My gypsy soul is getting restless again, so I’ve started investigating other cities within the United States I might call home. As much as I welcome change (and getting away from LA traffic), location scouting has proven difficult, because I’m less willing to compromise at my age than in my youth. Eeny meeny miny moe simply will not work for me anymore.
I am a city girl, but l’m over big city life. I want a smaller community with an easier lifestyle. A population of approximately 500,000 instead of millions, yet saturated in culture. I’d be miserable without regular doses of modern art, dance, theater, and music. I’m also aesthetically sensitive, so wether my surroundings are man made or natural (preferably a combination of both) they have to be pleasing to the eye.
Moving back home to Des Moines, Iowa makes a lot of sense in many ways. My parents are still there, it’s a friendly, civic minded community, the cost of living is one of the lowest in the country, and there’s an abundance of cultural advantages. BUT could I do winters again?
Like anyone who lives here, I’m spoiled by Southern California weather. It’s my ideal climate – rarely very cold, occasionally wet, but sunny and agreeable for the vast majority of the year. Perhaps another part of California?
I’ve been looking at Palm Springs. I love the mid century homes there that are still amazingly affordable. Again, it’s an incredibly welcoming and social community with a lot going on. There’s a great art museum and weekly art fairs, the film festival, constant entertainment in all the casinos surrounding it plus the Cochella music festival, pro tennis and golf tournaments, and a great deal of money being poured into community growth – making it a solid investment opportunity too. The fact it’s only a two hour drive to visit friends in LA is another plus, BUT can I live in the intense summer heat of the desert with my all consuming phobia of snakes?
If I were smart, I’d be looking at states with lower (or no tax). Then there’s also good access to international flights to take into consideration with a daughter that resides in London, and my own lust for travel. It’s a big decision to make, but I’m sure Daisy and I will be happy wherever we end up. Where would you recommend I look and why?
Peppermint Stick Ice Cream Pie
This ice cream pie has absolutely nothing to do with my quest for the next place to call home, except it is a dessert that could help keep me cool in the desert. It’s been a family favorite since the ’70’s. Peppermint stick ice cream is such a festive treat for Valentine’s Day, and pairs so nicely with the crunchy chocolate cookie crust and soft billowing marshmallow meringue topping, but this sweet treat can be made with any flavor ice cream you fancy.