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Saturday, December 5, 2009

A Snowbird Wannabe?


We are supposed to get our first snow of the winter today, and that's when I wonder, wouldn't it be nice to be going somewhere warm for the winter?  I have friends who are snowbirds.  Some of them high-tail it out of Maine in October, as soon as the leaves begin to take on the glow of autumn.  Others hit the road in November, and some wait until after the holidays to migrate to Myrtle Beach, Miami, or Mesa.

I wistfully wave and watch them go, sometimes wishing that I could afford to do the same.  The prospect of  paying rent or mortgage on two homes for the winter is just not within my reach.  I know, I should have planned better, saved more, worked harder, whatever.  Too late now.

I'll just have to content myself with the knowledge that while they are lounging by the pool, or sipping pina coladas under the palms, I will be watching the wonders of winter:  Snowflakes turning everything pure white, kids sledding and constructing snow men, snowblowers creating drifts as they clear driveways---

You're not buying it, are you? Me neither!

13 comments:

Mesina said...

Well...I am just one of those sick people who loves winter, loves the snow and would happily see those people high tail it out saying ''Don't know what your missing!''

I guess I just love the beauty of nature, whatever state she's in! x

Kristina P. said...

It has finally started to get FREEZING here in Utah. I am sad. :(

Steven Anthony said...

I live in Michigan, we have had a couple small snows already, it makes me cringe cause I know before long I will be snowed in for the duration.....I was reading your last few lines about the wonder of winter thinking yeah right...lol

jules said...

There's no reason why you can't take a week (or more!) vacation to Miami (or anywhere warm in south) in the coming january's!

Blissed-Out Grandma said...

I don't mind Minnesota's winter quite so much if I don't have to go out on the worst days. Probably my sick days have corresponded with the heaviest snowfalls or worst windchill factors for the past couple of years! I'm sure I would enjoy a week in the warm sun in January, but when you come back, it's almost worse than if you'd never left! (At least that's what I tell myself.)

lakeviewer said...

I have the same thoughts, wanting to escape to warmer places when the winter rains pound for weeks on end. The thing is that very few people can afford two morgages, two upkeeps, two cars, etc. Someone should organize bloggers conventions in the south for winter, and on the coast for summer. I volunteer the summer part.

My town is relatively inexpensive, and it can easily accomodate a hundred people for a few weeks. A trip to Portland/Coos Bay would run about $400 from anywhere, and a van could bring down a bunch of people. Add another $200 a week for rent in a cottage, putting up about five people, all cooking their own food, it could all get done. I bet you know others who could organize the whole shindig with their eyes closed.

One Cluttered Brain said...

Yeah, i'm with you. The cold stinks. Fortunately for me though we just moved OUT of a cold state and into a warmer one. I live about an hour from Vegas where I don't think it snows too much. However this is my first year without snow...most years i have had to suffer thru the cold like you. At least we have our hot chocolate and such to keep us warm!
Hope you have an enjoyable day today!

The Retired One said...

We are on a vacation in Florida right now and it is even cooler here than normal...raining and 59 degrees...so you can never predict what the weather will do. We are hoping it will improve because we paid big bucks to stay in a resort down here. ha I will be facing the snow when we fly back on Sunday, Dec. 13th and moaning all the way, I am sure.

Jen said...

Good one and I love Maxine!!!!Snow is so clean and white...it is really pretty. It is the ice, the slush and high snow banks at the street corners that I don't like.
I am sure all those snowmobilers and skiers love it all.

The Lucy and Dick Show said...

One of your Google ads is for a Florida cottage rental just south of Orlando. I know what you mean about the snowbird thing. This is the time of year the 401 westbound to Detroit, Michigan is full of RV's heading south. Go buy a suntan and you'll feel a little better!

Respectfully Yours said...

We have friends that are snowbirds too. There destinination: Florida. Fortunately for us, we visit very often. So we get to enjoy the best of both worlds.

Frugal Vicki said...

There is ONE beautiful moment of snow...when it is still falling and you have nowhere to be and the lights glisten off of the UNTOUCHED snow. That is always so peaceful.

My name is PJ. said...

Wait a darn minute! I WAS BUYING IT! I actually love all of those things and wouldn't want the expense of effort of a second home.

I'm all about being home and loving every minute.