Settling in…

Settling in…

Two months have now passed since I returned to the Midwest.  After much searching, and realizing that the cost of housing and living HERE actually rivals the West Coast, I finally found a very nice condo.  It is a second floor, two bedroom/two bathroom with a lot of character.  It is also a very secure, locked entry building.  The large living room has a corner fireplace and hardwood in the living room and hallway leading to the bedrooms and bathrooms.  The kitchen has a marble floor, so I will have to be careful not to drop anything or it will surely break!  There are sliding glass doors leading from the living room, kitchen and master bedroom out on to a small terra cotta tiled and covered porch.  Also, I’m six or seven minutes to the closest library (a great one) and 14 minutes to my daughter’s house!

My daughter and her family have been so much help in getting me settled.  Tonight, my daughter brought chicken enchiladas, rotel and tostitos, and delicious chocolate/caramel brownies!  Since I don’t have a table and chairs yet (we’re looking on Monday), we had a picnic on the living room floor.  So much fun!  Afterwards, my sweet son-in-law and oldest grandson put up the white iron bed in the guest room and hauled boxes up and down the stairs to my storage room in the basement!  My granddaughters helped!  Needless to say, I couldn’t have done it without them and I appreciate their help so much.

I’ve only been here in the condo for two weeks but I am definitely making progress.  When it is a little further along, I will post photos of the finished look.

Last evening was the Great Pumpkin Party at church.  Will post pics of that when I find the cord for my camera!  My daughter made my grandchildren’s costumes and they are so cute.  My youngest grandson is “Bolt“, the adorable Disney dog.  Featured photo above:  here we are outside waiting for their turn for the pony ride.  Such a fun night!


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About Dianne

Although I am a true Southern Heart (I was born in Mississippi and grew up in Tennessee), I also love the Prairie, and that is where I am now.

I am a mother of three grown children - two wonderful sons and an amazing, beautiful daughter. I am a grandmother of nine - two grandsons and seven granddaughters. If you were to ask my grandchildren: they would tell you that "being a grandmother is what I do and that nothing in this world could keep me from it".


  1. I’ve been watching for post updates and hoping that some sense of order was underway in a time that has to have been stressful for you.
    Your condo sounds very like the one in which J.’s sister and bro-in-law live in Ohio–also a secure neighborhood, It has to be wonderful to have your loving and supportive family nearby.

    • Thank you, Sharon! It has definitely been a stressful time but, thankfully, I’m seeing light at the end of the tunnel I think. At least, there are fewer boxes in the living room! The best part is I’m only about 14 minutes from my daughter and I love that.

  2. Carole Perkins :

    Dianne! I’ve been thinking and wondering about you! It’s so good to hear that you’re getting settled into your own place and that things are going well. It sounds like you’re enjoying those grands just a tad too much. They and you are so blessed to have one another. I read all the older entries on this site tonight. I’m not sure how I’ve missed them til now….but so glad to find you again! God bless you and yours as you travel this new road. You’re amazing to me and I know you’ll do great. I just love your spirit….I know from whence it comes!

  3. Janet Anderson :

    Dianne, your condo sounds nice! I hope you really like it there. I will look forward to seeing pictures. And I love the photo of you and your grandson (he is so adorable!!).

    • Hi, Janet! Thank you! I will post some pics as soon as there are no more cardboard boxes – I’m slowly getting there! It won’t be too far for a visit from you and your family – there is a guest room and a guest bath!

  4. So good to hear that you’re settling in, and to see you looking so happy with “Bolt”. Your new place sounds really lovely. I wish you many, many happy times there.

    • Thank you, Christine! It is a new life for sure and I will make it a happy one – who couldn’t with a little “Bolt” and three other precious grandchildren here!

  5. Linda Albea Pludra :

    I just read your new blog and am so happy to here you are getting settled and back close to your family. Your condo sounds so nice and comfortable. I’ll be looking forward to seeing stories from you.

    Also, I hope you will be able to come to the Kingsbury Class of 63’s 50th reunion. We should have a great time and it would be grest to see you…..hope you will be able to come!!!!

    • Hi, Linda! I’m so glad you found my new blog! I am planning to be there for the *gasp* 50th reunion! That will be so much fun! With lots of 50’s and 60’s music! 😉

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