July 18, 2010

New Homes, Moving, and Setting up House

Hmm, I spent a bit of time trying to come up with a topic for today. So many times I write from my research and what happens in the book I'm currently writing. Unfortunately, I've stalled a bit of late. I have a good excuse, though. Honest.

See, my husband and I just bought our first house. We own the condo where we live now, but he bought it before we got married. I know, I know. Nearing the middle of my 30's and I'm only just now buying a house. That's only because we married a bit later. Enough about me, though. Let's get back to topic.

Since moving and buying a house is on my mind, I thought I'd do a little digging on those pioneers who have gone through the same trials and tribulations...only under much more difficult circumstances. They didn't have to concern themselves with where to put the computer, or where the outlets were in a room, or even overloading the circuit breaker. They didn't even have to worry about downsizing or filling all of the available rooms in their house.

Then again, most times, they only had one room, and no electricity. And they could only take what would fit in one wagon. Puts a slightly different slant on things doesn't it?

Moving became more about what and who they were leaving behind, and the new life they were establishing. Since the majority of people stayed in one place once they settled, and they stayed near their family, if they moved, the journey usually ended up being at least 100 miles or more away. Travel would take days or even weeks, so visits didn't happen often. When they said goodbye, they knew it might mean the last goodbye they would have the chance to say.

Once in a while, a move would take place with a marriage and a move to a new house within the same town. But that didn't happen often.

Now, setting up house didn't take nearly as long then as it does today. Primarily because they didn't accumulate anywhere near the amount of "junk". So, they didn't have to cart it with them to the new home. Sure, they had their choice comfort items to make a house feel like a home. A hand-made quilt, personal keepsake, or family heirloom would go a long way toward adding that little touch.

And the women still took control of the home. That's one of the many great ways to keep the man of the house guessing. :)

So, how about you? How many times have you moved in your life? Was there anything or anyone you had to leave behind? Have you ever moved more than 100 miles away from your family? Why and where? And in what other ways were the pioneer families and folks different in their moving practices or habits than we are today?

Let's get some dialogue and chatter going.

Tiffany Amber Stockton has been crafting and embellishing stories since childhood. Today, she is an author, online marketing specialist and freelance web site designer who lives with her husband and fellow author, Stuart Vaughn Stockton, in Colorado. They have 1 daughter so far and a border collie.

She has sold eight books so far to Barbour Publishing, is a columnist for the ACFW e-zine, AFictionado, and writes other articles as well. Read more about her at her web site: http://www.amberstockton.com/.


Kameko said...

My father was in the Air Force, so we moved a few times as I was growing up. The move I remember the most was when I was 10 years old & we moved from California to Oklahoma. All of our furniture & belongs were moved via moving van by the Air Force. My parents drove our two cars loaded with family pets, myself, two sisters & my maternal grandmother who was living with us at the time. We moved during May and although the trip probably wasn't that long in reality, at the time it seemed to take forever to get to Oklahoma. I can't imagine how a trip like that would have been in pioneer times!


Vickie McDonough said...

I've lived in the same town my whole life, except for one year when I lived on a kibbutz in Israel. My parents only moved once, when I was seven, and my mom still lives in that house. I've moved maybe a four or five times since I left home. I usually have a huge garage sale and get rid of lots of things before I move. I dread the next move. After raising four boys and living in a big house, we will finally downsize. It's going to be a big job!