Okay, so I’ve gotten to the point in my life where I may not get back to my southern roots for a while.
I say this because my husband and I just built a house and that generally indicates that we’re staying put a while. We live north of the Mason Dixon line and so that means there is Winter weather that comes in the form of lots of freezing temperatures. There is some snow and ice as well. But it could be worse. We could live much further to the north and deal with a Winter that’s six months long. I can’t imagine being trapped inside a house with the gas furnace going for six months. So I count myself lucky that this southern girl at least doesn’t have to do that. Still, I miss being barefoot in the Winter and wearing shorts and a shirt most days. That’s the way I grew up and I still miss it. But we’ve established a life here and that’s something that I’m good with. However, I just enjoyed the best Winter I’ve ever spent here and it’s all because of our new house. We have a geothermal heat pump in this house. This sort of heat pump extracts heating and cooling energy from the near constant temperature of the earth. And in the Winter, that heat energy is transferred through copper pipes underneath the floors. This is radiant floor heating and it’s the absolute best heating method I’ve ever experienced. Plus, it let this southern girl walk around barefoot in her home all Winter long.