The last time I moved back to Pennsylvania, I missed a lot of things. Trying to get over a divorce, plus taking care of two kids, an elderly father and two pooping dogs kept me pretty busy.
This time around, it’s just me in a small apartment surrounded by boxes because the place I’m moving into isn’t quite ready. You might think it’s awful, but it’s quite a blessing.
I’m not cleaning, or fussing over decorations. My place looks like cramped cardboard box-land, which is great. It gives me time to read, write, look for jobs, go for walks, stop at bakeries, and spend time with family, like I did on Memorial Day.
I’m still not over the happiness of being here. I love that my cousin and I regularly walk through Beaver, where I lust over all the gorgeous homes. I love that my uncle, siblings and nephews are all a drive away.
Yes, I miss my kids very much, but they promise to visit and I’m currently distracted by this beauty and my new love, Pretzel Bread! Oh my God! More on that next blog.
And tonight, on the way home, I had to pull over and take a photo of one of the most magnificent sunsets I’ve ever witnessed. How many of them did I miss last time I was here?
Probably quite a few. But I’m drinking them in now like I never did before.
I also can’t get enough of the lush greenery that hugs the hiking trail I walk every day.
I didn’t remember it being quite so green, or beautiful. There’s a creek that runs along here that’s lovely, and I almost never see litter, which thrills me completely!
Would I see Pennsylvania this way if I’d stayed here all my life? Probably not. If I hadn’t left I wouldn’t be looking at everything with the eyes of a vacationer. I must have noticed it when I was younger, but I think older me has learned to savor it in a way my younger self never thought to.
Plus, I’m certain my years in California left me much more in touch with my artsy side than I used to let myself be. Even when winter comes blowing in, trying to cure me of my current western Pennsylvania infatuation, I think I’ll still be smitten because I know you only get so many totally gorgeous days and you have to breathe in every ounce of beauty each one has to offer.
I’ve been a seasons woman all my life. It’s what I missed most in California. And even though I know I’m staring down some hot, humid days where my hair will be mistaken for a Brillo pad, I’m also excited for the drama of thunder storms. And don’t get me started on crisp golden fall days, with hay bales, cornstalks, pumpkins and cider! I cannot wait!
So, for the time being, I am definitely not over my initial thrill of being here yet. Not by a long shot.
lafridayJune 4, 2021 at 5:18 pm
I wish my move had put me closer to my daughter, so my experience moving east hasn’t been quite as winsome. Although a native Californian, it is my adopted home of Idaho that I miss most—my first experience at real seasons and Mother Nature’s astonishing beauty. I am THRILLED that the arduous move is behind you and that you are simply basking in the the love of family, the surrounding beauty, many tasty treats, and the promise of all that awaits. I can’t wait until we can get together since we are now so much closer. <3
Fran TunnoJune 10, 2021 at 8:38 am
I cannot wait for my roadtrip to see you either! I hope your move proves to be the absolute best decision you’ve ever made. I suspect the coming seasons will help, without landing quite so much snow on your doorstep. Hang in there Linda! And thanks, as always, for reading!
margaz2013June 2, 2021 at 7:22 pm
I feel the joy as I read every word that you have written. I love the seasons too, so I can remember that first August crisp night where you know a new season is on the way! That was always exciting to me, but sadly, the winter used to do me in. But that was then and who knows, maybe I would survive a month of it and run off to Florida as all of my New York State friends do every winter.So happy for you. Love that picture of the sunset and the beautiful greenery with the stream. The East Coast is truly beautiful with the green fields and many streams. Miss you, Fran!
Fran TunnoJune 2, 2021 at 8:24 pm
I miss you too. Please let me know when you visit your cousin and I’ll positively horn in! it is pretty spectacular here and I think that might be worth dealing with the winter. Come visit soon!
Don RayJune 2, 2021 at 6:53 pm
How wonderful that you’re back in the land of beavers.
I’ll miss you more than ever, however.
Fran TunnoJune 2, 2021 at 8:22 pm
I suppose it is appropriate, as I am the daughter of Miss Beaver County. We must chat sometime. I’d love to hear how it’s going. Thanks for reading and taking the time to write!
Jerry KitchelJune 2, 2021 at 1:58 pm
Your description of this experience is nearly tangible! You’ve conjured feelings I’ve known from years of living in Michigan, with the magnificence that comes with four seasons. I know what you mean about those fall colors, long shadows, withered cornstalks and pumpkins. They really are like eye candy and if you inhale this beauty deeply, I think it’s bound to have extraordinary healing powers. So happy for you, Fran!
Fran TunnoJune 2, 2021 at 8:18 pm
Awwww Jerry. Yes, those long fall shadows!!! I am ready to be healed!!! But I do miss seeing you for those once a decade lunches! xo
JoAnn JonesJune 2, 2021 at 11:42 am
So very happy for you,, Fran , being close to family is the best ! Pa is a beautiful state, enjoy exploring and walking that lovely trail ! Love you, Bill & JoAnn
Fran TunnoJune 2, 2021 at 8:17 pm
Thanks JoAnn! Yes, family is wonderful, especially if you like each other! I was impressed with how pretty Missouri was too. I’m excited to start seeing the eastern part of the country now!
JuliaJune 2, 2021 at 10:30 am
I’m so glad your move went well and you are happy.
Fran TunnoJune 2, 2021 at 8:14 pm
Thanks Julia. If you ever come back east, stop and visit me in Pittsburgh! I’m serious, it’s been way too long.
Julia ShureJune 12, 2021 at 10:36 pm
It has been way too long. Kara is now firmly planted in Brooklyn – they just bought a co-op. I plan to visit as much as I can. So maybe we can meet up!
Fran TunnoAugust 22, 2021 at 10:12 pm
Hey Julia, I would love that to meet you in NYC! Let me know when you next visit Brooklyn. One of the best doughnuts I’ve ever eaten was at Dough in Brooklyn. Enjoy!
Emil MitchellJune 2, 2021 at 7:23 am
And so you should be infatuated with home as you see now through eyes of an appreciative adult……so many things, places and sights slip through the eyes of youth……life is delicious if you let it be…..and Mother Nature is right there with you at every turn, happy you are happy being back home as I shall be late this fall in northern Indiana!
Fran TunnoJune 2, 2021 at 9:34 am
Emil! Congratulations! I wish you safe travels and a good mover. I hope you are happy in Indiana, it’s beautiful and the corn is unbelievably sweet and delicious!
Nicol ZJune 2, 2021 at 7:10 am
Yes!!!! I can feel your joy and I am so happy for you. Can’t wait to catch up soon xo
Fran TunnoJune 2, 2021 at 9:35 am
I have never been good at hiding anything, this blog is proof. Yes to catching up Nicol! I look forward to hearing what you’ve been up to!
BethJune 2, 2021 at 6:33 am
Welcome home, Fran, I look forward to seeing all you accomplish next!
Fran TunnoJune 2, 2021 at 9:37 am
Thank you Beth. I definitely have some plans! Thanks also for reading and taking the time to write. That means so much to me.