For 18+ years we made several 7-hours trips per year from Los Angeles to Sacramento,
to visit our two daughters who now have families of their own.
Seven grand kids, 2 daughters and their spouses make for a lot of birthdays – not to mention the holidays!
A blurry drive-by near sunset – see the fence?
It began to dawn on us we would save money, time and energy if we didn’t have to do all that traveling, even though we passed by gorgeous landscapes.
Moving seemed to be a good choice. We found out it came also with
Sounds kinda superficial, but one of the hurdles is STUFF
Was glad that we already had “purged” stuff (including one fifth our books,
:( ), moving 5 years ago from a 3 bedroom house with a 2 car garage and a yard to a 2 bedroom condo and one car garage.
Still though, the real estate agent/broker urged us to “de-clutter.”
“Moms and Pops have done all the work. Now all we have to do Mallory, is sitting pretty”
“But Pugi …, I AM pretty!”
Then we found out that the stuff was the easiest. Said goodbye to LE BEACH.
The sound of the crashing of the waves. The wind and color of the water. The rhythm of ebb and flow.
Shells and other gifts the ocean leaves on the beach. the birds, sea lions and other creatures.
Seeing the sun rise or
disappear setting in the water.
Goodbye to ARTIST BUDDIES. Love to discover other people’s gifts. She’s a natural. This is only her second time that she made a mosaic! If you look closely, she potted (real) plants in the cups – half sticking out – that are part of the mosaic.
Of course I will make new art friends:)
Goodbye to CITY LIFE STYLE in San Diego.
Afternoon escapes, only 1 1/2 hours away. Sitting in the shade in Old Town enjoying an ice cream while listening to live music from South American artists.
On the way back home often enjoying the firework of Disney land – for free:)
At home, browsing at the well known South Coast Plaza (mall) – a 10 minute walk from my former condo – with cool stores like the Container Store, Crate and Barrel, Anthropology, and Barnes and Nobles with magazines for my next knitting project.
Now I drive an hour and 15 min. to Sacramento!
Curiously enough the only plant I could get to bloom on my deck are this kind of potted hydrangeas. All other flowers and plants failed to survive:) (except for the stag horn and cactus). Happy that this one is trying hard to stay with me and bloom in a land climate (hot summers, colder winters) .
BUT … I gain peace and quiet around my house! Can grow roses, or fruit trees. Maybe even both! Can sing as loud as I want to, while painting. Even if it would be two in the morning. Can sit on my deck or balcony without having to have the right clothes on, or people staring. Probably can leave my door open, or leave my bag in the car!
Hope you caught the TONGUE-IN-CHEEK attitude:)
Thanks to All the hosts
Blue Monday * Travel Photo *
Our World * Blo-Ma * Nature Notes *
ABC – L * Outdoor Wednesday * Water World * Black and White Wed. *
Share the Joy * Little Things * Alphabe – T * Up Down View *
Good Fences * Floral Friday Foto * Sky Watch * Fri Photo Journal *
Weekend Reflection * Maleviks Garden *