Where is your Eden?

Where’s your Eden?

People don’t usually choose where they’re going to live based on how aesthetically pleasing it will be – usually that’s determined by jobs and family.  But if you could choose based only on the terrain and the climate, where would you be right now?

I’ve  seen New Mexico and Arizona and love the stark, treeless reds and yellows of the hills, the bare outlines of mesas and buttes. But, you know, all that sun, all that emptiness. The Pacific Northwest has redwoods and the ocean and the fogs and the incredible peaches and cherries. And yet, you know, the fog and the wind and the gray skies. (It was gray when I was there, anyway.) Florida? Legendary beauty. But the unrelenting heat and humidity, the bugs, the snakes. Even nicely groomed neighborhood yards supply the occasional snake on the patio. Then there are cities vs. small towns vs. country. Lots of choices to make.

So where is Eden, geographically speaking?  Speaking for myself, of course, it’s got to have trees. Lots of big trees. Got to have a grocery store within a reasonable distance and of course internet access. But hardly any traffic, so no big cities, no metroplexes. I like four seasons, so not rural Florida (where I grew up – ho hum, blue skies, warm breezes, beaches . . . )  Swamps are creepy. Mountains are awesome, but high altitudes make me feel crummy and then there is ice in the winter and I don’t like ice. Hills, however, are nice. I like hills. With trees on them.

Oh, and RAIN. I miss rain where I live in Texas. I’d rather live where it rained a little too much than not enough. The sameness of day after day of no weather, just clear skies and high dry temperatures is sooo monotonous. And praying for rainclouds doesn’t seem too helpful.

Okay. Trees, rain, hills, a bit rural but not isolated, and seasonal changes. I’m thinking it’d be fun to spend a few vacations looking for the perfect place. Pretty sure it’s not in Texas.

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About glcraig

Gretchen Craig’s lush, sweeping tales deliver edgy, compelling characters who test the boundaries of integrity, strength, and love. Told with sensitivity, the novels realistically portray the raw suffering of people in times of great upheaval. Gretchen was born and raised in Florida. She’s lived in climates and terrain as diverse as the white beaches of the Gulf Coast, the rocky shores of Maine, and the dusty plains of Texas. Her awareness of place imbues every page with the smell of the bayous of Louisiana, the taste of gumbo in New Orleans, or the grit of a desert storm. Rich in compelling characters and historical detail, Always and Forever is a sweeping saga of Josie and Cleo, mistress and slave. Amid Cajuns and Creoles, the bonds between these two remarkable women are tested by prejudice, tragedy, and passion for one extraordinary man. Gretchen’s first novel won the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence for Mainstream with Romantic Elements and was chosen as an Editor’s Pick in the Historical Novel Society reviews. Ever My Love, winner of the Booksellers Best Award from the Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America, continues the story of Cleo and Josie’s families, of their struggle for principle, justice, and love in a world where the underpinnings of the plantation culture are crumbling. Crimson Sky, inspired by the pueblos, mountains, and deserts of New Mexico, evokes the lives of people facing neighboring marauders and drought. Now the march of Spanish Conquistadors up the Rio Grande threatens their homeland, their culture, and their entire belief system.
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2 Responses to Where is your Eden?

  1. Regina says:

    Hello Gretchen-my Eden could be a place in Greece… sandy beach, nice Meditterranean sea, friendly people, ancient places… Tamarisk trees, cicadas, sunshine, only short winter time.
    Maybe on Crete… I was there when I was a young girl…. with a greek boyfriend!

  2. glcraig says:

    Ahhh. Sounds wonderful, Regina. I was stuck in the States in my imagination. How silly. Maybe we all need two amazing places.

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