Dec 032015

We lived in Arizona many years before we started fulltiming, and though a lot of people love it, especially in the wintertime, we’d much rather be in Florida. I’ll take beaches and mosquitoes over desert and scorpions any day of the week. Some people like the low humidity here in the desert, but with that comes dry skin and some allergies that we don’t particularly care to deal with it we can avoid them.

But if you have to be someplace, there are a lot worse places to be than Arizona. Even though we had a cold spell, it got up to around 70° yesterday here in Apache junction. I know some folks that were shoveling snow yesterday!

And you don’t see things like this in Minnesota or Ohio this time of year. These orange and grapefruit trees are right here in our RV park.

Orange tree small

Grapefruit tree small

But come to think of it, they grow oranges and grapefruit in Florida, too. And did I mention they have beaches?

As I have talked about before, we plan to change our South Dakota residency to Florida when we get there this year. At one time South Dakota was a good option for full timers, but I can no longer recommend it because insurance rates have risen dramatically there, and getting out of state healthcare coverage is about impossible. Yesterday Jim and Carol Mellema posted a blog on becoming Florida residents that explains the process, what was required to transfer their drivers licenses and vehicle registrations to Florida, and how easy everything went.

Except for a walk to the dumpster at the back of the campground to throw some trash away, I never left the motorhome yesterday. I was busy working on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal and made a good dent in it. This will be the last printed issue of the paper before we make the switch to all digital, and because of holiday printing and shipping schedules I need to get it done and shipped off to our printer as soon as possible.

I think I’ve finally shaken off the fog from all the drugs they had me on during my stay in the hospital. That’s a good thing, because for a while now it’s been hard to concentrate enough to even get a blog post done every day. And once the paper is done, I need to finish my latest book, which should have been out over a month ago.

It’s Thursday, and that means it’s time to kick off a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Birdsongs, the first book in my friend Jason Deas’ excellent Benny James mystery series. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.


Thought For The Day – The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets. – Will Rogers

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  4 Responses to “If You Have To Be Someplace”

  1. Glad you’re feeling better! Just don’t over do it.

  2. we have no problems w/SD health insurance. We’ve been domiciled there for 5 years now, and more insurance needs in the past year with no delays or problems.

  3. As long as you are on Medicare, there is no insurance problem with SD.

  4. But a lot of fulltimers are not on Medicare Dave.

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