I hated living in the northern midwest for the freezing winters every year.
The summers in the temperate continental forests are gorgeous, especially when the weather permits outdoor activity.
But once you get to early November, the transition into freezing weather is both rapid & insurmountable. By comparison, southern CA feels care about a Mediterranean paradise. Temperatures will often dip into the 50s at night, however usually the weather is warm enough for just a blazer & a pair of jeans throughout most of winter. Another thing that I struggled with in the winters of the northern midwest was keeping plants alive. My cacti are not Winter time hardy & will die when they freeze completely, then i struggled bringing them inside every year to prevent them from dying, however it didn’t consistently work. On top of that, the temperature changes stress the plants & affect how they grow & the size they get to. When I moved to Tarzana, abruptly I had cooperative weather where my cacti & succulents thrive. On top of that, I can finally grow marijuana plants in my backyard! Not only was the weather uncooperative for cannabis in my condo state, however we also were not allowed to have marijuana plants for personal consumption. All legal cannabis had to be bought from a licensed dispensary. However, CA allows all adults over the age of 21 to possess up to several mature cannabis plants at any given time. Although I care about the dispensaries in Tarzana & Encincon, it’s nice to supplement my dispensary weed with some homegrown cannabis. It’s a fun activity for myself and others as well, especially when I get condo from a stressful day at work.