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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!

December Update

Balls at LACMA A lot of things have changed since my last post so will attempt a catch-up and update everyone!

At the moment, I am down in SoCal staying at Ryan and Les's apartment. Mostly here to see my boys and grandboys but also it's an attempt to miss some of the nasty weather that is happening - and will continue to happen - for the next few months.

But getting back to where I left off...

In a bizarre twist, Chris is back on the periphery of my life - as a tenant in the condo! He had agreed to quit claim it to me as he has no interest in keeping it. When I found out that I may be able to do a loan mod on it, Susan and I spent a day cleaning it up and getting it ready to rent. I took the keys to the property rental people and was getting ready for them to go through the process and find me a tenant. That day, I got a phone call from Chris, asking if I had rented the place yet. And that he was interested in taking it! Immediately! Which meant that he had been asked to move out from his last place/relationship. I was astounded and backpedaled a bit and said I would think about it for a couple of hours and immediately called Susan! We discussed it and agreed it would work - but ONLY if he paid full rent and a security deposit up front and signed a lease. Which he did!

So now both rentals are occupied with rents coming in on time. The Port Angeles house paperwork should be completed and waiting for me when I get home later this week and hopefully, progress is being made on the condo. I am making increased payments on the house on the water to catch up with payments I missed when I so unexpectedly landed up there again, and so far, have managed to do that.

End of the World Burger at Umami Hamburgers

All this means that I have to live extremely frugally and I really hesitated coming here but as my ultra-generous son insisted and has treated me royally while here, I am so glad I did. We have spent some wonderful time together here at the apartment and yesterday at the Los Angeles Contemporary Museum of Art and eating amazing Umami Hamburgers. Later today we will take a walk over to the Farmers Market which is just down the street. We went last week and I was amazed at the variety and quality of the produce and food. Fun!

I've been driving Ryan's extra car that he is in the process of selling, and have been up to Apple Valley to see Cody, Mel and the little boys a couple of times. What little characters they have become! Oliver is four now and Everett two. He is such a cutie and all boy! I will go up there on Christmas Day.

Also went down south to Cardiff to see my dear friends, Steve and Cathy. Those people are salt of the earth and I so love seeing them. As usual, as it is now a tradition, they took me to Fidel's restaurant where we had a lovely Mexican dinner and a nice surprise when Brynn (their daughter) and her husband Garth and their very new twins and 2-year old showed up as well. Spent the night and headed out early as Ryan and Les were expecting a delivery at the apartment at 11. I was expecting traffic but so far, on all my little forays out into the hustle and bustle, the only time I have hit the dreaded LA traffic was when I left for Cardiff and it took me 45 minutes to go a couple of miles!

I had an amazing Kangen water experience. Ryan doesn't have a machine - yet - so I was drinking their filtered water for the first few days but I started getting headaches and not feeling so hot, tired and just out of sorts. So I checked around and found a water store not far from here and she agreed to let me have water whenever I needed it. So took a quick drive over there, filled my two 5 litre bottle/bags and my drinking bottle. Within three minutes of inhaling almost a full litre, my headache was gone! Now that is no coincidence! And I found a place close by that actually sells it for a buck a gallon so I won't have to be without while here any more.

What a relief!

I think the best part of being here is seeing for myself that Ryan is healthy and that he is pretty much completely healed. He has such a positive attitude and has done everything he was told to do by his health professionals (not all Western medicine :)). So that sets my mind at ease and I can go back up to the cold in a few days, knowing that when he tells me he is doing fine, I can rest assured that he is.