Steve, I was visiting my brother last dec when the big snow hit. I thing he lives about 3 ½ hours directly south of Jefferson. Record cold but when you don't have to work in it I don't mind. I have worked many years all over the country and I think that some of our states have been over looked for their own beauty. I choose to live in a more moderate climate. A little of everything I can take. My kids are still in Michigan and the last winter was one of the worst on record. We still plan on doing a lot of traveling in the RV and since I am not rich I needed to trade property here for gas money. I have tried to figure a way to stay here and continue my same living standard but when I stop working altogether and the money stops coming in whats next? SS benefits don't go to far around here and being self employed all my life I will not get a pension like many. I wonder how many here have stopped to really figure out how much you will have to retire on? I know for a fact that if I am not working I can't afford to live in SOCAL and continue my same life style. The hardest part will be trading my boat for a pontoon and rocking chair.
Dennis, after I finished that assignment in Jefferson, MO where it got down to -2, they got back-to-back storms. First was freezing rain, followed by 2' of snow on top of that. It halted everything.
I loved (sic) driving across MO after landing in St. Louis and counting the number of cars off in the ditch. I have to be the only Californian who knows how to drive in that stuff.
I learned (Wall Sr Journal) that the farms just north of Jefferson are famous for their Jumping Mules they raise. Just a fun fact.
I completely understand your stretching the retirement income.
Do you still do custom cabinetry? I need something to close in a 55" flat screen up at Big Bear and haven't found anything my wife likes.