One Year in North Carolina!

Unbelievable! As of yesterday, John and I have lived in North Carolina for a year. The decision to move here was even smarter than I thought. It’s been a super twelve months. Here’s what I love about the Raleigh area: being ten minutes from my grandson and his parents (and his soon-to-be sister or brother), the local Opium Den, the friendly, welcoming people, our neighborhood, our house surrounded by tall, mature trees, little traffic (at least in the areas we have to drive), the slower pace (remember, I moved from the D.C. area!), our screened porch, the natural beauty and hilly terrain, the nearby library, puny mortgage, living with my soulmate, my new church where everyone looks happy, lovely fellow writers. . . well, I realize I could go on and on!
To celebrate, we went out to dinner at Lucky 32, which has quickly become a favorite. I had the blackened talapia, mostly to get the cheese grits that came with it! Yum. Lots of conversation about the art photography he’s working on and my WIP.
Speaking of the WIP, I need to get to work. . .


  1. Lorene on August 18, 2006 at 9:25 am

    North Carolina is a great place to live and you just made it better! The most perfect place would be the beach but………$$$$$

  2. Margo on August 18, 2006 at 9:47 am

    Congrat’s on your 1st year Anniversary Diane…what an ideal place to live…I’m so happy for you and John…isn’t it wonderful to share ideas with your soul-mate (-:

  3. brenda on August 18, 2006 at 6:28 pm

    Seems like yesterday you and John were looking at houses and packing to move.
    I suggest that your dearest JOHN put some of his photography on your website…sounds like two gifted people have met and connected…how wonderful for both of you.

  4. Ann on August 18, 2006 at 11:29 pm

    Glad your first year in North Carolina has been such a good one – hope many more will follow. Knowing your love for the Outer Banks, I hope you have been able to go there at least once in this first year. It is a favorite place for me also.

  5. Diane Chamberlain on August 19, 2006 at 9:33 am

    Hi Ann,
    We’re actually going to the way-southern OBX in September: Emerald Isle. Can’t wait!

  6. brenda on August 19, 2006 at 5:38 pm

    One of my dearest high school friends went to the Emerald Isle often…finally, she convinced her husband and her parents to move to Elizabeth City, NC-near it all. Now, she has convinced her sister and her husband, daughter, etc. to move to Virginia near them…they love it there.
    I still prefer South Carolina-the weather and the beaches–but who knows when I move back south-might choose that area….

  7. Ann on August 19, 2006 at 10:16 pm

    Diane, my sister lives at Emerald Isle. You will love it!!!! Janice and Tom and my husband and myself spend every Thanksgiving week there with all of our children and grandchildren. Sis and all of her family are there also. 32 people!!! We have a ball.

  8. Diane Chamberlain on August 20, 2006 at 6:07 pm

    32 people! What fun!
    I can’t wait to explore a new-to-me part of the NC coastline.

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