Another Californian

Oh how I miss my home state of California during the cold winter months up here in the Land of the Frozen North . . . .

I was born, raised and educated in California and lived there until 9 years ago when my husband got transferred. You know the saying about never taking anything for granted? Boy is it ever true! Here's just a partial list of the things I miss about California: the Pacific Ocean, the beaches, 300+ days of sunshine per year, Indian summers, no winter, redwoods, sequoias, hills and mountains, the smell of blue gum eucalyptus trees, highways and roads that don't have potholes the size of moon craters, San Francisco, good Chinese food, being able to go outside year round, etc., etc. etc. I live in Minnesota now and while I like it a lot, there's really no place like California. I'd give up a major organ to be able to move back. I was so miserable and homesick at Xmas that I was ready to just quit my job, pack up everything and go without even having a job lined up or a place to stay. Fortunately the logical side of my brain slapped the emotional side into a state of reasonableness about a week later and I decided it would be a really, really bad idea to give up a job that I actually have and like to try and find another one in California where unemployment is even higher than it is here. I've more or less made peace with the fact that I'm going to be in Minnesota for a few more winters until the economy improves enough so that I can go back. I wish I could do it sooner, but with the precarious financial state California is in right now, who know when it'll be. I just have to remind myself I'll be back there someday, walking my dogs along the beach, reveling in the sunshine and reminding myself to never take anything about California for granted again.

Slackajawea Slackajawea
36-40, F
3 Responses Mar 1, 2010

I agree, it's a bad time to relocate. When jobs do become available, the locals will probably fill those up quick.

Yeah, California would be really cold if you're used to Australia, and Sacramento's cold, foggy winters were probably a bit of a surprise for you too. You'll probably like the hot Sacramento summers though.

I am in CA now after 40 years in Australia. I think it is cold .Yes I know I am in the north Sacramento a little different from LA. winter here is still not to my taste. I think I was spoilt a little before I cam here.