August 6, 2014

Java Talk: If You Could Move Anywhere

It's Wednesday. The day we do some deep thinking and have a discussion about it. 

Blogger wasn't cooperating, so I'm just now getting this up.

Today's topic is: If you could go anywhere, where would you move to? To the mountains? To the beach? Another country? To the country? To the city? 


Would you upgrade to a bigger home? Downsize to a condo or apartment?

These questions are to see just where you are at this very moment in your life? Maybe ten years ago, five years ago, we'd have had different answers. Think about now. What is the answer you have for this day, August 6, 2014? 

Where would you go? 

I'll start. I would go to a place that is out a ways. Not sure which state, which town. I would live in a small framed house; maybe paint it yellow. I've always loved yellow houses. They look warm and inviting. 

(Tiny House Pins)

I would really prefer one large room. Maybe 700 square feet or less. Only one inside door, and that would be to the bathroom. I like to be able to see everything. There would be lots of windows and light for my house plants. 

(I would happily live in that house I showed yesterday.)

(MNKY.com)

The pupsters and I would have a tallish picket fence. Because Abi can jump like a grasshopper. I would grow hollyhocks. And they would greet you above the fence as you came to the gate. 

The gate would have an arbor over it like I had in TX, and vines would be curling around it. The scent would invite you in long before you opened the gate.

We would not have a lawn, because I just think they're a waste if you're a gardener. There would be flower beds and pathways. 
There would be a water feature to sit outside and listen to. 

Containers would be interspersed here and there to draw the eye up and to add variety. Just like the garden below.

(HGTV.com)


There would be numerous bird houses and feeders for our bird friends. There would be a porch so I could watch it rain without getting soaked. I love the sound and smell of rain. 

I would have a red rocker on this porch to rock in. The dogs would magically be trained not to run off first chance the door was open, and would be snoozing at my feet. (When Abi sleeps, she often jerks and groans and whines. Not sure what that's about.)

(Whispers Of The Earth)

The air would smell of freshness. I would have laundry on the clothes line. My sheets would billow and snap in the breeze. 

It would be peaceful. It would be quiet, but for the sounds of nature. And the dogs fussing and playing

Now it's your turn. Where do you dream of residing? Where would you love to go?

The world, today, is your oyster. Where would your dreams take you?







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106 comments:

  1. I would at least take a vacation in that little cabin that you found yesterday. That interior is just darling! Let's see..I have been re-reading some old D.E. Stevenson novels so I'd have to be in a little cottage in Scotland replete with a burn trickling outside, shepherds on the hills, a cow in the barn, and a cottage garden. My vegetables would be in a walled kitchen garden and of course I need to do little but take walks over the hills and read in the shade because the housekeeper and her husband do everything else for me : ) She makes wonderful scones and I have tea by the fire. At some point I make out a grocery list and write a few letters, then take a leisurely stroll into the local village with its cobblestoned streets and thatched roof houses. I go to post my letter and everyone I meet is kindly and presents me with butter, eggs, flowers, etc since they are all wonderful people, to the last one. :)

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  2. Today is my dear Gram's birthday, she would be 104. I was blessed to have her for 97 years. We would have coffee and pastries at the kitchen table. Thinking of her fills my heart.

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  3. I would rent a little cottage on the beach in Newport Oregon. It would not be tropical, but then I don't like the heat. The days can be cloudy, but I am more creative on cloudy days. I would grow old, alone, and do just what I want to do. No regrets. Sew, read, create, talk to the sea shells...

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    1. I like your idea too. I'm more creative on cloudy days for some reason too. No regrets.

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    2. Wonderful setting. I will have the cottage next door.

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  4. I think and obsess over this alot. I am 7 years away from retiring from a government job and will have 35 years in. I can go anywhere my money can take me. I am on realtor.com alot; looking at the housing markets in different states. And I know one thing: I am not staying here in California. I was born and raised here and it is so exepensive. And flowers need humidity! I am considering South Carolina or Florida and want to be about 10 minutes from the beach. My dream home would be under 1000 square feet, 1950's 2 bed 1.5 bath, screened porch, white, black shutters and a little fence with morning glories growing all over the heaping place. 2 little dogs chasing the birds around the small yard. I do not necessarily have to own a home. I rent now and there are pros and cons to both. Since I am single, I like having a landlord repair and fix things that come along the way without it coming out of my checkbook. So, if I rent the rest of my life, so be it. A home is anywhere you make it. And I have made a lovely little 755 square foot house a home and I can do it all again in another state. I look forward to it. I love dreaming about my future. What a great topic.

