The New Girl In Town

Thursday, November 7, 2013

The other day it dawned on me that I haven't shared much about myself since starting the blog.  Well, other than I'm obsessed with design.  Several times I have mentioned "the big move", so I'll start there. 

My husband Jimmy (a.k.a. Bubba) and I have spent most of our lives on the southern coast of North Carolina.  Last year we decided to shake things up a bit when Bubba went in search of a new job.  In August that search brought us to a quiet little college town on the southern border of Pennsylvania.  Moving over 500 miles from beloved friends and family was a big deal for us.  Because he had always worked in the family business, Bubba had never lived away from his family and I've never been located more than an hour or two from my own family.  As heartbroken as we were to tear ourselves away from the life we had always loved, the move was necessary for our future.  Life is always changing and we had to change with it.  So, we packed up our home and three dogs and hit the road.

Now, having been in our new town for a couple months, I thought I would share a few things I'm beginning to warm up to.  I love a small town just as much as the next person.  They never run short on character.  Since the move, weekends have been spent exploring our new little town and discovering what it has to offer.  The historic downtown area caters mainly to the college students, but manages to still have a little something for everyone.  The major plus for me is that there are neat little antique and vintage shops tucked in corners of downtown!  I had to throw in this picture from an alley in the historic district.  Only in a small mountain town would you find the below image.

 One of my first tasks when getting to town was finding a local upholsterer.  Not only did I find one, but I found a fantastic one.  He's been in business for over 50 years and is a no-nonsense kind of guy.  He started our meeting with "I take my time and do it right.  If that doesn't work for you then I suggest you go somewhere else."  I knew right away the he was who I wanted to work with.  The lead times may be on the long side, but I've seen his work and he's worth it. 

 Living in the mountains provides stunning views all over town.  This helps ease some of the pangs of missing loved ones.  The trees were slow to turn this fall, but when they did the mountain ridges looked as if someone had set fire to them.  I still miss my ocean and waterway views, but this will do for now.

Sunset on the ridge.

I know that there is some time to go before we are comfortable in this new place.  In the meantime I'm trying desperately to keep myself busy with projects for Southern Distinctions and finding our new home.  Who has two thumbs and hates renting a home......THIS GIRL!  From time to time I'll share any cool discoveries made in my new town adventures. 

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