My cousin Cassie has a new home in Buffalo NY

It has been a dream for me to visit Niagara Falls ever since I was a child.

  • But in my mind, the falls were in Canada, and I didn’t think that my parents would want to cross the border – they never have.

So, I placed that dream to the back of my mind, that is until I became an adult and could travel on my own. Well, last year my cousin Cassie moved to Buffalo NY with her husband. He was born in Buffalo NY and wanted to be closer to his family. As soon as she got settled, she invited me to visit, and she mentioned going to Niagara Falls State Park because she lives only 30 minutes away from the entrance. Of course, I said yes to her invitation, and I flew to Buffalo NY in the middle of the Winter. And my goodness it was cold. The day I arrived, the temperature was 28 degrees, and they had 10 inches of snow on the ground. I live in the south, so that was just a shock experiencing that kind of weather. Thankfully, Cassie’s new house has radiant floor heating installed, which was a blessing. I don’t need heated floors at home because our Winters are very mild, so this is the first time I have ever experienced them, and I must admit, I loved it. My feet always get cold in the Winter, and I wear socks to keep them warm. However, I was able to ditch the socks at Cassie’s house because my feet were always warm and toasty. She also kept her house pretty warm, and her smart thermostat with motion sensors was efficient in adjusting the temperature throughout her house. I barely use my heat in the Winter, but living in a city like Buffalo, I understand the need to have all these heating options installed in a home.

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