Yesterday, on our way home from Abilene, the weather was perfect. The high yesterday was 80°, it was sunny, the sky was blue . . the windshield is dirty!
As we approach Abilene, we begin seeing subdivisions with rooftop after rooftop, all about as close as they can get. Abilene seems to be growing very quickly. Every time we pass those neighborhoods, whether it’s in Abilene or anywhere else, one of us will comment “I couldn’t live that way!” and then I always think . . you know there are people driving down this highway, which happens to be the highway we live on, and thinking “I would hate to live out here in the middle of nowhere?”
You don’t even see any houses . . they’re way back off the road. You don’t see any cars. The roads are nice and wide. The speed limit is 75 mph.
Part of the words from “Deep in the Heart of Texas”:
The stars at night – are big and bright
Deep in the heart of texas.
The prairie sky – is wide and high
Deep in the heart of texas.
Coming home from Abilene, my iPod was playing (the one that isn’t lost!) and Deep in the Heart of Texas came on. Vince said “Some people don’t even know where the heart of Texas is located!” Until we moved here, we didn’t. There’s actually a marker at the geographical center of Texas and it’s about 15 miles from our house.
As we were driving, Vince said “We are so lucky to live here.” I said “I know. I’m not ready to leave yet. I may never be ready to leave!” That doesn’t mean I don’t want to be closer to Addie but this time of year, it’s so easy to say I want to stay here forever. July and August .. Vince will have to stuff a sock in my mouth to stop me from complaining about living here.
I always tell Vince that I don’t want us to leave here and wish we hadn’t. When I told Vince that I may never want to leave, he said “We’ll be gone for sure in a few years.” I’m not sure that’s true but . . time will tell.
Linda in NE says
I’d much rather live in the middle of nowhere than in any big city! And really, why would you HAVE to move in a few years if you don’t want to unless because of serious health issues? Your house is on one level and the shop/sewing room is on one level. Bet you could make it over there even with a walker!
Seriously, I don’t know how you manage to keep losing iPods! LOL
Judy Laquidara says
Probably the main reason we won’t stay is that we’ve never stayed anywhere long. We were in KY 9 years but had two different houses during that time. We’re into our 8th year here and . . we’re probably close to being ready for a new adventure.
The iPods . . I have no idea but the harder I try to keep up with them, the quicker I seem to lose them. They always show up eventually so it’s like a new toy when I find them again.
Rebecca in SoCal says
Yes, with all the talk of “where to retire,” why are you not considering staying there? You don’t have to plant the garden that creates so much work, and you could stop raising chickens if that’s part of it. With your off-the-grid (almost) independence, why not?
Judy Laquidara says
At the end of the day, it isn’t where we want to be. We have no family here. The trips to MO get longer each time. We have to drive close to 2 hours for any medical care other than a basic office visit.
We love our land, our garden, Vince’s shop, my sewing room but we will have it all again somewhere we’d rather live and with a house that better suits us.
I sure know what you mean about houses being built on top of each other. They are putting in a new neighborhood right smack in between our neighborhood and the one across the field from us! I don’t think they will be able to get a lawnmower between them! I keep telling my husband we are moving after 27 years here if they connect our streets. I know he’s sure hoping they don’t lol.I
Jeri in South Texas
Nelle Coursey says
To Texans “a few years” could mean anywhere from 1 to 50!! Like things are always “over Yonder”!! So let’s shoot for 25-50 years! LOL
All you have to do is agree on where … and then look like crazy until you can agree on what! LOL
We live out in the middle of nowhere on both ends of the country–I sometimes wish we lived closer to civilization but for right now, it’s OK. My entire family lives in Arkansas and that’s somewhere I don’t think i could live again–too much humidity, too many bugs, etc.
My hubs keeps talking about moving and this time its to Nevada , so in a year or so I guess we will be checking out Nevada as a permanent place to live. We want to move from where we are now due to his family influence (and I have told you about all of that in an email) and no family of his. We would be a little closer to the oldest daughter;s family. She wants us to move next door to her but that is a little too much closeness. I know my youngest granddaughter would love it as she could tell her Mom to set out her clothes for tomorrow; she will be back in the morning as she is going to Grandma’s. Hahahahahahaha……What a treasure Grandchildren are !!!
But we shall see about the move and all that in the future .