On the Hunt

10 Apr

My time in the hotel is just about up, so I went house hunting this weekend.  The toughest part is figuring out what area to live in.  There’s nice, nicer and nicest.

The nice area is 5-7 minutes from the hotel depending on how I hit the stoplights.  After driving an hour each way for almost 8 years, 5-7 minutes sounds heavenly.

The nicer area is about 10-15 minutes from the hotel, and to me, it’s not nicer enough to warrant the extra 5-8 minutes.

The nicest area is a 15 minute interstate drive away from the hotel.  It’s further in miles, but about the same time-wise.  The house I looked at there was just as nice as the other two, but had a beautiful view of the golf course and rolling hills and seven miles of golf cart trails to run each morning.  I was hooked!  Until I called my hubby to tell him all about it and immediately dropped the call.  And then dropped it again.  And then later, up on a hill, I dropped it again! Yeah, not gonna work.  Cell phone coverage is important to us.

PLUS, it’s not 5-7 minutes from the hotel.  And I wanna be 5-7 minutes from the hotel.  So “nice” it is.

This nice area was actually in the path of the tornado, so all the homes are new.  In fact, this particular one is brand new and never lived in. I wonder if I’ll ever get used to the sadness I feel when I look at the vast expanse of area that is brand new, and basically tree-less.  Every once in a while, I’ll come across a mangled tree, fighting to survive with what little limbs it has left, and my heart sinks again.  It’s been 6 years for the Joplin-ites.  It’s been 6 weeks for me.  I wonder if they still feel sadness.

Having decided on that house, (and waiting to hear from the owners), I set out to have lunch in “Butterfly Park“. After a week of pretty intense storms, including a tornado that touched down just 10 miles from here, it was nice to have sunshine, and I wanted to take full advantage of it.

It was a bit windy.  *mildly understated*  I sat on any loose items, and held my food down with one hand while eating with the other.  There were times I was concerned I wouldn’t be able to hold myself down.

Even the fountain was struggling in the wind

But it was nice to walk along the paths, and read about the hospital that once stood there.  It too was taken in the storm, and many of the children claimed the “butterfly people” wrapped their wings around them to keep them safe.  Hence the name Butterfly Park.

Look close. See the butterfly memorial in the background?

I looked around, remembering 5 years ago when we came by to see the damage.  How devastating it was then, and how beautiful it is now.

From the hill where the hospital once stood, looking over the path the tornado took.

We’re about to officially be Joplinites, and as surprised as I am to say it, it feels right.  At least for now….

Not official, but hopefully soon!



Posted by on April 10, 2017 in The Hotel


9 responses to “On the Hunt

  1. llcooljoe

    April 10, 2017 at 7:19 am

    Well it looks like an attractive area, and what you’ve classed as “nice” other people would say was wonderful. When finding a home to live in you have to consider everything, not just the setting. The idea of not being available on a phone would be my idea of heaven! 😀

    • shadowrun300

      April 11, 2017 at 2:03 am

      It IS a nice area, and close to so many things. After living in the boondocks for so long, I’m excited to be a stone’s throw from the hotel, and shopping, and entertainment.
      I can understand not wanting to be available by phone, but since we just upped and left our kids, I’d feel better if I could talk to them once in a while. 🙂

  2. Abby

    April 10, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    Nice! 😉

    Butterfly Park seems like a thoughtful, if windy, place now. I love the origin of the name.

    Seriously, the house seems like a good choice, all things considered. And hey, what’re the odds of a tornado striking in the same place!? (actually pretty good… :()

    • shadowrun300

      April 11, 2017 at 2:06 am

      We usually like to storm watch, but that was when we had a basement to run to if necessary. Hubby and I are already looking for the closest storm shelter just in case lightening does strike twice. In the short time that I’ve been here, the storms and winds have been so intense, so I know it’s a good possibility.

      • Abby

        April 11, 2017 at 4:01 am

        By the way, has it become noticeable yet that you’re in P.E.O. country?

      • shadowrun300

        April 12, 2017 at 1:35 am

        Nope. It wasn’t noticeable until you pointed it out, and I went a-searchin’ as to why. Does it have to do with it being mostly Protestant? Or close to Cottey College?

      • Abby

        April 12, 2017 at 3:38 pm

        Closeness to Cottey College. I dunno, I’ve never been there, but have heard that that area of MO is “P.E.O. country”, second to Iowa. So I was curious if it’s a noticeable thing for a generally unnoticeable group.

  3. Anita

    April 16, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    I’m with you on that cell coverage! And my phone isn’t even attached to my body as it is with others, but I’ve joined the cast of the Spoiled.

    Congratulations on making the house decision! Best wishes that it all flows well, and that the next (unfortunately) inevitable storm will go elsewhere and not cause severe destruction.

    I’ll be following your story. Nothing like a move to provide you with good blogging material. 🙂

    • shadowrun300

      April 17, 2017 at 2:20 am

      I’m slightly attached to my phone. Ok – maybe more than slightly. But I’m going to blame my desire for cell coverage on my kids. I have to be able to communicate with them. After all, I’ve upped and left them! There’s a lot of guilt surrounding that.
      We should be able to talk to each other very well from our sweet little home that’s only 7 minutes from the hotel. 🙂


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