My idea of a perfect winter is a light (very light) overnight snowfall on Christmas Eve, followed by enough of a warm-up on December 26 to melt the snow. The next step, of course, would be a gradual increase in temperature through March.
Don't get me wrong - it's not that I hate everything about Iowa winters - just cold, snow, wind, ice, and winter clothing (as in scarfs, ear muffs, hats, hoods, head bands, and boots). I mean, everything else is great!
If I can ever afford it, I don't think it would be difficult for me to turn into one of Iowa's famous "snow birds."
Until then, I will practice saying to myself, over and over, "I love Iowa winters! I love Iowa winters! I love Iowa winters! I love Iowa winters!"
If you see me on the street - though that's unlikely during the winter, now that I think about it - and I seem to be talking to myself - well, I guess I am - but, at least you'll know what it is I'm saying!
And feel free to tell me if I'm accidentally speaking the words aloud.