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Modern Conveniences October 22, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Home & Garden, Less IS More, Nature.

We have moved many times during the past 30 years ~ we’ve lived in South Carolina ( 2 places), North Carolina (2 places), New Jersey (3 places), Virginia ( 1 place), Maryland (1 place) and Florida (2 places).

Each move required packing up tons of stuff to move it from Hither to Yon. 

Moving vans are a wonderful modern convenience for transporting stuff from Point A to Point B . . . much easier than using a buckboard or balancing items on horseback while fording streams.

Our last move, to a furnished villa near Anna Maria Island, required us to take  inventory since we inherited beds, dressers, tables, chairs, sofas, love seats, TVs, linens, DVD players, pots, pans, dishes, glasses, cutlery, knives, crockpot, toaster, blenders, and other modern conveniences ~ water heater, stove, oven, microwave, and refrigerator/freezer.

Buying a furnished villa worked for us since we’d left most of our furniture in situ when we moved to Florida.  The couple who bought our home in Maryland inherited our computer desk,  garden tools, sofas, dining room furniture, beds, dressers, recliners, and lawn implements.  The owner of this villa reciprocated:

* He left us a computer desk . . . we needed a computer desk.
* He left us his bike . . . we needed a bike.
* He left us his garden tools . . . we needed garden tools.

Buying a place filled with new-to-us furnishings and modern conveniences without having to shop until we dropped or drooped was a major convenience!

Even better than the modern conveniences are the views. 


The villa is located on a small lagoon populated by pelicans, great blue herons, ibis and spoonbills.  One day, while still debating the purchase, we spied baby otters chittering and playing on the far side of the lagoon . . . sliding down the banks into the water, and then racing back up the hill to do it all over again.  

The baby otters (and the birds) sealed the deal. 

A Moving Moral:  Modern conveniences are grand . . . but nature nurtures.

Enjoy whatever the universe tosses your way because when one door closes, another opens . . . sometimes into a room with a view furnished just for you.

Related posts:  Sidey’s Weekend Theme ~ All Mod Cons * Really Awful All Mod Cons (Colonialist) * All Mod Cons (Sidey) * A Modern Spin (Kate Shrewsday) *  This is All that Came to Mind (Paula)


1. BrainRants - October 22, 2011

Wow I’d almost think you were in the military with all those moves. Gets old, doesn’t it?

nrhatch - October 22, 2011

Hmm . . . that number of moves looks rather suspect for someone not in the military. Like they’re hiding from someone ~ Witness relocation? Undercover agent? Shaken, not stirred? 😉

Each move was worth it, but . . . this last move might be / probably will be our last move since we’re finally where we want to be, moving IS getting old, and we are getting old too!

Pocket Perspectives - October 22, 2011

“Can the child within my heart rise above?
Can I sail thru the changing ocean tides?
Can I handle the seasons of my life?
But time makes you bolder
Children get older
I’m getting older too…..”
Sounds like you’re transitioning nicely through some of the seasons of your life… : )

nrhatch - October 22, 2011

Great song, Kathy! Stevie Nicks rocks. 😀

2. Maggie - October 22, 2011

I like living in areas where there is a lot of wildlife, too. Where I live, there are deer that will come right up to the house and stare into the windows. Kind of creepy, but cool.

nrhatch - October 22, 2011

I love deer! Haven’t seen any in Florida . . . yet. There are Key Deer here, in places.

We used to have raccoons that came to the back sliding doors in MD and KNOCKED . . . to let us know that the bird feeders were empty. 😆

3. Tammy - October 22, 2011

I might stress about bird mess on patio cushions but I completely agree with you. I’m going to try to take some photos of our wildlife so that you can see it; coyote, javalina, quail.

nrhatch - October 22, 2011

We bring the cushions in at night . . . but we do have to hose off the patio occasionally. 😉

I would love to see photos of the wildlife in your neck of the woods. We have coyotes here . . . but I’ve never seen a javalina.

4. SidevieW - October 22, 2011

nice to inherit them all,but what i love most are your neighbours

nrhatch - October 22, 2011

We ended up donating CARLOADS of stuff to Goodwill after we moved in ~ a real bonanza for them.

We love our new neighbors ~ even the reptilian variety.

5. suzicate - October 22, 2011

Wow, I can’t imagine all that moving. I’ve been in my house for 20 years, and the idea of packing up this much stuff overwhelms me. I guess if I simplified it wouldn’t be a problem!

nrhatch - October 22, 2011

The early moves were easy . . . because we had less stuff. The last few moves were “easy” because we left lots of stuff we no longer needed behind.

Each move brought us closer to where we wanted to be ~ FREE.

6. Crowing Crone Joss - October 22, 2011

a blue heron on your deck? I would feel in absolute heaven. things come and go, but people, nature, memories, joy, these fill our heart and go with us wherever we land.
walk in beauty this day.

nrhatch - October 22, 2011

We’ve often have herons, egrets, and hawks on the deck railings. Pelicans, ducks, cormorants, and anhingas swim. Osprey and Wood Storks soar through the air. Roseate Spoonbills visit the far shore of the lagoon. It’s AWESOME!

You are so right ~ the memories and joy “go with us wherever we land.” Thanks, Joss!

7. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide - October 22, 2011

Those birds are amazing.

nrhatch - October 22, 2011

I agree! So glad their numbers rebounded after hats went out of style and milliners no longer sought their plumes in such great numbers.

8. Jackie Paulson Author - October 22, 2011

I have moved as much as you and wow, I have to say you summed this is perfectly. I am moving yet, again after the 26 th-my sister bought a house and we move in, cause she has a disability and cannot live alone. Oh, my! I am taking your advice: at age 44-I am getting movers this time. The wish is out there anyhow. I have to say that those photo’s make me believe in the beauty that surrounds us every day, that we tend to miss. Yes, the memories we will cherish from today to the end of eternity. ~Jackie

nrhatch - October 22, 2011

Good luck with your upcoming move. Hope that your new house is soon Home Sweet Home for you and your sister! 😀

9. Gobetween - October 22, 2011

Must be very quiet and peaceful to encourage birds. Looks great. I hate traffic and long to be in a beautiful tranquil place.

nrhatch - October 22, 2011

It is a quiet and tranquil lagoon most days . . . except when the otters are in town. 😀

10. Sandra Bell Kirchman - October 22, 2011

Your place sounds fabulous, just the setting for joyous living and peaceful meditation.

My dad was in the Canadian military and we moved many, many times (not sure, but perhaps over 50). I never finished the school year at the same school I started in. Sometimes we moved as much as three times in a year.

The result for me was that I found it hard to make friends but I became more flexible (which I really needed to do). My mom was an expert mover and knew how to pack in half the time it took most other folks, and do it well so that nothing got broken. I inherited that too.

The pros of moving many times are endless. My husband has only moved twice in his life before marrying me (we’ve now moved twice in four years lol). It made him leary of strangers and overwhelming to travel long distances. However, he seems to have overcome it.

I think we each choose our life’s progression so it will benefit us spiritually the most. We can take the long hard route (if we don’t follow our plan) or the easy route (if we decide to learn our lessons along the way). It’s wonderful how it’s all set up for us. All we have to do is…do it.

nrhatch - October 22, 2011

I have NEVER made a move that I wanted to undo. Every move has meant positive change and possibilities for growth.

But, now, I want to stay put. I am EXACTLY where I want to be.

11. colonialist - October 22, 2011

A delightful reflection of the theme and of your current possie as we say in SA (position of residence).

nrhatch - October 22, 2011

Thanks, Colonialist. The right “possie” makes all the difference, doesn’t it?

12. Booksphotographsandartwork - October 22, 2011

That would seal the deal for me as well. You are indeed lucky. And blessed by good choices and chances.

nrhatch - October 22, 2011

We are, indeed, Linda. We made lots of choices that worked to our advantage . . . and we also had lots of luck. 😀

13. barb19 - October 22, 2011

Glad you are now where you want to be, after all those moves!
I love all your new neighbours!

nrhatch - October 22, 2011

Thanks, Barb! It’s great to be here and we’re big fans of the neighbors.

14. Alannah Murphy - October 22, 2011

Looks beautiful. I’ve moved many times as well. Each time, I end up with less belongings, it’s a great feeling not to own too many things.

nrhatch - October 22, 2011

We travel best when we travel light ~ the less stuff we have to cart around with us (possessions and mental clutter), the more liberated we feel.

15. kateshrewsday - October 22, 2011

What a beautiful, modern, convenient location, Nancy! How serendipitous your move turned out to be!

nrhatch - October 22, 2011

We’ve lived some wonderful places . . . but for this stage of our life together, THIS is our favorite. 😀

16. bluebee - October 22, 2011

Buying someone’s house and everything in it is a completely novel concept to me, Nancy. Not sure I could do it, but I do appreciate the freedom on not having to move one’s own stuff from place to place – it’s a nightmare.

Just lovely to have that view and all those wonderful birds around

nrhatch - October 22, 2011

We brought lots of our stuff with us ~ the antiques, the heirlooms, the furniture made by my dad and grandfather, etc.

We were just talking about whether we missed any of the furniture we left in MD (or before that in NJ). Neither of us could think of a thing. Out of sight, out of mind.

17. Tilly Bud - October 23, 2011

You had me at ‘otters’. I would buy for the same reason 🙂

nrhatch - October 23, 2011

And, since they are not daily visitors, each cameo appearance is still a special treat.

18. jeanne - October 23, 2011

How exciting to move to new and exciting places. Both my husbands family and my family moved around alot when we were kids. We both wanted to a more settled life.

nrhatch - October 23, 2011

I only lived in 2 places my first 18 years. Same with BFF. So moving had considerable appeal. 😀

19. Christine Grote - October 24, 2011

This is new to me. I suppose occasionally people will leave some furniture or a snow-blower (I had to throw that one in) or something, but I’ve never heard of people leaving it all. Fascinating. I guess I still have some evolving to do to be willing to part with my recliner, bed, and desk. 🙂

nrhatch - October 24, 2011

We moved our bed to Florida, but left two others behind. We left our dressers, entertainment center, dining room furniture, living room furniture, etc. Made for a much easier move.

People buying second / vacation homes often buy them furnished. We happened to be moving from one vacation spot (on the banks of the Chesapeake Bay) to another (the Gulf Coast).

We weren’t looking to buy a furnished villa . . . just a bonus. 😀

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