March 18, 2011

New House, Moving, Setting Up Your Home

Ok. So many times I write from my research and what happens in the book I'm currently writing. But that's been stalled this week. I have a good excuse, though. Honest.

See, my husband and I just bought our first house. Our big moving day is tomorrow! We own the condo where we've lived for 4 years, but he bought it before we got married. I know, I know. At 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, a baby boy due in 2 weeks, and an Australian shepherd dog.

She has sold 11 books and 1 novella 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:


Melissa K Norris said...

This is great. I so love the simpler time of the old west, though when you really think about it, it was more work and probably not really that much simpler.
After writing my inspirational historical novel, I began quilting. I have a pic on my author website and love all things pioneer. Glad I found this website. I'll be checking in regularly.

Molly Noble Bull said...

Wonderful info. The photos were great, too.

Caroline said...

Loved your post, Tiffany. Very interesting. I enjoy dreaming about what it was like for the pioneers. I know it was extremely difficult, but still, there is just something so romantic about the simpler times to me…which in actuality weren’t so simple. I can’t even begin to imagine what it was like to say goodbye to a loved one knowing it might be the last time in your like you’d see that person. They had to be very strong indeed.

Congrats on the new home, and also your little one on the way. Two weeks will fly by…

Gerry Bossier said...

Moving to a new house is a brand new experience due to the larger space you'll be filling in, leading to buying new sets of furniture that is essential for you. When I first moved to a bigger house in Indianapolis, it was a brand new experience, since it was pretty spacious for my taste, though I love the fact that this fits the bachelor's pad fantasy lifestyle I wanna live in. With that in mind, I redesigned the place with a minimalistic scheme, and bought myself some furniture (Indianapolis, Indiana) fitting for my current situation.

Tamera Lynn Kraft said...

I love your blog, so I've awarded you the Versitle blog award on my blog.

Tiffany Amber Stockton said...

Melissa, glad you found this site. We love getting new visitors and regular readers. Feel free to browse through the archives for some amazing information.

Caroline, you're right. There is an appeal to the simpler times, but also a sadness when thinking about how less often you saw family when you moved away. My family is 2000 miles away and I only see them once a year. Not easy!

Thanks for the congrats on the new house and coming addition to our family. Lots happening and I know the time will fly!

jtwebster books said...

By now you will be settling in, I hope everything went smoothly. My hubby and I didn't buy our first house until our mid-forties and we already had our three children. It's a wonderful feeling to have your own home.
I often think life would have been simpler back then. So many things we have to make life easier - appliances, computers, cars etc, also complicate our lives and have a cost on the environment too.
All the best for the arrival of your baby.

Janet Bly said...

We have moved more than twenty times. Now we are in a different state from our extended family. However, we are so fortunate that each of our three sons chose to live within 45 miles of us. Makes it great for keeping up with grandkids too. Always hated the moving part, feeling so unsettled for weeks at a time. Yet it was nice to really clean house and start all over again.