Homegrown Texan

Born and raised in Texas, I've found the home of my heart and soul in the Pacific Northwest. I love trees, cool weather, and rain. I'm a back to basics kind of gal just trying to raise my family and find a bit of time to slow down in this hectic life.

So Jim and I have been talking lately about moving.  I've been wanting to move for some time, but I think he's finally with me.  The primary reason, is just that it's too damn hot here.  Sometimes I think it's silly to choose where I live based on the weather, but the reality is, I *hate* the heat, and since I spend a great deal of time where I live (duh), why should I spend my life some place that I don't like?  Not to mention the fact that I've just never been able to see the beauty of the desert.  I know a lot of people do, and that's great.  But all the dirt and rocks just don't do it for me.  I was struck with this when we went to MN last month and I was struck by the fact that the side of the highway looked pretty to me (because it had grass, instead of rocks).

Speaking of rocks, I can appreciate why people don't grow grass in their yards here...we live in the desert, grass requires water, water is a precious resource, etc., etc.  Yeah, I get that.  But why *rocks*???  In a locale where temps routinely exceed 100, or even 100 110, let's surround ourselves with materials that retain heat.  Yeah, that makes sense.  End rant.

So Jim and I have discussed several different places.  Minnesota (he has family there, and we like it there and are both interested in living someplace with seasons, which neither of us have done).  Texas (my parents are there).  Oregon (nice climate, and lots of hippies, which I must admit I am turning into; Jim's brother lives there, but I don't expect him to stay there).  Colorado (nice climate, lots of trees, and not as far of a move from our parents).  Then we both think about how we hate to leave our friends.  I'd love to live near my parents, but I'm not crazy about the Texas climate (although I like it far better than the one here).  Do we move where we want to live, or near people we  want to be around?  I hate to move based on where certain people live, because anyone can move.  On the other hand, I can't imagine moving somewhere where I don't know anyone (I know people do it all the time, but I never have).  I've always felt that who you're with is more important than where you're at, but obviously other factors affect how I feel.  I know that theoretically I could make friends anywhere, but in reality, I'm not the best at meeting people.