Sunday, October 03, 2010

Port City

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Post Written by MJ
Roger Browning hunting for rubies in Franklin, NC, in 2006, courtesy of MJ
I've never been a fan of cold weather.

Sure, I love the way the leaves turn various shades when fall arrives each year in West Virginia.
Little Beaver Lake, Raleigh County, WV by MJ
We have this giant of a hickory tree in the front yard whose leaves resemble spun gold when autumn is at its peak.
View from in front of our house -MJ
And it's always a treat to watch the scores of munchkins parading through Coal City in their scary, adorable costumes on Halloween, their tiny voices singing out in unison, "Trick or treat?" And then, of course, there's Thanksgiving Day. Enter that juicy roast turkey. Help yourself to seconds and thirds of cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, homemade mashed potatoes, other Thanksgiving delights. Fall can be such a magical time.

But, then, after fall comes winter, harsh winter. Dig out those thick coats from storage. Scrape all the snow off the car. Watch for black ice on roads. Try not to fall in the parking lot. Winter can be so dangerous.

"We need to move to a warmer place," hubby, Rog, said to me one chilly night a few days ago. We were seated at the dining table sipping steamy cups of Swiss Miss hot chocolate while leafing through the pages of a photo album from 2006. The page we were both staring at showed pictures from a trip we took to North Carolina that summer.

"Like North Carolina?" I asked.

"Exactly!" Rog said. "They have mild winters there. We wouldn't have to deal with as much snow and cold as we have here every year!"

We sat around the table for a long time that night, talking about the fun time we had down in North Carolina that summer. We had made the trip with high hopes of finding a ruby or two at Sheffield Mine in Franklin, and we were not disappointed. On Day 2 of our hunt, I stumbled upon a 47-and-a-half carat ruby and Rog found a 22 carat one, along with other smaller stones. We have the rubies to this day and plan to have them polished and cut into matching rings one day, whenever we get the funds.

"We could move to Franklin," I said. "Right next to the ruby mine." I was smiling, remembering the moment I had sifted through the mud and rocks in the wooden tray and spotted that purplish stone. "We could hunt rubies every weekend. Teyla would love that!"

"Better yet," Rog said, "We could move to the Port City, Wilmington. We would be close to the Cape Fear River, as well as the ocean!" We both love the ocean.
Wilmington, North Carolina, picture courtesy of http://www.century21sweyer.com/
Today, I did some research on Wilmington NC real estate. You never know, we might actually move down there within the next few years if we keep getting winters like the nightmarish one of 2009.

I have always held in high regard companies that are locally-owned and operated, such as Century 21 Sweyer and Associates, a Wilmington NC real estate firm that has been serving the city and surrounding areas since 1987. I am positive it is pretty well-established, having helped customers find their dream home for the past 23 years. They just might hear from me one of these days.

I was watching the Weather Channel just a while ago. The forecast calls for temperatures to dip into the 50s and maybe even the 40s later this coming week. I dislike the sudden change in temperature - so nice and warm just a few weeks ago, shorts and flip-flops weather, and now I shiver in a jacket at night when I go out on the deck to look at the stars.

I was thinking today of how awesome it would be to live on or within driving distance of Wrightsville Beach, Kure Beach or Topsail Beach, to be the owner of one of those beautiful Wilmington NC homes.
picture of Teyla courtesy of MJ Browning
I can almost picture Teyla happily building sand castles on one of the lovely beaches in the Port City. And we wouldn't miss the West Virginia winters at all.
~by MJ~
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27 comments:

  1. I have never experienced a snowy winter, yet from what I have experienced I know I won't like them. :) The best climate I have ever seen is here in Sunshine State.

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  2. None of those places sounds very cold to me! Waiting for snow season.

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  3. the fall picture is awesome MJ, and I really love Teyla rolling in the grass, I can very well imagine her playing with sand as well, I still have to know a little kid who does not get giddy with sand :) Both West Virginia and North Carolina are beautiful places MJ.

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  4. Can I camp at the front of your house?
    The view are breathtaking!

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  5. the second and third photo are like paintings and deserve to be framed.

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  6. It is a lovely scene to see Teyla rolling in the grass, just like what I used to see in movies.

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  7. I'll go for warm places too! I'm not a old -weather-gal either..

    Beautiful photos MJ..

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  8. The fall colors are beautiful but the cold winter doesn't sound too appealing. I've been fortunate to live in warm climates so far.

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  9. My SO and I always talked about traveling the US. It would be so much fun to visit states such as NC!

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  10. Ooh Betchai if you move to NC you will be closer to FL and someday maybe we could have coffee, or tea. NC is a lovely state.

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  11. While cold weather starts to bug me by the end of the winter, I enjoy it for a while. I don't think I would want to move someplace where it never snowed.

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  12. I have loved my 33 years in the San Francisco area. I am less than three miles from the Pacific and what I consider the most beauitful city in the U. S. Lake Tahoe and winter snow is a four hour drive away, Napa is a little over an hour and there are other wonderful wine regions within an hour or two away. Monterey and Carmel are a two hour drive. Los Angeles is about seven hours. I've got the best of all worlds.

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  23. Forgive me, MJ and Betchai! I don't know what the heck happened with my computer. It went completely haywire and printed my comment repeatedly. How the heck that happened, I haven't a clue. I have been trying to delete all the excess comments but it is taking time. I am so sorry.

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  24. I would be happy if it's summer all year round. The trees and reflection on Little Beaver Lake is amazing!

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  25. Beautiful photos, MJ! Love Teyla's happy picture, she's so adorable. Would love to visit both places NC and WV!
    Thank you for sharing the opp, Beth! *hugs, girlfriends*

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  26. oh MJ... Rog will surely enjoy gold panning.. and I bet you too.

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  27. What a great view from your house, MJ. The trees reflecting on the water is awesome!

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THANK YOU SO MUCH!!