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    1. Let me know where you decide upon. I may just follow you!

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    2. North Carolina has some pretty beaches too.

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    3. I live in Florida but if I had to move I would pick South Carolina too.

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  5. I would have a little house out in the country about 50 miles from where I live now. It is beautiful, green, rolling land. I would like a house on a hill with a sweeping view...and enough land for as big a vegetable garden as I want with berries, fruit and nut trees. I'd have chickens, too. Sounds like heaven to me... As we are near retirement, we are truly thinking a move might be in our future...

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    1. Well, I hope you get your dream, Linda. And your chickens. Imagine those fresh eggs...

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  6. It's interesting to come back and read other's comments...none of us thus far want a mansion...it's more like a pleasant life with just enough! :)

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  7. I was blessed to get to make this choice a few years ago and chose to downsize to a house half the size of the one I lived in....in the Sunshine state! It's really been a wonderful place to live. I guess if money was not an issue....I would like to live right on the beach in Bethune Beach, right next to Canaveral National Seashore. Might as well be specific while I dream! heehee! Fun to read everyone's choices! Sweet hugs, Diane

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    1. I think many people want to live next to the beach. To gaze out and see blue as far as they can see...

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    2. Love the beach. Would be great. ☺️

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    3. I too live close to the beach. I would love to be your neighbor on Bethune Beach.

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  8. I agree with Deb on the mansions. I would live on Nantucket Island in a little gray weathered cottage with window boxes and gardens bordered with flagstone. Small cozy rooms, a wood burning stove and lots of cottage charm. I would ride my bike everywhere and I would be just a short walk from the beach. Very, very simple!

    Jane xx

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    1. Oh my! I think I'm going to have to trot along behind all of you. Love all your ideas!

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  9. Hi Brenda! Sounds like a dream! Let's see! Well, you know where I'm going next Monday, in fact! I'd move to a house close to my little grandbabies with horribly colored blue walls, lots of trees and bushes! Well, you know I'm cheating because that is where we're going and I'm so excited! By the way, you really made me think that I do not want to paint my kitchen island black but I'm going to paint it yellow like the walls. You're so smart! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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    1. I like the idea of yellow. So light and bright and cheerful. I think you'll love it. I think the only place that black will never go out of style is: "the little black dress!"

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  10. There's a little town called Cambria on the California Coast up above San Luis Obispo, and about 100 miles south of Monterey. The population is around 2500 in the winter. The weather is awesome. They have one of the best knit shops ever, which was bought by a lovely couple from Boston. They came to visit Cambria on vacation and found the shop for sale, bought it, moved west, and have tripled the business in several years! I've been going up there since 74. My husband has moved into the throws of Alzheimer's, and when this is over I'd love to find myself a condo/townhouse with a small patio like you have. It would have to be 2 bdrms! The weather is so wonderful you hardly ever have to water plants, they are taken care of by the ocean air and rain in the winter. The town has the most beautiful growing pots all over! I can't go there now, but I go there in my head quite often! I would love to live somewhere where the temps don't get to 100! I have had it w/the heat!

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    1. I totally agree about this 100+ heat! And we don't even live in a pretty place and have to suffer this stifling hot stuff. No mountains, no oceans. I'd love to live close to one or the other. Away from the city, that's for certain sure. I'm just not a city girl.

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    2. Annette ~ I'll be just south of you in Los Osos!! I lived there for 6 years, and to me, it is the most beautiful place on earth!

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    3. Oh, I know that knit shop. I love that little town. It is so very tranquil and just beautiful, it takes your breath away.

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    4. I was up there once visiting someone and they had this adorable kitten, and I told the kitten: If they ever want to get rid of you you call me. A short time later I received the call that they were allergic to it and did I want it? So I drove from North Hollywood up to Cambria to pick up a kitten and drove back the same day. I renamed her Cambria! The knit shop is the Ball and Skein, now owned by Chris and Oz, and their shop is adorable! So inviting. You can go on Fri or Sunday mornings and knit in your jammies. How awesome is that?

