I love my home state but Minnesota can be a real bitch sometimes. Two days after we arrived here from Phoenix it started up with the wintry mix (ice/sleet/snow). I shoveled an inch of slush off the driveway Monday night. Then it started to snow and snow and snow. Right after it finished with that, the temperature plummeted. So now the roads are filled with icy ruts and being outside for more than a few minutes literally takes your breath away.
People ask us why we come back to Minnesota for two weeks in December and then again in February. There’s a number of reasons, but a big part of it is that we appreciate the warmth and sunshine of Phoenix a lot more if we get away from it for a while. Winter here isn’t so bad if you don’t have to go out when the weather is really miserable. Not having to drive to work every day is a huge plus.
Much as I don’t enjoy driving in the snow, I don’t want to completely lose my Minnesota winter driving skills either. People in Phoenix drive like idiots when it rains. I also found out that they all go shopping when the weather is bad. You do not want to be navigating the parking lot of Total Wine during a rainstorm. I learned that the hard way last month.
So we will continue to come back to Minnesota when the weather is bad. And I will continue to venture out when it’s snowing, relying on my many years of winter driving experience, plus all- wheel drive and snow tires to get where I’m going in relative safety. But when it’s really nasty, we’ll just hide out for a few days. My husband makes a mean pot of chili.