When I moved to Texas (Houston) in 1989, I figured I'd be a short timer as I had been all of my life up to that point, as I had never lived in a single dwelling, nor the same State (sometimes country) for more than 3 years at a time. Little did I know several mile stones would be set for me in Texas. From not knowing a soul, to a rich network of friends and garden friends. I transformed from a club going, jet setting youngster to the fascination of gardening and soothing wonders of having my own home. Not only did I break the short timer mold, but broke the record for living in one house, one city and one state! I celebrated my 30th, 40th and 50th birthdays in Texas just living life and realize how quickly this time has past when the winds of change blow in.
Certain circumstances require that I vacate the great state of Texas and am relocating with the Continental/United merger to the companies new headquarters in Chicago Il. It's taking a team of wild horses named Dollar and Buck to drag me out of here, but in the end Dollar and Buck are very persuasive!
I've kept my foot stuck in the door however, I did not sell my house and have rented it with intent to return, and will still be on DG now and then, but wanted to say so long to Texas DG foks for introducing me to Round ups, Plant Swaps, and some very memorable times!
Last day April 18th. So Long!
Thanks Rita for giving plants a home, Jerrys Jungle and Zone9tropicals
My first RU ever was at your lovely garden and it was the best! You will love Chicago, I'm sure. You'll make so many new friends and can still keep the old ones. Good that you've found great caregivers for your plants. I know it must have been hard to part with them. Adios, Sandi
Hi, the first line of your post made me laugh as we are having a similar experience (DFW was only supposed to be a three year gig and we're moving into year eight). Good luck in Chicago, if you get a chance for a long weekend I suggest heading over to Eastern Wisconsin -- it's beautiful. I think the others will agree, this isn't goodbye, it's just "see ya later".
Yes, glad to hear you are doing OK, Kell. I do miss hearing more from "the Cal Gals" =).
rjuddharrison is probably discovering all the great places to eat in Chicago! My cousin works for an airline (probably the same one). She's been with them in all their permutations all her adult working life. They just moved here from St Louis (where she's been for over 15 years) to California. She sold up and moved and now they want to move her back to St Louis! Sigh.
Randy, don't know why I'm just seeing this, but I hope you love your new home! And yeah, a part of me hopes it's never "home" and you'll be able to rejoin us sometime in the future. :) I don't know if you remember, but you gave me a gorgeous Dr. Seuss brug a few years ago. It was the first one I ever had that bloomed. I've added others since then, but I still think of you whenever Dr. Seuss blooms. Hurry back!