Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Dreaming of my Own Heavenly Reality

Someone who worked with my husband recently quit to move somewhere else, which has gotten me into the “what if” mode. What if we could up and leave? Where would we go? Neither one of us have been too far from home, so we’re limited with our knowledge of what’s really out there. However, you might have some information that could help us make the decision to stay or go.

What’s the criteria for my search? Well, there needs to be engineering jobs there because that’s what my hubby does for a living. We’d want to avoid any major weather areas with tornados, hurricanes, and earthquakes. We’d prefer to get out of the extreme cold, but don’t want to get into intense heat either. A place with a lot of lakes would be nice since we love the water, but getting into a bigger city is more important. Right now, we live in a very small town. A population of 50,000 near a big city or a larger city of 100,000 or more would be ideal.

Here are a couple of places I thought might be nice, but maybe you know more than me… Pennsylvania? Colorado? Do you know of any cities in these areas that fit my criteria? Do you have any other places elsewhere to suggest?

Most likely we won’t be moving anywhere since my husband suffers from the fear factor. Since he’s the breadwinner in the family at the moment (I’m a stay-at-home mom), a lot of stress is put on him to make sure he can provide for us. I understand that. But it would be sooooooo nice to move out of this teeny, tiny town. (I come from a city of 300,000 people, so a town of 3,000 is like a neighborhood to me, not a city.) Hey, a person can dream, right? So, give me a place to dream about.

17 comments:

  1. Ontario. Come back to Canada. :-)

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  2. I was just about to come here and post 'Southern Ontario'!!! Dawn is absolutely right. Weather is middle of the road, no major weather incidents, near to lakes, and plenty of major cities within driving distance. Sounds exactly like what you're describing :)

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  3. I was just about to come here and post 'Southern Ontario'!!! Dawn is absolutely right. Weather is middle of the road, no major weather incidents, near to lakes, and plenty of major cities within driving distance. Sounds exactly like what you're describing :)

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  4. Unfortunately, because of the hassles with immigration getting me here (in the US), I don't think we want to go the other way at this point. Thanks anyways.

    Lynnette Labelle

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  5. I live in PA, thought not in a big city like Philly or Pittsburgh or Harrisburg. Weather wise it's pretty mild. Sure, it gets cold in the winter and hot in the summer but nothing extreme. There's plenty of lakes around. Well maybe not near the big cities, but where I live out the in the country it's pretty cool. The economy really sucks though, so job wise I'm not sure where to tell you is the best cause it's not good anywhere. I don't think my ramblings helped you much...haha...but I've lived in PA all my life and I like it. (:

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  6. The Dillon/Silverthorne area (two towns nearly stacked on top of one another, and they're almost considered one place by locals) of Colorado is heavenly. Hiking and a lake nearby, skiing in winter, outlet shopping, pleasant people, just a stone's throw from Denver. We love it there, and would consider moving (if I weren't the scaredy cat).

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  7. Ordinarily, I'd suggest Northern Colorado -- but at the moment it's freezing cold (17 below during the night) and we have about ten inches of snow on the ground. And we're not even in the mountains.

    However, when the weather isn't doing one of its RARE bizarre events, the Fort Collins/ Loveland/Windsor/Greeley cluster is perfect.

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  8. Santorini, Greece.

    It's where my protagonist in my novel moves to after she asks "What if?" My goal was to throw off all the requirements, though. No need for jobs, or anything. (I would have requirements, too, though!)

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  9. I live in a suburb of Buffalo, NY...it's close to a decent sized city with tons of culture...we love it here. Everything we could possibly want is here. Weather can be rough in winter though...... but we're used to it :) Summers are gorgeous and not so hot that you can't walk outside.

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  10. I live in Phoenix...and let me just say. Nine months of wonderful makes up for the three months that it gets hot. There are a few lakes around, if you want snow, it's just a couple of hours to Flagstaff or Snowflake. Five hours to get to a beach, three if you want to go to Mexico. I love it here. The only thing that would entice me to move is California. I grew up there, so I'm not afraid of earthquakes. I spent 7 years in the midwest and found that I'm terrified of tornadoes, too.

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  11. my hubby has that stress too. :(

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  12. I moved from a frozen small New England town to Florida over 20 years ago and wondered why I didn't do it sooner. I left behind my two sons and most of my family. Talk about fear, anxiety and homesickness. But I love where I am even with hurricanes and hot summers. We are only a half hour from Orlando where the big city and Disney offer endless opportunities for fun in the sun!! Come on down!!

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  13. The Pacific Northwest! Most of it is mild, all of it is beautiful, and there's water, water everywhere! :)

    I love your blog. I see tons of familiar faces here - I feel right at home already! :)

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  14. Thanks for the great suggestions. I'll check them out.

    Lynnette Labelle

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  15. I would want to move to some place similar to your requirements. I would suggest Pacific Northwest like Shannon said, Colorado, the Carolinas, or Virginia. Those are the ones on my list. :)

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  16. Oh, and I forgot Austin. Best place I ever lived. It does get hot in the summer, but it's a gorgeous city with lots of lakes and hills, laid-back people, and a fun/funky downtown. It's the perfect size too, big enough to offer anything you need but not overwhelmingly huge like Dallas. I'd so move back there if I could.

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  17. I lived in San Francisco for over a decade and loved it. Too expensive for a single gal to buy a house and retire, however, so I took a job elsewhere and now live in a town of less than 5,000 myself. You can buy a house cheap up this way, but the average income is about 20k. Small towns don't have the jobs of the cities.

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