Packing My Bags

This week’s topic is one that I posed: Have you ever considered moving to a warmer/better climate? If so, where would you consider going?

SnowHere in the northern part of the country, much of the conversation is centered around the weather. This past week another round of snowstorms passed through the Great Lakes region, dumping a good half foot of snow. Now that I teach only part time, my routine wasn’t affected (except that my sewing group cancelled on Tuesday), but hubby and I still watch the school closings to see if our grandkids are affected. Last Friday my poor daughter, who commutes over an hour each way, had to drive through several districts that were shut down in order to get to her district, which hadn’t closed.

Florida 1981

Orlando, FL November 1981

Anyway, since I associate with a lot of retirees, I find that these groups are thinned out from January through March. People head out of this weather and spend a month or two where it’s sunny, and it’s so cold that the roads aren’t so icy that even salt won’t melt them. We call these people Snowbirds, and I often envied them, being able to leave this mess behind. Many have second homes or take motor homes with them. Others have relatives they stay with. But when it warms up, they return. Most of my acquaintances head to Florida or Gulf Shores, but I know others go to Arizona (the dry climate is supposed to be healthier there) and some go to Hawaii (my successful engineer brother has a time share condo there, but I’ve never managed to arrange a visit).

More recently, I’ve learned about more and more people who make the move permanently. If you’ve ever watched the TV show House Hunters International, you’ve seen people who opt to live out their retirement years outside the USA. I’ve watched in awe as couples select homes in Mexico, Central or South America, or in the Carribbean. These people, I assumed, must have a lot more disposable income than we do. But then I started learning about personal acquaintances gearing up for this kind of move. One author acquaintance told me she and her husband planned to move to Costa Rica in the next few years, pointing out the lower cost of living was as much of a factor in their decision as the weather.

Arizona 2001

Sedona, AZ Dec. 2001

So going back to the original question: Have I ever considered moving? Yes. Where would I go? Though the thought of moving to another country is enticing (I’ve always LOVED to travel) I think I’d want to stay in the United States. For one thing, I know my hubby would NOT want to move somewhere that English was not spoken, and his daily routine (translation; TV show line-up) would be disrupted. I’ve spent a little time in Florida, New Orleans, and Arizona, and enjoyed them tremendously. Given the choice between going southeast or southwest, I think I’d want to go southwest. The pace of life was slower, and it seemed there was more of a balance between generations. I need to be around younger people, to keep me from becoming someone whose every sentence begins with “I can’t…”

But then again, our kids and grandkids are all here. I absolutely adore living five miles from our youngest grandkids, and being able to step in when needed. I could probably handle being a Snowbird, but that would mean giving up teaching and performing in my music ensembles. Plus, since I’m the only one of my mom’s kids near enough to take her places, I need to stick around.

So I guess I’m going to sit tight here in snowy Michigan. At least for awhile.

Have you ever considered a weather-related move?


About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page:
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7 Responses to Packing My Bags

  1. I’ve hear my parents talking about moving to where it does not snow. That is what really got me thinking about this topic a in late summer. So I was surprised to see it on the topics list.
    I understand the desire or need to be close to family and having that affect your decision to move.

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  2. Staying for family? ABSOLUTELY. I am glad this topic came up at this time in my life; the answer would have been so different earlier in my life.
    Yes, Househunter’s International is interesting, although I have not seen any in a while.I am sure I’ll weigh in on that on Friday as well.
    As for ‘Snowbirds” , I have known a few and most were actually from Michigan.I’ve usually met them when they were stopping to see relatives en route wherever I happened to be, but I did meet a few in Arizona. Interesting.

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  3. jeff7salter says:

    the concept of having a vacation home somewhere with nicer weather (for whatever season is involved) has always appealed to me. However, I fear I’d be one of those who would constantly leave behind the stuff I’d need at the other place. You know, rush out and buy a pair of scissors because you left your scissors at home.
    And I’d worry about food in one place spoiling while I lived in the other.
    clothing, tools, financial records, stuff related to my writing. It would always be in the other place.
    That said, would like to relocate my year-round residence elsewhere?
    This farm has been in my wife’s family since about 1803. I’m here to stay.
    Do I wish I could tone down the winter months? Definitely.


    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      Ha! Why am I not surprised that you’d find something unusual to worry about? Our oldest daughter has a vacation home on a lake north of here. They spend a lot of time there during the summer, so she doesn’t worry about leaving food to spoil. She has household inventory at both homes so she doesn’t worry about taking things back and forth. Her husband indicated that he plans to purchase a home in Belize. My hubby and I told him that if he does, we’ll be sure to visit!

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  4. Joselyn says:

    My in-laws carefully plan their food when they go back and forth between Minnesota and Florida so they don’t have spoilage issues. They do have to purchase double of several things because what they need is in the other location.


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