Thursday, September 24, 2015

Time Out Thursday - The Big Move

Today Pink Heart Society editor Jeannie Watt talks about preparing for the next phase of her life--leaving Nevada for Montana after she retires from teaching next spring.

Moving...I have a love-hate relationship with moving. I love the adventure of going to new places, hate the reality of boxing everything up.

During the first four years of our married life, my husband and I moved seven times. Several of these were fairly major moves—from Idaho to Colorado and back to Idaho. This is what happens when you major in geology and there aren’t many jobs. You have to pull up stakes and go to where the jobs are.  We moved to Nevada for a one-month drilling contract and, 31 years later, we’re still here.

We are, however, about to move again. I'm both excited and a bit concerned about the amount of work ahead of us.

We’re going to Montana, where we’re building a house on my parents’ ranch. This is going to be a big move—a multiple horse trailer move. I’m talking the big kind, not the two-horse models. I currently have four trailers lined up for the major part of the move. It’s an eleven hour drive from Nevada to Montana and I’m hoping to accomplish the major part of the move in one convoy.

This would be the perfect time to cut back on my personal belongings, right?

It’s not happening! I have a reason for keeping almost everything I own. A good reason. A very good reason…which I occasionally have to explain to my beloved.
The new house in progress! This makes me excited to move.

I don’t think I even need to mention the importance of the books—the research books, the keeper books, the books I saved from my childhood. The books will make the journey—all zillion of them.

My sewing stuff, collected over many years, takes up a lot of space—perhaps a quarter of a horse trailer in all honesty—but even my husband agrees that all that stuff has to come with us. I do make him shirts and such, so he has a stake in the sewing.

The rocks…yes, I said rocks. When a geologist marries a geologist, rocks are involved. I have rocks that have moved with me since college. I’ve already transported some of them to Montana. I figure a rock here, a rock there and I’ll have them moved in no time.

I know a lot of people use moving as a time to pare back, start fresh. I don’t want to start fresh. I’ve collected and culled over the years and I like my collection. I just want to transplant it to a new locale...which means I better start looking for a lot of boxes!

Wish me luck!


She’s not running anymore… 

After a decade away, Jacie Rose has returned with her daughter to Cherry Lake to renovate a historic hotel…and to lay some ghosts to rest. She knows she’ll have to confront mistakes she made in the past, but she didn’t expect to be living right next door to the guy she once asked to be her husband. 

When Brett Jackson was approached ten years ago by Jacie Rose with the wild scheme of marrying her to help her out of a jam, his white knight instincts kicked in and he agreed to be her emergency groom. The only problem was that the bride didn’t show up for the wedding. How’s he supposed to get used to seeing the woman he’s never forgotten every day now that she’s his neighbor? 

Determined to provide the secure home life for her daughter that she never had, Jacie is not about to bring a man into her life—even one that she sometimes thinks should have been there all along. But Brett and Jacie soon discover the spark between them is even stronger than before… Now that their paths have crossed again, will they lead them back to the wedding that almost was? 

Jeannie Watt lives in rural Nevada and writes fast-paced, character driven stories set in the western United States.   To find out more about Jeannie and her books, please visit her website or her retro sewing blog.

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