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    5. Hi Anette,
      We leave for Cambria tomorrow. I will be thinking of you. Maybe someday we can be neighbors. Hugs

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  11. What a fun question! I would stay in Nebraska--I love it here, but in my daydreams I would work from home to avoid going out in the snow! I would live in the country in a little cabin a la Little House in the Prairie. I'd want a huge vegetable garden so I could grow most of my own food. I'd also love a screened porch for the summertime so the kitties and I could enjoy the cool evenings without the hassle of bugs. In the winter, I'd love a fireplace where I could snuggle up and read the evenings away. Nothing fancy...just simple and stress-free!

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    1. I have always, ALWAYS wanted a screened porch. Even when I was a little girl I wanted one. I am 57 years old and I still have not lived in one place with a screened porch!

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  12. Well I have the home of my dreams, my Charmer is where I wanted to be 27 years ago when I bought her single, and where I want to be now or in 10 years. But, what I would love to do is move the Charmer to a new location, more out in the country, with a stream running along side. I want to hear the roosters in the morning, see cows in the fields and silence everywhere else. I'd want more land, in the sun, so I could grow veggies. I would want the peace that nature provides, but close enough to a town so I could visit when I felt like it. I'd love more dogs and cats. I love winter and would spend my time quilting to keep us warm sitting by the fire. I would can, preserve my own food so I knew it was healthy. I'm thinking somewhere down in south IN or IL. I like IN since its so much cheaper in taxes than IL. I couldn't be anywhere where there wasn't 4 seasons. I would to have the simpler life and kindred spirited friends. I love dreaming....

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    1. I forgot I'd love to have a barn too!

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    2. Well, you know I adore your house and covet it daily every time I visit you. So you could just about stick that house anywhere and I'd know bliss. But I'd rather be out of the city a ways, and have a house very similar but much smaller. And I've begun to think I kind of like the four seasons better too, though I'm not real happy in this big city. I want a small town where there's a town square.

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    3. Oh I want to be out of the city too. Downstate IL and IN and not in the city. It's all farmland and towns of 332 people. But I do want to live close enough (1 hr) to health care and a town to shop in. I love small town squares.

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  13. Hi Brenda,

    Funnily enough, I have thought about this for many years, even though we only moved into our home in the village in January of 2011; a place we picked, designed and built on our own. Nevertheless, I look forward to the day when I can spend half the year here, in Greece, and the other, in a tiny little town in my native Ontario, Canada. I have researched and visited many of the contenders already, and have felt a distinct connection to some of them. In any case, they all share the same features: tiny cottages with colourful gardens, an adorably quaint main street, where shop owners and residents are all on a first name basis, beautiful parks within the community, preferably close to a lake, a hospital, and a bigger city, for necessary amenities. In other words, having the conveniences of a big city, but the character, beauty, and physical structure of small town, (did I mention rolling hills and bridges?!), would make such a place idyllic. But most of all, it would be close to my daughter, and extended family, whom I miss so very much, which incidentally, happens to be the key point to why the pretty and pastoral surroundings where I presently reside, sometimes seem slightly secluded. In a nutshell, my house would be pure storybook - simple, sweet and charming; much like the darling, butter yellow beauty you've chosen for this post!

    xx
    Poppy



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    1. I believe I will second everything you just wrote.

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  14. I am living my dream right now, here on this ranch on the side of a mountain, but I know we can't keep doing this forever, I am 64, husband is 71. We are both in good shape, he is recovering from a broken hip. When we were young, even 5 years ago the work wasn't hard. And it has been a great place to live. We have wonderful spring water, can grow fruit, we are have seclusion, I love it so. When husband brought me here for the first time, 44 years ago, driving down the road I felt I had always lived here, like I was coming home.
    10 years ago when we first started trying to sell the ranch, I thought we would buy another one, somewhere flat with more grass and water. We were in Wyoming for awhile and I really liked it and saw places I would have loved to have lived, if ours had sold. Especially around Grey Bull. But now, I know we will probably move to the little 5000 population town we live near. The little community we are near would be great, but it is hard to live there is you are old. It is a long way to services of any kind, so near the other little town would be better. I would like a little house with a big shop and a barn. We probably would have a horse and maybe raise goats or a steer, so a few acres of pasture would be great. And I have to have a garden and fruit trees. There is such a place that is for sale now, but probably will be gone if and when ours sells. It has a little white stucco house and a big old barn that has been really well maintained. Some big trees are out front and the ground irrigates easy and is flat and not rocky. Not setting my heart on it tho.

