Living the Life

Arizona house

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.   

Missouri house

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!  

Arizona back yard
Missouri back yard


    1. Thank you. We are enjoying both beautiful places. I do look forward to the future changes, and an opportunity to really enjoy our retirement to the fullest.


  1. Missouri views … but gotta admit the weather is MUCH better in Arizona. Two more rounds of snow on the way and a MAJOR FLOOD event coming mid to late March (maybe like ’93). Glad you are having fun.


    1. Arizona’s views are unique. I have been following the weather in Missouri and so surprised to see how harsh it is this year. Stay warm and safe, and hopefully we will see you this summer.


  2. I do wish your Missouri house would sell. It would be nice to have that out of the way. All in good time, I suppose.
    Meanwhile, enjoy your Arizona weather while we hunker down and wait out the next storm. Sigh.


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