I’ve Been Warmer, I’ve Been Colder

This place suits me just fine, thank you

By Jeff Salter

Our Michigan Fox suggested this week’s topic, “Have you ever considered moving to a warmer/better climate?

When my wife asked me what I was supposed to write about for this blog (and I told her), she just laughed and said, “we left a warmer climate to come here.”

Absolutely true.

Though we’ve lived (together) in NM, CA, central Louisiana, and south Louisiana… we spent 26 years in north Louisiana. In addition, before I married (or otherwise without my wife), I spent 2-3 years in Chicago, 1 year in Iowa, 2-3 years in GA, and one year up in the Arctic. All that’s to say, I’ve been around the block a few times…and I’ve seen weather extremes.


Though I miss a great many individuals in Louisiana – the state where I spent nearly four decades, on and off – I would NOT wish to return there to live permanently.

Perhaps you’re wondering why.

In Louisiana – and I can also speak for Mississippi, since I was born there and visited there MANY times – in the summer it’s oppressively hot and muggy. The winter weather is typically not as cold as further north, but the humidity makes it FEEL colder. Nearly every day, every winter season, for 26 years in north Louisiana, I had to allow nearly 15 minutes every morning to scrape the ice (or whatever it was) off my windshield before I could back out of my driveway.

What about here, in southeastern Kentucky?

I can’t say I enjoy being snowed in – unable to reach the streets and highways – for up to a dozen days each year or so, but all things considered… the cold here in KY is a lower temperature, but does not feel as bone-chilling as it did with all the LA humidity.

And, in my dozen summers here in KY so far), I don’t recall but one really HOT summer when we had temperatures near (or above) 100 for several days. In LA, there were many lengthy stretches of 100+ — and the high humidity made it feel 15-20 degrees more miserable than that.

Now don’t get the idea that I’m dissing Louisiana (or any other “deep” South states). I would not trade having been raised in Covington LA for any other place in the world.

But to answer “would you like to move back to LA because it’s warmer?” I have to reply with a resounding NO. The skeeters alone would keep me out of the state.


How about you? Any place you’d rather live… because of better weather?

[JLS # 370


About Jeff Salter

Currently writing romantic comedy, screwball comedy, and romantic suspense. Fourteen completed novels and four completed novellas. Working with three royalty publishers: Clean Reads, Dingbat Publishing, & TouchPoint Press/Romance. "Cowboy Out of Time" -- Apr. 2019 /// "Double Down Trouble" -- June 2018 /// "Not Easy Being Android" -- Feb. 2018 /// "Size Matters" -- Oct. 2016 /// "The Duchess of Earl" -- Jul. 2016 /// "Stuck on Cloud Eight" -- Nov. 2015 /// "Pleased to Meet Me" (novella) -- Oct. 2015 /// "One Simple Favor" (novella) -- May 2015 /// "The Ghostess & MISTER Muir" -- Oct. 2014 /// "Scratching the Seven-Month Itch" -- Sept. 2014 /// "Hid Wounded Reb" -- Aug. 2014 /// "Don't Bet On It" (novella) -- April 2014 /// "Curing the Uncommon Man-Cold -- Dec. 2013 /// "Echo Taps" (novella) -- June 2013 /// "Called To Arms Again" -- (a tribute to the greatest generation) -- May 2013 /// "Rescued By That New Guy in Town" -- Oct. 2012 /// "The Overnighter's Secrets" -- May 2012 /// Co-authored two non-fiction books about librarianship (with a royalty publisher), a chapter in another book, and an article in a specialty encyclopedia. Plus several library-related articles and reviews. Also published some 120 poems, about 150 bylined newspaper articles, and some 100 bylined photos. Worked about 30 years in librarianship. Formerly newspaper editor and photo-journalist. Decorated veteran of U.S. Air Force (including a remote ‘tour’ of duty in the Arctic … at Thule AB in N.W. Greenland). Married; father of two; grandfather of six.
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15 Responses to I’ve Been Warmer, I’ve Been Colder

  1. jbrayweber says:

    Heat and humidity are all I know. Like you, I grew up in the Deep South. And still live here. The weather is just crazy. Just this week, THIS WEEK, we’ve been in the mid-30s and low 80s. It’s havoc on my sinuses. But I would never willingly move to where it has cold winters. I’m happy here on the Gulf coast. But I’d be happier on a Caribbean coast. I am, after all, a beach bum at heart.

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  2. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Skeeters are only one reason I’d avoid southern California. The traffic is horrifying! As for humidity, Michiganders are surrounded by water, so we understand mugginess. Heating and cooling specialists are very popular people around here. So I understand why you enjoy the more moderate temps where you are.
    Pssst – Jeff, there are TWO Michigan foxes!

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  3. Texas girl here, but raised in the rain forests of Malaysia…I don’t really know how to functiion without humidity. If I was to go anywhere, it’d have a lot of sand and blue ocean. The Caribbean is where I’d like to build my cabana!!

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  4. Oh, wow! LOWER humidity? Remind me never to go to LA or MS! Our boys were born in Denver, They were 10 and 8 1/2 when we came to KY. I said to Joe, “How can we prepare them for humidity?” He said, “We can’t”. It was a shock to them and I had forgotten how awful the heat was with it and how cold-to-the-bone you get with it.
    I’m glad you found what works for you.I have to make it work for me, too. But I still have a few things to say tomorrow.

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  5. Joselyn says:

    I tried to bring a little of it back with me. 😁 I’d take a place without skeeters for sure. We did a mile hike in Florida and ended up with a dozen bites.

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