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    1. Well, my friend, but we have to have dreams, don't we?

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    2. Your ranch on the side of a mountain sounds like heaven! But so does the little white stucco house so best wishes!

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  15. My dream which I wish I was in now, is to move to the Scottish Highlands, near a Loch with fabulous neighbours (but not too close!). The house would have a large garden that I could lose myself in and a popular pub down the road to socialise on those cold winter nights. The house would also have lots of nooks and crannies with cosy rooms, open fires, full of tartan and wooden floors with comfortable rugs. I would have a room upstairs with a balcony with an old fashioned desk so I can write my book while I overlook the loch and the autumn rich colours surrounding the mountains. Sigh...

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    1. That already sounds straight out of a book!

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  16. We have 525 acres of deeded ground and another 1100 acres of BLM grazing ground, so 10 acres in the valley doesn't seem all the big to me.

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    1. Wow! 525 acres sounds like a lot of responsibility so 10 acres in the valley sounds great!

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  17. I can't make up my mind, so I would have to have several houses. Keep my house in Florida, have another in New York near my son, then one in a coastal village in Cornwall, England, and one in Balogna, Itally, and a fifth somewhere in Switzerland or Munich, Germany. Oh, and of course, an apartment in the Dakota in Manhattan! Think of all the decorating I could do!

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    1. That's a whole lot of decorating for sure!

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  18. hmmm I would love to have a real log cabin in the mountains! It would have a beautiful view of the Blue Ridge and a little stream down in the valley. There would be a river rock fireplace for chilly nights too.

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  19. I'd take myself to The Ozarks...northwest Arkansas. Wooded Acreage. Small Cabin.Wood burning stove. Clearing with a patch of grass and space for a garden...surrounded with the tallest trees. Chickens, of course!
    Then I'd fall asleep and dream that...
    I'd live in a quaint little village-- with local shops, within walking distance. A Bakery close by that I could smell fresh baked bread everyday, only I would live in a little apartment upstairs from the local pharmacy, with the stairs squeezed in between the pharmacy and barber shop, there would be a door...painted blue, with a mail slot. At the top of the stairs, would be two doors. One to my apartment. The other to the roof top where I'd grow peppers and tomatoes out of containers. I'd have a line strung between the roof tops and I'd hang my towels in the breeze. And on Saturday nights...I'd sit up there and listen to local band playing their music on the town square band stand... and fall asleep in a hammock...under the stars.
    ...oh, and I'd be about 20 years younger too! :)
    (you remember how indecisive I am right?)

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    1. Indecisive or not, sounds to me like you've got this planned well. And it all sounds so wonderful to me!

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  20. I hate the heat, so if I wanted to stay here in So Cal to be near 2 of my kids and one grandchild, I would need to live closer to the beach, where it is cooler. A little cottage would be wonderful. However, my youngest lives 3,000 miles away on the East Coast, so my real dream is to live 6 months on one coast and 6 months on the other. I would need to win the lottery though, in order to do that!

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  21. Your dream home sounds pretty good to me! I would move somewhere that has more property so that we would have more privacy. Living in a subdivision definitely has its perks, but I long for more land. I'd love to have some water somewhere on it too. Definitely in the country (not a city girl). My house would be family friendly, relaxed and unpretentious. Lots of trees around us and porches on the front and back of the house to relax on. I would want a big functional kitchen open to a cozy but spacious family room. Those would be the spaces that we lived in when not on the porches. Master bedroom would be on the main level too. I would make sure to not have so many stairs especially from the garage into the kitchen. I'd have a large mud room to house all our stuff so it doesn't get dumped in the kitchen too. Oh, and a 3 car garage would be nice. No more maneuvering around to get our cars in and out of the driveway. Now, the bonus to all of this would be to feel like I live far away, but still be close enough to shopping and doctors etc. Now, if I could just win a lottery, maybe I could build this magical place!

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    1. Everyone go buy your tickets to the lottery!

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  22. I have special memories of my grandparent's farm in the country, so I would want a sweet cozy farmhouse with front and back porches for swings and rocking chairs. Also, a nice flowing floor plan with a charming farmhouse kitchen and lots of windows. A couple of acres would be ideal for growing plants and vegetable gardens. Also a lovely lawn for our pets to romp and play. Our yard is so small now so I would welcome more space.

