Sunday, July 10, 2011

Why a Series in South Carolina?

by Leann

Ever wonder why I have a series set on a lake in South Carolina when I've lived in Texas most of my adult life? After all, my Yellow Rose mysteries are built around what I know of the area where I live. The answer is simple. I want to live in South Carolina on a lake. We bought property in South Carolina on a lake years ago. I thought we had a plan.

Circumstances changed. The stock market plummeted. My husband, who had retired from one job, decided he really didn't like being retired and signed on with another company. Here. In a place far from my children and my friends. I didn't like it, but Mr. Sweeney enjoys his job. Who am I to stand in the way of that? I, after all, work for peanuts to live my dream of writing books.

But illness is a big eye opener. We will not live forever. My husband, always so healthy, got a taste of what I have been going through for years. He got sick. Big time sick. Thank goodness he is well after major surgery. He is even back to work full time. Now, however, reality has set in. the clock is ticking. Come this fall, my daughter and sister will arrive to help with the first big sort and purge in this house. I am grateful for this offer since I tire so easily and just the thought of this task is exhausting. We will be tossing out or giving away many things and that will be both difficult and exciting. It is another passage in life's journey.

In October or November, my husband I will take the first load of items that can be stored to a place near our property in South Carolina. We have friends there to help unload, friends who have been urging us to get on with our move for several years. It is step one and just that thought alone makes me smile. We still will have a long way to go. Fixing up our twenty year old home, more packing and purging, but I now know we will be moving on. It's no longer an "if," it's a "when." That feels so nice.

How about you? What's your future look like? Are you planning anything big in your future?

17 comments:

Linda McDonald said...

Congrats on the changes and move to SC in the future. I'm glad to hear your husband is doing well after his surgery. The future for me: a long road trip next month to visit national parks, and then I'm headed back to school in the fall to get my paralegal certificate. After that, we shall see. I learned the "we will not live forever" thing early on when my 20 year old college boyfriend died of cancer. Since then, I've really tried to do the things I want to do as soon as I can do them because it is true, we won't live forever.

Dru said...

Congrats on making that initial step towards your move to South Carolina.

Pj Schott said...

Great philosophy. Just do it!!

Lisa said...

I am beginning a new chapter in my life. Divorcing after 7 years, moving back with my parents and starting fresh. Also hoping to finally finish a ms lol I think the future is bright and I am looking forward to it!

I have always loved the Yellow Rose series and have now passed it on to my SIL who has also fallen in love with it :)

Ellis Vidler said...

Wonderful! I hope you'll be near Greenville and come to our Sisters in Crime chapter. What fun! We have a FB page. Check in and see. It's Upstate SC Chapter Sisters in Crime.

Leann Sweeney said...

Linda, looks like you have big plans. Yellowstone is my favorite park. Lisa, big changes for you, too. Finish that book. It's a great feeling. Thanks for the encouragement Dru and Pj! As for Greenville? After living in south Texas nothing in SC will be too far away!

Sandy said...

Congratulations on turning your dream into a reality!

I think our first steps were the hardest. Well, that and letting some of my prize possessions go. We started our dream a little over two years ago. We retired early, sold our house, and just about everything in it. Our dream? We wanted to live full-time in our motorhome with our cats, to visit family (spread out across the US), and to see our beautiful country. I would not change a moment of the last two years. We are more relaxed. We feel healthier. We smile more.

Best wishes to you and your husband in your South Carolina home on the lake. Sandy

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Sandy. My cousin and his wife are traveling the world on a sailboat after selling all their possessions. Nice to be able to live out a dream!

~ Babs ~ said...

I am so happy to hear your husband is doing much better after the surgery. We welcome you to South Carolina :). I have lived here all my life and love it. My husband and I live in Greenville 20 minutes for the lake and 15 from the mountains and it is so wonderful.

Good luck on the move here and hope you enjoy it.

As for our big dreams we got it. I have 4 wonderful boys our pets and a big property I have been wanting. Now if I can just get my trip to Ireland I will be happy :).

Leann Sweeney said...

Mountains and lakes-I cannot wait. We are taking the labradoodle when we visit in the fall. She LOVES riding in a boat and swimming in the lake. I might like that, too! So glad you are in SC, too, Babs!

Aurian said...

O Leann, that is good news! I hope you don't miss the things that will have to go, and that you can look forward more and more if the time flies towards the move.And perhaps your husband can find something to occupy a part of his time, next to fishing and guystuff of course ;)

Vickie said...

{HUGS} I am so glad that you have friends and family to help you in this new phase in your life.

Our future....Lady K gets a dog, we are in the process of researching a condo purchase up in the mountains for a getaway place and so DH can have a bed to sleep in when he goes hunting and fishing since, apparently, he's getting too old for a sleeping bag on the ground in a tent, DH will go on a six month motorcycle trip around the US of A when he retire retires. I'm not sure when I will retire retire. I can't think of a time when I didn't work.

Lynn said...

Welcome to South Carolina, Leann.
I live near the coast, an hour from Charleston and an hour from the beach. It's almost perfect.

I understand what you're going through in the moving process. Two years ago I downsized from a 3400 sq. ft. house to a 1600 sq. ft. home. I thought I would miss a lot of the things we got rid of, but I don't. Love my smaller place. It's just perfect for my needs. Good luck with your move.

Barbara said...

We know we'll be going somewhere far enough south to get away from harsh winters, but don't know exactly when. My husband has Parkinson's so ice and snow are treacherous for him. If and when he sells his machine shop - which I will never ever move again - we'll sell our farm and go.

Linda said...

You'll LOVE South Carolina! We live in Beaufort on Port Royal Island for five years and moved back to Texas (which is "home" for us) in 2000. I still miss downtown Beaufort, the intracoastal waterway, Huntington Island, Lady's Island and Hilton Head and all of our friends although it's nice to be here in Texas with our daughters and their families.

Sarita said...

Congrats on moving toward your big change. How exciting!

Anonymous said...

Congrats Leann, I know you will love living so close to a lake. Our backyard is one so I know how it is. We've been living here since 71' and I don't think I could actually live anywhere else. My favorite part has to be early in the morning when I feed the cats, listening to the ducks quack and it echos around. So peaceful on the deck at that time and late evening. You and your husband will love it.