Philly sounds horrible. I don't like big cities and crowds and traffic anyway. I'd prefer a small cabin in the wilderness with a wood stove, even in winter. Lots of wildlife here, even in winter but usually no bears!
Bears are a real bane to people who like to walk and hike the trails, like me. Moose can be a problem, but getting in to the trees is enough to discourage them, not so the bears. They're usually asleep now.
It's -39c this morning (too cold for walking, dressed in anything) but going up this afternoon. I'll be walking again today. Mon is suppose to be a balmy -12!
Colin, I really hate the rain. I don't think I could live in the rainy coastal region. It's not too cold to walk here very often. The rest of the winter is walkable here. The town keeps the sidewalks cleared very well most of the time. Lots of cross country ski trails too, although I don't ski but am always thinking I might start...one day...lol.
I'm focusing on spring now. I'm making spiral beaded sun catchers. Its a nice break from painting. I'm also putting in a cutting garden in the spring and am casting about for seeds to start early now. Will be "winter sowing" soon for those seeds that need some winter to germinate - gives me a chance to dig in the dirt mid winter
. I plan to start another painting in a few days.
I wear glasses too but I don't wear them when out walking for the fog up reason. I'm also careful with the glasses due to the cost. Also, extreme cold and heat will degrade the coating so it starts to peel off. That happened to my last pair so I don't wear them to cook, open dishwasher or outside in these temps. I don't even take them with me as they will freeze, even in a pocket or purse.