Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Moved on.

Completed a move 120 miles from where I called home for almost three years. Moved to another state but stayed in the mountains in this region. The nearest major city I used to live by had less than 40,000 people there, this new city has nearly a million. Still living in the country, about 15 minutes outside the metropolis area.
I was getting a little nervous that I was not going to move until after the spring which would have been ok, I would have managed but the home I was in was up for sale and had to deal with people coming and going.
I had pretty much given up on the search after making the 2+ hour ride here several times in last couple months to view multiple places only to find some sort of bullshit problem or another. Every single place had a deal breaker. I was sick of making the drive and had decided to wait until spring. Then one morning this placed popped up, went to see it that afternoon and jumped on it. Within a week we were packed and moving thanks to the cell mate and her hard work.

The move was typical shit for me. Hired labor to load/unload and I drove..lots of things went wrong and I won't rehash the bullshit. From the morning crew being late and weak (hired 3, got 1.5) to me hitting a curb and fucking up the rental truck wheel.
Its over with, paid for and done..

It is larger than the last place which I did not want. I was ready to sell some stuff and downsize. But we got a good deal and its a nice place. The house is situated half way up a mountain side.
There is a fireplace. I have not had a fireplace in the home since I was a kid. It didn't take long before I had a truck load of wood delivered. There is a new heat pump that has not been used yet, only been burning wood. It has been very nice. I think more should be ordered so I don't run out mid-winter.We have had a fire going every single night. I have been enjoying that so far.

In the last year I have changed the way I eat. I had reached out to the local farms in my community and setup resources for nearly everything we consumed from veggies to meats and dairy. In some cases it was more expensive but in most it evened out. Much more food preparation and planing took place. We would get produce from a local stand or buy the occasional CSA box from a farm and based food for the week around the varying veggies that came in that box.
There are endless amounts of shitty fast food here and the population apparently enjoys it as they are fatter than fuck.
I have already setup my resources already for local dairy and poultry. This state allows raw milk to be sold, but you must own a share of the cow. A neighbor has farm fresh brown eggs.
I am working on the meat, there are local farms with grass fed meats available. Produce will show itself as spring/summer rolls around. I doubt I will find a nearby stand with produce that is self service and on the honor system. I had two right by my old house, I will certainly miss that convenience and trust in humans...

I researched Neurologist here over the weekend. I need to send a referral request to my old doctor and get setup with a new one here. There is a MS specialist in this city so I will make an appointment to see him as well. Maybe see the specialist once a year or so. I need to see him at least once to get an opinion on my shitty progress.

I have already reached out to my local MS groups. Since the city is so large there are five different groups (sponsored by NMSS), one is a men's only group. Before moving I had checked the NMSS calendar for the area and there is a pharma sponsored dinner at some fancy restaurant coming up, put in my RSVP for it and looking forward to meeting people in this new city.

I spoke with a guy who runs one of the meetings and he said there are some younger people in the group from 20-30 years old. While I hate for anyone to have MS I hope to meet someone my age that I can connect with.
Cannabis is another issue I have to deal with here. I hope with the number of people at these meetings I can easily get in touch with someone. I will travel a couple hours to my old town if needed but I don't think it will come to that...

Time will tell if I can get comfortable here.


  1. I hope that everything works out well for you in your new home, and I hope that your MS remains stable for a long time. Good luck to you.

  2. I really am glad you posted!! You "sound" upbeat. I like it. ;)
    If you have a PO BOX or something, I'd like to send you something. Take it easy.

    1. I share a lot but not everything.
      Thank you for the thought Kelly.

  3. I am very happy for you! For your new start:)
    Good luck!

  4. Merry Christmas, my friend!!

    1. Thank you. I hope you and the family had a good Christmas.