Sometimes the major life transitions that occur in families are hard to accept. When homeowners Dennis and Mary Wheeler decided to sell their home on Beech Boulevard, their youngest son wasn’t overly excited. Although he was happy for his parents, he wasn’t ready to see his childhood home leave the family.
The Wheelers had lived in that home since the early 1970s. After their two boys left home and started their own families, they felt it was a good time to downsize. At the same time, the 1,000-square-foot townhomes on Shoreline Drive were being built by the lake. A perfect match was made.
The Wheelers love every part of the new lifestyle, and yes, their youngest son did get used to the idea. They thoroughly enjoy the peace and quiet by the lake. They like the lack of traffic and the proximity to the grocery store and gas station. The low maintenance is convenient. The flowers Mary works with are enough to keep her busy and just enough to be maintenance-free when they travel. She’s looking forward to the light purple clematis and rose bushes in the spring. She’s also working on protecting her new cactus for the winter.
A new hobby they picked up since they moved here in 2001 has been bird watching and feeding the wildlife that visits them from the thick trees next to their lot. Mary enjoys getting to know goldfinches, cardinals and woodpeckers. They provide corn to those that will eat it — deer, ducks, geese and turkeys.
The lake provides a bit of entertainment for them as well. They watch walkers and bikers make the 1.25 mile trip around it. They watch the water skiing club in the summer. During Labor Day a movie and fireworks were held at the lake.
The only renovation the couple has done is refinishing the basement for their two sons and their families when they visit from Minnesota and North Carolina.
“The grandkids really enjoyed the Labor Day festivities at the lake when they were here last,” Mary says.
Dennis was an east-sider all his life and Mary grew up in the small town of Earlham. They both have found Pleasant Hill to be the perfect place for them.
“City officials are good at keeping things fit for their people, Mary says.
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