Yup, it’s time for a bit of a break. A vacation if you will. Soon we will board our aircraft and fly south for some of the hottest summer weather anywhere. Are we crazy you ask? Crazy like a couple of foxes I say! We lived for four years in the California desert (it’s all we could take of the summers to be honest) and so when I say that the area around Palm Springs virtually becomes a ghost town in July and August, I do know what I mean. We are going there for a variety of reasons. One – to enjoy some honest-to-goodness sunshine; Two – to romp at will in the swimming pool; Three – to look pretty darned hard at the real estate market there, and TRY like crazy to find a steal of a deal! We doubt there are many folks braving the 114 degree weather to go make silly, low-ball offers on homes this time of year. We hope to be one of the few. Our goal is not to move back to California permanently. No, we are hoping to find a good investment property, possibly a home we can rent from time to time to friends, family, and acquaintances. A place that in a few years time we will be able to “escape to” for a week or two at a time in the winter especially. A home that maybe, just maybe… we will flock to as real ‘snowbirds’ do – flying south for the winter and back north for the summer. A residence that sometime in the future will again be worth substantially more than we plan to pay for it.
While there we decided to rent a house for the week! We looked at staying in a hotel, and while they are much more reasonably priced this time of year (as opposed to wintertime), we still felt like it would be nice to stay in a home. A place where we can not only sleep, but also cook lots of our own meals as well as enjoy the thrill of our own private swimming pool! We found it on VRBO.com – a fantastic site that has vacation home and condo rentals all through the USA and the world! We also have plans to visit at least three of our friends still living down there. Hopefully it will be a great week long getaway.
I’m taking three books with me — ahhhh I can close my eyes and see myself beside the pool, reading eagerly as I LOVE to do! Here are the three:
Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult
This book I have in audio form – it’s on my iPod and I will be listening to it on the airplane, waiting at the airport, etc. So far I’m really enjoying it – I’m about 1/3 of the way through.
The art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
This is a new book (published in May) and has received RAVE reviews! If you are a dog lover, if you read “Marley and Me” – apparently it’s a must-read! I had it on ‘reserve’ at our local library and picked it up today. Can’t wait to get started.
James Herriot's Cat Stories
I have happily read everything by James Herriot, and loved it all. So this will be a re-read for me. Picked this one up for pennies at a garage sale 🙂 Since it’s been a good few years since I’ve read it, it will all seem like new!
Our lap top is coming with us to the desert so my next post – complete with pictures- will be from Palm Springs! I CAN’T forget the sunscreen!!!!