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Old 03-14-2009, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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Hi rmebrt...
Thanks for your suggestion to actually contact Suze Orman to see if she can do a show or a seminar on the general situation of the people on this thread. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Maybe we'll all meet up on her show:

Dear Suze,
I am a newer member of an online forum group, on a thread of age 60+ women (and some men) who have been chatting with each other in the forum about all being in the same boat: Limited retirement monies and needing to relocate from our current location and home to a much less expensive place (in terms of property taxes, other taxes, cost of homes, good alternative living arrangements, decent weather year-round, etc.) We have been supporting each other by commentary on each others' unique situations, all of us being from the West or East coast and places in between. We need someone like you to host a seminar for us, either on TV or a conference where we can all get to easily (Midwest?). We want to discuss this whole "retirement on very few resources" thing (esp for women) and also how to relocate to a better place without angsting over leaving family and friends behind. Please note that we are NOT well-to-do sunbird retirees heading south for great weather and golf....we are women who've raised families and worked hard all our lives and now find ourselves worrying over how to make ends meet in retirement. Our discussions have centered on relocation and how to get the nerve to do it, how to network and make new friends, how to justify to our families, etc etc. Can you help us?? Thanks...sign me... NewEnglandGirl

 
Old 03-14-2009, 03:35 PM
 
Location: South Southern PA
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newenglandgirl: I actually lived in a small village on the outskirts of Roanoke - I had a fairly new home, about 4 yrs old and my yearly taxes were around $317 a year. I spoke with people that moved from that area to a 55+ community in the Lancaster, PA area and they told me that home prices have gone through the ceiling (remember this area is very country and any price increase to them is monumental so consider the source). Here are a couple sites for reference:
http://www.retirementliving.com/RLtaxes.html
http://moneycentral.msn.com/articles/retire/basics/9838.asp

It was never very cold there, and there was next to no snow, but I consider it to me to be very warm. Salem is the more cultural part of the area. Where you told about the "STAR" on the mountain. I went to several events 'on the mountain' - all very nice... the area is beautiful and as I said the people are great.
I took two stained glass classes in Salem; went to several concerts, and roamed many of their shops. Now that you've got me reminiscing... considering going back there may not be such a bad idea - Thanks!
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Old 03-14-2009, 03:38 PM
 
Location: South Southern PA
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newenglandgirl: Great intro to Suze. Hope she takes it seriously. Can't wait to see what evolves... Thanks
 
Old 03-14-2009, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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Default Thanks for the links, DDT1947

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newenglandgirl: I actually lived in a small village on the outskirts of Roanoke - I had a fairly new home, about 4 yrs old and my yearly taxes were around $317 a year. I spoke with people that moved from that area to a 55+ community in the Lancaster, PA area and they told me that home prices have gone through the ceiling (remember this area is very country and any price increase to them is monumental so consider the source). Here are a couple sites for reference:
http://www.retirementliving.com/RLtaxes.html
http://moneycentral.msn.com/articles/retire/basics/9838.asp

It was never very cold there, and there was next to no snow, but I consider it to me to be very warm. Salem is the more cultural part of the area. Where you told about the "STAR" on the mountain. I went to several events 'on the mountain' - all very nice... the area is beautiful and as I said the people are great.
I took two stained glass classes in Salem; went to several concerts, and roamed many of their shops. Now that you've got me reminiscing... considering going back there may not be such a bad idea - Thanks!
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Thanks for the links. It does seem like for many of us, urgency is building to make a decision. I only wish I could really get to know a place well before moving there. That may not be possible in my case. But I had a special feeling in the Roanoke/Salem area. It was a milder, gentler version of New England, and only a day's drive from family.
 
Old 03-14-2009, 08:08 PM
Status: "Could be worse" (set 23 days ago)
 
Location: Las Cruces, New Mexico
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Default Ode to wisteria

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Anomoly - Glad to hear from you!! I have dial-up .....I kept thinking I was moving soon so why bother getting high speed - well, I'm still here. I'm use to it. Are you in Yuma? Was your new home what you thought it would be? Wisteria still talks about Las Cruces so perhaps the two of you will end up there. Drop a lne more often - no one cares how long it is
Don da da doooonnnnn!!!
I finally got pictures loaded up into an Album here on CD. I was worried about so many pics for those who have dial up--but realized I have dial up!? so how hard can it be.
The album is titled "Wisteria & Anomoly" and includes 30 pics of the time I spent with her when she was such a gracious hostess to me and Rusty and Silver (kitties) on our trip from Mom's house in Oregon to my new house (trailer) in Yuma. She took me out around Monterrey Bay, and to the Wharf at Santa Cruz. There's a couple from Yuma too.
Wisteria is so wonderful, she's everything she seems on CD! She's so talented and artistic, as well as nurturing. I felt like I stayed a Bed & Breakfast due to her natural sense of hospitality. In fact, she would be perfectly suited to running a Bed and Breakfast sometime somewhere.

