Sunday, July 14, 2013
How Crazy Are We?
We know it won't come as a surprise to those of you who have been reading this blog for years that we are restless again and have started thinking about selling the house and moving. I know what you're thinking: We're absolutely out of our minds. Roger is going to be 71 in early August, and we have moved five times in the past ten years. We sold our house in Santa Cruz in 2003 and spent a year in a rental while we plotted our move to Port Townsend in 2004. We spent four years in Port Townsend, but had grown weary of the dreary weather by the second year. We sold our PT house in 2008 and headed back to northern California, where we spent the summer in Arcata, in Humboldt County. We liked it up there. It was a bit foggier and grayer than we wanted, but what sent us back to Santa Cruz was our aging mothers who needed us to be a bit closer, and the land and housing stock for sale at the time was absolutely dismal. It's been great re-reading our blog posts from the summer of 2008. It helps to remember reality as we recounted it then, rather than rely on our rather faltering memories.
So here we are, three plus years in this house on these five acres in Grass Valley. Why are we contemplating such a crazy move again? CABIN FEVER. Seriously. We have spent almost the entire summer in the house with the shades drawn, the air conditioner on, and the ceiling fans whirling. If a bobcat or coyote has wandered by, we would not know. The world goes on outside our windows, and we sit in a cool dark room. Roger goes out in the early morning and gets the outside work done. He has been splitting the cord of oak we had delivered two weeks ago. He inspects the watering system. He mows the little grassy part of the yard. That's it. We haven't even gone out for a hike. IT'S TOO HOT. And this is a regular summer in Grass Valley. It's not unusual or record-breaking hot; it's actually maintaining its July averages. We did have a monstrous heatwave, but that passed. We're just left with 90+ temperatures everyday. It's not fun. We're spoiled; we want fun. We want to go out and romp around in a river. We want to hike in the redwoods. We want to bike ride into town. We want to have the windows open and the air circulating by its very own nature.
So, we started thinking about Arcata. Should we try it again? Are we just trading too much heat for too much fog? We're not sure. We checked the Sunset Magazine growing zones for California and found that it is the same as Santa Cruz. We could grow lots of fruit and veggies. We could grow greens and flowers all year long. We looked at our old photos of that summer. We could walk the beaches at the mouth of the Mad River. We could play in the redwoods. We could plan to buy something within biking distance of town.
We could venture outdoors everyday. Every day. Would you change your life for all of this? (All photos taken during our three months in Arcata)
roger update: and there are hippies too. we like that. check it out. .
Posted by robin andrea at 4:06 PM