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Florida vs Illinois winter

Posted 11-03-2019 at 08:50 AM by onebuck

Hi,

I made it back to Florida. Missed the first snow back in Illinois by one day. First week here was in the 90's and now it has settled back a bit to the mid 70's and high 80. Love the warmth!

First thing back, I had to replace my five year old Golf cart batteries set (4 x 12VDC). Trojan T-1275 at $153/ea plus 96 pounds each. I would have the install done but earliest time to get on schedule was Nov 19, 2019. I need my cart for more than just Golf. We use it to transport within our community because driving a car is a nuisance.

Played my first round on the tight lye ground and boy do I need to get back to using this thin grass. Greens are fast and clean here as compared to Illinois. As I get older my swing strength has slackened to where I need to club up. Since most courses are over seeding fairways and watering all the time then the rough has been high since wet rough grows higher with lack of mowing then the ball settles down deep. You need to power out the ball and then it will sometimes fly on you.

Friends back home have asked us why we do not make our residence in Florida? It's is cheaper for retirees and many pluses overall to live in Florida but my wife has family in Illinois. So we may make Florida our residence here but keep the Illinois home. We are here 6 months mainly because the summers here are very hot & humid. Illinois summers can be hot but not as bad as Florida. Plus we automatically qualify for homestead here but in Illinois we both have to much income for homestead qualifications. We are discussing the possibilities of making Florida our permanent residence.

Our home in Illinois is much larger than the Florida home so I would need to down size again.
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