Saturday, November 18, 2023

Where I've Been and Why I Haven't Been Blogging - Here's the story......

Hello readers.  It's been a while.  In fact, I haven't published a blog post since June 21st this year.  

So, what's been going on?  

Short husband, Ron and I have moved from California to Montana!!!!

Here we are in front of a Welcome to Montana sign (see it in the back between us)

As you can imagine, it's no small feat packing up a home you lived in for 28 years.  Kudos to all of you who've made a big move in your "later" years.  It was tiring and difficult, but we got it done. 

Libby in our hotel room - Libby and me in the Murano - a snowy road on our trip

For the very first time, we hired a moving company to do all the heavy lifting and some of the packing.  Our household belongings, furniture etc. are now stored safely here in Montana, not far from us.

After a 3 day drive in both vehicles, with our dog Libby in the car with me, we made it here.  I can't say enough about how good our Libby was.  She had never traveled more than an hour in a vehicle and never stayed in a hotel room.  She was amazing.  The total drive took about 19 hours over 3 days. 

Hamilton had just experienced their first snow fall of the season and it was absolutely beautiful.

A view from the front porch and the back patio at the home we are staying in

Why Montana?  We've been coming here for many years and have always been in awe of the beauty of this state.  Over the past 5-6 yrs or so, we decided we would like to live here.  It's no easy task to leave friends, family, doctors and everything you've known for decades.  

But hey! What is life without an adventure or two?

One of the many places along the beautiful Bitterroot River right here in Hamilton

These deer were grazing along a side road on the way to our local dog park

We don't have our own home yet.  We are grateful & fortunate to be staying in a home owned by relatives who head south for the winter months.  Shout out to D & D (you know who you are).

We hope to be able to buy a home in the very near future.

I hope all of you are well.  I look very much forward to sharing more genealogy stories with you.  Thanks for hanging in with me.

Happy Hunting,

Michigan Girl

Copyright ©  2010-2023   Diane Gould Hall


  1. I have only just stumbled on your "Organising Digital Genealogy" earlier today and am very very tempted to try it. I did wonder why you hadn't posted for so long and then when I came back to you site this afternoon there was you new post about your amazing move to Montana - well done you!! I'm sure you will love you new home - it looks so beautiful.

    1. Thank you for your comment. If you have any questions about the Digital Organizing, please get in touch. The system has worked well for many many people over the years. It can be customized to suit your own needs, but the basic idea is the same. Good luck.

  2. Wow! Congratulations on your move and settling in your new home. I hope one of your 2024 resolutions will be to continue blogging. :)


I look forward to reading your comments. If you have any connection to the people mentioned in this blog, please let me know. I write about mine and my husband's ancestors and would welcome new information or meeting a new cousin or two. Thanks for visiting and come back soon.