Roger and I have been in Arcata for a year. I'm pretty sure this is the fastest a year has ever flown by. Not sure how that happened, but perhaps we have been in some time-space-vortex thing, and in a blink of an eye, here we are one year later.
Here's how our life has changed in that year.
We have gotten to know the grandkids and watch them grow and change and become themselves.
have had more lovely conversations with more people and more neighbors
in this one year than we did in all the four years we lived in Grass
go out for walks more often. Arcata has a temperate climate. There is
no snow in winter and no excessive heat in summer. We're learning how to
put up with the persistent fog and wind, and get out of the house for a
couple of miles everyday.
We hardly ever use the car.
In fact, our new Prius (the one we bought last December) has less than
6000 miles on it. That does put us at 1000 miles of travel per month,
BUT in those six months we've gone down to see my mom three times. That
is a total in round trips of 4200 miles (seriously), which means we've
driven less than 1800 miles in six months.
watched a neighbor grow from her state of deeply grieving for her
much-loved husband, who she lost just before we moved here, to embracing
We fell in love with our student neighbors
who lived across the street. We watched sunsets together and
photographed rainbows. We talked about the plight of the world and our
planet. They've been slowly moving out over the past few weeks, like all
students do at the end of the year, but not before their house was
robbed on Sunday night (6/21).
There's a wild man who plays his
electric guitar in his doorway in the early evening. There's a young
couple who walks their very, very old dog named Buddy by our house
everyday. They're having their first baby in September. Our favorite dog Chloe rolls
over whenever she sees us and lets us pet her belly for as long as we
like. The neighborhood cats still come in the yard to visit with us (and
Can it really be that we've only been here a
year and the earth has traveled a full rotation around the sun? Yes,
life with all its beauty and all its pain has unfolded on each of those
365 days. Love and renewal, life and death. We still haven't found a
house to buy. We've had our ups and downs about it all, but we're here
ready for another four seasons to unfold.
That's a whole big mountain of fog that often sits between us and the
sky! I photographed it on the trip home from visiting with the kids and
grandkids for the father's day.