Today marks two years since we left our perfectly nice home in suburbia for the adventure of a lifetime. It may not sound like such a big deal to move to small town USA to build a custom solar home in the southern Colorado foothills, but it was for us at age 60!
We moved to Walsenburg on June 17th 2014, to sleep on the floor of this hundred-year-old rental, moving in the next day and staying there for 13 months while our new home was forming far too SLOWLY 20 minutes west of town at 7,000 feet. Mike worked as the contractor and purchaser of all things when we found the builder was not taking competitive bids, but just hiring his local friends.
Then on July 30th, 2015 we moved into our new home, HOME AT LAST!
For weeks after that move we just sat and stared out the window, mesmerized with the awesome views out our front windows, too exhausted to do anything else. We finally made it to our goal after many, many challenges and so many days of absolute stress.
Why did we do it? Our trip to Pueblo yesterday answers that question quickly. Being in cities always ruins my day. We need to go there occasionally to buy certain things, but the stress, the heat, the traffic, the bad air and bad manners of other drivers always convinces us we will never live there again!
We have no patience with cities anymore, and why should we when we have a magnificent place where we can escape them?
Today we will drink a toast to surviving all these many changes and challenges, and also to never moving again! Instead we will try to get our patio finished this summer, enjoy the great wildflower displays everywhere, the cool mountain breezes each evening, and offer encouragement to others who have found their new home in this small slice of heaven.
Want to learn more about our experience of moving from the city to the country to live a quiet, relaxed life? Check it out here!
5 thoughts on “Enjoying a Celebration of Never Moving Again!”
I completely understand. Hubs and I decided NOT to build on a property we owned, but rather to renovate our current home, which we love. With our new indoor/outdoor patio renovation, it feels like we’re living at the Four Seasons. Loving it. The landscaping is perfect, and we’re NOT packing, unless it’s for a trip! ~ Lynn
I also hate cities and traffic and bad manners more and more all the time. so I moved to the small town of Thurmont, MD about 7 years ago. I wanted to be somewhere I could walk down the street and get a cup of coffee and a piece of homemade pie..and I have that. The mountains are on my left and it is beautiful, quiet and peaceful here, but I can still go to Baltimore or DC and see a play or go to a concert. Best of both worlds.
I feel like I get to be there a little as well, as a follower of your wonderful blog! 🙂
YES! Thanks to all of you who have followed this journey with me. Thanks for your support!
I think I’ve told you my late husband and I never got a chance to build our home in Colorado, but we did move to the Texas country. Five years after his death, I sold that place… January of this year, 2016. I’m still living nearby and will never go back to the city for the same reasons. The traffic, the fast pace. No thanks! Not interested. Brenda