Posted by: chlost | February 10, 2010


I am sick of snow.  I am tired of winter.  I have been talking more and more about moving to a warm place.  It sounds better every day. 

What exactly would it take to move?  First, we would have to decide where we would like to live.  I haven’t visited many warm places.  I have been to southern California a few times-just LA.  I have been to Phoenix, and driven through Tucson.  I have been in Santa Fe, but it wasn’t really warm.  I have never been to Florida.  The first step is to visit some possibilities, I suppose.  I am ready-let’s go!

Then, I suppose that we have to figure out a way to pay for living expenses.  That would entail a job.  One for each of us.  I have been searching online for quite a while now, but not in any specific location.  See above paragraph.

Then, we would have to sell our house.  Or make some alternate arrangements.  Houses in our neighborhood have not been selling quickly.  Many have been on the market for months.  Many have been on the market repeatedly over several months.  Not looking too good.

Of course, once we decide which area to live in, we would have to find an actual place to live. How much money would we have? See immediately preceding paragraph.  Would we buy a place?  Would we rent?  A house, a townhouse, or a condo?  What would we be able to afford?

Then, we would actually have to move.  I hate moving.  I hate the packing, the unpacking.  I haven’t really moved too far from previous homes, but I think that it would be difficult to get into a new pattern for life-where is the best grocery store, the doctor that accepts the insurance, the dog park?   How do we find others to spend time with-invite for dinner, etc?

The biggest factor, however, is when would we see our kids and our granddaughters?  How often would we be able to come back?  How often would they be able to visit?  Would we be able to stay with them, or them with us?  A hotel is a big expense when visiting often.

I don’t know if I am up to this.  I hate the snow.  Am I ready for the alternative?


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