I know it’s been a few days since I’ve posted an update. Things have been busy and we’ve been getting settled, of course – but the main reason I’ve been an absentee blogger is to do mostly with the Internet connection. And the lack of a decent one here.
Turns out we’re a bit more off the beaten path than anticipated and getting a high speed set up has been a tough challenge so far. We have a temporary solution (a Verizon MiFi mobile hotspot), but it doesn’t get us very far and bigger files like photos and movies are painstakingly slow to move about, and usually end up getting dropped before completion.
So, I wanted to jump in and say hi, even if I do it without all the bells and whistles of oodles of photos and all that jazz.
We’ve been getting settled in, trying to get a feel for the area and see what all we got ourselves into. The first couple days we were tired from all the traveling and feeling a bit overwhelmed at all we had to do. But now that the anxiety of such a move has faded and reality is setting in, I’m just pleasantly surprised at how quickly I’ve acclimated, how comfy I already I am.
Our room is set up and we’re all unpacked. We’re settled in and we’ve been able to visit with family in the area. And, it’s lovely. The weather has been perfect so far! A pleasant change, I’m really loving it (even though my lips are all kinds of chapped). My cousin Nick’s house is very comfortable and I really feel at home here already. I’ve always gotten along well with Nicky, so I wasn’t worried about that. But it’s just nice to now actually be here and to feel so at ease.
Nick’s house is very nice. He’s worked really hard to make all of this happen, and we’re just grateful to have such a great place to stay. Not to mention that being with him, Austin and Rocky is just super fun!
I was sick, before we packed up in Hawaii… in the hotel in Hawaii, once we got to Long Island and then throughout our whole time in this state. But now, just now, I’m FINALLY getting to feeling better. And what happens? Duggs gets my cold! Gah. Poor guy. He went all this time being around me and my germs and it didn’t get him at all. I guess it was bound to catch up to him at some point. I hope he feels better asap.
Other than Duggs having my cold, everything is just wonderful. Moving here, so far, is feeling like the best thing ever. I’m just loving it. It’s been a big change, no doubt. But it feels like the world is our oyster now… we have so many choices on what to do!
I’ll tell ya the whole story…
My cousin Nick offered for us to come stay with him, in a small town – Fredonia – just outside of Buffalo, NY. This area is interesting. A lot of people wouldn’t see the appeal… but for me, I felt something calling me here. My mom and her siblings grew up in Fredonia. It’s that side of family’s “home base.” Out Patriarch, my Great Uncle John, still lives here, as well as a mix of cousins, aunts, uncles, and other extended family.
The winter weather is intense. Yes. I know. I’m not sure how I’ll handle my first winter – but you never know until you try, right?
As for spring and summer, I couldn’t think of a more lovely place to live! The festivals – there’s something going on every single weekend it seems, the weather, the hiking, camping, Lake Erie, Darian Lake (the amusement park, water park, with weekly concerts in the summer), being so close to the city (Buffalo has a lot going on ya know!) as well as the mountains, the countryside, the Finger Lakes, wine country, Canada, Niagra Falls… every which way there is so much to do.
Where we are now, at my cousin’s house, is a bit off the beaten path. We’re surrounded by vineyards, it’s quiet and peaceful. Just a couple minutes up the road though and it’s everything you need – grocery, gas, every fast food and chain restaurant, etc. So for me, it’s a good way to get the best of many worlds. A new place, a new climate, a new area to explore – the calm and quiet country life with a busy world not too far away. Lots of family in the area, and just knowing my roots are here is neat. Matthew’s family is nearby too, and now my sister is as well. If we want stuff to do, we just have to look around.
And come winter, even though it’ll be cold and snowy – there’s so much to do! Sledding, skiing, ice fishing, snow mobiling, hunting, etc. We chose this area because all year round there’s a lot to do outdoors. Chautauqua County is an interesting place, full of its own culture and color, and we’re excited to learn more about this place. Besides, if you’re going to live where it gets cold, you may as well live where there’s enough snow to have fun with it, right? (that’s what we’re telling ourselves anyways!)
So, we’re here!
Thanks for following along with the journey and for all the nice and supportive comments and emails I’ve gotten. It means so much!
Later this week I’ll put up a HUGE photo post – with all the nice and fancy pics we’ve taken here with the good camera. It’ll be nice and you’ll be able to get an even better idea of what I’m talking about in regards to the area and all that.
At least now you have an idea of where I am and what our new life is starting to look like.
As always, thanks for reading!! xoxo, hhr