Moving is a hard thing to accomplish and being essentially alone during the process is a daunting proposition and, no, this won’t be another whiny or venting session. Having taken some time to reflect and catch up with myself after the move and getting settled, now is the time to finalize all my thoughts and wrap them up tidily to put away on a storage shelf for future reminiscing.
There were many good reasons to leave a house that I loved and had essentially created inside to suit my own purposes. Keeping up an old house, even one that is totally redone, is a constant fight and requires skills that I will never have. Sometimes in some cases love just isn’t enough. The constantly ringing alert system as to what needed done next wears one down after a while. So, it was time for me to leave it to another caretaker who would cherish it as I have. Plus, since hurricane Katrina, Jackson has unfortunately changed for the worse and the economic downturn only exacerbated a tough situation. The final straw was this past summer with it’s hellish heat and humidity that dawned day by broiling day. Added to that was the daunting distance from all family. So, it was enough and besides I had a better offer here.
Having accomplished that, I now take on a house that was purchased for the views. Mountains, pastures, cattle to the back and more mountains, rolling hills, and horses to the front are what sold this house to me. Plus, it is relatively isolated while being close to a large city and good-sized town both of which are easily accessible should I want to go there. This is a one street subdivision with just enough houses located here to have neighbors or isolation as you choose. Plus, the achitecture was just what I wanted a ranch home with a finished basement.
So, I’m here in a beautiful location making a functional home into what I hope will be warm, welcoming environment with space for all my family and friends if a some of them bring tents. I breathe in the space and the calm of all that surrounds me and it brings peace and joy. As I think about it, I am thankful for all the past that has brought me to this present time. The journey with its ups and downs was well worth it and now I can look forward to the future that I had once planned. I missed these musings over the past two months and am glad to be back.