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Ryan came to visit and we did the Farm Tour 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.

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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...

Lake Chelan

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...

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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.

Art in the Woods

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.

Pyrat rum - candid camera at Lake Chelan

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!

Still Here

coyote puppies Well, I'm still here in the dreary Pacific Northwest and it sort of looks like I will be here - again - for a while.

As you know, Chris did a skipping act out of here, leaving the house and cats and an awful mess. The physical messes are cleaned up but his departure really and truly screwed me up financially, which I think was his intention. There is no way I can hold onto the house myself so it looks like I am back to the "stay here until the banks take it' mode.

It's not all bad! With summer supposedly here - we've only had a couple of days of sun and temps over 65F (18C) - and the flowers are battling to bloom, I am enjoying being in one place for a while and not living out of a suitcase. Although all my "stuff" is still in boxes in the attic and I haven't decided if I am going to take them down - or not!

I'm enjoying the wildlife - yesterday was so entertaining with the little coyotes playing on the bank across the water. It's not just coyotes, either. There is the otter family that fish the estuary and pick mussels from the docks; the osprey who appears every evening around five to fish; the deer with her two fawns that I saw the other day; the raccoons; the bald eagles, kingfishers, hummingbirds, "swifty-swallowy" birds nesting under the dock ramps; the black bears and cougars that I haven't seen yet! My own little nature reserver.

My new camera is quite amazing as I shot this video and am thrilled at the resolution. Although you don't see the Mama in the video, she was sitting quite a long way away, keeping an eye on the kids!

Of course, now the trick for me is to make a living.

So...

I have started selling on ebay! I thought, "What can I do that won't cost me anything to start, that I can do without any training, that will make me some money quickly?"

Then I thought of all Chris' clothes and books in the garage. He spent so much money on clothes, always thinking he was so dapper, so I found a lot of Hawaiian shirts and some golf shirts still with the tags on. Photographed them - again, I love my new camera! - and posted and since then have sold one, bidding happening on the others and I have several more to put up there today. Whether this is the right niche or not, I don't know but it's a start while I figure out what's hot and what's not!

And I am doing the Kangen water business again, (this links to Jim's site, as I don't have mine anymore) manning the water stores in Poulsbo and Port Townsend. And there is a new one opening in Sequim which I will sit as well. The good thing about that is, it's not that busy, there is wi-fi so I can still work, and when customers do come in and they buy, or try the water, they are mine.

And it gets me out of the house! So I won't get cabin fever!

Mick has sold my little car in South Africa! An Indian fella bought it, came with cash in hand so that will be wired to me next week. Means I won't be quite so broke, taking some of the stress off! Thank you, Mick!

Oh, and I filed a Small Claim against Chris, have sent the filing to him which has not acknowledged receipt of, which means he probably won't show up and a judgement will be issued against him. How stupid of him! But it's about time he was held responsible for his irresponsibility. No one but himself to blame on this one. I have done everything by the book, so there is no comeback.

As a friend said, "Time for him to 'man up.'"

Not Much Has Changed

olympic mountains I've been here in the house now for two weeks. It feels like just yesterday when I walked in to find the disaster!

It's all cleaned up now, the yard cleaned up and - mostly - weeded. But this time of year, the weeds pop up faster than I can keep up!

My boxes are still all packed up and stored upstairs. So I don't have my "stuff" around as I don't plan on being here for long, one way or another!

I've been doing the soul-destroying job search. A couple of prospects with a phone interview tomorrow - provided he calls as promised! Sounds interesting, but until I know more about it and whether it is actually funded and a going concern, I am not getting excited! I would much rather have ecology come through, as I doubt if I will ever find a job I enjoy as much, around a subject that intrigues me, with something new and exciting happening every day.

So I remain optimistic but am taking the necessary steps to find something else, if my optimism is misplaced!

But the best news is that every time I talk to Ryan, he is doing better and better. He still can't do any exercise, has to wait another five weeks, but overall he is doing great!

Buddy eyesThe weather has not been cooperating much; a few hours here or there of sunshine. Usually late in the day when there is little warmth left in it. I have had the heater on most days. And the summer solstice is just 10 days away! We are having global cooling up here.

Still loving my little camera - the mountain pix above is zoomed out to 600 - pretty incredible. Then I can get close-up like Buddy's eyes.

But like any camera, there is still a lot to learn about it but what fun!

So overall, not much has changed. Just keeping on, moving forward, day at a time, step by step.

So Here For the Summer

The house is clean, the yard semi-done but this time of year, it seems like it constantly needs care. The main reason I am here, the kitties, are fine. They were sort of freaky when I first got here. I think Chris was not here much at all - from their behaviour and the state of the place.

It is just amazing to me that someone can spin out like that, be totally illogical and paranoid. This episode is far worse than any I have experienced around him - and I have seen a lot! All because he didn't want to sign a rental agreement! Oh well, his loss.

So I have a roof over my head and a place for the summer. Then who knows?

It's been raining for the last couple of days and not getting much above 55F (12C) so not pleasant at all. However, this hasn't stopped the osprey from fishing. Every evening, around 5 he shows up (or she, not sure!) and cruises and fishes the estuary. The image is shot with my new camera, zoomed to 600! Pretty amazing for a little camera like this! Love it!

I keep hearing that ecology is going to produce and keep holding the vision but my enthusiasm for the project is waning. So once again, looking for something else to do! But it is very discouraging - same reasons as always - bad economy, wrong age, wrong industry. But will keep on keeping on.

I think when the weather improves, I will feel better.

On a more cheerful note, Ryan is doing fantastically well as is Cody! So then I think - what else really matters?