Ireland, of course

This week we were asked if we could live anywhere in the world with no expenses to consider, where would we live and why. Surprisingly, this is a tough one for me. I am certain that anyone who knows me will instantly say “Ireland!” and they wouldn’t be wrong. I love Ireland. There is something positively alluring about it. I often feel like it is calling me to my ancestral home. Often, Wyatt and I will find ourselves looking for houses for sale in Ireland. Dreaming about someday moving there. Over the past few years we have selected several different homes which we would love to be able to purchase. We have also been trying to convince my parents that Ireland is the place to be. My mom has finally started looking at houses for sale in Ireland as well. My dad still doesn’t have a desire to go there but mom says she’s slowly wearing him down.

Here are the things I want or even need near our home.

  1. My family. Long ago I promised my mom that I would not move my family away from her. She has since told me that if I ever wanted to move away that I should. I can always come home to visit. However, my kids do not want to move anywhere without Grandma and Grandpa. If I am being honest, neither do I. We help my parents out with a lot of things that they can’t or shouldn’t be doing any more. Wyatt and I love gardening with my mom and doing yard work with my dad but my parents still help me a lot too. If I am working on something and don’t know what tool I need or how to fix something, I call my dad then run down to his house so he can either lend me the tool or show me how to fix it. If I’m baking something and have a question I call dad for help. I often call my mom for cooking advice, sewing advice, or just to talk. They both help me through panic attacks and anxiety attacks, they drive with me out of town to doctor appointments (lately, I haven’t been able to drive out of town alone without having a panic attack). We see my parents nearly every day. I can’t imagine moving away from them, so I would need to move to a place where they would be comfortable as well. I’d probably find a house that had a cute little guest house in the back garden so they could have their privacy and freedom as well.
  2. Hospitals/Specialists. Right now, we are about a 40 minute drive from the University of Iowa hospitals and clinics and we frequent there quite often. In fact, Wyatt has 2 appointments there this week to see 2 different specialists. Both of those appointments will have follow-ups probably in about 4 or 5 weeks, then he has another appointment with a different specialist in May. I love small towns. I love the quiet but I have come to realize that we need to be close to the specialists, so I’d want a farm near a city.  
  3. Quiet. I want to live somewhere that is peaceful. We have been in our current house for the past 5 ½ years and this place is just not what one would want in a home. We have come home to find that the neighbor’s house had been shot at. Our neighbor came home one day to find a strnger standing in his kitchen, going through his fridge. We have been woken up in the middle of the night to people fighting outside. We have been woken in the middle of the night to music blasting. An older man was stabbed about a block away from our house by a gang of teenage boys. My daughter has been followed home by a man in a truck who was just inching his vehicle along behind her until she called me on the phone and I ran out to meet her, then he drove off in a hurry. We don’t really spend time outside here. Wyatt does not go out to play by himself. When we want to go outside and just be outside, we tend to go to my parents’ house and spend the day doing garden work, yard work, or just relaxing in our garden. I want a place that is quiet, peaceful, and safe. I want Wyatt to be able to go outside to play without having to worry if something terrible will happen to him. Jess should be able to go out for a walk by herself. I want to be able to have a garden in our own yard and spend time in it.
  4. Weather. As much as I love winter. I can no longer handle the cold weather that we get in the winter. I also can’t deal with the heat of the summer. Wyatt’s breathing would probably be better near the ocean or at least near a large body of water.

The weather in Ireland is just about perfect for what I want. For the area I am wanting to live in County Mayo, a heat wave is 77 degrees Farenhiet. The lowest recorded temperature in January is 19 degrees Farenheit. I can handle those kind of temperatures. If we live near the coast that will help with Wyatt’s health issues, I have heard the clean salt air will do him some good. The hotter it gets here in the summer the more problems he has so the cooler summers in Ireland would be great for him. If we move to a small town or even a rural area it is sure to be quiet and peaceful. Depending on where we would live in Ireland we could have a hospital with the specialists that Wyatt would need to see as close as we are to them now. We would just need to convince my parents to go along with us.

Of course, if I couldn’t live in Ireland then I would want to live on the east coast of the United States near the ocean. Though I would probably be just as happy to stay in Iowa, on a farm. I do work from home so I only have to go out when I am running my daughter to work or taking my older sister on her errands. Jess could learn to drive. My sister could get her own car. Then I wouldn’t have to go out on the colder winter days but we would still have to deal with the hottest days of summer and our garden.

About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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8 Responses to Ireland, of course

  1. Jeff Salter says:

    definitely peace & quiet… definitely nearness to med providers… definitely plenty of green space. I worked for 26 yrs in the concrete jungle of downtown Shreveport. I need trees and grass and birds.
    And a well-stocked grocery store.

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  2. It sounds wonderful to me and Ireland is on my short-list of places I would love to be,perhaps the top of where I would want to stay.
    Your attitude reminds me of my own,weather-wise. Soon after we were married in Denver, we experienced a rare, full-out blizzard. I said to Joe,” Is there a place where it never gets past, say, the high-mid 80s or below the low 50s? He said, “the Riviera.” I said, “And the likelihood of us ever living on the Riviera is…?”
    Then he moved me to Kentucky, which is really not the Riviera at all.

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  3. Elaine Cantrell says:

    Excellent criteria! Isn’t Ireland sort of wet, though?

    Like

  4. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I visited Ireland a long, long time ago and loved it. I’d love to go again. I’d have a hard time making it a permanent move without family, though.

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