Friday, June 2, 2017

Way out West...

Only in the West are you sent home from your attorney's office with bumper stickers for Hank, Rav, & the frig that read...


No hint there that he's also a cowman...


No need to breakout the sewing machine. Got my dress for granddaughter, Ali's, wedding later this month. Marymine ordered two dresses for herself and both were the wrong color, she sent one back, but the other one, she said might work for me. Tried it on and it fits, so that is taken care of.



Navy blue, my favorite color. Now all I need are some kick ass heels to go with it.


 When I teasingly asked Ali if it was Ok to wear my cowboy boots with my dress, Marymine immediately piped up and said, "Ali, do not encourage her!"  


Granddaughter Ali
This is going to be such a fun wedding!


MySean is on a little 1,200 mile bike ride with his  fiance and a group of friends this weekend. Yes, she is little, but she's mighty, and we all love her. 
(Sean says I gave him those gray hairs, I can't believe that is true, can you?)



 The whole group took time to stop and visit the Cowman & Maxwell, the wonder cowdog.

The Cowman & Max's place.


I'm on the look out for a much more gun & tax friendly state in the West, for when Dad's estate is settled.  I love the immense natural beauty of Northern California, but I simply can't afford to live here any longer.   Thoughts on possibles?

22 comments:

  1. What type of climate do you prefer? LL is headed to AZ, and my wife and I are headed to Northern Colorado.

    Texas is a good place, too, but my wife says we don't know anybody there.

    And congrats on getting out of Kalifornia. Even thought NorCal is "better" than SoCal as far as traffic and stuff, it's still governed by the idiots in Sacramento!

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    1. drjim,
      Lots to consider, and closeness to some family comes into play as well. A friend and his wife have moved to S Colorado, and they love it(they live a lifestyle that is way beyond my means or desire). A neighbor and her husband recently bought property in S Colorado and is there now arranging for their house to be built. Colorado concerns me in that the people that run the show are becoming much like those liberals ruining things in Calif.

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    2. Yeah, I agree. The rich liberals in the ski areas, along with the Boulder area, would prefer Colorado be like Kommiefornia.

      The rest of the state, the ranchers, the farmers, the small businessmen, and the energy producers, want to keep it the way it is.

      Guess my conservative wife and I will have to help run the liberals back to Kommiefornia!

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  2. The Judge wants to move to Idaho.Oregon and Washington are too wet and gloomy. We love AZ but could not live in the valley all year. You might like Flagstaff AZ but it has snow in the winter, right? Do you want to live in the city? I'd avoid Colorado. They are pretty crackers there...

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    1. Depends on where you go in Colorado. Denver is a "Big City" with all the stuff that goes with that, and West of the Divide is where all the ski resorts are. Great if you have money and like snow! Boulder is a liberal enclave, so avoid that. Greely is slowly turning into "Little Tiajuana" according to some people I know, so avoid that. If you're in a semi rural area the people are great.

      Eastern Oregon and Washington are desert, so not gloomy and rainy at all, but pretty arid.

      Some areas of Idaho have turned blue, so be careful there, too.

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    2. Cheri,
      Idaho has some good points for sure, and I have friends & family there. Lots of family in Oregon & Washington, and there are some beautiful parts of both. I can't live in a city, they don't appeal to me at all.

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  3. North Idaho. Period - end of sentence.

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    1. Adrienne,
      It is a beautiful part of the West. I've spent time up there when a cousin had a golf course there, and my son was building his house between Athol & Rathdrum.

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  4. For what its worth, casual perusal of the tax situation indicates that Idaho doesn't tax social security, nor military pensions once you hit 65. And Wyoming doesn't have an state income tax at all. Just sayin...

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    1. Barney,
      It's been interesting doing the research. Some states have come up that I hadn't considered in the beginning. Thanks for the comment.

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  5. Oregon is gun friendly but many places not so cheap either. I love Montana but my kids live in Oregon; so that limits me. Neither Oregon nor Montana have sales taxes. Property tax rates vary quite a bit in Oregon as to how high the property costs are. You might like Klamath Falls if you like Northern California. We also have a second home in Arizona, which is gun friendly and cheaper but someone has to be able to take the heat-- or get out for a few months to the norther part of the state.

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    1. Rain,
      Thanks for the input.
      Lots of family in Oregon. I've lived in S Oregon, it too is a changing dynamic, and I see a lot of what I liked about it being subverted in the name of enviro issues.

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  6. What do I know? I live in Texas, and know nothing (or almost nothing) about the West -- except that Colorado is driving some friends crazy, and Arizona is getting overrun. I'd say Montana. Everyone I know who's moved there or has lived there for a time is happy there. That fenced-in feeling doesn't seem to be so strong.

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    1. shoreacres,
      You know plenty, and I like Texas. Some good family friends there. That was the state my daughter suggested!
      Montana, hmmm had not given that one due consideration. I need space... for a garden, a horse, dogs, etc.

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  7. Arizona is indeed being overrun by the CALEXIT in some areas. Because I'm surrounded by national forest and people don't want to live remote, there is a limited amount of invasion that they are inclined to do. In my case, the initial price of the house has been increased by 33% due to my own stuff and I bought more land. So it's a million dollar project now. Finding subs who want to drive to remote is costly as well. The AZ cities aren't that expensive but summers in the low land can be blistering.

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    1. Larry,
      Makes me happy that you are getting to build your house in the wilds on the Mogollon rim. I know you have worked very hard to accomplish your goals.
      I want to be out,in much the same type of surroundings, but from my visits there, Arizona is not the place.

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  8. I'm living in SE WA close to my sons. My second choice would have been Northern Idaho. Living expenses are more in line with a retirement budget and the area is beautiful. Housing is more reasonable, what ever that means these days.

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    1. Celia,
      Thanks for the info. I have spent time in N Idaho and it is beautiful.
      It has been something of a hoot to read the "best small towns to retire to in the West." Can't afford a one of them!
      Sure hope you are feeling better, no fun being under the weather at our age.

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  9. You sure are going to look purdy in your new dress and sky hugging heels. I keep thinking about Nevada myself. The trouble with Nevada though is Calexit people move there to get away from Cal to Las Vegas and are turning it liberal ... Harry Reid for example. I do like the Reno area, and it would keep me close to the Grandson.

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    1. Woodsterman,
      Thank you.
      I have a dear old friend that lives in Gardnerville, NV and she loves it. Has a big garden and a big black Lab. Goes kayaking, camping, snowshoeing... in the Sierras, all the time.

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  10. Go wherever your heart takes you.

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    1. Old NFO,
      I can't afford my heart's desire, so will make do with what is possible. Besides it's an adventure!

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