For me depending on how you look at it...could go both ways. After spending the winter here in Las Vegas I am heading back home to spend the rest of the year in Michigan.
What I am leaving behind: First and foremost my youngest son lives here and I so enjoy spending time with him. He makes being away from Michigan and my family there so much easier with him here. Together we went in and bought a house here two years ago...sold it this year and bought a new one.
This is the old house we purchased here a couple of years ago it has a little balcony off the main bedroom where Cheekah could enjoy the morning sun.
The new one I just got moved into settled and feel so at home. I am absolutely loving it. Leaving it behind right now is going to be hard. There are so many things I still want to get done and settled but time has run out until next year.
This is the entry to the new house. All on one level I so love this house. Old style southwest or Spanish with huge rooms.
I will miss my dog here. I just adopted her last year and had to leave her early then...after spending four months with her this year it is going to be even harder on me and her for that matter. When she is here with my son she spends a lot of time alone while he is away at work, with me here she is never alone for more than an hour or so. I take her everywhere with me. She has to sleep in her bed if I am not here, while here she snuggles up to me in my bed. Poor girl but it is what it is until next year.
Where my Cheekah has to sleep when I am not here.
I met some nice friends here, I will miss them, and the weather...what can I say about the weather. So much better than Michigan even on the coldest days.
ON THE FLIP SIDE:
I am going home to my wonderful husband that has been working around the clock to finish a project we started before I left. We gutted the lake house...right down to the 2/4s and he is refinishing it with updated everything from ceiling to floor...gutted the bathrooms everything. We are even putting in a new seawall this spring. I don't have pictures of that yet but I will post them whenI get home.
I miss my grandkids there that did not get a chance to come out to visit me. All my children came and spent a week here and there and brought some of the grandkids but there were a few grandkids I did not get to see in the last (4) months...and of course, I have great grandkids to catch up with. I will make it home in time for one of my granddaughters to have a baby shower with her second child.
I miss my horses, my farm, and my overall home there. And last but trust me not least I miss my dog snow and I hear she is missing me so much. She has settled to climbing in my bed and not wanting to leave it. She is such a sensitive girl and although I live on allergy meds when I am home I love her to death.
Waiting for me to come home
Just getting back from the groomers so she is all shed out and will be so fluffy to cuddle with.
What I left behind
What I am going to
There is so many mixed feeling each time I make the change...whether it's coming here in January and leaving it all behind or leaving here behind for there. They have both become my home and I can be happy in both so I guess I will just enjoy it all while I can any not worry about things.
The hubby detailed my car and my truck at home, he said he changed the oil in the cycles and can't wait to go on the first ride of the year with me. My first ride, not his...he is a full-time biker no doubt. His bike gets parked when the roads close and that's about it.
All my little toys that I don't have here are up to date and waiting on me...my tractor, my mule, my golfcart...and trust me I use them all. The barn has been cleaned up and ready for me to get back to work in...I only these days play with the horses I no longer train them. My old bones will not take the roughness, I leave that to the grand-daughter. She has been busy all winter doing it on her own. Screaming at me every day...G-maaaaaa come home. You would think a full grown ass granddaughter would grow up but not she is so spoiled but precious to me. I just spent about 2 hours making appointments for a tailor and other things we will need to get to right away...horse show season is right around the corner. She says she has the huge trailer all cleaned up and ready to go, cleaned all the tack, equipment and supplied it with fresh items that will be needed. She is also begging for me to get a new truck...but that is not going to happen this year anyway. I had to buy a new car for when I am out here.
Our barn as it is...and I love it ....but:::::::
This is what I got in a text not too long back...saying can we get something like this Gma? Pleaseeeeeeee Not, even in my wildest imagination could I dream of something like this...I see how I could get up those levels even with my tired old bones...but how the heck do I get the horses up there...with ramps behind the stall do you know how huge this thing had to be? Come to your senses I said to her...she text back...hehe..I thought I would give it a shot.
So...the end of today, I will be packed...and ready to go. Really nothing to pack. I leave it all here just pack up what is here and make sure I leave it all clean behind me.
I guess I will see you all on the other side.