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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Why are we here? I wonder this every year, come about January when the Indiana wind bites my skin with brutally cold teeth. I'm not a fan of the cold--I carry a sweater in the summer to combat indoor air conditioning. And yet here I am in northern Indiana where winter seems to last 98% of the year.

The truth is, my husband's career moved us here from southern Ohio over 20 years ago and roots have grown. I love this city, this state. The weather, not so much, but we take the good with the bad. God has blessed us here and I'm content.

People tend to stay where they're planted. Have you noticed that? I always wonder why people choose to live where they were born, no matter where that is. Family ties are strong, I understand that, and sometimes finances don't allow for many choices.

We've travelled quite a bit, and I'm partial to mountains and milder weather, so I think if I could live anywhere, I'd choose Nashville or Knoxville. I'm not fond of cold, but I like the change of seasons. I love Seattle, Jackson Hole, and Colorado Springs, but winter's are a little cold for my taste. I think I'd like Texas, but we haven't been there yet. Hoping to go this summer though, and it may very well win my affections. Still, even now, in the throes of winter, I can't help but admit the view from our porch is lovely.

What about you? If you could live anywhere and your family would follow (hey, this is a fantasy, let's make it a good one), what city or state would you move to and why?
Denise Hunter  
posted at 9:01 PM  
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At 10:09 PM, Blogger Peggy Blann Phifer said...

Fun subject, Denise. Hubby and I have talked about this off and on over the last 23 years and we've come to the conclusion we like it right where we are. (Las Vegas, NV, matter of fact.)

He's from El Paso, Texas, and at times he longs for Texas, but there's no family there now. I love Florida, Gulf side above Tampa, but no family there either.

Vegas has about 10 months of Summer and 2 months of Winter. The summers are brutal with triple-digit temps. Our reasoning? Florida has hurricanes; California has fires, earthquakes and mudslides; anything north of the Mason-Dixon, while there are delightful change of seasons, there's what you're seeing right now :)

I'm originally from northern Wisconsin, way up there close to Lake Superior. Any questions as to why I'm in southern Nevada? LOL

At 12:48 AM, Blogger Ruthie said...

I have lived in Central Indiana just south of Indy for 10 years and I don't like it here! But like you, my husband's job brought us here. If I could go anywhere, I think it would either be New England (gorgeous, though cold and snowy...a drawback) or Nashville, TN (too many hills and icy roads in the winter...not a good mix) or somewhere in the Southeast (I'm from N.C.). I definitely would NOT want to live in Texas! I went to college about an hour's drive south of Dallas and the summers are hot, very windy, and miserable. Then there are the crickets...we had to check our shoes to make sure they hadn't taken up residence there. Yuck!! Get the idea that I'm one of those who is seemingly never satisfied? I am, but not while living here! *smile*

At 8:58 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Peggy, how nice to be exactly where you'd wish to be. I didn't even think about natural catastrophes. I guess we have tornados, but actual damage here is pretty rare.

Ruthie, I do like the hills down your way, though.

One clarification: I have been to Texas for two ACFW conferences, but you don't exactly get a feel for the state on a ride from the airport to the hotel and back.

At 9:35 AM, Blogger Beverly said...

I live in Texas, but was born in Idaho. Denise, before you settle here, ponder your need for trees. rivers, mountains in the true definition, and your allergy resistance. :-) And Ruthie is right about the crickets. They are like the plague. You would think Grackle season (crow like birds which take over....think Hitchcock) would take care of it, but evidently the balance of nature doesn't apply there.

But, the people are lovely. :-)

I would love, love, love to find a Mitford in the mountains of Northern Idaho with a river nearby. My hometown was in the Boise Valley, but my memories of traveling through the mountains, and going to church camp in the mountains (Sun Valley) with true Pine tree smells ..... happy sigh!

At 12:21 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

I live in Indiana, and at the risk of sounding sappy (or a bit looney), I have to say there's no where else I'd rather live.

Yes, the winters can get long, but I love the change of seasons. My childhood memories are here. My roots are deep in the Indiana soil.

That said, I love the mountains, ocean, all that, so I will continue to visit the more scenic places on this planet, but it's always nice to be "Back Home Again in Indiana."

At 5:28 PM, Blogger Kameko said...

My father was in the Air Force, so growing up I lived in New Mexico, Hawaii, California & Oklahoma. Dad retired here & I always thought I would live here the rest of my lives. That was until my husband & I took our vacation in January 2009 to Maui. If money hadn't been an issue, or jobs, I would have relocated in a heartbeat. It's not just the beauty of Maui, but the pace - the unhurried, peaceful feeling we experienced while there for 10 days. I could even take one of the small islands with less tourist! I would miss the occasional snow that falls in Central Oklahoma, but I could learn to do without. I know every state has its pros & cons, but if I'm going to dream, I figure I might as well have it a paradise while I'm at it!

At 6:45 PM, Blogger quietspirit said...

I also live in central Indiana. I have learned to accept the snow and ice and all else winter brings.

Indiana is our home. I have lived in the town I was born in since I was in kindergarten,except for college years. We lived in North Carolina when my dad was called back into the Marine Corps. I stayed with my grandmother in Mississippi a few months before that.

At 7:09 PM, Blogger amber-dawn! said...

I've lived in Texas my whole life, and I LOVE it. :) I hope you do get the chance to come here sometime soon!

At 7:11 PM, Blogger Leticia said...

Beautiful picture! I would move there in a heartbeat.

I am originally from El Paso, TX, so it was cool seeing someone else is too!! Anyhoo, I married and moved to Arkansas. The heat and humidity in this state is horrid! But it is very pretty.

I have always loved the snow and if I had a choice, I would move to Colorado, because of the beautiful mountains and the wonderful snow.

At 8:38 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Funny you should mention this. We were talking with the kids about a perfect storm of happiness: having a family compound on a coffee farm on Big Island, Hawaii. We'd all have our own place and they'd run a coffee shop and the coffee farm while I wrote. LOL

At 4:43 AM, Blogger Cheri said...

Well, I live in San Antonio, so will tell you everywhere has the good and the bad. Never come here in August (or sometimes July) as you will probably melt if you are from the north. Even the kids don't play outside until late evening. However we rarely wear a coat, except for this year, and have been freezing the last few days.

I grew up in Missouri, KC, and love the change of the seasons. Lived 12 years in Chicago and hated the long winters, but loved watching the snow come down and the sound of my boots crunching on new snow with no other sound to be heard...

I lived in South Carolina for almost 2 years as a newlywed oh so many years ago, and it was wonderful to be able to go to the beach on Thanksgiving. Now, we were the only ones there, but WE thought it was great, lol. Hated the ticks that lived in the hanging moss, though.

If I had a choice, I would prefer to be close to my family in Missouri. I miss my grandchildren something fierce and feel they are growing up too fast without me seeing it!

All things being equal, I would like all my family and myself to live in a moderate temperature, either near the ocean or a lake with woods I can walk in and a mountain I can see when I wake up -oh, and one day of snow a year. Know any place like that?

At 12:13 PM, Blogger OK Chick said...

I finished Seaside Letters this weekend. Oh man was it a great read. Great job! I finished the book in a day and half.

At 12:52 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Thanks, OK! Glad you liked it!


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