    We love the coast, so hopefully we could live an hour from the beach, maybe in the Pacific NW where we live now, and being near a larger city would be ideal. The simple farmhouse way of life has always appealed to me. I'll always be a farm girl no matter where I live!

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    1. You and me both. I've never been a city girl, and though I live in one now, I hope to someday get back to small town living. Been awhile.

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  23. I can't think of anyplace I'd rather be than right here! I would simply move about 20 minutes east to the St. Croix River. I would have a small cottage high up on the bluffs, in either the small river town of Stillwater or Marine-On-St. Croix. With a large window wall offering a magnificent panoramic view of the river and opposite bluffs of the Wisconsin side. These bluffs are heavily wooded and especially glorious with Fall color in Sept. and Oct. I would live in my granddaughter's school district and could give her rides to and from school. How we would laugh, sing and enjoy each other!

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    1. Oh, forgot to say I live in the beautiful state of Minnesota!!


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    2. High up on the bluffs. Sounds awful good to me!

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  24. Perfect timing on your post...within the next year, we will be moving. Right now...we have lived in our tri-level for 22years and raised our girls here. Lots of memories, but we are ready to downsize. I want a one story...since I now have knee and feet problems. Would love my new house to be move in ready with little or no projects to do, have less yard and have a white picket fence. Got to have a place for my little Yorkie girls to run and play. We do want to stay in the this area of Ohio to be near our families. I've been looking on realtor.com daily hoping to find my smaller dream home.
    ~Cindy

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    1. Oh, please tell us when you find it! How exciting!

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  25. I'd love to live near one of the small towns in the Texas hill country. I'd enjoy a small cottage home hidden in tall trees. I don't want a lot of space. Something similar to what you posted yesterday. sigh!

    We downsized and simplified 9 years ago and yet our home is still too big for me. I've learned that food in my pantry, a roof over my head and family are all I really need. Makes me happy when I think about living in a small cottage.

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    1. I too imagine living in the Texas Hill Country. It is beautiful there. But I also love the tall pines in East Texas, where I moved here from.

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  26. I'd move to the Isle of Skye and downsize.

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    1. Seems about everyone wants to downsize. I downsize and then realize I need to do it again and again.

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  27. I would move where the sun shines bright -- my old Kentucky home. We moved only one state away -- West Virginia -- almost a year ago. A lot of people think the two states aren't all that different. But, the town we live in is farther north geographically and culturally from where we lived in Kentucky. The people here are very friendly, and West Virginia is a beautiful state. But, where we live, people say "you guys" instead of "you all." No one gives a hoot about the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Wildcats basketball team (Go Big Blue!). The saddest day for me was replacing my Kentucky license plate with a West Virginia plate. I still apologize to my car for that bit of unfortunate cosmetic surgery.

    When we get back to Kentucky someday, we will find a place about an hour or so south or east of Lexington, so that we can get to medical appointments and social events in Lexington relatively easily, but avoid Lexington's daily traffic and size. (Only 300,000 people, now minus the two of us, but the town's gotten to big for our liking.) I'd like to live to the east, near Morehead; my husband would like to live to the south, near Somerset. Both are small towns near big lakes and near a national forest, with lots of outdoor recreational opportunities. We'd like a small (900 sf or so) one-story home on a walkout basement, on a mostly wooded acre, with a sunny spot for a garden. And, I agree with others -- hardly any grass to mow. And, the house would sit back off of the road for a bit of privacy. We love the look of a board-and-batten cottage. A screened porch on the side would be ideal.

    In the meantime, here's to another day in Wild, Wonderful West Virginia.

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    1. You know, there are groups who want the same small living lifestyle. And they are buying up land and building numerous houses. Each resident creates their own blueprint, and the houses are pretty close together, so as to make it cheaper and to be part of a community of like-minded people. Many of them have meals together. I have seen them when Googling small home communities.

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  28. That's "too big," of course, not "to big."

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  29. I just recently moved,,late nov. of last year.

    I had certain wants that had to be filled or I would have stayed where I was..

    I have a lake I can see clearly fro my family room window. I got my screened in porch.double drive in garage. what I didnt get was smaller and less space to deal with ~!

    so in the event of another move I am hoping it will be up around asheville on the cherokee side..2 bedroom cabin~! Beautiful mountain air and a sweet breeze coming off the river, that I can see and hear from my back porch. Dreams do come true and thats the one I working on.

