Bloomfield, CA, we have arrived!

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!

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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!

Our home

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.

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I think everyone agrees that although the house is fine and the garden “has potential,” the real heroes here are the vintage barns.

One of our 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.

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We have apple trees, magnolias, a nectarine, blackberries up the wazoo and a sour cherry of some kind we’re still trying to figure out.

blackberries

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!

homegrown tomatoes

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!

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And now I’d best get back to unpacking. Apparently there are not actually gnomes who come do that while you sleep. Bummer.

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14 Comments Add yours

  1. Anonymous says:

    What a wonderful adventure you are about to begin. I know the two of you will be so happy in your new palace !!!!!!!❤️❤️❤️❤️betsy

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    1. Sheri Fox says:

      Thanks Betsy! It’s very exciting and beyond weird living in a new place after all these years but we can’t wait to dig in! 💕

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  2. Barbara Dutra says:

    So happy for you!!

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    1. Sheri Fox says:

      Thanks Barbara! Come on up and visit sometime 🙂

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  3. Hilda says:

    Glad you have finally made it. Wonderful for you too to have welcoming neighbours. I look forward to hearing more about your move-in ventures.

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    1. Sheri Fox says:

      Yes, we’re feeling very relieved to have finally landed in such a great spot! Many stories to come I’m sure, lots of learning and adventuring to do. ~ s

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  4. Kathy Sturr says:

    Oh so happy for you! Moving always sucks no matter how organized one thinks they are it resorts to crying and throwing the refrigerator contents into a garbage bag. Ha ha. Sounds like you have great friends and great neighbors human and otherwise. So cool about the bats. I have a bat that hibernates in our house wall that I have never had the chance to actually meet or see – just hear. We occasionally get bat house guests but we kindly show them the door as we don’t have a barn. I would like to make an actual bat guest house one day. It all looks just lovely and I feel the enthusiasm across the wire. Happy days!

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    1. Sheri Fox says:

      Yep, there are several boxes labeled “mumbo jumbo” in the garage! God only knows what we’ll find in those. Very important things I’m sure haha. I was just talking to my neighbor about building a bat condominium. She’s got owl houses covered so we’ll put up a little bat condo on our side and together we should be rid of rats and mosquitoes!

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  5. Kathy Sturr says:

    By the way your popcorn is looking great! The kids have all gone but I will save it for a kick off popcorn party for them next year – thanks again!

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    1. Sheri Fox says:

      That’s so cool, I’m glad it’s done well for you! It’s really fun to harvest. I spent many happy hours contemplating all the pretty colors 🙂

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  6. Pat says:

    We (and I speak for both the Sheinmans and Wellers) could not be any happier for you!! Can’t wait to come out for a visit when you’re ready…or even if you’re not! xoxoxox

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    1. Sheri Fox says:

      Thank you Sheinmans and Wellers, we are very happy to be here and very excited to have visitors! There is a lot of incredible food, wine and scenery here that requires your attention 😉 xoxo

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  7. I am so happy for you and can share in the joy and exhaustion on the other side of the world!!

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    1. Sheri Fox says:

      Yes, there are a lot of both! Glad at least a little joy came through despite the other stuff 😉

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