enough that it's melting off, finally. Right now it's 42 degrees with a high of 56 predicted. Yesterday the high was 65.

I park in a carport and it does a good job of keeping the frost, etc. off. I don't remember the last time I had to scrape my windows. Maybe 10 years ago when I still lived in the mountains.
Sound to me like you're having a heat wave. We might get to about 35 today then tomorrow and Monday we can expect ice, frozen rain, sleet and possibly snow, or not. Here in the Ozarks with all its micro-climates ya never know.

The only times I ever had a carport were when I lived in Northern Virginia in the 50s when my father was stationed at Quantico Marine Corps Base and the late 70s when I was stationed at the Pentagon. They work amazingly well keeping snow and ice away from the cars and the rain off of you while loading and unloading. However, we have an oversized, 2-car garage and only one car and I do much prefer it.

I have to chuckle at those who have garages but fill them with "things" and have to park their car(s) outside. Living in a land of four seasons it just amazes me.
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