Friday, May 17, 2019

My Here and After

34,000 feet above the East coast of the United States, flying due south (and west), I am crunched into a Spirit Airlines seat. My turf for 2½ hours. And I forgot to pack a book. To make the situation somewhat worse the flight is a bumpy one. Passengers are warned to tighten their seat belts. My mind wanders... 

Hub and I cannot sustain our jet-setting lifestyle (if you call flying a low-budget airline to the same place all the time jet-setting) indefinitely. What happens when our bodies begin to reject us? (Cannot help thinking diSPIRITedly as the plane bounces and jolts.) We cannot continue to fly squashed into a narrow Spirit seat forever. Our bodies are beginning to reject the confinement. We slowly unravel as the plane shuts down at its final destination, our stiff joints protesting every movement.

When hub and I forego frequent air travel, Spirit Air will survive without our presence and our cash (barely). But we will want to continue seeing the family (and hopefully they will want to see us, but we won’t ask). Do we relocate and live near the kids? One family resides in Florida, the other in Vermont. Both interesting alternatives at different times of the year.

There is an intriguing option. I have read about a phenomenon called tiny houses or the small-house movement, loosely defined as homes with no more than 400 square feet of living space. I never needed or wanted a large house. Smallness appeals. 

The dilemma: Where to put a tiny house? Would our tiny house replace the Florida family's backyard pool? Could it be erected on stilts above the water? Or float in the pool like a houseboat? 

Or would our tiny house replace the Vermont family's ice skating rink and sandbox?

Two families to fight over hub and me.

The loser gets us. 

Or...some tiny houses can be equipped with wheels. We can secure the house in Vermont in the summer, Florida during the winter, and live the snowbird lifestyle. At a bargain price.  

Tiny houses cost anywhere from $10,000 to $180,000. And of course they come with associated costs. But one could be cheaper—and probably more fun—than conventional living arrangements. (What about an RV, you might be thinking. Not a viable long-term solution for us. Too big for hub and me to drive, too massive to maneuver into either family’s backyard or fit in one of their yards, and more expensive than a tiny house). 

The plane is about to land. Safely. Tiny house talk can wait for a time far into the future.

Meanwhile we forge ahead and fly budget airlines. 


  1. Those bumps and lurches really get the mind going, don't they? Congrats on your safe landing!

  2. Blogging is a great way to take your mind off things. Glad you arrived safely despite the bumpy flight. I too think about whether we will continue to retire in place or move somewhere smaller in the next 5-10 years (if we're still privileged to be around then).

  3. While a tiny house is a cute option, if you put it on wheels you still have to maneuver it across the country. An RV is still an option and you'd be able to set up in a local campground. Or better yet, a pull along camper might still be cheaper than buying a tiny house. You'd only have to pull it twice a year. Then you can stay in a local campground, not in someone's too small yard, but close enough.