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    1. Oh, I've always dreamed of being close to water! And a screened-in porch!

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  30. You hit upon my most frequent thought lately...where would I and my husband live given the choice ? Well, we are both realizing we want our home to be easier to maintain, and if we had no children or grandchildren to consider it would be no choice at all...the Oregon coast ! That is our favorite destination when we think about a true vacation and get-away. We would live simply just to be able to live near the ocean and walk our dogs, watch birds, watch the ocean life...

    Most likely our 2nd choice is where we will be...north-eastern WA where life is still wild, unpredictable, and we can raise livestock and be near family. One thing for sure, our home will be smaller and easier to maintain so we can be out and about doing things with family and enjoying the few years left for us here on earth.

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    1. Wonder what they're going to do with all those outlandish huge homes when we all start to live in little houses?

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  31. Hi, It seems that we all want the same things in a house. Warmth, smallness, gardens, flowers, great neighbors, a cottage, fireplace and homeyness. It seems as if we want to go back to the old days when things were simple and neighbors were friends and not strangers. I love where I live. I live with my son and just wish that I could have my own place. Any of the houses described above would be fine. I live on Smith Island, and island in the Chesapeake Bay in MD right next to the VA line. It is an island back in time. You can read about it here.
    http://printiesat.blogspot.com/2014/05/a-tour-of-my-island-smith-island.html
    Here neighbors bring you dinner when your kids are away. Everyone helps everyone. The Pastor is great and is always ready to help anyone. It is like the 1940s or 50s here.
    I love it.
    Barbara

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  32. I would stay where I am. I live in a small town, nestled in a valley that sits under a beautiful mountain. This mountain had a landslide years and years ago. The rock under the slide is white and the slide formed the shape of a lamb. The mountain is called Mt. Lamborn. I to, would live in a yellow house and soon that dream will be realized as we have a buyer for our home of 31 years. Our new home is yellow and will have charcoal gray shutters with wrought iron window boxes underneath. This house is small, as I love little houses. It is a garage apartment we have been working on for the last 8 years. One big room upstairs with a door to the bedroom and bathroom. It has a covered porch, but will not keep me from getting wet if it rains. I will still have a garden and flower beds with a small patch of grass. We are frantically painting and adding the finishing touches. We have to be out the end of September. It is exciting and scary, an adventure. Even though our home now is small, this one is even smaller. I look forward to downsizing even more and to be totally debt free. The only downside to where I live is that you can now grow recreational Cannibus here. There is a lot of concern that about what kinds of people it will draw. Denver has had a huge rise in the homeless since Colorado has passed this. I guess time will tell and hopefully things will not change to much.

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    1. I had a guest house once that was a garage apartment. It had a swimming pool right outside it. I completely redid it and I absolutely loved being up in the trees. When family visited, they stayed there. Otherwise it was a retreat. Your new place sounds wonderful. I wish I could still climb stairs. I might then live in one myself. I often think of that garage apartment.

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  33. I think about this a lot!!! I would downsize...something a bit bigger than that adorable place you shared yesterday....but not much more. I would be on the gulf coast, Florida.....Santa Rosa Beach....Cape San Blas.....or somewhere in between. I would want a smaller place with a beautiful shinny roof (like they have down there) with a bit of a yard with a small pool and the rest garden space....I like you think grass would be a waste... I wouldn't want to be right on the beach but maybe a bike ride away (I can dream right?)....it would have a great open room with an open kitchen, dinning living area....all light and bright with some nice cozy places to sit and read on a rainy day....cause rain at the beach is good too! I too would like great neighbors and our dogs would all be friends. I would love my little beach shack to have a front and back porch....and an outdoor , private shower for those days when I need to rinse off the sand from my bike ride to the beach to collect more shells. I would have some raised beds to raise some vegies and flowers to share with my neighbors...and just enough room (but not too much) for when my kids come to visit. I would want a place for my husband to store his golf clubs and maybe room to store a small (very small) boat that we could take fishing on a nearby bay...... thank you! this might just get me through today!!!! (it's already been a crazy day)

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    1. And all our dogs would have play dates and parties just like our kids did when they were little. We would put party hats on their heads and watch them frolic and play...

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  34. Right now we live in a 5 bedroom house in CT and it is too expensive to stay here anymore. I would love to have a house on the coast of Maine to live in and enjoy but I would also like a little house somewhere we could go to when winter comes because I can't stand snow anymore. We are fixing our home now so we can sell it and get out. Right now I have a small vegetable garden but I would love a large garden and also more flowers around the house. I am also on Real Estate blogs looking for homes.

