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Schenectady, NY


March 26, 2012
9:50 AM

Post #9057587

There are a total of 152 votes:


Very deep - we've lived in the same place for more than 50 years
(7 votes, 4%)
Red dot


Pretty deep - we've lived here for 25 to 50 years
(37 votes, 24%)
Red dot


Getting deeper - we've lived here for 10 to 25 years
(48 votes, 31%)
Red dot


Putting down roots - we've lived here for 5 to 10 years
(27 votes, 17%)
Red dot


No real roots yet - we've lived her for 1 to 5 years
(20 votes, 13%)
Red dot


Under a year but we've unpacked all the boxes
(2 votes, 1%)
Red dot


Under a year and there are still boxes to be unpacked
(5 votes, 3%)
Red dot


We'll never unpack everything
(3 votes, 1%)
Red dot


We're preparing to uproot (move) soon!
(3 votes, 1%)
Red dot


Previous Polls

podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 26, 2012
9:57 AM

Post #9057600

Wow! 100% of the vote ~ lol That's what I get for being first.

37 years in east Texas and 33 of those years right where I am.

May not always stay on this same property but for sure, east Texas is home to me.

Grew up in Minnesota.
yardener
Greenfield, OH
(Zone 6a)

March 26, 2012
9:57 AM

Post #9057601

10 to 25

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

March 26, 2012
10:13 AM

Post #9057633

Moved here in 1982.
Planted some spruce twigs then, they now 30' high.
No plans to move anytime soon. About 3 years of mortgage payments & it's all ours!
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 26, 2012
10:30 AM

Post #9057676

And that will be a wonderful feeling of accomplishment Bernie. Congratulations!
desert_witch
Lucerne Valley, CA
(Zone 8a)

March 26, 2012
2:17 PM

Post #9058023

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!
Indy
Alexandria, IN
(Zone 6a)

March 26, 2012
2:19 PM

Post #9058028

I've lived in either the house on the west side of me or the house on the east side of me or the house in the middle for all but about 1 year of my life...77 years.
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

March 26, 2012
5:57 PM

Post #9058315

I've lived the the same general area my whole life but in the current house about 15 years.

JudyinGA

JudyinGA
Newnan, GA
(Zone 7b)

March 26, 2012
11:01 PM

Post #9058591

As a former Army wife, I never expected to set down roots until I moved here in 1988. Cannot believe I've been here this long. However, the accumulated junk attests to the fact that it's true!!

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Middle TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

March 27, 2012
3:45 AM

Post #9058732

Going on three here for me. :-)


HoneybeeNC

HoneybeeNC
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

March 27, 2012
7:02 AM

Post #9058902

This is our sixth year at this location.

We've moved so many times in our lives that I've lost count.

I'm already itching to move again! We're just a couple of nomads!
Artwestallis
Milwaukee, WI

March 27, 2012
8:46 AM

Post #9059020

Hate moving been here 9yrs and there takeing me out feet first lol
OutsidePlaying
Laceys Spring, AL
(Zone 7a)

March 27, 2012
9:04 AM

Post #9059042

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.
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

March 27, 2012
9:22 AM

Post #9059086

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).

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

March 27, 2012
10:11 AM

Post #9059158

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.
Beach_Barbie
Kure Beach, NC
(Zone 9a)

March 27, 2012
4:55 PM

Post #9059654

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!!! ;)
Barb

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

March 27, 2012
6:37 PM

Post #9059768

Moved here 5 years ago to this house and I know we will have at least one more move in us. Just don't seem to be able to stay in one house. But will probably stay in this area.

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

March 27, 2012
8:26 PM

Post #9059868

Almost 8 years but I didn't want to be here that long, we'll be here even longer since we started our own biz and it's doing pretty good
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 28, 2012
7:47 AM

Post #9060276

Twenty one years in this house but all our lives on Long Island.

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

March 28, 2012
8:46 AM

Post #9060342

And a beautiful garden to show for it...grin. Hi Pirl.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 28, 2012
10:45 AM

Post #9060471

Thanks, Jean.

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

March 28, 2012
1:53 PM

Post #9060752

Only trouble with 30 year old beds are the embedded perennial weeds!

trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 28, 2012
3:41 PM

Post #9060912

i can't believe we've been in this house for 9 yrs. already. where has the time gone?
other half wants to move; me, i love it here but who knows what the future holds?
kosk0025
Salem, OR
(Zone 8b)

March 28, 2012
3:50 PM

Post #9060932

"Here I dwell, and shall live forever." William Gladstone Steel, on living in Oregon.
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

March 29, 2012
8:57 AM

Post #9061765

I've lived in Alaska 57 years (born in Calif), 37 in Fbks and 20 here in Anchorage. Have lived in this house 16 years. Longest by far than any other house in my life.

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 29, 2012
12:13 PM

Post #9062073

Cannot believe it myself but we are MOVING in ... sometime really soon. Like as soon as we find a place to live in DFW!

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

March 29, 2012
7:34 PM

Post #9062613

What is DFW, Carrie?
cando1
Ozone, AR
(Zone 6a)

March 30, 2012
2:05 AM

Post #9062789

DFW- Dallas, Fort Worth Texas. You think Carrie's in for big time culture shock? LOL
Vickie
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 30, 2012
4:17 AM

Post #9062836

Nah... only in gardening! lol Welcome to Texas Ms Carrie!
DitchLily206
Madison, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 30, 2012
7:38 AM

Post #9063017

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.

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

March 30, 2012
10:16 AM

Post #9063200

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!
FlowrLady
-South Central-, IL
(Zone 6a)

March 30, 2012
11:38 AM

Post #9063308

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. :)

greenbrain

greenbrain
Madison, IL
(Zone 6b)

March 30, 2012
4:07 PM

Post #9063577

Same house for 23 years & it was the already existing veggie garden that initially caught my eye!

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

March 30, 2012
6:11 PM

Post #9063712

I'd like to sell the house right after retiring and buy a motor home and travel to every state to see where we'd like to settle down
Tina_A
Caddo Mills, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 31, 2012
8:30 AM

Post #9064219

We've been here for just over a year, my dh recently retired from the Air Force. Hopefully this is it for us. Only 29 more years and then it is ours.
g_whizz
rosetta TASMANIA
Australia

March 31, 2012
7:20 PM

Post #9064891

25 years in a' quiet 'cul-de- sac..except for a 7 month period,3 yrs back, when dirty thieving scums moved in to the 'then' rental next door..

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 1, 2012
6:39 AM

Post #9065239

...dazed...just got back from a few days in TX, mostly by myself alone in motel while DH had "meetings" and I called about apartments for rent. Didn't find anything.
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

April 1, 2012
10:43 AM

Post #9065525

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.

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

April 1, 2012
3:54 PM

Post #9065827

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.

HoneybeeNC

HoneybeeNC
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

April 3, 2012
10:38 AM

Post #9068227

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.
DitchLily206
Madison, AL
(Zone 7b)

April 4, 2012
8:09 AM

Post #9069407

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.
kosk0025
Salem, OR
(Zone 8b)

April 4, 2012
9:48 AM

Post #9069568

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.
OutsidePlaying
Laceys Spring, AL
(Zone 7a)

April 4, 2012
10:58 AM

Post #9069675

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!
DitchLily206
Madison, AL
(Zone 7b)

April 4, 2012
3:50 PM

Post #9070004

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

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