I suppose I could leave it at that, but that would make this a very short post. So, I’ll expand and elucidate.
Snow. I hate snow. I don’t ski nor snow shoe. What I do is shovel it. More accurately, I use my very nice Ariens snow blower to clear the driveway, heater cables to prevent ice build up in the gutters, cement eating salt make the walk useable. I also drive in it when I have to. Which is why I have a four wheel drive truck.
I also hate that snow storms mean that sometimes I have to postpone or cancel plans.
Cold. I hate the cold. The older I get, the more I hate it. Once again, cold stops me from doing things I like. Bicycling. Shooting at the outside range. Sitting outside enjoying a cigar and a single malt Scotch.
Because of the combination of snow and cold, I have to use my exercise bike 6-7 months of the year instead of riding outside on roads and paths.
Dark. It gets dark early in the winter. 8:00PM feels like midnight. It stays lighter long in the south, but I’m not in the south. By 4:00PM, it’s night time. And cold.
Here is the thing I hate about winter the most. I get used to it. Every year once the leaves have dropped off the trees, and the temperatures start to drop, I start to hate the upcoming winter. I dig out my winter clothes, my snow boots, make sure that the snow blower is ready to go. Then, as the winter wears on, my body adjusts, the cold isn’t so cold, I get used to clearing snow, and as the days start to get longer, I start to think that the winter isn’t so bad.
The solution of course is to move somewhere that there is no winter. That’s my plan, but a couple of things have to happen before I (and Mrs. EMS Artifact) can move. None of which I have the least bit of control over and won’t bore you with.
Suffice it to say, I want to move to a place where, if I walk into the local big box store and ask where the snow blower parts are, I get a blank look.
I also want to move to a place where I can do outdoor activities 8-9 months of the year.
Which is to say, I want to move somewhere in the south. Which will have the added benefit to living closer to where my kids and grand kids live.
If nothing else, I got that off my chest. Thanks for reading.