It hasn’t been all that pretty but I’m finally figuring out just how to live way up north.
For a southerner, that is no small feat.
I’ll be the first one to attest to that. When I was weighing whether to accept this job promotion, the idea of transferring to the north did give me some pause. However, I think I was more concerned about cultural issues. The HVAC heating part of the equation just didn’t register all that deeply. While I was all worried that people would think I’m stupid because of my accent, I should have thought about the winter. Worrying that the food would be so different should have been far less of a concern than not knowing anything about an HVAC furnace. Somehow, the fact that I would be facing freezing temps, snow, ice and months of long winter nights just wasn’t that big of a concern. And it should have been. It was a very rude awakening indeed. However, with help of some wonderful neighbors, I am feeling my way through the winter. My home is not exactly new and needed some help to make the most of my HVAC heating. They helped me to replace weather stripping, hang new storm doors and seal the place up as tight as possible. The result is I am finally experiencing some cozy comfort in my new hometown. If it weren’t for the wonderful people in this region, I would still be toting a space heater with me throughout my house.