When I was provided a job promotion that required myself and others to transport up north, I was actually excited about the change.
Since I’d always lived in the Deep South, I easily looked forward to a wonderful change in scenery and weather.
I’d never seen snow, but it definitely looked beautiful in motion picture films. I couldn’t wait to purchase various fuzzy sweaters, cute boots and mittens. I had no clue what I was getting myself into though. The fall weather was appealing with crisp hot and cold temperatures and colorful leaves. I happily spent a good amount of money on up-to-date clothes and our heating bills. I was totally unprepared for the reality of a northern winter though. The temperature suddenly plummeted to roughly 2 degrees and several feet of snow accumulated within a single night. I quickly came to see that snow is terribly wet and cold and awful. I had to to go out and buy a snow shovel, ice scraper and rock salt. It took myself and others roughly an hour just to dig out and warm up our automobile before we could drive places. I had to hire someone to plow our driveway regularly, and I got wet feet every time I had to go out and retrieve the mail. I kept setting the temperature control appliance a little higher every night and I still woke up shivering. When I got our heating bill, I practically cried. I figured there was something terribly wrong with the gas heating appliance. I hired an HVAC professional for repair, and he found no complications other than a slightly clogged air filter. He advocated I buy a humidifier to improve comfort levels in my dwelling. I wasn’t real eager to spend even more money on temperature control. I only ended up living in the North for a single year. The frosty weather was too much for me. I took a pay cut and headed back south where I could enjoy the warm weather again as well as my A/C appliance.