Gorgeous, right? Yeah, I agree. I chuckled yesterday on the ride from my cousin's big Italian afternoon feast to my in-laws gift opening/dinner feast thinking about how the road conditions would have shut down Northern Virginia/Washington, DC (where we lived for nearly a decade) for a week. Here, the ride was holiday business as usual, taking our time and enjoying the views on our way. Wisconsinites don't stop for snow.
All this glorious scenary aside, it is cold here. Very cold. No-joke cold. And yet, just like in their response to snow, folks who live in the Great Lakes region soldier on in the cold, bundling up and going about their daily errands.
Can you be too brave about bad weather? I suppose being content with your cirumstances is the best approach for maintaining mental health, but in the past week, I have discovered three clues that might help all of determine that we might be in too cold of a climate. I don't want to go too Jeff Foxworthy, but here is one northerners' version of his famous schtick:
1) If, by Christmas, it has already been so cold (in the single digits for several days) that when you attend an outdoor event in 36 degree weather, it feels warm, you probably live in too cold a climate.
2) If your parents' new washing machine is delivered the day after Christmas, and the delivery person says, "You need to wait several hours before running this. The manufacturer ships this with some water inside, and it may have frozen solid on the way here," you probably live in too cold a climate.
3) If you are watching the news and hear about an exploratory cruise to Antarctica that has been trapped in the ice, in temperatures "that feel as low as nine degrees," and you realize, "it is often colder than nine degrees here, and no one is coming in an ice-breaking vessel to save me," you probably live in too cold a climate.
Have more? I'd love to hear them.
Stay warm out there, friends.