Old Dreams

“If you could live anywhere in the world with no expenses to consider, where would you live? Why?”

I am not sure the perfect place exists, but I would give it a shot.

“Expenses” is generally a big consideration, but that being covered, I know where I would be.

Now, I loved being in the west, (in Colorado, not Idaho so much), but my life experiences are what they are and they have made me me, for whatever that is worth.

I loved the lack of humidity, the cool air that came off the mountains at night even after the hottest days. The natural beauty tucked away in the parks right in the chaos of the cities, and how fast you got away there where few other people in much of the public lands in the mountains. There were great museums, plus big and small theaters with live entertainment continually available.

That could be found where I always wanted to live, (and should have stayed in the area), maybe I could by now have gotten the dream home from my twenties, the one in

Annapolis, Maryland.

How I loved being on the Chesapeake Bay, even as a little kid! There is something about it that defies description from me. When a brother-in-law would take the family on his boat that he kept near Annapolis, we’d go under the bridge, and often I would pilot the boat to there.

The peacefulness of much of the water, was so enjoyable. We’d go to small islands or sandbars and pick up driftwood and shells. We’d marvel at the wild beauty and the remote mansions tucked here and there. I would envy the homes with boat landings closer to the city. The Springs and Summers were beautiful, the Winters are lovely with a dusting of snow, but the Autumns are glorious in their colors!

Even in the crowded areas, the boaters were courteous, from the smallest crafts, (like ours), to the yachts. We spied a number of celebrities, who were always willing to wave and smile.

I went back briefly a few years ago. I didn’t go by boat, but my sister, my grandson and I went walking about the oldest part of Annapolis, right there on the water.

The old part of the city has some of the oldest structures in the U.S.; you can feel the history when you walk down a few of the incredibly narrow brick and cobblestone walks between crowded rows of buildings.

I’m not sure that I would want to go down them at night!

Now, Old Town Alexandria, Virginia has much of the same on a smaller scale. I loved to go shopping there when I grew up  in the next county over. But maybe it’s in my blood, having been born on the Maryland side that makes the waters of Annapolis so inviting, but I don’t know.
It can be cold there, and I just got chilled to the bone yesterday going out and I said to The Husband, “Now I know why people move to Florida!” He immediately answered, “Yeah, with their Winter tornadoes”, (which they experienced last weekend).

I could deal with the Caribbean nicely! I have a friend who has been there for two months and keeps posting pictures, and I refuse to cry about it,

 whine, yes, cry, well, not yet anyway.

Warm is nice, but since we had the ‘no expenses to consider’ clause, I could hunker-down with nice fireplaces from my house on a hill right near Annapolis, looking down to my boat out on the water, and the natural beauty around.

I’d probably get a lot of writing done, too.


About Tonette Joyce

Tonette was a once-fledgling lyricists-bookkeeper, turned cook/baker/restaurateur and is now exploring different writing venues,(with a stage play recently completed). She has had poetry and nonfiction articles published in the last few years. Tonette has been married to her only serious boyfriend for more than thirty years and she is, as one person described her, family-oriented almost to a fault. Never mind how others have described her, she is,(shall we say), a sometime traditionalist of eclectic tastes.She has another blog : "Tonette Joyce:Food,Friends,Family" here at WordPress.She and guests share tips and recipes for easy entertaining and helps people to be ready for almost anything.
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7 Responses to Old Dreams

  1. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I’ve visited all the places you mentioned, and agree with your descriptions of each. As soon as you get your multi-fireplace home in Annapolis, let us know and we’ll schedule a writer’s week there.

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  2. Jeff Salter says:

    all those sound like excellent choices. The Maryland setting sounds particularly beautiful.

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    • The whole area around Washington, DC, outer parts of MD and VA WERE beautiful. Unfortunately, it has been incredibly built-up, and parts of the highway system looks almost like Los Angeles. But, we said that money was no object, and there are still beautiful places to be had for enough $$$.


  3. Elaine Cantrell says:

    You’ve written about some very nice places. I love the sound of all of them. You almost talk me into leaving South Carolina. We lived for a couple of years in Colonial Heights in Virginia, and we truly enjoyed it.

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  4. Of the places you have mentioned I have only been to Colorado. It was very beautiful but I only got to spend a day there, and even then I only got to be out exploring for maybe an hour of that time.
    Annapolis sounds lovely!


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