So, check out my picture album, everyone, as I leave you with my
"Ode to Wisteria"
Wisteria, Wisteria, how do I describe thee?
Thou art the colorful umbrella on the side of my pina colada
and the waves in the background on those Corona commercials.
thou art the Nyquil to my cold, and the feathery fan to my fever.
thou art the comedy to my sense of humor
and the tummy ache of too much laughter.
Thou art the original copy of my favorite book,
You're the audio version since I don't like to read.
Thou art the one I want to stand by if I have to wait in a long line
and the one I want to listen to when I don't feel like talking
You're the one I want to tell how much I enjoy your company!
 
Old 03-14-2009, 08:41 PM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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Default Yea - Wonderful!!!!!

I got to see Wisteria & Anomoly (chicken pic of you though, Anomoly!). Nanu Nanu!!

Thanks so much for those great pics!! Where have you been? You're such a clever girl!

Now, for the new porn flick I'm in the process of setting up.

SC really is paradise. I'd have my butt planted at the wharf and stay there til I turned to salt.

Well, ladies - we are women, hear us roar ...

Your Ode to Wisteria was wonderful - she probably could use that right now. Thanks, Anomoly, and welcome back!!


 
Old 03-14-2009, 08:45 PM
 
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Don da da doooonnnnn!!!
I finally got pictures loaded up into an Album here on CD.
Great pictures--love the subtitles. Lionaround, see lions--love it. So glad to hear from you....when we didn't hear much I started thinking you two didn't hit it off and it would have been so disappointing! Wisteria--you look just what I imagined--an inviting warm down-to-earth person. Your garden is lovely and inspiring. Tomorrow I'm getting out to weed and prune the dead stuff off. My rose bush looks like it made it thru the winter--I see little buds and the bulbs I planted are popping out of the earth. I will need to visit garage sales this year and look for a table for a tea party. Hmmmm...maybe I will try my hand at making a teapot after spring break. Thanks for sharing the pictures and the wonderful time you had together! I can't wait to hear about your adventures in Yuma.
 
Old 03-14-2009, 09:49 PM
Status: "Could be worse" (set 23 days ago)
 
Location: Las Cruces, New Mexico
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Default Ms. 'All or Nothing' returns

Yes, once I break through the wall of silence, I'm fine.
To all of those who asked about me, thank you, and yes, Yuma, and my new trailer, was everything I was looking for.
I talked to Wisteria, empathising with everyone's struggles to make some kind of sound decision about important things, in order to be done with it. For so long, my story, if you remember, was the constant indecision, and the search for a place to call home. Like I said, you can't just pick some randomly and make it fit. It fits when it finds you!
Yes, for a trailer I found on craigslist when I was staying with my mom in oregon, the perfection of 'the fit' is amazing. Everything in my life feels like it's falling into place so easily. I've been so lost for the last 9 years, since my life altering experiences when I moved from San Diego to Tucson. I still think of moving to Arizona in 1999 as 'when my life ended'. Go figure that I've come full circle moving here to Yuma Arizona!
I've been so happily busy settling in, and setting up my comfort zone, like the pics you see of Wisteria's place.
Hey, did you guys know there's a flower called Wisteria?? I told Wisteria I thought it came from "Desperate Housewives" on "Wisteria Lane"!!! It was even funnier when she picked the name because she saw it outside her window when she had to pick a name!
I can't wait to share more pics, and catch up with everyone.
I can't believe I'm so happy in a 'snowbird' 'senior' RV park! Pool, jacuzzi, BINGO! Hey, how about 'toilet bowl races'!!!
Time to head to the jacuzzi, and then light up the chiminea!
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Old 03-14-2009, 10:37 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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newenglandgirl - great letter to suze.... only we are not all 60+ yet!! please don't age me faster than I am aging on my own...

Great pic's anomoly! Good to know that sometimes things just work out.

Garage sale idea ... in lieu of either hauling everything to the salvation army or marking things for a sale ... I just put it all out and say "make me an offer"... and of course I accept every offer! Everyone thinks they are getting a deal, I feel like I've made something, and my place gets cleared out.
 
Old 03-14-2009, 10:40 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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rmebrt - CAMBRIA is the best! I long to go back there again.
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