Originally Posted by turtle77
Also, if you can swing one of those engine block heaters, I would go for it. The cold is no joke up there.
Man, now I'm missing Minnesota.
I miss the lakes. Grew up on White Bear Lake, moved near Philly at 13. PA is not even close to MN in beauty but your comment about engine block heaters had me laughing. I went to Marquette in Milwaukee. At night there were extension cords from 2nd & 3rd floor apartments to engine block heaters. Living on the edge of Lake Michigan is colder than Minnesota.
At 60 I got smart and moved to Oregon. I'm an hour from a snow covered mountain. 90 minutes from the sea coast and the fish are huge in the rivers and streams.
Last year winter ended on January 10th. This year it appears the 11th marked the end of anything really chilly. Since the 11th days are around 50 and nights rarely drop under freezing.
I had the heat on in my my bedroom 4 days this winter and that's about the norm here. My computer is my primary source of heat.
It's green here year round and crops are grown in the Willamette Valley all 12 months.
For the folks from Tennessee I suggest getting to know the local thrift stores like Goodwill & the Salvation Army. Much of what I find there are factory seconds (Medium label in an XL shirt) but the rest washes just fine. I end up paying $2 or $3 an item for Eddie Bauer, Woolrich and Orvis garments. Pendleton Oregon provides lots of good looking warm wool garments too.
The only real downside to Oregon is the women dress and look like loggers.