Awhile back I mentioned we had made a major decision. I'm finally getting around to telling you about it!
Hubby is retiring after 38 years with First Energy. When we first discussed it he was going to go ahead and retire this November. But he would be 59 and after going over the figures with personnel he decided to wait until he turns 60. So November 30, 2015 is the big day! I'm relieved because that gives us more time to plan!
I was very excited at first because being fresh off a vacation to Maine he said we would move there! I've always wanted to go there! So I got a book about moving to Maine and we started looking at houses online to get an idea. Not only is it very cold and snowy there in the winter the tax structure in Maine is very high. The cost of houses is fairly high also. So, how much do we really want to live in Maine? High taxes, high heat bills, big mortgage... Not that much. So second choice...
My mom's family is from here. LaFollette, up north of Knoxville. She lived there when my boys were little and it is a wonderful area. Mild winters, low, low property taxes, low home costs, (possibly no mortgage!) no state taxes, beautiful mountains and lakes, the Smoky Mountains! And the people of TN. are so friendly. We can buy a great house for half the cost of one in Maine and pay super low property taxes, I'm talking $500-800 a year!, not shovel snow, have low heat bills and take the travel trailer and spend a month at a time in Maine whenever we want!What is there not to love about this plan?!
I would kinda like to live in LaFollette, but hubby is leaning more towards Jefferson City, Dandridge, Newport, Morrisontown. I circled the general area with a read pencil. So in April we will take the trailer down and camp in a central spot for a week and travel around and check out the different towns and try to determine exactly where. Then we can start looking for a house towards the end of summer.
I'm excited! I'll be further away from the grandkids is the only drawback:(
So that's the plan Stan! With a whole year to go though, you know, the best laid plan's of mice and men...