10 Reasons why I live in Maine year round

After a warm autumn, frigid air blew into Maine during the second week of November, making life more difficult. Dressing in layers, donning a coat and hat, and finding a matched pair of gloves is no contest for slipping into summer sandals, shorts, and t-shirt.

The skin on my cold hands is dry and shriveled, so my iPhone no longer recognizes my fingerprints. On a positive note, this might be the ideal time to rob a bank with these untraceable digits.

We (Patrick) tucked the lawn furniture into the storage shed, branches relinquished their leaves, and frost painted the perennials a drab color of brown.

I watched a steady stream of Air Streams head south on the interstate, and at one point I was sure they were driving in a V-formation. They were honking so loud I couldn’t hear myself sobbing.

I asked myself, “Why do I stay in Maine enduring winter in one of the winter-iest states in the nation?”

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Here are my top 10 reasons for staying on the wrong side of the cold front.

  1. Red plaid is superb at hiding salsa dribbles.
  2. I love the thrill of doing an unexpected 360 while driving down the highway during a snowstorm.
  3. How else would I test my night vision if I didn’t live in darkness for three months? Side note: I estimate about five years before I become ‘one of those people’ who doesn’t drive after dark.
  4. I enjoy a reprieve from the relentless chirping of birds.
  5. I’m relieved that men with boobs more substantial than mine cover them with shirts and sweaters.
  6. For every degree the thermometer drifts below zero, the chances of a tick munching on me drop by a million percent.
  7. I can deal with alligator skin easier than alligators in my backyard.
  8. Feeling happy year round would be a drag. Who can tolerate a person who is perpetually chipper?
  9. I don’t like to swim.
  10. My son and his family live here and being away from them would be more unbearable than frostbite.

Will I ever change my mind and join the geezers leaving our winter wonderland? Trading snow for warm sand and hot beverages for ice-cold mojitos?

I can’t deny that by March or April I would welcome a dose of heat and enjoy sipping on something besides hot chocolate. Do you suppose the grandsons and their parents would come and visit us?

Honk! Honk!

How do you cope with living in a cold climate? Do you leave for a warmer climate or have plans to do so?

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79 thoughts on “10 Reasons why I live in Maine year round

  1. I just love your sense of humor Molly! Reading your posts always puts a smile on my face. We live in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, which definitely isn’t as cold as Maine, but with each passing year I find myself yearning for warmer winter weather!

    • Thank you, Teresa. I bet if I lived in WV for the winter I’d feel like I was in the tropics compared to here in Maine. At least for the first year until I grew accustomed to it. So glad I made you smile. 😀

  2. Your Thanksgiving post tickled me, Molly, but this one made me roar! Have you ever done / considered stand-up comedy? You’d bring down the house, girlfriend! 🙂

    • Thank you, Tina. I have thought of doing more speaking and stand-up comedy. It is a whole other set of skills for sure, but who knows? I like to try new things. In the meantime, my mission is to help people take a laugh break through my writing. So glad you laughed. Mission accomplished!

  3. My next plans include going from snow bunny to snow bird. I have done that 360 on a Maine road. I’ve traveled down roads without the need of applying the gas pedal and I’ve fallen more than once (in a day) while digging out my car. And once, I was in Ft. Lauderdale in February enjoying temps in the 80’s. I want more of that and less of cold.

    • I hear what you are saying, Jennifer. The cold seems harder to bear with each passing year, despite all the advantages I’ve listed. I may consider an uprooting for a few weeks or a couple of months in the years to come.

  4. Now that I’m an adult with more responsibilities, the cold weather months here in Maine are less attractive to me than they were when I was a kid. However, I visited Portland, Oregon this summer and the 100 degree no-clouds-in-the-sunny-sky days made me realize that I prefer 3 or 4 months of frigid cold (snow and all!) than 3 or 4 months of unbearable heat in the summer. 🙂

  5. Love this, but I’d add #11 – warm fleecy pajamas, bed socks. dressing gown and hot chocolate! Not that it gets that cold over here in Suffolk, England.

  6. These are 10 great reasons! Love the visual of the airstreams heading south in formation. I actually do look good in red plaid, and flannel even, and I get to wear that combo a couple of weeks up here in Northern California 🙂 For two years, as kid, we lived in Portland, OR, and lived through the blizzard of ’69 (fresh from San Diego). My brother and I played in the snow for 5 minutes (no gloves) are ran inside screaming in pain from frozen hands. I think the gloom and lack of sun would take me down, but if I had one of those sunlamps, I could give it a go…or not. Nope, sunny San Diego is where we’re heading for two weeks at Christmas (how utterly inconvenient most of our family lives there–darn the luck), then on to the big Island of Hawaii where I will stare at the sun for a week to prevent SAD from sinking in the rest of the gray winter.

    • Ahhhh..sunny San Diego and Hawaii sounds fabulous in December, Terri. I went to San Diego for a conference in December one year and realized I had never been out of Maine during the month of December before. It blew my mind that a sunny climate without snow and frost, was so into Christmas decorations! Hahaha! I bet if you lived in Maine you’d be on a snow board and skis in no time soaring down slopes. We have a lot of sunshine in the winter, however, you have to get out for the few hours the sun is up to appreciate it with our short window of daylight.

