Monday, March 7, 2011

Moving on Up: Green Acres

Houston, we have a house!  So our moving plans are now officially in motion.  Dave has accepted a job as "the elevator guy" at a privately-owned grain company in southeast Nebraska, VERY southeast - five miles from Kansas and seventeen miles from Missouri.  (So yes, Molly, we will be closer to your area and hopefully can meet in person!)  The movers are schedule to load on Monday, the 14th, drive on the 15th (it's 8-9 hours from here), and deposit us in a huge, unruly pile in our new home on the 16th.

Green Acres is the place to be, farm living is the life for me...
We found a house to rent in the country, five miles from Dave's work.  This will be a change, living outside of town, but I'm excited about it.  I love the idea of the open space and no neighbors.  On the flip side, the town where Dave will be working is very small (population 116 at last count) and there are no stores.  So it will be twelve miles to the nearest grocery store.  The price we pay for that "farm living" is no neighbors to loan an egg or a cup of sugar, as has been the case in our past small-town-living adventures.  Time to work on my organizational skills and advance planning.  I've gotten spoiled living half-a-block from the store.

Dah-ling, I love you but give me park avenue...
Our new home also comes with a bump-up in shopping availability.  Those of you who live in more populated areas may not think this sounds like a great gain, but it truly is.  From here it is 60 miles to "town" - which basically includes Dillons, Wal-Mart, Target, Penney's, Sears, and Christopher & Banks.  From our new home, it is only twelve miles to a grocery large enough to carry hummus, seventeen miles to Wal-Mart, and 45 miles to St. Joe, MO:  Target, Bath & Body, Dillards, Gordman's, Bed Bath & Beyond, Barnes & Noble and many many others.  We will be 100 miles from Kansas City and 80 miles from Topeka, which also means we'll be closer to our extended families and to our daughter at KSU (not to mention football/basketball games at KSU).

That brings up one of the two downsides of this move - we will be farther from Son at Ft. Hays State.   Although, FHSU to new home is still closer than KSU to old home - if you can follow that -and he's a very mature, self-sufficient young man who can handle most of life on his own.   And a few more miles won't stop Mama from visiting!

The second flaw in the plan is that I have to leave my job at the library.  I will be looking for something new to do - hopefully part time, and hopefully in the "book" world - but I doubt I can replace this job.  There is a beautiful new library there so I won't be short on reading material.

For the next week or so I will keep you updated on the progress of the move and get back to my regular ramblings once we reach:  Green Acres, we are there....


  1. Sounds like things are shaping up well. Hope you two are very happy in your new area.

  2. Sounds good. You are getting close to my favorite part of the contry. Too bad we aren't there anymore.