We are a winter sport family

I don’t mind bundling up for the cold.

My whole family is a big time hockey family. In our area of Libertyville Illionios, it is easy to get into hockey. It is cold just about all year. Playing hockey comes naturally with the cold. My kids have two teams. They have a team they play on during the school year and a travel hockey team over the summer. They of course don’t play on the same teams either. So I am constantly washing and organizing different jerseys. My husband and I have a color coded calendar to try and organize who is going where. When people hear where I live, everyone thinks I must hate the cold. For our lifestyle, it is perfect. We have a backyard pond that freezes from time to time. My kids and I all go out there and skate for a bit. When it snows the whole family makes snow angels, fights with snow balls and makes snow men. The kids have friends that all get together to go skiing, snow tubing or snowboarding. The winter sport and cold is just what we are used to and love. I can’t imagine going surfing or to the beach. Our beach is the ice rink. I don’t mind bundling up for the cold. I really don’t mind that my AC system is more of a decorative piece. It is more about heating and the winter season. I could never move further south where it gets into the 90s and sometimes 100 degrees. How do those people survive? The heat would just kill me.

 

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I take the metro from home to work every day

It was a very cold ride to work that morning.

There are a lot of ways to get to Chicago from Orland Park. A lot of my friends Drive their cars and trucks. A couple of people take the bus, but I prefer to take the metro station. The metro station is three blocks away from my apartment and I can travel from Orland Park to Chicago in a very vast amount of time. Even though the metro station makes a couple of stops, I still think it is much faster then taking a car or truck. Taking the metro from Orland Park to Chicago is also cheaper than driving a car and paying for gas, oil, upkeep, and repairs. I’ve been taking the metro for the past six months, but there was an issue for the first time last weekend. It’s been getting a lot colder since the fall began. I think it will snow in November this year. I was on my way to work and the heat on the metro car was not working. I traveled between several of the cars and there was no heat anywhere. It was a very cold ride to work that morning. I didn’t wear a hat, and my ears and face were freezing cold by the time I arrived at work. I was happily surprised at the end of the day when the heating problem was fixed. I was dreading riding back home in the cold, without any sunlight at all. Luckily, the ride home from work was much warmer and more comfortable than the 40 minutes I spent on the train earlier that morning.

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Opposite of a snowbird

When you get older typically you move south and get a beach house.

You then are called a snowbird.

You stay in your cooler area half the year and then go south when it gets cool. My wife and I are the opposite. What are we then? Beach birds? The two of us have never liked heat. Our kids moved south like 100 years ago and we followed. We stick around as long as we can to help our kids and babysit the grandkids. After a bit though, we need to get away from the heat. The two of us actually have a house in Libertyville Illinois. We have a couple of friends that live there and the two of us have always liked Illinois. There are plenty of things to do for senior citizens. Tons of bus trips get arranged to see the state and sometimes go to the casino. The two of us really stick around for the weather. It is nice getting to experience the actual cold. We have always enjoyed snow as well. We don’t really go outside too much so why would ice and windchill bother us? As long as we have good heating, there isn’t a problem at all. My wife got the HVAC contractor to install a gas fireplace in the dining room and then we have our own electric heater in the bedroom for added warmth if need be. It works perfectly and looks very nice. There is something so soothing about drinking hot chocolate, sitting by a fire and watching the snow outdoors.

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The summers are fairly warm in Evansville despite being in the northern midwest

I love living in the northern midwest, even if the winters are colder here than they were down south where my wife’s family lives.

  • Although I’ve been in Evansville, Indiana since I met my wife here a few years ago, I used to live in Ann Arbor, Michigan to the northeast of here.

My dad lives in Jackson, Michigan after moving from Chelsea. One thing that both Michigan and Indiana share are surprisingly warm summers. You’d think that places with subarctic winter lows would have equally cold summers compared to the rest of the United States, but that isn’t always the case. The pacific northwest was hit with record-breaking highs at the beginning of the summer this year. I heard that almost 100 people died in this area as temperatures reached 115 degrees for the first time in recorded history. People in Portland scrambled to get whatever air conditioners that were still left, but many couldn’t get one. In Evansville we got up to 107 degrees for a few days and it was absolutely miserable! Luckily I have an air conditioner in my house so I survived this year’s summer heat waves, but my neighbors weren’t so lucky. Just like the residents of Portland, my neighbors couldn’t get an air conditioner when they started calling around as temperatures kept rising day after day. They ended up getting a portable air conditioner from an HVAC company next to the Target past Ivy Tech Community College of Evansville. It was the last portable air conditioner of the lot and my neighbors were extremely lucky to get it with the demand for air conditioning growing in the city.

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