Winter in Illinois 1960


Seasons change and so do I,  for the first time in my life I will become a snow bird headed south to Arizona. It is something that I have always wondered about and heard the stories of others who have experienced it first hand. Now it will be my turn to experience the difference between a traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas and a new version.

I was born in Davenport, Scott, Iowa on December 11, 1950. I am sure it was cold and probably snowy because this is the Midwest where weather by that time of year could be bitter cold with several inches of snow on the ground. I had two brothers who came after me that was also born in Davenport, Scott, Iowa as well.

My father, Merle Otto Weik accepted a job in Sterling, Whiteside, Illinois in the steel fabrication business. Over the years my father took other steel fabrication jobs in Joliet, Illinois and finally settling in Streator, LaSalle, Illinois. We were still living in the Midwest where when it came to winter time it could be pretty brutal with snow.

John, Diann and Richard Weik

When I graduated from high school I decided to move to Kansas for awhile until I got married and moved to Missouri, once again I was still in the Midwest where the winters are cold and snowy or even icy. I started my family in Missouri and when my daughter was old enough to go out on her own she decided to select Iowa State University to receive her Master's Degree. I felt like I had come full circle back to Iowa, the Midwest and cold and snowy weather!

All of my grandchildren have been born in Iowa and they are now enjoying the cold and snowy weather which they love.

So that brings me to this week -- FINALLY I am going to a place where I will experience a different type of season - Yuma, Arizona! This will be the first time in my young 64 years of life that I will not look out my window and see snow on the ground or shiver when I go outside from the cold. Someone once told me that I would miss the season to season change if I moved out of the Midwest and my response was that I would like to try it at least once.

Seasons change and so do I - I am looking forward to trying it out for a few months this winter as I experience what it will be like to be a snow bird who takes flight for Arizona.  For many years I have watched travelers head south for the winter and always wondered what it would be like, now I will get my chance! Oh, have no fear I will not be staying in Arizona just visiting for the  winter and my blog will follow me.