I have fallen way behind in my blogging but I just have not had the strength or time to sit and compose anything remotely coherent. For several months we have worked to get our house ready to sell, packed up our welding shop, packed up our home and prepared to move 500 miles to a little house in the country. I’m not sure if our move has been more difficult than most but I can tell you that it sucked.
The unseasonably hot, humid weather hasn’t helped, nor did the torrential tropical rainstorm (although the water is welcome here in California) that decided to occur in time for our 5am departure through Los Angeles. Thank the good lord for Xanax – at least someone was calm and cozy during the drive!
I could whine for paragraphs about how much moving sucks but now that we have landed in our new hometown and things are rolling along as smoothly as we could hope I think I’ll just focus on the good things. And there are many good things!
We managed to find a sunny little acre with a (boring but) functional ranch house, three-car garage and thousands of square feet of vintage barns. Our house overlooks the chicken coop, a large area for gardening and rolling grass-covered hills.
I think everyone agrees that although the house is fine and the garden “has potential,” the real heroes here are the vintage barns.
They are stellar… as long as you don’t mind rats, bats and piles of barn swallow poop. Luckily we don’t! And our little bat is adorable. I’ve named him Pepe.
And it turns out the next door neighbor is a wildlife biologist who has been studying the bats in the neighborhood and, by sound alone, has determined we have at least 13 types, which is pretty amazing considering there are only 17 types in California. Not only that but she left a big, beautiful box of homegrown tomatoes on our doorstep today!
Since arriving Wednesday we’ve had the good fortune to be visited by friends new and old who have stopped by bearing gifts of wine, homegrown veggies, garden guidance, barn envy, muscles, knowledge and, most importantly, enthusiasm! Exhausted as I am, I definitely have to say the positives are beating the crap out of the struggles we’ve endured these past few months and I couldn’t be happier to finally be in our new home!