Itchy Feet and Unlikely Dreams


I have recently been researching the feasibility of moving to Canada. Or Iceland. Or anywhere with a long and frigid winter. I think I have mentioned before that I am not a summer person. It has been very summery around here and I am not happy about it. Over the weekend, it was almost 100 degrees Fahrenheit and the heat index was much higher. I don't know what that is in Celsius but let's just say that you needed gills to breathe and I probably could have cooked an egg on the sidewalk if I had been so inclined. I was not so inclined because that would have involved leaving the comfort of my air conditioning and I had no intention of doing that.

I am not moving to Canada because it is ridiculously complicated--yes, I did really look into it--but the unacceptably hot weather has made me realize I have itchy feet. We have tended to move around a lot over the years but we have now lived in the same place for ten years. That is the longest we have lived anywhere and I am feeling the pull to totally upend our lives and go on an adventure. We probably won't because we have one kid still in school and that complicates things but it does sound fun.

I know that, in actuality, it is stressful because of housing and jobs and various other practicalities but oh the joy of leaving the old life behind and starting over. Not that my old life is all bad. I would take my husband and children with me. But you do things a certain way and people expect certain behavior out of you and somehow you are stuck in a rut. Moving is a chance to reinvent yourself a little and that is appealing.

I have thought for a long time that ideally, I would like to live in a more urban area than our current small town. I have wanted to have conveniences at my fingertips, to be able to go to museums and bookstores. I have wanted to be able to walk to a coffee shop or the grocery store instead of driving everywhere. I have wanted to live around a more diverse group of people with more wide-ranging interests. That still sounds nice in many ways but I don't think it is what I would pick right now.

Right now, I am researching houses in the country with acres of land around them. I want peace and quiet and no neighbors. I want to walk out my door and go for a hike (once it isn't 100 degrees anymore) and I want pretty views while I do it. It is quite a change and I don't know why I am feeling this way because I have never been pulled to the countryside for anything except a vacation. But I want to run away from everything and pretend the rest of the world doesn't exist.

I probably won't go anywhere. Ten years from now I will most likely still be living in the same house in the same small town but right now I am looking at a lovely little farmhouse on ten acres in rural New York State. It has a front porch and a pond and stables. Oh dear, Celia would want a horse. We both can dream.

Do you dream of running away and starting over? Where would you go?

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  1. I just discovered your blog and think it is wonderful. I understand your feelings on this post. It was interactive to see Arundel from your point of view.

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    1. Thank you for reading and commenting! We loved Arundel and my kids keep talking about going back. We tell them there are a lot more castles we could visit in the U.K.!

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  2. I'd go somewhere where the weather is consistently moderate - and I've found it in the Andes mountains in Ecuador. In the 70sF every day of the year. Cuenca, if you want a city. Cotacachi if you want a town atmosphere. Or lots of other places. Acres of land in the country if you want. The expat communities are well-developed throughout Ecuador but I'm hoping to live a little more within the community and culture of the country. (Fibre optic internet is available in many, many, many places so many continue their careers there, or pick up different work, or retire completely as a couple can live easily (& well) on $1200US per month, ALL in.

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    1. I believe you have mentioned Ecuador before. I spent a little while looking into it and it does look very interesting. Your money certainly goes a long way.

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  3. I've lived in Canada all my 64 years and the summers get hot & sticky unless you're in the far north - and then winters are 10 months long. 6 months of winter every year (in Nova Scotia) is too much for me. I'm done with snow.

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    1. Well, I know Canada doesn't have ideal weather but in the midst of the heat wave I was dreaming of moving far, far north and never experiencing summer again! I have always wanted to visit Nova Scotia though.

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  4. Well of course I'm 'pining for the west' of Scotland, but I'm stuck in the east, we thought we would retire to the west but with family all in the east of Scotland we gave up that dream. I still dream of having a teeny wee cottage there though, not something as big as a family home as I hate the idea of depriving anyone of a house they really need as a roof over their head. A teeny ecohouse would be perfect.

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    1. Circumstances do sometimes keep us in locations that are not quite what we would otherwise choose. A teeny cottage sounds lovely. I can picture it tucked into hills somewhere with a stream nearby...

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  5. at the moment I'd love to be somewhere cooler too, it's over 30°C here and I'm pregnant over 8months so...

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    1. I can understand that. My daughter was born in August and I still remember how long the summer seemed.

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  6. I've moved so often in my life -- seven times, not counting back and forth to college every summer -- that I am thoroughly sick of it. We've been in this house for 8 years this month, and I will be perfectly content to stay here until Cowboy retires in twenty-five years or so. I hate packing and unpacking. Our first four homes as married people were meant to be temporary, not to last more than 1-4 years, and that was really hard on me. I'm a homebody who wants to put roots down deep, to know where things are and how to get to them. I like to explore, but I hate to move.

    Unless we could move back to the Midwest, to Wisconsin especially. I would start packing this afternoon.

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    1. I don't mind putting down roots. I just am not really crazy about where we live right now but it is necessary for my husband's job. He would be in complete agreement with you about the Midwest. He is from Illinois and would love to go back.

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