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"To everything there is a season..."

Postby allaboutshooting » May 23rd, 2014, 10:13 pm

“To everything there is a season...”

I've been reminded of that as for the past several months as Doris and I have prepared for a major change in our lives. We have decided to move to South Carolina to be near our son, daughter-in-law and 2 grandsons.

For the past several years, we've made the trip to the Greenville area of South Carolina more and more often.

We all enjoy being together and maybe most importantly, our son and his family really wanted us to move. They've been trying to get us to do that for the past 5 or 6 years and we finally made the decision.

Southern Illinois has been our home for a very long time. The land we own has been in the family for 65 years and there are lots of memories tied to it.

I've hunted the fields and woods here for many decades and know it like the back of my hand. I have a shooting range 150 yards west of my shop and I could go on and on.

If however, we're going to really get to know our grandsons and they are going to really get to know us, we need and want to be closer to them. We also want to be of help to our son and his wife. They are busy folks and we know we can help them.

When the word got out that we intended to sell our home and land, it just happened. All the pieces fell into place very quickly and it's now all sold.

The wooded lands have been sold and that sale has closed. We are only awaiting the closing of the sale on the home and that's less than 2 weeks away.

We've purchased a new home in the Greenville area, close enough to our son's family to be able to visit them quickly but far enough away to give all of us privacy.

I'll be able to continue my work evaluating products and intend to continue my participation in still target shooting. I just won't have to drive so far now.

Since so many of you here seem like family to me, I just wanted you to know.

"To everything there is a season..."

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Clark
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Re: "To everything there is a season..."

Postby misoiltester » May 24th, 2014, 7:59 am

Clark .. Welcome to the land of fire ants, ticks & chiggers and copper heads :o There are plenty to go around, so don't be concerned about a shortage :lol:
Cold now, will be "bone chillin' ", and not what you're use to in Illinois. I sure hope you adjust to the humidity & heat, better than I am or am still tryin' to anyway!! ;)

Ya' git' settled in, plan a visit our way and we'll buy ya' lunch some Sat. at Fatz's :D
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Re: "To everything there is a season..."

Postby dewey » May 24th, 2014, 3:26 pm

Sounds like a tough decision to make but being close to family is worth it IMHO. Being a parent of young kids it is awesome to have grandparents nearby that can help babysit or simply being there to spend time with the kids.

Good luck on the move.

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Postby ads1 » May 24th, 2014, 7:50 pm

Clark, we will miss you in Illinois, but I know you will enjoy those grandchildren. Best wishes as you move on to the next chapter of your life. Terry
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Postby Cut N Run » May 27th, 2014, 7:14 pm

There's a lot of good people around the Carolinas, even if some things are different from what you're used to. I know you have a lot of fond memories of Illinois, but there's lots more to be made with grandchildren waiting on you in South Carolina. misoiltester is right about the ticks, chiggers, copperheads, and fire ants, though peach season's right around the corner and you'd have a hard time finding any better than that part of the world produces. Get used to things coming to a halt when there's two to 3 inches of snow on the ground. People don't tend to expect as much productivity out of others if there's snow involved. It's usually gone soon enough anyway.

South Carolina also has plenty of turkeys too and a very liberal bag limit on deer, so there should be plenty of hunting opportunities. The lowcountry starts turkey season and allows plenty of birds as a limit. It might take almost two S.C bucks to equal one of the corn-fed monsters from the midwest. In some parts of South Carolina the rifle season for deer starts in August.

I hope you have a smooth move and things works out best for you, Doris, and your family. I hope to cross paths with you somewhere down the line. Good luck.

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Re: "To everything there is a season..."

Postby allaboutshooting » May 28th, 2014, 8:15 am

misoiltester wrote:Clark .. Welcome to the land of fire ants, ticks & chiggers and copper heads :o There are plenty to go around, so don't be concerned about a shortage :lol:
Cold now, will be "bone chillin' ", and not what you're use to in Illinois. I sure hope you adjust to the humidity & heat, better than I am or am still tryin' to anyway!! ;)

Ya' git' settled in, plan a visit our way and we'll buy ya' lunch some Sat. at Fatz's :D


Thank you. We're excited about the move, just working hard every day to be ready for the movers next week. Look forward to seeing you at Fatz.

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Clark
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Postby allaboutshooting » May 28th, 2014, 8:16 am

ads1 wrote:Clark, we will miss you in Illinois, but I know you will enjoy those grandchildren. Best wishes as you move on to the next chapter of your life. Terry

Thank you. It was a tough decision in many ways but we've always loved South Carolina and being near those grandsons made the decision much easier.

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Re: "To everything there is a season..."

Postby allaboutshooting » May 28th, 2014, 8:23 am

Cut N Run wrote:There's a lot of good people around the Carolinas, even if some things are different from what you're used to. I know you have a lot of fond memories of Illinois, but there's lots more to be made with grandchildren waiting on you in South Carolina. misoiltester is right about the ticks, chiggers, copperheads, and fire ants, though peach season's right around the corner and you'd have a hard time finding any better than that part of the world produces. Get used to things coming to a halt when there's two to 3 inches of snow on the ground. People don't tend to expect as much productivity out of others if there's snow involved. It's usually gone soon enough anyway.

South Carolina also has plenty of turkeys too and a very liberal bag limit on deer, so there should be plenty of hunting opportunities. The lowcountry starts turkey season and allows plenty of birds as a limit. It might take almost two S.C bucks to equal one of the corn-fed monsters from the midwest. In some parts of South Carolina the rifle season for deer starts in August.

I hope you have a smooth move and things works out best for you, Doris, and your family. I hope to cross paths with you somewhere down the line. Good luck.

Jim

Thank you so much for your very thoughtful post. We're both ready and frankly feel like we're already there. We've spent a lot of time in SC over the past 10 years or so, visiting, shooting and just spending time with folks there. We've talked about moving and looked for land, a home, etc. for several years. This time it all just worked out so we could get the job done.

The great part is that our son and his family really have wanted us there for years and we all get along, even for extended periods of time. We'll be close enough to be of help to them but far enough away to not get in the way.

Hope our paths cross too.

Thanks,
Clark
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Re: "To everything there is a season..."

Postby WillowRidgeCalls » May 28th, 2014, 1:36 pm

Clark, hope your move to SC goes smoothly and you and everything makes it there all in one piece. Good luck and don't forget about us all up here in the frozen tundra :P .
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Postby allaboutshooting » May 28th, 2014, 2:38 pm

WillowRidgeCalls wrote:Clark, hope your move to SC goes smoothly and you and everything makes it there all in one piece. Good luck and don't forget about us all up here in the frozen tundra :P .

I appreciate the good wishes. We're getting close on the packing, thankfully. I hope it all arrives in one piece as well and that I can find what I need when we get there.

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