It’s fitting that I write this post from Florida whose weather happens to be the exact opposite of Michigan’s today. The weather here is flirting with record highs in the high eighties while back home in Michigan, the wind chill is in the negative numbers.
We’ve gone from one extreme to the other.
The heat is not my favorite. I don’t feel like doing much of anything when it is so hot. Our vacation is a nice break from the Michigan winter, but I was not planning on it being this warm when I signed up for the Sasquatch Run on the Mabry Carleton Reserve trails. The race went okay until the temperatures crept into the eighties and my body no longer wanted to move.
I love the changing seasons in Michigan. I look forward to something during each one. The changing leaves in fall, the snow storms in winter, the leaves coming out in spring and the thunderstorms. And summer? I guess I like not being cold all the time, but I also don’t do well in the heat. (Somehow I thought running a marathon in August would be a good idea. Isn’t someone supposed to talk me out of these things?)
If I had to choose a more temperate place to move, I think I would choose one of the Carolinas, but I would miss the drastic changing of the seasons. Perhaps when I am older, I will wish to avoid winter weather altogether.
I have no idea what the weather is like in Italy, but the Mediterranean atmosphere just sounds lovely. Lots of good food (I’m sure they can make an edible gluten-free pasta) and fascinating Roman ruins to visit. I could add Greece to this list as well.
Shortly after I got married, my husband and I moved to Seattle for a year and a half. The weather was more even, but the continual rain was dreary. We also traveled back to the Midwest four times, so I don’t think we could live too far from family for very long.
What factors would influence a long term move for you?