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Old 01-10-2015, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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............. 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.
Indeed, attitude makes all the difference in the world. Interesting. If we put it in our minds that something is horrible, then by golly, it will sure be horrible.
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Old 01-10-2015, 08:25 PM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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One thing not mentioned, in my neighborhood in St Paul in order for any of us to get to work we pooled our efforts & everyone grabbed shovels, snow blowers, etc & we bailed ourselves out. Created great community spirit.
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Old 01-10-2015, 11:24 PM
 
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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.


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You get the picture. People chipping ice off their cars are either very early on in their careers,
This was me throughout my 20's.
It's entirely possible this is where DH & I will be several years down the road, in our 70's, since we plan to transition from homeowners to renters. We'll happily trade year-round home and yard maintenance for a few weeks of chipping ice off the windshield. Especially since in retirement we don't normally have to get out on the roads unless we want to.
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Old 01-11-2015, 01:38 AM
 
Location: Cushing OK
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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?
The other night it got down to 2. The house had warmed properly and we were good, the critters and me. I'm a night person and this time a year even moreso. And I am determined to finish this cross stich, origional design and was sticking and occasionally doing stuff on the computer. And it was hardly more light during the day with all the clouds.

I got a ride to the store before it got colder and was good and stocked. And I ALWAYS have plenty of stuff to do, project wise. I'm happy to shut the door, turn up the heat and chill out without feeling the need to go out in the cold.

Mostly husband and I worked at home, but someone had to RUSH the orders to the post office each afternoon to mail, and that was usually me, whatever the weather. Ugh. I wouldn't mind something which earned a bit, but I'd actually like a work at home deal so long as I don't have to rush around.

I think I like winter in a way since it gives one a really good reason to shut the door and indulge your creative mind since there's no real reason to go out when you need four layers.
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Old 01-11-2015, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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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.
We are at 53 degrees today so maybe a "heat wave" but it's a wet one. We're expecting rain through Wed.. Midweek the temps will be in the low 60s and stay that way the rest of the week. Typical AZ winter weather.

My parents lived near Heber, AR for a few years. I know they had some 'weather' there. They sent me pics of one of their 'ice storms'. Wow! Beautiful but so cold!!

I'm now looking for a home to buy here so I'm hoping to get at least a one car garage. I miss having one. Carports are 'okay' and do the job I want them to do but... The only thing a carport doesn't do for me is keep the bird poop off of my car! They don't care where it's parked. lol
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Old 01-11-2015, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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-2 at 6am this morning.

My wife and I are retired and have discussed moving, but the areas we find attractive for retirement are colder then here. We decided to stay here because we consider the weather here almost perfect for us.
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Old 01-11-2015, 04:18 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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The only thing a carport doesn't do for me is keep the bird poop off of my car! They don't care where it's parked. lol
Garages don't always either. A couple of years ago, during the summer, my wife was doing some things in the garage and had the door open. A flock of geese took off from the lake cove across the street from us and flew over the house - all but two who flew into the garage. One managed to reverse course and fly right out. The other slammed into the back wall of the garage (it's totally finished), left an indelible imprint several inches deep, knocked itself senseless and landed on top of our chest freezer. I heard the collision and ran out to see what happened. I then picked up the goose which came to, scrambled away from me and finally took flight after having left numerous "calling cards" on its way out.
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Old 01-11-2015, 04:45 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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Garages don't always either. A couple of years ago, during the summer, my wife was doing some things in the garage and had the door open. A flock of geese took off from the lake cove across the street from us and flew over the house - all but two who flew into the garage. One managed to reverse course and fly right out. The other slammed into the back wall of the garage (it's totally finished), left an indelible imprint several inches deep, knocked itself senseless and landed on top of our chest freezer. I heard the collision and ran out to see what happened. I then picked up the goose which came to, scrambled away from me and finally took flight after having left numerous "calling cards" on its way out.
LOL...poor goose! Heck something like that would scare the poop out of me too! Quite the visual you painted there. lol
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Old 01-12-2015, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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One of the things I so looked forward to about retirement was knowing that if it was snowing, or that it had snowed, I wouldn't have to go to work in it--or drive home in it afterward! Honestly, it didn't snow enough for me the first several years that I was retired! I wanted that feeling multiple times in first year.

So I get this.

Now that we live in the PNW, really awful weather is not so common. But if it is awful, we don't have to go out, and I am really, really happy about that.
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