My Grandparents bout our High Desert Ranch back in '65. We came back and forth as "weekenders" until '71 when they retired here. Eventually my Mom retired here and I came back and forth for many years before moving back to stay in 2002. Deep roots here on this 40 acres of sand, scrub and scorpions!
I've actually lived in this area all my life (63 years) but not the same house. Just 12 years in this particular house as we built this one in the country for our retirement days after the kids were gone.
Built our house while pregnant with our first child - 32 years later, still here. My husband 'thinks' he wants to retire to Arizona, but I keep pointing out that we've never spent any time there and I melt (in a bad way) in the heat. Retirement is 2 years out, so we'll see what happens. I'm happy to stay in a temperate climate (PNW).
Been in this house 11 years...the one before it almost 25 years. Kinda figure this is the last one. I hate packing and moving..as a kid and young adult I have moved about 20 times...way more than I wanted.
We're living in my husbands family's beach house. It was built in the late 50's, after Hurricane Hazel (1954), which took the original beach house. We moved in permanently in 2000 and are never leaving. Two blocks from the beach and no mortgage, hello!!! ;)
bonehead wrote:Built our house while pregnant with our first child - 32 years later, still here. My husband 'thinks' he wants to retire to Arizona, but I keep pointing out that we've never spent any time there and I melt (in a bad way) in the heat. Retirement is 2 years out, so we'll see what happens. I'm happy to stay in a temperate climate (PNW).
Off topic, but wanted to say that all the advice I have heard regarding those thinking of retiring to a place where they have never lived is to make a temporary move (not sell the house, etc.) to where you think you want to live and live there a year so that you experience all the different times of the year. Only then can you have any idea of that it is like. That was advice that is often given to people thinking of moving to Florida from up north. People visit in the spring/winter and have never experienced a Florida summer with all its humidity, where you can start to sweat when you walk out of the house at 6:30 in the morning! After they go to all the expense of selling their house and moving, they realize that it is NOT what they want and end up moving back!
I grew up in Florida, spent the first 30 years of my life there. First in Tampa, then Miami and then in West Palm Beach, before living in the San Francisco Bay area for 5 years. I have been in Huntsville Alabama for the last 8.
Some people in our little town, sold their house, bought a 5th wheel camper. Went south in winter, bought a lot here to park it on for the summer, 2010. Now they sold the camper & bought a house here again. Apparently Minnesota has more to offer than the open road!
Moved from north MS to south IL. This is my third spring here. Have made lots of changes, the biggest one from Zone 7 to Zone 6. AND, I'm vegetable gardening, to be my 3rd garden this summer. I was born in MI, and always wanted to move back 'north', and southern IL is more 'north' than MS. :)
Ditch Lily, I agree wholeheartedly. I wish we would have lived in our current location for a year to experience the seasons - we ended up building our deck right in the path of the prevailing wind! Lovely when calm, but mostly not.
And no offense to you who can tolerate the heat, but I just can't. Even going to eastern Washington in the heart of summer, I wonder why anyone would chose to live there... But, to each his/her own.
This August will be 6 years. We're in a trailer park, owned by the city, and they want to move us in 2014... not happy with this as it's 1/2 way across the city and we have no choice. No one wants to buy our place (we've been trying for 2 years) because if they want this area, why buy here and have to move. If they want the other area, why buy here for 2 years...
I detest moving at the best of times...
I like our large (16ft x 19ft) deck, our hot tub off the deck, and we've put hardwood flooring in the bedroom (huge bedroom, made up from two smaller ones). We've done a lot of improvements and the property is shifting (we're on a hill) which means the trailer is shifting causing damage and the City won't fix the property cuz "You're moving in two years anyway, why should be bother?!" Arrrrrrrgh
Guess I've vented now... sorry to have "dumped" this on you.
DitchLily206 - I agree with you about South Florida. I lived there for over 30 years and hated every minute of if! Hubby loved the heat.
Then our daughter decided to move to here to Charlotte, so we moved too.
We meet up with lots of exFloridians that are nicknamed: "Half Backs" - they were originally from NY or other northern States, moved to Florida - hated the heat and humidity there, and settled in North Carolina - hense the "Half Back" terminology.
Tallulah_B, venting is good, it lets you relieve pressure. Don't want you to blow up do we?
No offence taken about the heat. It is not for everyone. Other than the pollen, which is bad here in the spring, I personally love it here in Huntsville/Madison AL. I like having seasonal changes, something that was somewhat lacking in FL, especially in South Florida. It still gets hot here in the summer, but it cools off at night, something that it did not do in Florida. I would be equally hesitant to move to a northern state like Minnesota, as I have never experienced winters up there. We do get snow here, but it is usually not more than an inch or so and rarely lasts even a whole day.
DitchLily---I enjoyed the Hunstville Botanical Garden immensely last summer. I was very impressed. I loved how they incorporated all of the treehouses/water features for the kids, so it made for a wonderful family experience. I was able to look at the gardens, while my kids played! They had 11 different treehouses---pretty elaborate and creative, all with a different theme---interspersed throughout the gardens---plus an enormous children's garden. It was very impressive.
Hi Ditch Lily! We are neighbors, sort of...I don't know how long you have lived in Madison, but Lacey's Spring is just on the south end of Huntsville, across the river and into Morgan County. I've lived in the area all my life so can appreciate the seasons...as an adult I guess I appreciate this area more so than I did as a kid when I thought the grass was 'greener' somewhere else. DH's family moved from Ohio to Florida, and he absolutely hates Florida. They are gone now and he's had to make numerous trips to settle property, etc over the years, and is glad he really has no reason to go back very often.
Yes, Kosk0025, the Botanical Garden is wonderful. It's been a work in progress for a number of years...making nothing into something. Glad you were able to visit and enjoy it!
The Tree Houses are great. They have been a regular feature. Every few years they redo them with a different theme.
OutsidePlaying, hello neighbor! I do not live in the city of Madison, rather it is in the unincorporated county portion, it is often called Monrovia. I have not been to Lacey's Spring, but I have heard about it. :-) I don't know if you are interested in Daylilies, but there is a club (North Alabama Daylily Society) that meets at the Gardens the third Sunday of most months. Our next meeting is April 15th, but I will not be able to be at that one. There is a Girl Scout Mother/Daughter event the same day that I promised my daughter we would attend. Children before flowers, they will still be here in later years, she will by out and about with her own life soon enough!
My daughter at the daylily beds at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens