BEEN A YEAR TODAY...
.. since we packed it all up, moved and arrived in
Pittsburg, Texas. East Texas. The Piney Woods. Homeless! Bet it all
the day we left.
moved out of the NH house the day we closed and into a motel. Needed the governor's
permission to do stay over night in a motel. C19 was just getting its
foot hold on the nation.
needed the permission from the governor of Pennsylvania also for our
BnB overnight plan.
cars packed to the water line. Walkie talkies and we burnt up a set of
batteries each day, bumper to bumper weaving in and out, with the
long haul truckers, talking to each other about the roads ahead and pit stops.
arrived in Pittsburg, TX 3 days later to our rented BnB in which we
would live for two months. Our time was spent house shopping. Every
day. Much of our downtime there was sitting and looking out over
vast green fields, realizing that God has spent extra time here too in the design.
those early days, we found great eateries. I have told her several
times that if I had known how good the food was in Texas, we would
have moved years ago. The up-quality/difference/availability is that noticeable.
of the folk we encountered, less a couple real estate agents,
have been wonderfully polite, helpful and wishing us happiness here
in Texas. I specifically remember one gal welcoming us to the country
of Texas. Serious as a heart attack.
finally landed in a wonderful 3.5 acre patch of land in the Piney Woods
and a new home near Scroggins, Tx. It was inside the circle area we
chose to find a new home and has everything we will ever need.
Other towns within a half hour and Dallas, two hours away, offer all
the icing on the cake we could ever imagine. Add to this year around
local markets. Meat, raw milk, veggies, fruits, baked goods.
knew we had a found the right home and place to live when we could
not find the home location, on a daily basis, without a GPS for the first several
weeks. We are continually amazed at an endless new back farm roads.
We often go out to lunch with our close neighbors and not once have
traveled local roads to and from that her and I are familiar with.
we are nestled in, all major construction work done that we added
after buying the house. Our first garden is up and running. A test
garden for me. We have so far harvested all of the main herbs,
onions, baby red potatoes, lettuce, spinach and a crap load of
radishes. You want to try your hand at gardening, start with
do not miss the weather up north. We DO miss good friends and family.
the past year we have not watched more than a total of 5
minutes of media news. Have quit all of that cold turkey.
re-said our vows of marriage over Christmas. It has been 20 years
and we have joked since we married that we would renegotiate an extension in 20 years. We did and are in it now until some unforeseen
Her has had a foot-fix operation and we have replaced all of our doctors and
healthcare folk. I was worried about this, but healthcare here is
as good if not better. From dentist to PCP, we are in good hands. We
have also found an excellent concierge doctor. Major hospital needs
within driving range.
had our medicare wellness check up last week and one of the questions
(they ask a lot of questions now) they ask, apparently to check out
senility, was "what day was it." Funny, I looked at my wife and asked,
“what is today?”
had to think through what we were doing and because we had this
doctor appointment on Friday, I answered, “Friday.” But most days
we do not know w/o having to think. My wife confirmed, “yep, Friday.” All of this husband and wife banter playing out while our new PCP
know Sundays though, because we cannot drive to town for gas station fried chicken or DQ dipped cones. No fried chicken on Sundays or dessert.
setting now. At my/our age all of this still surprises me. We made the decision. Acted on it and have never looked back.
It all started here a year ago today.
Thanks for the visit.