Readers, Welcome to my blog (formerly Birds, Blooms, Books, etc). I'm entering a new decade taking on the challenge of moving from Maryland after living there 46 years and learning about my new home here in New England in the Live Free or Die state - New Hampshire. Join me as a write this new chapter of my life.

Saturday, July 17, 2021


One year ago today we were arriving in New Hampshire as transplants from Maryland. We had an apartment lined up with a one year lease with the plan to learn the lay of the land, delve into the lives of our two granddaughters, and help our daughter and son in law whenever we could. We didn't know whether we would like apartment living that wasn't in a retirement community like what we had moved from.  We didn't know if we would stay in Lebanon where the apartment was or buy a house or what.

We've experienced summer, fall, and 


Spring was a long time coming but we learned not to push it.

Here it is one year later and we have been home owners for 7 months.  We've tackled a myriad of issues in this 1839 house that was in good shape except for those issues that hadn't been addressed since the owner moved out and rented the house.

We've struggled with getting contractors but looking back we were able to upgrade plumbing and electrical issues, put in new kitchen flooring, address the radon problem, replace the dishwasher, and replace countless broken window panes. We are the stewards of this house and still working to renovate the old barn and address clapboard wood rot issues prior to having the whole exterior painted later this summer. 

We love living here. We love the proximity to our daughter and her family.  We are loving New Hampshire. It was good decision to move.