Hi, I'm new here and joined a couple of groups. I hail (originally) from California (a good place to be from - was there more than 40 years total), and now reside in the Last Best Place, Montana. Been here 5 years, going on 6 and love it. Yes, it gets cold - but you dress for it, and prepare for it. I was married for 15 years, one son (now 32), and now with my current partner going on 17 years. It's been a rough one for the last 11 years, but I do love him, and I know he's sick (both physically and psychologically). The saying, "When the going gets tough...?" My answer is "I stand my ground." It ain't easy.
Living in a rural area, it's hard to make friends, and since this is a college town, even harder to find my peer group.