I was born in the midwest, grew up in the midwest, and began my adulthood in the midwest. t’s not to say that I was fond of the weather and terrain, so much as I lived there based on familiarity. Truthfully, the climate there was awful and left a lot to be desired. The springs were short and muddy, the summers were hot and humid, and the falls were shocking and fleeting; the winters, however, were the worst part of it all. I cannot tell you how much we relied on our central heating to survive each and every day. It was nearly impossible not to arrive home and immediately find an air vent to stand in front of to thaw basking in the slow emission of warm air. The furnace was running constantly, and it was often put on full power to combat particularly cold weather. That’s why I’m so excited to be living in the south this year for a totally new winter experience. I’ve heard that the air temperature will not get lower than freezing, and I don’t have to worry about snow or ice. The house won’t be freezing cold inside every day, and I won’t need to operate our furnace 24/7. I also won’t need to supplement the central heating with space heaters or the fireplace. I’m really excited about the savings that I can look forward to when my energy bill arrives each month, not to mention the overall increase in quality of life when I don’t have to worry about literally freezing to death outdoors!