Saturday, March 19, 2016

Finding my way 'home'



It's been a while, I know. We are settling in, adjusting,  designing for easy access, decorating, and making our 'Homestead On Mount Hope', home.  Some days I still feel like I am on vacation and l that I will find my way back home to Connecticut and my/our life there.  Change is truly a process and not an event.

Here are some pictures of our life here - our world, family and joys:

 The ramp all completed -that is our Grandson Jacob who came to help spread gravel for our driveway
 A perfect back deck - just enough for us.  The tree is nature's umbrella
 The foundation ready for our shed to be delivered this Friday
 Skipp buuilding a table to hold the totes we will use to grow a variety of vegetables.
 My granddaughter Leanna and I all spruced up after an afternoon at the hair salon. Nice
The beautiful view from my daughter Kristie's farm house atop a hill on 110 acres. Glorious.  We are reunited and it is wonderful.

Our life here is simple, free, loving, sometimes a bit too autonomous but we are happy for that too - so it is a balance, ya know?   It is a different culture and life style here.  For example, they have a redemption center which is where you turn in your cans for cash.  Add to that, they will come and pick up your cans, bring them back to the center, cash you out, and if you want  beer (which is sold in the same building), they will buy it for you and bring it to you with any change from the cans as well. Can you even imagine? :-) Also, we live on Seneca Indian reservation land -  we cannot buy lottery tickets unless we are out of the boundaries of Indian land!    They do NOT know how to make  decent pizza anywhere close to us. Sigh.....  We make our own, thank goodness.



The folks are friendly enough - simple, natural, neighborly; so we blend well in that regard.  There are golf curses, ski resorts, camp grounds, cabin rentals and all types of outdoor activities - skiing, rafting, snow-mobile-ing,   fishing, mountain trails, horseback riding, camping sites, the casino, and all within minutes of our home here in the Allegheny forest/mountains.  The Amish are all around us living their 1800 century life style, horse and buggy, little house on the prairie style of dress - fascinating.

As Spring takes hold we will get out more and become comfortable with our surroundings - there is a whole new world to explore. This time of transition is a challenge and a blessing - I stay open to every opportunity - and so long as I/we do all things with LOVE, well, we will prosper. And in time, find our way home.....Amen











19 comments:

Jackie said...

So happy to read this wonderful blogpost and see these photos....and to hear that you are happy!
Always want you to be happy....
Sending you and Skipp warmest hugs,
Jackie

Gail said...

Hi Jackie - so glad you came by for a visit - Happy Spring
Love Gail
peace.....

Brite Mist said...

wonderful to "see" you here again. I am so glad for your special place!

xaidw B said...

Gail, Your new surroundings sound beautiful, especially being near family and having a simple life. I can only tell you that my son, George, yearned for just such surroundings as he loved to be outdoors, hunt, fish, hike and teach them to his children. Of course, all those activities were before his MS brought all to a stop.
Enjoy the serenity, for it it a true way to find inner peace and hope that your reunited famity will bring you joy. There is nothing else that matters.
Hilda

Gail said...

Hi Xaidw - thank you for visiting me :-) It is lovely here, surrounded by mature's gifts. I hope all is well with you and yours

Love Gail
peace.....

Gail said...

Hi Brite Mist - Joey - glad you came by - keep cooking and believing
Love you man
Gail
peace.....

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

Oh wow what a pretty place! You will love that ramp and the freedom it gives you. It is hard to go back to a simple life but it will grow on you. I now need a boring life :)

Gail said...

Hi Kim - we are very content in a 'simple life style'have been for years so we aren't going back to a way of life just recreating it here in Western NY :-)
So glad you came by "Happy Easter"
Love Gail
peace.....

Finding Pam said...

It has been a while since I visited your blog. Looks like you have moved. Lovely place and you seem happy. Peace and love to you.

Gail said...

Hi Pam so happy you came by. This move has been a huge endeavor- many blessings and challenges. It is beautiful ere and each day I feel more like I am home. Hope all is well with you
Love Gail
peace.....

Anne said...

It was nice to stop by your blog. Sounds like you found a nice place to live. Change is always hard,but good. Wishing you good things in your new surroundings.

Gail said...

Hi Anne - so glad you stopped by. Good to be back in touch :-)
Love Gail
peace.....

ghost moon said...

Looks like a great place to settle in and nest! Love the pics and so happy that you have family to help you through this transition. I haven't started doing anything on FB yet, but will friend you there so we can always stay in touch. Peace, love and hugs, Mother Wintermoon

Gail said...

thanks for visiting ghost moon see you on face bok
love gail
peace

Mother Wintermoon said...

Just checking in to say "hi." Hope you are settled in and all is going well in your new home. Love, MW

Gail said...

Hi Mother Wintermoon - I so appreciate you taking the time to check in on me. We are settling in more and more and so this becomes "home". I have had some health issues to manage which has limited my writing on blogs, things are much better and I am healing and stabalizing every day - Amen. I see all your posts - all wonderful and life-giving, as are you :-)

Love Gail
peace.....

Mother Wintermoon said...

I have chronic life-altering health issues too, so I completely understand. Sometimes it's all I can do to just cope with everything on my plate. The Spoon Theory, on the But You Don't Look Sick website is fantastic. Have you read it? I greatly appreciate your visits and the sharing of your thoughts with me. I'm keeping you in heart and my prayers, Momma Moon <3

Gail said...

HI MWM - I am sad to hear that your heath is a challenge - some things I wish we could only imagine rather than know and understand. I will check out that website, thanks. And I ove your writings as they touch me at my core - and heart and spirit places -even sensual - ypour writing evoke it all.
Love Gal
peace.....

Mother Wintermoon said...

Hi Gail, I've had your post "Disability: Theft or Gift" in the back of my mind. Is it okay if I respond to the questions on my blog, with a couple quotes from your post and a link back to your post on your blog? I've always thought it to be a wise, thought provoking and awareness raising post. Perhaps some others will respond as well on their own blogs and we can read and support their responses. Let me know if it's okay with you. (((Hugs))) MW