Sunday, July 19, 2015

While We're Waiting, We Walk and Walk

Escrow is proceeding. Forty-five days is a long time, but we are incredibly patient. Our agent (who happens to be my seriously efficient sister) says we are very mellow clients. Yes we are. Want to know why? We walk everyday. We take good long looks around. We enjoy the blue skies and the mountains and the marsh. We've been walking three to four miles a day. It's good for our hearts, our bones, and our anxiety levels. We're mellow.

On Friday we headed up to the local community redwood forest. There's really nothing like walking among ancient living things that are more than a thousand years old. Puts things into a calming perspective. Deep breaths among the old trees.

And the next day we walk our favorite trails in the marsh and then take a detour into one of the marsh meadows. We take a look east out to hills in the distance. That's where we walked just the day before in the forest. Behind us is Humboldt Bay with the tide going out. It's the heartbeat of the earth here.

Many of the shorebirds are back, and it's really great to see them, especially this Marbled Godwit. The dabblers haven't returned yet, but soon the ponds will be filled with Green-winged Teals, Cinnamon Teals and Wigeons. Lots and lots of them. We can't wait.

So, here is a real estate photo of the living room in the house we are buying. It looks like home, doesn't it?

19 comments:

  1. Just what you were looking for! A real home.

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  2. oh, it looks like a lovely home. i can see you there already. how wonderful that L. could broker these purchase for you - helps to have pros in the family! I love the meadow pic, and the bird, and of course dear Roger among the ancients.

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  3. Mellow and yellow, I see. I agree, you can't beat a good walk for putting everything into perspective.

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  4. Forty-five days isn't long to a thousand year old tree. I'm glad you're going for long walks. That is something I've been missing a lot lately - the many long walks with Don. I've decided that as soon as my jeep is back from the repair shop, the dogs and I will start going on long hikes around the countryside. I don't like to leave my van unattended for hours, but the little old jeep (pfft!). Your new place looks comfortable. I can already imagine you there. Looking forward to that happening very soon!

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  5. am-- It really is a real home. You would not believe some of the houses we looked at. The moment we walked into this one, we knew the answer would be "yes."

    Tara-- It's going to feel so good to be in our own home again. The only things we're dreaming about doing is splendid beautification with art projects. You should see the gate we found online! Yes, my sister is a true pro with nearly 30 years of experience, and even with that, real estate is so freakin' nutty these days. Glad you liked the pics.

    John-- We're lucky that we're retired and can take advantage of the sunshine whenever it shows. Mellow and yellow!

    bev-- That's such a great perspective! 45 days and a thousand year old tree. I think I hear that tree laughing like an ancient Buddha in the forest. I look forward to your hikes and seeing what you're seeing in the countryside there.

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  6. It does indeed look like a very inviting home. We're pretty mellow too, but it took us far too many years to get this way. We spent many years in high-pressure jobs.

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  7. Nice stories, nice images, and nice sentiment. Sounds like you'll be happy in the new house if it spoke to you so immediately.

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  8. Love that fireplace and do I see a garden out the window?
    I think if I had such neat places to walk, I'd be mellow too.
    How nice that the realtor is someone you know and trust.
    Soon it will be yours. Then the fun begins.

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  9. NCmountainwoman-- Well, to be perfectly honest, Roger is way more mellow than I am, but I give it my best to stay cool. Hah!

    Scott-- We got to walk through the house again during the inspection, and we did not have any buyer's remorse. We were happy about that. We're looking forward to settling in in late August.

    Arkansas Patti-- There are some plantings along the edge of the yard, but we're going to add lots of raised beds for gardening both in the back and front yards. We do feel very lucky for the wide range of environments for walking here. We are looking forward to the fun of making that house our home.

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  10. Isn't it going to be nice when you move in and make it your own? And isn't it nice to have access to such wonderful places to walk?

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  11. Mark-- Yes, we are really looking forward to unpacking our boxes and putting our art on the walls. There are lots and lots of things we have not seen in more than a year. We were just exploring on Google Earth the layout of the land there, 18 feet above sea level. I wouldn't be surprised if we could actually hear the ocean.

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  12. Oh, those trees! And yes, that looks like a lovely, comfortable new home.

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  13. kathy a-- Yes, there is really something about walking in a redwood forest. An ancient calm overtakes us. Glad you like that new living room. Imagine skylights up there, and you'll see the direction we're heading in for more sunlight streaming in.

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    1. We have a lot of windows, but also skylights in the darker interior areas -- kitchen, hall, bathrooms -- and they really brighten things up!

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  14. Late August will here before you know it. The house looks wonderful and inviting. I can see why it felt right from the first visit--it's got your style already!

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  15. I really admire your energy in this house business. And I love the walk among the giant trees.

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  16. lindaj-- Good eye! The house does have our style already. It reminds us of our house in Port Townsend, only much smaller. We're glad about that.

    isabelita-- This house hunting and buying stuff does get exhausting, but we're hoping that this will be where we stay for a good long while. There really is nothing quite a like a walk among the giants.

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  17. Cool I hope you enjoy living there

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