As retirement gets closer, we keep weighing our options and talking and probably overthinking about all the possible locations. We’re now working with a realtor in Louisiana to see what we can find there. I had always thought we would move back to the Lake Charles area but I doubt that happens. When you’re living somewhere or even living with someone, you don’t notice subtle changes over time but when you go back to an area that you haven’t spent much time in for 20+ years, or you see an old friend you haven’t seen in 20+ years, you notice huge changes.
Vince and I keep talking about whether we just stay here for a while. My suggestion is to visit the three main areas we’re talking about for retirement, check out the real estate . . not so much what’s available right now but just in general. Some areas I look at the real estate for sale and over half of the houses in our price range look like places I could live. Other areas, I look at houses and not much appeals to me.
We’re getting older so we’ve talked about having less acreage but then I see houses and rooftops when I look out the windows on some of the houses for sale and I don’t know, if for us, that’s a very good quality of life.
And then the Baker Creek catalog arrives and despite saying I’m not having a garden again, I’m itching to have a garden.
And then, if I’m going to have a garden, we need a well for watering.
And then we look at the houses and realize, unless we go to MO where we can have a basement, we’d probably have to add a room for a craft room.
And then I think about that amazing Carrier air conditioner we installed last year and the solar panels and then I think about having a huge electric bill somewhere else.
And then . . we’re right back to . . why don’t we just stay here!
Sometimes I wish we’d never moved here and wish we’d never found a nice little house on 45 acres with water wells and planted fruit trees and made the garden spot and added the chicken coops.
The last thing I want to do is move and then wish we were back here.
But, we may go look at places in Louisiana in a few weeks and find the perfect spot and know that’s the place we want to be for retirement but if we don’t find the perfect spot, life is pretty good in Texas. I think a good place to be in life right now is . . if we stay, that’s good; if we go, that’s good.