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    1. I wonder if builders are still building more huge homes, or are they getting the message and starting to convert to smaller, less expensive to maintain homes? Because there seem to be a lot of us that are like minded!

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    2. Not sure if builders are thinking that way in Fairfield we have a lot of McMansions that were built after they tore down charming little homes. We are only 1 hours outside of NYC so a lot of people commute. I would like more living space - less bedrooms and a fenced in yard for my two pits.
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  35. I love this topic! I live in my dream town, less then 5 minutes from the beach. Its truly paradise here in Santa Cruz CA year around with a mild climate. I am less then 2 hours from all my favorite California towns to visit so the location is perfect. I would stay here but I do wish I could afford to rent a normal small house with two bedrooms and a yard. I currently live in 300 square feet to survive here. I have dreams of a garden like yours, a 2nd bedroom for an office and crafts. a lovely privacy fence with climbing bougainvillea's, morning glories, hydrangeas. A 2nd cat would be nice and a living room with plenty of room for company. I do not mind renting, in fact I prefer it. I have zero repair cost and no mortgage or property tax cost. So renting makes better sense. If I could rent a small house and make curtains, grow vegetables have a private yard I would be so happy. I dream of baking in a normal size kitchen and gardening in a outdoor space. Its impossible here as house, condos rent for over 3000 a month due to the selfish greed of property owners. Blogs like yours make living small easier somehow and more bearable.

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    1. Who on earth can afford that kind of rent! I could not even begin to think of doing that. I don't mind renting. I've done both. I took this place due to the outdoor area for me and the pupsters. I like living in just a few rooms and being able to mop all of them in under 5 minutes!

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  36. It's funny, but I always thought I would move to the mountains given the chance. But when I had to actually write it down I decided to stay right where I am. Minnesota in the country in the wood. I would change my house however, because my house is not even 700 feet. I would like a house with large rooms, lots of closets, a craft room, and a guest room. I would like my gardens to be finished, and the yard more inviting to sit in and share a glass of tea. I would like an attached Catio so my kitties could go out and enjoy the sun, but still be inside safe. We own our property, but if I lived alone I would have to move into something rented so I could call someone to come fix my overflowing toilet or broken dishwasher. I don't know how to fix things, and have no desire to learn.
    Thanks for another good question.

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    1. Well, this is off topic, but when Trudy mentioned overflowing toilets, I remembered what a plumber told me a few years ago. He said use Cottonelle toilet paper. My fav at the time was Charmin, and he said yeah, every house I have to go fix uses Charmin, it seems. I've been using Cottonelle ever since, and have not had one problem! Wonder why?

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    2. It's because it dissolves faster when it hits the water.

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  37. I want to live where I can see the Smoky Mountains. Maybe close to where my family is from. In fact, I wouldn't mind living in the house where my daddy grew up. A small house with a big yard and a weeping willow tree. And a huge swing under it. I'd paint the house blue with white shutters and trim. I'd like a big kitchen with lots of cabinets and a sun room... and definitely a craft room.

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    1. You know, what we all want is not exorbitant or lavish. Simply a place that is comfy and cozy.

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  38. I'd be a farm girl, simple as that! Not on a big industrious farm, but a small, home-style farm with horses to draw the plows with dogs running at your feet, chickens in the garden, sheets on the line and the smell of sweet grass and fresh dew! I'd pick my dinner each day from the garden from the vegetables I grew myself, along with home grown eggs and fresh baked bread from the oven. Come think about it, with just a little more work, I could have just about all of it right now in my small urban yard, except for the horses that is! What lives in the mind's eye is closer than you think! Peaceful Blessings! Nanny

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    1. Sounds idyllic! I grew up in that kind of place. No horses, but we had chickens. A huge garden that mostly fed us. Rarely store bought food. Of course I didn't know then what I know now about store bought food and how much better home grown food is for us.

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  39. I'm late joining the talk, but wanted to share my dreams! A small place in Paris would be a dream, but I would miss my family so really I've always wanted a small cottage on the beach. I love the ocean and it's always been one of my places where I go when I need to sooth my soul. How awesome to leave on (or even near) would be fantastic. A small place would be lovely. I would have casual white slip covered furniture and decorate with soothing ocean colors. Sigh....I feel calmer just dreaming about it.
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    Linda

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    1. A woman has to have a little dream. I knew you'd say Paris.

