Several years ago, my husband and I almost realized our dream of moving to VT. However, his salary cut, plus the housing costs in the area we were looking at kept us in NJ.
Even though it broke our hearts to stay here, when we get these days when there is a hint of warmth in the air and I'm poring over the garden catalogs, knowing it's just around the corner, I think of living in VT and that we'd be a month or so away, if not more.
So, your article happened to catch my eye this morning. I'm sure it's beautiful where you live and the trade-off of the long winter is well worth it, but it probably takes a special breed of person to wait it out patiently -and I'm not sure I would have fared as well as you.
Hope you are enjoying your garden planning and wishing your spring thaw comes soon.