Wondering why I haven’t been blogging much lately?
One word: Snow.
Much of my free time these days is spent shovelling and clearing snow from various parts of my property and vehicles. We’ve had a lot of snow this winter. It’s snowing now. It’s supposed to snow overnight and most of tomorrow as well.
When it hasn’t been snowing, the temperature has been plummeting to extreme lows, like minus-25C. So, my partner and I have been snuggling up in the warmest rooms of the house to keep warm.
It is a SAD situation, as in many Quebecers, Canadians and people in northern U.S. states are suffering from seasonal affective disorder — which my colleague Bill Brownstein wrote about in his column for today’s Gazette. You could also call it cabin fever, or simply the winter blues brought on by all of the aforementioned things as well as a lack of sunshine.
Oh, and there’s the high electricity bills those of us who heat our homes with electric baseboards are receiving. My most recent bill for 60 days: $1098. Yes, that includes provincial and federal sales tax. Never mind that I and all the other taxpayers in Quebec actually own Hydro-Quebec — a Crown corporation — and that this province has an endless source of hydro-electricity, and that Hydro-Quebec posts obscenely high profits every year. Hydro-Quebec still keeps raising our rates.
To make matters worse, a long-term forecast released a few days ago said winter will be with us until the end of April, with colder-than-seasonal weather and lots of snow.
Sigh . . .
I’m not California Dreaming, though, what with all the fires and droughts that state has been having.
I’m thinking Arizona. I never hear anything bad, weatherwise, about that state, except it gets stinking hot in the summertime. No prob. I’m looking at Arizona as a winter haven once/if I retire. I’ve read that the northern parts of the state are not too hot — and that some even get some snow in the winter. Which is why I would avoid those parts.
It would be next to impossible for me to move there permanently, given how difficult it is to immigrate to the United States (and vice versa). So, I’d be looking to rent as opposed to buying property. No, I’m not interested in doing the camper thing.
So, I’m wondering what my readers have to say about Arizona. Tell me about the good, the bad and, you know . . .
Lot’s of rattlesnakes, tarantulas & guns. Tombstone country. And if you think Hydro-Q is bad, think what your AC bill will be like x3 don’t fret dearie, Spring is around the corner. albeit I’m with you about Summer being way too short in our neck-of-the-woods %D%P
Yummy. Tarantulas and rattlesnakes equal free protein. Won’t need AC in Arizona in winter.
“But it’s a dry heat”……
Bullshit. Hot is HOT! You may not be drenched in sweat, thus less uncomfortable, but it’s still hot in the summer. Northern Arizona isn’t nearly as bad as Southern AZ due to the altitude. Flagstaff is awfully pretty in the summer. (My first wife and I were married in Phoenix). The downside is that northern Arizona has their share of wildfires. My sister-in-law lives in Southern Nevada, and on hot days, they just jump into the camper and an hour later they are at 10,000 ft and cool.
In my experience, Arizona is a decent destination to escape the depths of winter. It is not without drawbacks: the weather is not as reliably warm as southern Florida, Mexico, Hawaii or the Caribbean, and if you love sand and surf, you will find Arizona lacking. However, daytime temperatures are generally very pleasant (and occasionally much warmer than “pleasant”), access is easy, shopping is good, and there is no language barrier. Better yet, opportunities for the enjoyment of outdoor pursuits abound (even including nude hiking and hot spring soaking in some areas).
I’d encourage you to check it out, but if possible, come for at least 2 weeks and possibly longer to give yourself the best chance of enjoying your stay. (This past winter, temperatures were well above average throughout most of December and January, but dived ~ 10F degrees below average for roughly 2 weeks in February. It would be a shame to tempt fate by booking a short trip, only to find that some cold front managed to park itself over the state during most or all of your stay.)
Jillian, whatever you decide, I’m sure that you’ll blog about it (at least I sure hope so!). Keep up the good work!
Thanks for this. I will undoubtedly check it out one of these winters. Cheers