Up to this point, I've lived my entire life in and around the Seattle area. Winter there just means rain and darkness -- while it's not always a ton of fun, it's not particularly difficult either. This summer, however, brought a big move for me and my wife, and we now live in southeastern Minnesota. While the weather is actually perfectly pleasant right now, there's a chill in the air and the setting realization that we are just not ready for 5 months of sub-freezing temperatures and endless snow.
Also, this is the first house we've ever owned, so winterization is something new for me. It's a slightly older house (built 1951) on a ~1 acre wooded lot. Natural gas runs a boiler in the basement for heat, and we're well stocked with firewood, for what it's worth.
I figure there's a wide range of experiences here, so I'm asking for any tips/advice from any of you snow-hardened posters out there, both in terms of the practical home winterizing stuff as well as just personal advice to avoid losing my mind during the impending freeze.
If you've lived your whole life in an area with harsh winters, things that might seem obvious to you are likely novel concepts to me, so literally anything helps. Thanks!