Changes

Kate 2Kate Wyland

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As I mentioned last time, we really love our new house. Still not fully moved in and unpacked, but getting closer. However, now we’re encountering all the things that are different from what we are used to. Not just in the house but in the environment too. Discovering all the changes.

Stores: Even though we have chain stores nearby, they are all arranged somewhat differently and carry different items from the ones at “home.” I’ve been frustrated in not being able to find familiar food and household items. But we finally discovered a favorite local chain that is pretty close to what we’re used to. Sigh of relief.

14061392382_8988fc2d5b_nServices: One of the biggest frustrations of any move is finding new, trustworthy service people—mechanics, hairdressers, gardeners, handymen, etc. Then the biggies doctors and dentists. We’re doing pretty well on the first three. Hub’s brakes began being a little noisy and since we’re on a hill, I wanted to have them checked. The brake guy that the pool store recommended seems to be really honest and straightforward. Said the brakes were fine and that the vibration was common nowadays.

4427689738_965ec00981_nHe told us about a nearby mechanic. The carpet cleaner who I picked at random did a great job and recommended a gardener. I have fine hair that’s hard to cut properly and I lucked out in finding a hairdresser who did a good job. She also had recommendations. And that’s the way it’s gone. People seem quite friendly, welcoming and willing to help.

Doctors and dentists: A very different story. We got a couple of recommendations for doctors but they aren’t accepting new patients. So now it seems to be eeny-miney-mo time. Hubs and I are not happy with the older style, a pill-for-everything, medicine. We need someone who is comfortable with complementary techniques and who will LISTEN to us. There is a great website, Healthgrades, which can provide lots of good information about docs, IF they use it. Even though we’re only an hour or so away from Silicon Valley, the physicians here don’t seem to be into online technology. It appears we’re going to have to meet with the docs one on one. That can get expensive and time consuming.

145251420_46c6117435_nThe other thing we want is a doctor affiliated with a good hospital. We’ve learned from experience that not all are equal. We’re in the suburbs of a large metropolitan area and I can only find two hospitals listed. Weird.

The upside is how friendly and helpful people are. In Silicon Valley people move so much and are so busy working that it’s hard to develop a feeling of community. Here it’s an older, more settled area with a welcoming vibe. Hope it stays that way.

What do you like about where you live? Would you recommend it to others?

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22 Responses to Changes

  1. Joe Stephens says:

    Haven’t moved in a long time, but I remember when we did move out of state for school, it took forever to find things that we took for granted at home. Unfortunately, by the time we started to feel comfortable, it was time to move back home.

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  2. Interesting and educational post, Kate! My husband has lived in the same community (Casper) for nearly 30 years. He’s pretty settled and had a lot of things already in place (mechanics for example) when we married. We still struggle with doctors just because of expense and the fact we simply don’t go because of that. Living in smaller towns most of my life, I often just did the “hunt and peck” and rely upon people I got to know for references — it’s never easy getting settled into a new place, especially in this aspect. Good luck to you and your husband!

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    • katewyland says:

      I feel like we can take our time on most things, but given Hubs has had serious health issues I want to get the medical stuff taken care of soon. There is a small town feel to our immediate area and I hope to get to know more people quickly.

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  3. Doris says:

    That period of adjustment can be so frustrating. I’ve been very fortunate each time I’ve moved and found what I needed fairly quickly. That might change in the future for I’ve been at my current residence for a number of years. Good luck on the rest of your quest, and hope your joy continues. Doris

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  4. Nancy Jardine says:

    I’ve not moved in 27 years so can’t say what I’d be feeling if I had to move anywhere. I can find the services we need close by, and sometimes it is by recommendation if we need something new or different. Best wishes with your new situation and I hope you find the best medical care. I’ve rarely needed to visit a doctor since I moved to my present home, but I’m very thankful that my National Health Service care is Free of charge to all in Scotland.

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    • katewyland says:

      Free health care sounds wonderful. Unfortunately the closest we have in the US is Medicaid for the indigent and Medicare for the elderly–and even Medicare requires out-of-pocket supplemental insurance. Given all the restrictions, if we were using Medicare we’d probably have even more problem finding a doctor. Many refuse to deal with screwed up system. There’s got to be a better way.

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  5. Wonderful blog here! It just absolutely brought on many feelings about moving to another area. Thinking of moving makes me scared of the unknown, but then excited about the adventures. Thank you for the great thoughts.