  7. I live on the Front Range in Colorado, where the foothills begin. Our weather is relatively mild. We get some cold fronts in winter and Arctic blasts, but most of the time I only have to wear a light jacket during the day for most of the winter. We are over a mile high in altitude sothe sun is extra warm. We do get snow from time to time–it is usually light and fluffy, not wet and heavy like we had in NY. We love the four seasons here! I actually love winter!

    • I’m going to admit it, Pat. I’m feeling some envy reading about your weather utopia. And Colorado is the healthiest state in the nation. Maybe I could convince my son and his family to move there with us! Thanks for sharing.

  8. I’m a sun lover from Queensland Australia but I’ve seen a lot of older videos on Youtube set in Maine and the surrounding areas and I have to admit it’s beautiful! I would love to visit, maybe one day

    • Thank you, Donna. It is the best reason to stay and before I had them back in Maine to keep me here I had extended family as a draw. I’ve thought of moving ‘away’ but never wanted to be more than a half day’s drive from my parents and siblings. It’s worth all the shivering and shoveling!

  9. Love your sense of humor! We are currently living in Vermont so we too experience the cold and snow. However our four children decided to call the PNW home. Missing the grandchildren!

    • Thank you, Nancy! You certainly can relate to winter on steroids living in VT. Oh, what a long distance you are from your children and grandchildren. Do you have any plans to move across the country?

  10. Laughing, and grimacing, at the same time. Can’t enjoy a NE winter if you don’t have a sense of humor. And I must say, there are a number of New Englanders who do not have a sense of humor. Hmmph! Oh, yes, still laughing for the cars/vans/Airstreams leaving in a V-formation. Where we live in the Boston area, lots of retirees drive down to FL by November. Goodbye, I think to myself. I’ll take snow and ice and shivering booties over the beach and sun and, wait, I will? Like you, we have a child and grandchildren close by. Too much fun with them to escape winter. Stay warm, will ya?

  11. Haha! Great post, Molly! I don’t love winter, but it does have its advantages, as you and your followers so astutely point out. I would add no black fies or mosquitoes (etc), AND… you don’t have to shave your legs! I’ve deprived myself of some of the fun now by having studded tires put on yesterday. All those studs (sigh) in my garage! Folks who complain about being cold get very annoying. How about add another layer (Duh!), hunt for your gloves, and read shallowreflections?!

    • Those are some excellent additions to my reasons to stay in Maine during the winter, Sharon. The leg shaving is a wash because I don’t do that in the summer either. It makes it harder for the black flies and mosquitoes to find my flesh. Hahaha! I have the ugly tires on my car right now too. I like your suggestions for the perpetually cold people, especially to read Shallow Reflections!

  12. I’m not sure how I’d cope with truly cold weather. I cycled to work when it was -2, and I was shaking and cold for hoooours. I decided that I should take the bus when it gets colder here!!

    Also, can I just say awwww to this comment “My son and his family live here and being away from them would be more unbearable than frostbite”.

    • I bicycled once when it was 60 degrees and thought I’d never get warmed up! So I can’t imagine how long it would take me to recover if I biked in -2 degrees! Thank you for the comment and yes, it would be worse than frostbite to be away from my babies. ❤️

      • Oooh it was -2 degrees Celsius, rather than Fahrenheit. So I think that is 28 degrees Fahrenheit. It was cold, but not too cold if you’re not on a bike!!

  13. I don’t have much experience with true icy weather. Although not as warm as southern Florida in the winter, SoCal gets our share of snow birds (the ones who travel in a V-formation – love that). They take the place of the sun birds from Arizona who prefer our more moderate summer temps to theirs. Enjoy your winter… I’ll be here listening to the chirping of birds (fortunately, we don’t have alligators and it’s not warm enough in the winter here for the unwise display of man boobs). Besides, I look horrible in red plaid.

    • Driving on icy roads is so entertaining – I’m sorry you don’t get to have that experience. I am very happy for you that man boobs are not traumatizing you in the winter in SoCal. Red plaid would look out of place in your world, I’m sure. How do you look in green plaid? That is popular too, and works very well with guacamole spills. 😉

  14. We’re retirees living next door to you Mainers, in New Brunswick, Canada. Same weather, same experience of friends and acquaintances heading for warmer climes as winter weather begins to show signs of settling in. But I confess to being one of those rare birds – a lover of winter. I love the crispness, the beauty, the early darkness, and even the daily challenges. I enjoy the other seasons, too, but they always seem like interludes to the main event. And winter gives you a good excuse for not having to keep gardening all year long!! 😉

    • I agree with you, Jane. I love all of the things you have listed. And I should add #11 to my list which is: no guilt over not gardening. haha! I don’t like to garden and it’s hard not to feel guilty when so many around me are digging in the dirt. Thanks for commenting and putting a good word in for winter!

