22 Responses to Finding Home

  1. Lovely post, Joanne. I’m so glad you brought part of your garden with you. That connection to the land “grounds” us and feels great. Happy gardening. 🙂

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  2. I have always taken a few plants with me when I have moved house but I always leave some for others to enjoy. Happy gardening.

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    • joanneeddy says:

      Yes, I only took some of everything except the lilac bush which I had tried in several places but never found a good spot. And I left behind a weeping dwarf maple 🍁 and a stunning Japanese magnolia which had already reached 12 feet, azaleas 🌺 roses 🌹 and hydrangeas. But I am already planting here and planning more! Happy gardening to you, too!

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  3. mariaholm says:

    A big congratulation from me on your new home. Did I understand it right that it is close to the Cape Cod where you spent all the holidays when your children were small? I love the historic places too. I have only been to Boston and walk the “Freedom Trail” with great interest

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    • joanneeddy says:

      Hi Maria, probably a little confusing. Cape Cod is on the Atlantic Ocean off Massachusetts where we went to my in/law’s house when the kids were little. 10 years ago we moved from Syracuse in Upstate New York to Edenton, North Carolina, which was on the Albemarle Sound just in land from the Outer Banks (on the Atlantic) so some similarities to Cape Cod. Edenton was the first capital of North Carolina and was created in 1667 so very historic and quaint but little, unlike Boston.

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      • joanneeddy says:

        Oops. I hit return accidentally. Our new home is near our children in the suburban

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      • mariaholm says:

        So your new house is also in North Carolina? Thank you for explaining to me. My twin brother has traveled all these places but I have “only” been to Washington and Boston at one trip and to New York at another trip. So much more to see if I get to it

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      • joanneeddy says:

        Yes. Our house is in Willow Spring near Raleigh about twenty minutes from our son and daughter (instead of the 2.5 hours from Edenton) nice to be closer to them. The USA is so large it is hard to understand spacially. Each state is very unique and different, as are cities. Syracuse is very different from Ned York City though in the same state. There really is lots to see – even for Americans.

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      • mariaholm says:

        You make me feel like wanting to see. We should have been on a tour but had to postpone it. My husband’s hip needs replacement as soon as possible

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      • joanneeddy says:

        I’ve seen that you enjoy biking and touring so I your husband is better soon and you can travel again.

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      • mariaholm says:

        So true we love to see nature and museums and just everything interesting

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  4. joanneeddy says:

    Raleigh area. Raleigh is the current capital of North Carolina

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  5. Beautifully written post about a beautiful state, Joanne – one in which I may well choose to settle myself. I am currently researching in hopes of a relocation – tho’ I doubt I will become fascinated with gardening as it seems you most certainly have. I greatly appreciate the efforts of others, but digging in the dirt, as yet, has never captured my fancy.

    I hope your Holly Cottage in Willow Springs quickly begins to vibrate to the note of HOME.
    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
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    • joanneeddy says:

      Thanks, Madelyn. Did you have an area in mind?

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      • Not yet – Raleigh/Durham appeals on many levels but it is pricey. Ditto Asheville. But there’s a lot to love about the state.

        This is intended to be my last move, so I am taking a lot of factors into consideration and still researching. Tennessee was seriously in the running since many of my college friends have settled in Knoxville (or will, upon retirement) – until I learned of the health/hospital crises (likely to worsen if Orange & cohorts have their way).

        I have been following a blog that has me looking at upstate NY again too (Rochester). If Canada would have me, I’d expatriate in a heartbeat to escape the ravages of Corporate Capitalism and far right ideals as I age.

        If I were to win the lottery (which I play only in my mind – lol) and money were NO object, I’m back to Manhattan in a flash!

        Really, I have NO idea, just a growing list of things to check out as I research.
        xx,
        mgh

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      • joanneeddy says:

        I am writing from Manhattan and love visiting but really expensive. If you like upstate New York check out Buffalo. I have cousins there. Really revitalizing and pretty inexpensive. There are many areas on outskirts of Raleigh that are great. We got our 1500 sq ft house with 1/2 acre of land for 215 k. I do know a great realtor.

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      • Thanks for the info, Joanne. I lived in Manhattan for 20 years and miss it like a lover. I resonate to big city living most of all, so acreage wouldn’t be an attraction, especially since I am not partnered and would have to manage the upkeep alone. I don’t want to HAVE to drive to get around, either.

        I think Buffalo is too deeply snowy for too long for me, but I’m not really ruling out a lot at this point except, since I am extremely heat defensive, to avoid prolonged heat and humidity as much as possible without landing myself in frozen tundra (lol),

        I’d be miserably lonely if my neighbors were primarily arch conservatives, since my leanings are clearly progressive – and I’d love to be close to colleges and/or universities and/or artist enclaves – and will probably need to consider proximity to excellent hospitals and doctors.

        In the end, I will have to do a cost/benefit analysis, with COST at the top of the list, no doubt. I’ve given away more than I’ve sold for most of my career – helper’s disease. 🙂
        xx,
        mgh

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  6. I’ve visited NC a couple of times and found it to be a lovely state. My childhood best friend lives near Winston-Salem. I’m not a gardener but wish I was since there were plants from my parents’ home I wish I had separated and planted as part of my heritage. My mother was a wonderful gardener, both flowers and vegetables. I hope you enjoy your new home. It is wonderful to live near children. Found your blog on #senior salon.

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  7. Clive says:

    It’s lovely that you have such fond memories of your previous home and can take some of them with you in your plants. I hope your new home brings you as much happiness 😊

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