Springtime in Texas…

Does it have to be so green?

Those of you that live in this part of this state will completely understand what I am talking about but for those of you that don’t let me give you a run down.

When I say green I mean GREEN!   Everything is covered in a thick layer of chartreuse green pollen.  Anything that is stationary for a moment is covered in a chartreuse colored mess.   This stuff also causes headache, sneezing, runny nose, sinus infection and fever.  So next to flu season spring is pretty bad.

Now as I have not been to Pennsylvania in the Spring, I have made it for every other season. I have been told that the pollen problem is not at bad there.  I can say that once we cross the Tennessee state line into Virginia my nose actually stops running and I don’t have issues until we cross back into Tennessee….Pretty awesome I think…

I have been an allergy sufferer for most of my adult life and I look forward to living somewhere that I don’t have this problem or at least it won’t be nearly as bad.

th1TTREE6XTexas Bluebonnets will be one of the things in this state I will truly miss.  This is my most favorite of all flowers.  Those perfect little blue and white flowers can turn a barren landscape into this most beautiful place.  I have done the research and they will not grow that far north so other than the numerous pictures and paintings I have in my home I will have to settle for the Pennsylvania native Sundial Lupines.

lupineThese are beautiful but they are not my bluebonnets and for that I am sad.

There is a point to this post.  Not only is Texas very chartreuse green but it is also vibrant blue and pink and yellow and orange and all the colors of the rainbow in spring.  This state becomes almost magical during this time of year.  It can last 2 weeks or 3 months depending on mother nature and her mood swings.  I know that Pennsylvania will also have a magical side but for me my heart will long for Texas in the spring.  I will dream of my green pollen covered vehicle and deck furniture and fields and fields of bluebonnets.

until the next post

carolyn

 

My life with the cat…….

DSCF2265Now is that not the sweetest face you have ever seen???

So let me give you the back story on this creature.  My husband decided that when our daughter graduated from high school and he didn’t want me suffering from empty nest so a trip to the humane society was in order.  75 dollars later we came home with this tiny precious ball of fur.  The women at the pound assured us that he was 8 weeks old and ready for his shots.  That should have been a red flag but he was so precious that I don’t think I was really listening.  Our vet told me a week later that he was closer to 5 weeks than 8.  So as it turned out I was raising another child….

When a kitten is taken from their mother to soon they do not learn how to communicate or learn any manners (for lack of a better word). So I became his mama and the teenage years truly sucked!

Our daughter named this adorable creature Beau Hutton.  The name came from the movie Country Strong and she was in love with the character.  So he is called Beau, Boo Boo and a few other choice words depending on his temperament and if his has woke me up at 4 am so he can be fed.

Now don’t get me wrong I love this creature and he is my child but he can be a needy little chit.  For 2 solid years I walked around with scratches and bite marks because I did not understand what he was trying to communicate and there were several times that I considered taking him back but we survived the terrible teenage years and our relationship has evolved.

I am not allowed out of his sight.  As long as he can see me when he opens his eyes it’s all good.  He is not a lap cat, never has been. He has his own terms for affection.  He will lay on me at 4 am and purr so loud that you think life flight is landing on the house.  All he wants is for me to get up and  feed him.  He likes to play fetch and at 11 lbs he sounds like a horse running thru the house.

Now since you have read all of this you may be asking yourself “What does this have to do with you moving?” Well let me explain……I will be driving this adorable creature across 9 states in what takes approximately 21 hours!  It will be just me and him(and my bff Carla if I can talk her in to it).  Am I stressing about this?  The answer is YES!  He is not a traveler. I am more worried about him than most anything about this move.  I want this transition for him to be as smooth as possible.  I have read every article I can find about traveling with a cat and so far nothing has helped.  So if anyone has any advice on this I will gladly take it.

until the next post

carolyn

Want vs Need

How familiar is this?

We all have this war. For some everyday. For others from time to time. For me it is an every minute of everyday battle! I don’t think I have always been this way but lately it is become quite apparent.

When my husband and I made the decision to make this move we started a list of the things we wanted and the things we would need in our new home. I have lost count at exactly how many times that list has changed.

Here are some of the highlights:

1. Has to be pet friendly. Now because of the cat this is a want and a need on his part since the house will really be his and we will be his servants.

2. Garage. I call this a want due to my husband having lots of “man stuff”. If there is room for my car then it becomes a need. 😉

3. We are what I call “vehicle poor”. I believe that this is a southern term since I said it to a northern realtor and she had no idea what I was talking about. So a large drive way or property is a definite need.

I should explain that we will be renting for a time or until I have found the perfect property with which to build our forever home or we find the perfect house.
Now the operative word in the above sentence is “renting”…Holy Moly!!! I have spoken to more people with property management companies than my friends. The applications not only wants your bank account number but also your first born child, your left kidney and two pints of blood…….this in itself is extremely frustrating…..but it does fall under the category of “need” even though it is something I do not “want” to do……

Okay getting back to the list…..Nothing haunted…I would absolutely love a civil war era home but with my luck the place would have so many ghost it would turn into the movie Poltergeist and I don’t need voices speaking to me thru our 70 inch flat screen! Just think of the problems that could cause while trying to watch The Walking Dead or Black Sails…….want and need…..

But when it gets down to it, when we drive up in May I just want to leave knowing that we have found a decent place to call home for a bit.

So until that happens I will continue my relentless harassment of real estate agents and scour the internet in hopes that the perfect place will just appear and everything will fall into place.

until the next post
Carolyn

Hey Y’all

I decided to start this blog when my husband and I made the decision to move from East Texas to Central Pennsylvania.   So follow along as I tell the trials and tribulations of the move and home search.  There will be some stress relief (which can be humorous)and some funny(even if just for me)things happening along the way.

until the next post……

carolyn