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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Winter's coming



Hello Polar Vortex! If our border patrol was any good they'd stop that cold Canadian air at the border. Alas, the weather is beyond their skill set.

My lovely wife and I took advantage of some mild weather before the storm. The solar panels are now properly orientated at a steep 60 degree angle, which is about right for winter on the 45th parallel. The beach is squared away. Tools are now inside or at least on the covered porch. It's possible this time of year to set something down then have it disappear under the snow until spring.

My big mistake this year has been shaving my head. My long pony tail was cut off and my head razored down to nothing. That wasn't the mistake. Epoxy had gotten in my hair and the only smart thing to do was to cut it off. That was weeks ago. The mistake was shaving it again. The hair had gotten to an awkward length -too short to comb properly, yet long enough to be messy. Frustrated, I razored it back down to nothing.

Then it turned cold -and all the head insulation was gone! So now I wear a knit hat -inside the house. By the time it's long enough to provide decent coverage, I'll be on my way to Florida. If I'm smart, (yeah right) I won't shave it then either. Something has to prevent sunburn. Okay, so my hair, at its best, only covers about half my head. It's better than nothing.

My lovely wife and I never thought we'd turn into snowbirds. We were hardy northern folk who laughed at sub-zero weather and snowstorms that buried cars and buildings. Guess what? Add some years, mix in some injuries and chronic medical conditions, then going south makes sense.

It's a funny time of year. On one hand we are securing everything for cold and snow. On the other, we are preparing and packing our boating and camping gear. It's a little schizophrenic, but what the heck. Polar Vortexes can make anyone crazy.

-Sixbears

14 comments:

  1. The main things are to stay safe and to have fun.

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  2. My fella and I chose to move north after he retired from the Army. Goodbye El Paso, Hello Colebrook, Nh! I don't miss the heat. I was miserable anytime it got over 85 degrees. Hope you enjoy Florida!

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    1. Just about any place looks good after El Paso. Too dusty and dry for my tastes. I'm a water person.

      You are just up the road from me. Small world.

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    2. Yup! Moved here Aug. 1st and LOVE IT!!! On Rt 26.

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    3. Nice area. Rt. 26 is a pretty drive. Hope you have good snow tires. :)

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  3. My wife has been threatening to do that to my head, but it has taken me a long time to get my hair and beard this long and I want to keep it that way.

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    1. Your hair looks great Dizzy. Don't let her sneak up on you while you are sleeping.

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  4. Yeah, shaving your head can get a little addicting...

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    1. You would know, Adam, you would know. :)

      It certainly is easy to keep it clean and neat.

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  5. We moved three years ago to AZ to get away from lots and rain and cold winters. We get a bit nippy in the winter but nothing like what he had lived in. Our arthritis thanks us. :-D

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    1. Winters are tougher as one gets older -like it or not.

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  6. always been hot blooded but cancer cooled me a bit about 20 yrs. ago.
    however, now that i am medicare age i feel a distinct cooling and, although i want to live where it is cold to control bugs, i think a move slightly south would not make me cry.
    deb h.

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    1. The snowbird thing give me mild summers in the north and mild winters in the south. What's not to like?

      Southern bugs can be amazing once one gets out of the heavily sprayed areas.

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