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  6. Wranglers says:

    Even in our little town the stores are different from the Northside to the Southside. You can’t just run in and grab what you sre used to getting. Once inside the store, the hunt begins. We are having a hard time with doctors and hospitals too, and we’ve been around this area most of our lives. We just get more and more different ailments that each have their own specialist. Good Luck in your search. Cher’ley

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  7. One thing I like about Sheridan, Wyoming, is the services offered by our senior center. After Bill suffered his strokes, I was able to care for him at home with help from the home health care program. They also have what they call the Minibus which provides transportation to anyone who needs it. It’s a door to door service so you don’t have to stand on the corner and wait for a bus. Although we’re a small community, we have Walmart, Kmart, Wallgreens, and Albertson’s. I would definitely recommend Sheridan to anyone.

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    • katewyland says:

      That’s cool that Sheridan is so convenient. We have the same services but I don’t know if they charge for them or not. One of our new neighbors is legally blind and uses bus for the disabled. Comes right to the house. Glad that service is available.

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  8. I’ve moved so much in my lifetime I can totally understand what you’re going through. I found that sometimes changes (i.e. shopping) was really much better in a place I wasn’t familiar with, once I got used to where things were. Of course, in Mexico you have to accept the grocery stores the way they are. I often shopped at our little corner market. If they didn’t have what I needed, they’d go get it for me. At first I was frustrated that I couldn’t get some things I’m used to, but I learned to improvise. Doctoring is by word of mouth there and there are really only a few who speak English. I loved our doctor (who was the one most used by English speakers). Enjoy your move and the adventures it brings. I now live in a very small village in Wisconsin about an hour and a half from Green Bay. We have to drive pretty far for most doctor appointments, shopping for large items, etc. But I love small-town life and this fits both my husband and me perfectly. Here we know most of our neighbors and we spend time visiting and helping one another out. We only have a couple of bars, a laundromat, a part-time plumbing store and an antiques store. We recently got a grocery store – yay! It’s under a grant from the state of WI and it’s made a lot of difference for us all. We now don’t have to drive 15 miles to the closest grocery store in another county to pick up a gallon of milk. We get as much as we can locally to support the store we have all been begging for. I’d recommend this kind of life to anyone who loves the “quiet” life. If we want more we can drive to Green Bay or Appleton, spend the day, shop ’til we drop, and come home to our little quiet piece of the world. Good luck with everything!

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    • katewyland says:

      How fun to have lived in Mexico! What part? We have friends who retired and built a beautiful home overlooking the ocean in Baja, not far from the border. Liked it for a while but now want to be closer to the kids.
      That’s funny that you had a couple of bars but no grocery until recently. I’m not sure I’d want to be that far from everything. Glad you’re enjoying it.

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  9. Mike Staton says:

    I’ve done quite a bit of moving in my life.. find it becomes more of a headache the older you get. I guess we just don’t like our old habits changed. Much of what you say holds true for me concerning my move to Henderson/Las Vegas. For a dentist and doctor, I looked for ones in my insurance networks. When I retired at 62, I found out that my considerably lower income made me eligible for Medicaid in Nevada, so I had to find a doctor acceptable to the state folks administering Medicaid. There’s so many stores, restaurants and malls clustered around Henderson’s Sunset Station Hotel and Casino… shopping, etc., is actually easier than when I lived in Wilmington, NC.

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    • katewyland says:

      I agree that moving gets harder as we get older. For some reason this move has been much more of a hassle than our previous ones. Partly because this time we moved farther away and out of a convenient distance from our old place. We’re still making the close to 2 hour drive to get things out of storage. Getting very tired of that.

      But change is good for us–isn’t it?

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  10. S J Brown says:

    Over time I am sure you will get acclimated to the area and find everything you need. Our move was just 15 miles from our old house. We are still getting in the habit of going north to stores etc instead of back to the old town. Going north means less traffic and a better variety of stores. It also means I get lost more often than not.

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    • katewyland says:

      Hubs is definitely having problems with the getting lost issue. 🙂 Keeps saying he needs to study a map. (He’s a map person while I’m a landmark one.)
      I’m sure we’ll get things sorted out before long. The only thing that actually bothers me is the doctors issue. I plan on getting going on that soon.

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  11. Moving and adjusting to new environs is always a hurdle but it sounds like you and hubs are getting it under control. Luckily, I’ve lived in the same house since ’99 so my adjusting consists of my own life changes and stores closing. When I divorced, I had to rely on references and neighborhood word of mouth for things like plumber, handymen, etc. since husband was no longer the go-to source on all that! It’s made me much more independent but I’m pretty independent as it is (probably why I got divorced in the first place – ha!). Anyway, good luck on the doctor/hospital search. That’s always such a headache (no pun intended) but so important, I agree.

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    • katewyland says:

      Yes, not having a built-in handyman is inconvenient. We’re having that to a minor degree right now. Our son, who has always been available to help with heavy stuff–moving furniture and such, is now working out of town. Hadn’t realized how much we relied on his strong back. 🙂 Looking for another muscle man at the moment.

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