A year in the life of a southern girl living in a northern world

I sit here this morning with coffee in hand thinking back over the last year of our lives.  We still have friends and family that think we are completely insane for leaving Texas but for us, for me most of all this has been one of the top 5 best decisions I have ever made.  I love our new home state!

There has been so much to see and do here.  Gettysburg which is about 10 miles down the road has reenactments during the summer.  We can hear the cannons being fired!  In our hometown town of New Oxford there is a reenactment from WWII of the liberation of a French village.  The morning we heard that we really weren’t sure what was happening.  It was eerie to hear rifle fire and artillery.  I can imagine that’s what it was like in France when the Allies arrived.  During the summer months Fire Departments in every Township, Borough and spot in the road has a carnival.  Complete with food,  rides, music and fireworks.  Motorcycle riders are everywhere.  We made several long rides last summer thru the mountains.  Even in July you need a jacket in the mountains.  Truly amazing.  Last summer the weather was very cool.  Kinda like winter in Texas…  This summer was reminiscent of a mild Texas summer.  I find it amusing that people were complaining about the heat.  We made a trip down to Skyline Drive in Virginia.  It was so cool the morning we were leaving to head north that we had to stop and purchase sweatshirts!  Can’t do that in Texas during the summer months!  There are hundreds and I mean hundreds of antique shops, craft shops, junk shops in a hundred mile radius of where we live.  In Carlisle they have the equivalent of Canton but for cars.  The Hubs went up with his brother and came home salivating about wanting a muscle car again.

The weather starts changing late August. Then like overnight the leaves change and the landscape becomes this incredible show of yellow, orange, red and brown.  My favorite time of year.  Like last year we drove thru the mountains taking in the world and all its beauty.

Thanksgiving is upon us!  Those of you that know me well know that I started making plans in September.  My favorite holiday hands down!  Last year was crazy!  We had about 25 people here!  It was awesome.  We were lucky enough to have all of our children under one roof.  Truly a blessing.  I’m not a black Friday person but we did spend that day in Philadelphia with Mike and Savana.  A fabulous day. Definitely planning another trip.

Winter will be upon us with the ice, snow and bitter cold.  Yes I am complaining about the cold!  This cold reminds me of Germany and I really thought I was going to freeze to death then.  I’ve learned that layering is my friend and if I don’t need to leave the house I don’t! The snow will start falling and if it’s like it was last year we will be digging ourselves out again.

My life has changed so much in the last 18 months.  I am blessed to have such a wonderful family and friends.  I love you all and I am thankful for your love and friendship.   Thank you all for your patience with me.  I DO realize that I am a difficult person.  lol  Thanks to everyone who has followed my blog.  I am forever grateful for your support.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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