What Will I Miss?

I am just going to say it. I have not been a huge fan of Iowa.   It has not been my favorite state to live in.  Perhaps it was because we moved FROM North Carolina to Iowa and then moved again from AUSTRALIA back to Iowa. Two climates that are much better,  in my humble opinion.   My life got a little complicated there for awhile so if you have followed me for awhile you know about our moves.  Regardless, I am thinking that Iowa has not been the state where I have achieved a blissful state.

I am getting ready for the big transition .  I am moving from one four letter state to another four letter state.  Not sure how long it will last but it is what we need to do right now.  I am the one doing the moving.  Well, me and the cats. The hubby will be doing his work thing and commuting and flying and driving and enjoying the bachelor lifestyle at times.

As I have been procrastinating  preparing for said transition I decided that I have been guilty of being an Iowa basher.  There—I said it.   They say confession is good for the soul.  To put my troubled mind at ease I decided to come up with a list of things that I LOVE about living in Mason City.   Complete with links where applicable!!!  Enjoy!

1. Soyphisticated Candles   I LOVE these products!!! I have blogged about them before and give my artisan, Camille Lee, a shout out whenever I can.  Her products are wonderful and she is a truly gifted person!   I will miss being able to drop in at her shop but the good thing—she has a website!!!

2. North Iowa Farmer’s Market (and Harrington’s Sweetcorn)   The loveliness of this market is beyond words!  And it is right down the street from me–so close I could walk if it were not for all the bags of wonderful produce, baked goods and other wondrous things that can be found there.  Harrington’s SweetCorn is also a prominent thing for me in the summer—-love to stop and pick up a dozen (and there are usually 2 0r 3 extra ears!) ears for us to enjoy!  Yum yum!

3.  Hobby Lobby is almost in my front yard!  It really is!  It is amazing!!!  Again, I have to drive to be able to transport all my treasures home.

4. The Lantern Japanese/Chinese Restaurant–absolutely the best restaurant in town!  Consistent and delicious—we have never had a bad meal here and feel like we are kind of part of the family.  Love the Wasabi Calamari appetizer and all of the entrees are simply wonderful.  My mouth is watering!!!  Shout out to owner Ocke Satrio, his wife, Jennifer and his sister, Linda, for always giving us a wonderful experience!!!

5.  My new deck….I have gotten to enjoy it for 9 days—-some rainy, some nice—since we got home.  It was the best thing we could have done to make our outdoor experience better!  

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6.  My sunroom—-this is a pic of me with my sissy in May when she came to visit.  The sunroom is my ideal room 3/4’s of the year!!!  

7.  Kush Salon and my favorite stylist there—Amanda!  It takes awhile to find someone who does  your hair right after you move.  I lucked onto finding Amanda pretty early on in my tenure here in Mason (notice the local lingo there?)  and followed her to Kush after she left another salon.  So happy I did.  If you are ever in the area you need to go there–they do it all and do it wonderfully.  I will miss her tremendously.

8.   Little or no traffic.  It is true.  When you live in a town of this size (about 28,000) there really is not a huge traffic issue and it takes about 15 minutes to go from one edge of town to the other.  That is a plus!!! Now I am not going to say that the drivers here are all that great but hey—I am focusing on the positive here so we won’t go there!

9.  Mason City Public Library is a wonderful oasis for me!  They have renovated it and the wait was well worth it.  I love going in, having a cup of coffee from Bestsellers Coffee Shop and spending time catching up on reading in a wonderful atmosphere.  I love my Kindle but I also a huge fan of libraries!

10. Breezy weather.  Weird, I know.  But it is always a little breezy here. Sometimes more than other days but there is almost always a little bit of a cool breeze.  Even on the hottest of days.  Nice.  I will miss that.

Hope you enjoyed my walk through what I will miss!!!


  1. Nice collection of things you like about your city. Love that sun room and your deck! I had a great closed in back porch with windows on all three sides that was my nice sun room before I got married. It’s really the only thing I miss about that house and was the one thing that made it hard for me to sell it. We were engaged on that porch and I loved sleeping out there on hot summer nights.

    • Thanks, Karen!!! I do love that sunroom—that picture does not really show it very well but it is fabulous!!! I love to sit out there and watch all the birds and just take it all in. We are so blessed with a nice house and that will be the hard thing of being gone for awhile–the familiarity of it all!

  2. Hey Beth Ann! See that you are moving again. Love the pictures of your house. I don’t think I have ever met anyone who moved so much. The good thing about that is you have met so many wonderful people along the way I am sure! Are you still going down to Jackson sometime? Sorry we never got to see you in Iowa. Christi lives in Waterloo now, so it wouldn’t have been too far. Just don’t know where the time goes. God bless you as on your journey 🙂

    • Hey Sue!!! We have met so many wonderful people but we have never had such good neighbors as you guys!!! Seriously!!! I mean that!!! There does not seem to be any need to move to Jackson now—i think our next move will most likely be to someplace that we want to end up long term in retirement. Chris’s job is mobile enough at this point that as long as he can fly out easily it works. At least right now! We need to go back to get stuff done for the “estate” and stay with Carlton right now so that is the plan for at least 4-5 months. Not sure how long it will actually be but at least we are at a point in our lives where we can do it. We will be back in Iowa—well–Chris will be here off and on but not sure when I will return. We will get together—I will make it a priority!!!

  3. Now, see don’t you feel better? Sounds like there was a lot to like about Iowa. Glad you could reflect and make a list of the good memories to pack up and take with you. Wishing you only the best on your transition. ❤

    • Thanks, Diane! I DO feel better!!! I had to just kind of focus on that instead of the negative. The good thing about moving back to Ohio temporarily will be I will be so much closer to my family –even closer to the boys–so that is another thing to be thankful for! Still haven’t packed…..

  4. Nice deck and sunroom. That would be hard to leave behind. Love the outdoor furniture fabrics you’ve chosen. Now, get packing, so you can sit out there and enjoy it when you’re done. 🙂

    • Thanks, Patti!!! I am still putting off the packing though I have made progress in thinking about how I am going to pack!!! I am planning on deck sitting in a bit!!!!

  5. What a lovely deck

  6. Beth Ann, I’m in the process of moving myself, so I can so relate to this post. I look at it as new adventure!! I’m sure you’ll fimd many more things you will love in the new place. Best of luck!!! 🙂

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