I have been in Arizona for exactly two months. The time has flown. I am just starting to get into the groove of living some place new. I have learned many of the back street ways to get places rather than travel on the busy roads—I like taking the road less traveled. I no longer wake up in the morning wondering what I should do for the day. I know where the grocery stores are. I know where my favorite spots on the couch and chairs are. I know which cabinets the dishes belong. My pantry and refrigerator both have food. It is home.
I am thoroughly comfortable here. The house is about one half the size of the house in Missouri, and I love the fact it is quick and easy to clean. I love that I can walk a half mile and be at the community center with a terrific work out room. I love that I can walk all over the neighborhood without a coat, and not have to take the same route each day, and get a good walk in. I love that there is no grass ever to cut! I love that flowers are blooming in February. I love the fact we have a mountain to look at and hike on whenever we feel like it, and it’s right out our back door. There is so much to like here.
I currently own homes in both Missouri and Arizona. I would love to sell the Missouri house. I have loved that home, and we made it a great place for family and friends, but I love the leisurely life we have in Arizona without home upkeep (the advantage of a new build). I would like my husband to not to have to cut grass on 3 acres and not have to worry about the pool. I would like him to live as leisurely in Missouri as in Arizona.
I would like to make new memories in a new location when we see our home. I have no idea where it will be. We will not look for something until our house is sold. It’s kind of like living in limbo. I could be moving out of that house in a month or in 6 months. I am prepared to move at a moment’s notice. We have worked hard to have the house ready, so that if it sold while we are in Arizona, it would be a fairly easy pack up and move out project. We are ready. I wonder where is my buyer. Who is the next family to come love our home, and make wonderful memories there? I just wish whoever they were, they would speak up soon. I want to make my next set of plans.
I prefer the weather of Arizona, but in two months I will be returning to Missouri. I fear I will be the same when I arrive there as I was when I first arrived here in late December. I won’t have a routine, and it will take me two months to figure it out again. Then I will be in full swing in a routine, and it will be time to pack up and return to Arizona. How do snowbirds do this?
Which back yard do I like best? I love them both. I have been blessed to enjoy such beautiful spaces with my husband. Yes, this has been a great winter. If our house doesn’t sell, it will be a great summer at the pool. If it does, it will be a great new adventure. I’m ready!