Moving from California to a Small Town in Missouri – What about the Weather?

small town in Missouri weather
Moving from Ca

It’s been a couple years since I moved from Southern California to a small town in Missouri. We are having a rough winter here with record breaking snowfall and temps. There was even a polar vortex this week that brought the temperature to 34 below zero with the windchill factored in. It was really, really cold!

So, I know my CA friends are looking at my Facebook posts and pictures of me walking my dog in the snow and thinking I must be crazy. I can almost see them shaking their heads and feeling sorry for me while trying to imagine what it would feel like to be in weather this cold.

My back yard 1-13-19

And yes, there are times when I reminisce about CA weather, but I don’t regret my move at all.

There are some things that are challenging:

  • Putting on and taking off layers of clothes including a coat, hat, and gloves, whenever I leave my house
  • My backyard looks like a frozen lake so I won’t get to enjoy it this season unless I take up ice skating
  • My dog will only potty after walking for 20-30 minutes so there are no quick dog walks
  • Sometimes I run late because I forget I need to defrost and warm up my car for 10-15 minutes before leaving
  • Scraping ice off windshields although it’s a little easier now that I realized what was called a back window defogger in CA is a window defroster here. (It only took me 2 years to figure that out.)
  • And, in the summer we have MOSQUITOES

But, there are reasons I am happy to stay:

  • The snow is really, really beautiful
  • Instead of having planes, trains, sirens, traffic, and helicopters as background noise, I commune quietly with squirrels, rabbits, and a variety of birds
  • My small town has a lot of community spirit and fun events to keep us entertained
  • When I volunteer, I am more in touch with the impact I make on the community
  • The newspaper guy, police officers, mayor, and congressmen (called aldermen here) are all my neighbors
  • We have an amazing library and I get to be on the board of directors
  • We are only half a mile from a city
  • I recently bought a really nice 3 bed and den home for only $96k. A comparable home in CA would likely be $600k or more.
  • And, most important of all, I am near my family. We go to church and then lunch every Sunday and celebrate holidays together. I get to attend high school events my grand kids are involved in and spend one on one time with them. I also love watching my son live his passion as he preaches on Sunday mornings to a wonderful church community we recently joined.

So, you see, there is no reason to feel sorry for me because of the weather. I am happy here and grateful I had the courage to move.

If you are considering a big move and would like the support of a coach who knows how you feel, I would love to talk to you. Contact me.

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My First 7 Months After Moving to a Small Town in Missouri

mailbox small town life

It’s hard to believe I have been here in small town Missouri for 7 months. It feels like I was in a fog the first 3 or 4 trying to get settled in. There were things to learn about yard care, what is available in town, updates to the house, and my initiation into the culture of small town football.

Being near my family has been a blessing and they also keep me pretty busy. I love the time I get to spend with them and never take it for granted.

My first real winter is almost over. Continue reading

So Many Changes I’m At a Loss for Words

Linda and Traci changes

Linda and Traci after two 10 hour days of driving.

I’ve been quiet. Very quiet. And, I have also been very, very busy.

It has been several weeks since I last posted and I keep waiting for the words to come, but my brain seems to be busy synthesizing all the changes I have experienced. I think it needs time to catch up with my life.

So, maybe I will just start writing and see what happens.

In the last month or so I’ve made a lot of changes, including:

  • Sold my house in California
  • Sold or given away more than 1/2 of my possessions
  • Packed what was remaining in a moving pod in 111 degree heat
  • Welcomed my friend Traci who flew in from Tennessee to drive cross country with me
  • Road tripped with Traci from CA to Missouri with my 2 cats in the back seat of the car
  • Worried about my stressed out kitten cats the entire way
  • Experienced the incredible natural beauty of our country including red rock in Utah, mountain vistas in Colorado, and the big sky of Kansas
  • Felt awe at the courage of the pioneers who crossed our country in tiny wagons, often on the same land we were traveling
  • Felt tipsy and giggly after 2 sips of a Margarita on night two of our trip – it was Traci’s fault
  • Drove up to my new little house in Missouri on the evening of day 3
  • Was welcomed with wide open arms by my son, daughter-in-law, and three grandchildren
  • Took Traci to the airport and cried as she left
  • Started settling into my home

Yep! I’ve been busy. This was a courageous step for me and I couldn’t be happier.

Stay tuned. There is more to come…

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Living the Small Town Life