  15. You always make me smile Molly. Winters here in Ireland are milder and less snowy than my previous home in Scotland. However, this morning I had to turn around part way into an hour long journey as the roads had not been gritted and there was rather a lot of black ice!

  16. I love the changing seasons and crisp cold winter air. But, winter in my area tends to be a gloomy gray dampness. I’m thinking I might need 10 reasons like yours as to why I stay here in winter! Chuckling still.

    • Glad I made you laugh, Patricia. It is sunny and cold here in Maine today, and I plan to bundle up and take a walk. I’ll wear something orange to alert local hunters that I’m not a deer. Like you, I love the four seasons. For us, the dismal days tend to come in March and April.

  17. Although we haven’t had a real cold snap yet here in Illinois, I’m sure it’s just a matter of time. My tears of laughter at your list will be freezing on my face!

    • Glad I made you laugh! It helps the winter seem easier when I can see the humor in it and I really do like the snow. We don’t have any yet, but I know it is inevitable. Not sure why winter is the black sheep of the seasons with all the advantages I’ve pointed out. LOL.

  18. I love this, Molly. Really, who needs all those chirping birds…so annoying. Lol. I used to live in northern VT and remember spinning on the highway. I got so good at it, I wouldn’t spill a drop of coffee while smacking into the guardrails! We left the cold cold climes to join daughter and grandson in the great northwest RAINforest where instead of cold we’re faced with 9 months of solid… rain! What we do for our kids. 🙂 Stay warm, my friend! <3

    • I love to hear the birds when they first announce themselves in the spring, but they do get annoying when you are trying to sleep. Your skills of spinning without spilling are remarkable and something I will aspire to. Haha! I would follow my son and his family to Antarctica, but I hope I don’t have to. I’m putting on a sweater right now, just thinking about it.

  19. We live at the Jersey shore. Winters are not as bad as New England! Every winter we plan a trip to soak in the warm weather somewhere. Stay away at least two weeks, sometimes longer – two years ago we took a six week road trip through the south. Not bathing suit weather, but warmer than home.

    • You are so smart to plan a getaway to warmer weather every year. We have not done this but need to start a new tradition asap. For us, we’ll likely get out of Maine in late winter – a time of year other parts of the nation refer to as spring. Haha!

  20. Don’t think less of me … but … I actually prefer to be cold than hot! We should trade places. I live on Canada’s west coast where the “Arctic air flooding down from Canada” is a myth, for the most part. Except for last year, which was off the charts bizarre, we get rain from the beginning of November through February and it’s positively balmy. What size are your feet? I’ve got a lovely pair of Hunter’s in 7 that I’ll trade for your head-shot boots. K?

    • Many people in Maine prefer the cold, too, Kelly. I’m not one of them, but I’ve never lived in a hot climate so who knows? I might hate it. I would not enjoy rain all winter, I’m sure of that, though balmy has a nice ring to it. My feet would not fit in your petite boots, especially with two pairs of wool socks. hahaha!

  21. I’m in Ontario, Canada and can identify with everything you’ve written. We actually had a balmy 13 C day yesterday, but the cold and the snow are coming. I’ve decided that this year I’ll fully embrace the winter using a Danish concept called hygge. It translates, very roughly, to coziness – think hot chocolate, candlelight, all of the winter gear that’s in your photo, reading a good book, playing a board game, satisfying comfort food meals. I ended up writing about hygge in my blog and have managed to talk myself into actually looking forward to the coming winter. Like you, though, Molly, I may well change my tune by March!

    Great post. I love your sense of humour. And you were so right – the V formation line definitely deserved its own post.

    • I’ve been reading about the Danish concept of hygge and I love it. I think living in a cold climate makes me gravitate toward hygge naturally – especially the comfort food. I will check out your post about it – can you come back and drop the link for me? Thanks for your comment – we are in the same snowmobile!

  22. So many great lines. Laughing and sobbing — and applying lots of moisturizer to hands. We’re in Maine for life, because we’ve raised a litter of Mainers who will never leave and we are addicted to their company.

  23. We live in NE Ohio so it’s all about the Lake Effect Snow. Balmy weather still prevails here though- fine with us as my hubby is stilll golfing. We go somewhere warm for a few weeks in February.

    • I was just talking with someone this week about the Lake Effect. We live near a tidal river and it makes our weather more coastal than you would think since we are more inland. You are smart to get away during February. Where do you go? The same place each year or different?

  24. We live in Michigan, but with jobs and kids, heading south in the winter for any length of time is an impossibility. I would love to have some warmth to look forward to, even for a week, in February or March, but that won’t happen, either. You see, I’m married to a man who loves to ski. If there’s any time “off,” this person seeks snow, snow, and more snow – along with heights. We have gone south in the summer on occasion (like last August to Tennessee for the total solar eclipse), but the summer heat there is nearly unbearable for us northerners.

    • We have not been able to get away either, Crystal, for all the same reasons you list. I went to New Orleans to a conference in August and I have never felt such oppressive heat and humidity in my life! I feel for you with the skiing fanatic husband – that’s rough. Could you talk him into trying water skiing?

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