Monday, February 17, 2020

Catching Up

Many things have happened since my last post. We had a house built within the 55+ community Imagery at Lennar in North Carolina, and sold the home we had owned for 32 years in Webster Groves, Missouri. Located on Mountain Island Lake in Mount Holly, NC we closed on our new home October 15th, and on our home in Webster on October 25th. The moving company arrived at the new house on October 28th.

Since then it has been a flurry of purchasing new furniture for the house (we sold our antiques as they didn't go with the new home feel), getting all the boxes unpacked, and adding the personal touches to make this house feel like home. Because the house and a lot of the furniture are new, we still feel at times as if we are staying in an AirBNB. Especially when we pause (which we do a lot) to admire the view from our backyard.

new house front and back yard

The community here has exceeded our expectations so far. It is brand new, so there are less than 100 homes that are currently occupied. That has given us an opportunity to meet our neighbors on a more personal basis, which has helped ease the transition. The neighborhood is about 40/60 in terms of those of us who have relocated from another state versus those who moved in from a different part of the Charlotte area. But everyone has the same outlook - they want to meet new people and form new friendships. Jim and I took a huge leap of faith moving from the city where we had spent our entire 41 years of married life to a new place where we do not have any family. But the leap was well worth it, and we are busier than we ever imagined.

Because it is a new community, our amenities are not yet complete. But our lifestyle director has made the best of the situation, and we have enjoyed tai chi, yoga, pickleball on our outdoor courts, hiking club activities, ladies lunches and mens breakfasts, cultural events, social events, and casual get togethers with our neighbors. We are so happy here!

We are looking forward to forging many friendships and enjoying many new adventures as we enter Volume II (this is way too big to be called a new chapter) of our lives.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Photography Challenge Week 38

The Week 38 challenge was to use the Rule of Odds in a composition. In photography, the rule suggests that photos containing an odd number of items are more visually appealing. While it is somewhat easy to find odd numbers in flowers, the challenge was to use it in an urbanscape/architecture photo. Below is my take on it.

Dogwood Photography Challenge Week 38

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Photography Challenge Week 37

The weather is changing (sort of), and the Week 37 challenge was Story Telling: Seasons. I came across this leaf that had fallen on a stone wall at Crystal Bridges when we visited there last week. There is not a lot of fall color out yet in the Midwest, but I thought this leaf worked well for the challenge. I got a kick out of the fact that the leaf's shadow looked like a bat.

Dogwood Photography Challenge Week 37