When I condense everything that has been going on in the last couple of months, really since I came back from Belize, it seems like I must have been really busy and things are just cooking!
Gray haired lady has been lying dormant for a while but I thought it time to get the site back live. Granny Travels has been getting the attention but that is mostly a travel and promotional site. Gray haired lady is a more personal blog.
I looked at the date of my last post - a year ago. And a lot - and not much- going on.
It's been ages since I posted an update here and a lot has been going on. Some of the old same old same old stuff but other stuff as well, thank goodness, or I would go nuts rehashing things like on Groundhog Day!
Some of you might even wonder where I am! Well, after a lovely three-week break down in Southern California where it was mostly sunny and warm, I got back to Washington yesterday. Arrived in a fog-shrouded Seattle, but today is beautiful but definitely not warm.
Since my last post - way back in May of last year when I was in Colorado, things changed, again. I had anticipated that my tenant would be here for a while, but that wasn't to be. Apparently things were not working out with the cats and so she wanted to change the terms of the rental including lowering the rent and paying for a gardener while she went on vacation! Well, as you can imagine, that didn't fly with me so I hot-footed it back to Washington to rescue "the boys" and move back into a very neglected house.
I went over to Lake Chelan for a few days to see Janet and Patrick, and as usual, had a lot of fun. Too much wine and food but we survived! They live the right life - winter in Mexico and summer in Chelan. Definitely my style.
It was a glorious summer here, barefoot weather which for this area is very unusual. All the while dealing with this ridiculous law suit which is really a pain in the ass and SO stupid and illogical. It's STILL going on but there seems to be light at the end of the very long tunnel - I think. I just want to be able to move on without the jerk causing all these problems. You'd think he would want to, too. Anyway...
Ryan came up for a weekend and we went on the Farm Tour - City Boy Meets Cows sort of thing which was a lot of fun. The visit was way too short...
So Susan came back to Port Townsend in October - severe upheavals in Colorado and she is back full bore into Real Estate and loving it. We ended up doing a few outings including the Art in the Woods tour and just making a point of getting out of the house.
And that brings me to my big decision - I have waffled on whether to try to keep this house or not. Home ownership is expensive and this little place needs work so I have really considered walking away from it, many times. But during my trip down to SoCal, I realized how much I love having a "base" and although this place is definitely at the wrong latitude, it serves that purpose.
I came home to two very happy kitties, (Susan took care of them while I was gone) my ducks out on the estuary, my orchids flowering, my own "stuff" around and my little routines.
So I will go through the whole rigmarole - again - to hang on to it.
So my next big adventure is to get (again) my real estate license, make the money to fix everything in the house, get it rented out to good tenants and move somewhere warmer, knowing that I always can come back to my base. I'ts going to take a lot of hard slogging to get it going but I figure in a year or two, the house will be all done and I will be on a beach in the lower latitudes, say around 15 degrees either north or south!
My little eBay biz is cooking along, making the extra it takes to survive. Who knows how long that will continue, with all the movies streaming and I wonder why anyone buys DVDs and Blu-Ray discs anymore. But I will take it as it comes, and ride the wave!
The bottom line is that I am here in Washington, in my house, for the foreseeable future. And oh, I have an extra bedroom for guests! But let me know if you are coming, because I just might do an airbnb!
It's a quiet life here in Colorado, other than dodging tornadoes and thunderstorms! But the weather is improving and it's shorts time many days. And it isn't as dry as it was, which is a blessing!
I'm forever grateful to Dan and Susan for providing a roof over my head! But...
I do miss having my own place and I so miss my kitties, although having animals all around all the time is helpful. There are two dogs and two cats: Cedar, an elderly pit bull something mix; Bella, an obsessive/compulsive chocolate lab who lives for ball games; Zena, a very slinky black kitty and Pepper, a calico kitty who spends a lot of time on my bed! Just about every day, Susan and I take the dogs for a walk. Well, Bella goes for a ball game on the school playing field just across the street. We have one of the ball thrower devices that really send the ball a long way, and she just loves it, foaming at the mouth and ready to drop after five minutes of intense running, jumping and catching. Cedar goes for a leisurely stroll, and never misses an upright pole or bush!
This morning, my daily walk took me alongside one of the huge corn fields close to the house and I was horrified to see a helicopter spraying the crops and was very grateful the wind was blowing the wrong way. But shortly after that, I could feel the chemicals in the back of my throat, so despite wind direction, the s**t gets into the air everywhere. Nasty! On a more positive note, the streets are so pretty, everything is turning/has turned green; flowers are everywhere and this town is so tiny, there is hardly any traffic at all.
My web site is looking good, don't you think? I am still having issues with image size but the them developer is helping me so pretty soon I should be able to put the right sized pix up!