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  40. Oregon or bust! A small two bedroom cabin with an attached screened area on the side that would hold a porch swing, some comfy chairs and lights to read and quilt by. Wildflowers dotting the landscape with rhododendrums and holly would be in view of the vegetable garden in the Willamette Valley. All country but not too far from civilization to enjoy a cup of coffee and a loaf at a sidewalk cafe with choice of joining in conversing or enjoying the beautiful day. Pets and wildlife.... what a dream......













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    1. I have not read one person say they want to live in a big house with hired help. Isn't that interesting?

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  41. I would love to live in a small town tucked in a valley with mountains all around with only one road in and out. I have read all of the Louise Penny series about a fictitious town in Canada with a town square and little shops run by down to earth towns people. One eccentric, outspoken woman, a bookstore owner, husband and wife artists, a bake shop, a café and a bed and breakfast. The town is Three Pines. Mystery and murder is afoot to be solved by the police, Armand Gamache. I feel like I know these people personally and could settle there with no problem. The first book that I read hooked me for the others. If you are interested in reading them the first book is "Still Life". You are all welcome to visit me there.

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    1. Wouldn't you sometimes just like to crawl inside a book and live where those people live? And I will visit you there.

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  42. I need a home that has mountain views, not hills; MOUNTAINS! I was born in Colorado, and would love to live there. A cute, 3 bedroom home with a wrap around porch to see my lovely mountains views. I like yellow also, but not too picky. I need a sun room so I can sit inside in the winter and soak up the suns warm rays, have plants and flowers to smell all year round. A bubbling stream would run past so I could listen to the water run over the rocks, not a lot of grass to take care of, pine trees to smell, and flowers in the spring, summer, and fall. I love all colors of flowers. A porch swing would be lovely to sit and read in, definitely need a nice big bathtub to soak in also!

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    1. I'm sad to say I've never been to the state of Colorado.

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    2. It is beautiful, the air is crisp and clear. I have always lived in Iowa and need out of the flatlands! Hate it, so hopefully some day I will get my wish and you will get to visit Colorado some day.

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  43. I want to live in a 6000 sq ft home with enough servants that it would make Downron Abbey look like roughing it.

    J/K Brenda. Figured I'd be different ;). You know, I think part of the reason your readers (including moi), seem to prefer smaller homes is because many of us are empty nesters and have btdt. We have come to realize that 'things' aren't important. They're just things. What we think we need when we are younger isn't what we really need to be happy and we've come to learn that. Older and wiser I guess you can say.

    As for bigger homes, I think there will always be a market that is all too eager to buy into them.

    As for me, I love where I am now, in the Berkshires. We like to say we are next to nothing but 30 minutes from everything. And although it may take me 30 minutes to get to wherever, the drive there is dotted with farms, corn fields, horses and cows. I think you would love it. Oh, and I have a craft room, a fireplace, a deck overlooking the woods and we are about a hundred yards from the lake. Oh, and I have a screened in porch ;).

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  44. I am in my dream location, Florida east coast. I am moving into a condo close to the beach next week. It is not my dream home but all I can afford. My dream home would sit on the Intercoastal Waterway about 5 miles up the road. It would be about 1000 sq. ft. pale yellow with navy blue shutters, lots of big windows to let in the sunshine and breezes. There would be a nice covered patio in back looking out over the water so I can see the sailboats drift by. Since I am dreaming, I would have a summer home in central Ohio. It would be in a small town and have a big front porch for sipping wine and smelling the grass. It too would have big windows for catching breezes and letting in the sunshine. I create better and feel better in bright light.

    Thanks for this mental break. It has energized my day and lifted my spirits.

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  45. I need water. So my little yellow house would be nestled on a wooded lot on a lake. I am not one who likes big open areas and prefer several rooms. I love art and need walls to hang it in. I lived in an open concept home and was always looking for a spot to hang a new piece. One level, laundry on main floor, nice homey kitchen, although I don't believe the kitchen should be the heart of the home, that's what gets us into weight issues. Carefree flowers, hydrangeas are my favorite. Easy to care for inside and out so I can spend my time reading and listening to music and nature on my front/side/ & or back porch. Yellow houses just make me smile, as do porches.

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