We are coming up on one year since we bought the cabin. It's gone by so fast! We are constantly in awe of the beauty right outside our window. We are so glad to have found this place to retire. We started dreaming about it over twenty years ago, when we were living in the desert. We started out thinking we wanted a little bit of land, somewhere with tall trees, some kind of water feature, and cool weather. We even had it down to, not right in town, but close to a small town; an hour from a little larger town, and a couple hours from an even larger town with an airport and hospital. We toyed around with other ideas, like moving to a coast, or an island. After living in Mission Beach, the coast didn't seem as appealing. The noise and amount of people get tiresome after a while. I'm glad we stuck with our first choice and made it happen. I spent a couple of years researching small towns in the Pacific Northwest, and this area kept popping up. It's crazy that it met all the criteria.
When we told our friends and family that we were going to live in an RV, a lot of them thought we were crazy. Then when we bought the cabin, I think some of them thought the same thing. I've had a few people express their concern about me moving to a place where I didn't know anyone, because I'm so social. The funny thing is, I'm not as social as I seem. I enjoy going out and doing things more than Paul does, but I have no problem being on my own. I have made some friends, and can be as social as I want to be. Mostly, I like to be home with him and Fiona. People never believe me when I say I'm an introvert. The first personality profile test I took was one that Paul took at a training seminar, to help you understand your coworkers. Paul is definitely an introvert, and I am just one click towards the introverted side. I can let my extrovert side come out, but I always need time to decompress after being social. It's a bit of work for me to do too much socializing. And anyone that knows Paul, knows that he hates socializing. :) As I write this, I think back on the times I've moved, since I met Paul. I moved to Cathedral City with him, without knowing anyone. We moved to Mission Beach, where I didn't know anyone. We moved into the camper, where I wouldn't know anyone. Then lastly, to Washington, where I didn't know anyone. I see a pattern! I love that we have lived in so many different types of places. The adventure started almost 26 years ago, and it's still going!
We have stayed busy working on projects around the property. Paul is able to mow more areas, since we have cleared downed trees and branches. There is still a few large sections that are pretty rough. It will take a long time to get it all cleared.
We poured a cement pad in front of the house, so we don't have to park in the mud. At the same time, our friend, Bill added trim to the bottom of the house. I still have to paint it.
I finally got the new wall painted. It was a little tricky using the ladder on the stairs.
I left Paul and Fiona at home and flew to Arkansas to see my aunts, uncles, and cousins. The plan was to meet my cousin, Annie there to work on her '52 Chevy truck and visit with the family. I found out Kenny Chesney was going to be playing close by the day before we were going, so I went a day early and met my friends Connie and Michelle from Florida, there. We met another friend, Alex at the concert, and made a few more friends in the sandbar, which is the pit in front of the stage. It never fails to amaze me how we can walk in total strangers and end up singing and dancing all night, and walk out as friends.
My friend, Sandy moved from San Diego to Arkansas. While I was there, we went to breakfast and I got to see her beautiful home.
The week I spent at my Aunt Linda's went by way too fast! I always have a great time with them.
We decided we needed additional space for wood, so we expanded our woodshed to put fresh cut wood to dry. Paul has been working hard, cutting and splitting wood, and cleaning up the area we had it all stacked. Next project is to build a cat house. We are getting some feral cats to help keep down the rodent population.
Since it can't be all work and no play, we built a horseshoe pit!
On the first day of summer, we had our first visitors by boat. Sara, Stan, and their friend Jerry, picked us up for a little ride. We stopped up river and picked up Stacy, Rennie, and little Rennie, and went up to the dam. It was cool to see the views from the river.
Now that we have the big things we wanted to do on the property done, we are in the early planning stages for a couple of camper trips. We are both excited to do some more traveling.
There are lots more photos in Snapshots 3, Spring 2016. Click on that!