Spring has sprung!

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.

 If you look closely, you can see the fish in his talons.

If you look closely, you can see the fish in his talons.

 A young buck. See his fuzzy antler stubs?

A young buck. See his fuzzy antler stubs?

 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! 

 Paul and Rick, a fellow retired Fire Captain, from LA County. He lives right across the river from us. He's one exception to Paul's no socializing rule, they can always find something to talk about.

Paul and Rick, a fellow retired Fire Captain, from LA County. He lives right across the river from us. He's one exception to Paul's no socializing rule, they can always find something to talk about.

 A few of my new friends, Stacy, Stacey, and Sara. Sara is my awesome yoga instructor. 

A few of my new friends, Stacy, Stacey, and Sara. Sara is my awesome yoga instructor. 

 Some of my friends at painting class. Sharon, Connie, Alexa, Michelle, and Stacey. I even met another crazy Kenny fan, Sally! 

Some of my friends at painting class. Sharon, Connie, Alexa, Michelle, and Stacey. I even met another crazy Kenny fan, Sally! 

 The first friend I made, Liz and her daughter M. They live a couple hours away, and come camping on the property next to us. They came over to see the turtles and frogs in the pond.

The first friend I made, Liz and her daughter M. They live a couple hours away, and come camping on the property next to us. They came over to see the turtles and frogs in the pond.

 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. 

 I try to get him to mow around the wildflowers.

I try to get him to mow around the wildflowers.

 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. 

 After the first truck load of cement we had to put in the second section of rebar and tie it, before the second truck arrived. Another skill I can add to my resume!

After the first truck load of cement we had to put in the second section of rebar and tie it, before the second truck arrived. Another skill I can add to my resume!

 All hands on deck to smooth the cement.

All hands on deck to smooth the cement.

 I finally got the new wall painted. It was a little tricky using the ladder on the stairs. 

 This ladder is made for stairs, still looks sketchy! Painting the new wall.

This ladder is made for stairs, still looks sketchy! Painting the new wall.

 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. 

 Connie, Michelle, and me with Kenny on stage behind us. www.Welcometothesandbar.com is there website.

Connie, Michelle, and me with Kenny on stage behind us. www.Welcometothesandbar.com is there website.

 Back row, Terra, Michelle, Alex, and Genelle. Front row, me, Connie, and Chandler. We just met Terra and Genelle that night. We had a blast with them!

Back row, Terra, Michelle, Alex, and Genelle. Front row, me, Connie, and Chandler. We just met Terra and Genelle that night. We had a blast with them!

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.

 Sandy and Sandy!

Sandy and Sandy!

 The week I spent at my Aunt Linda's went by way too fast! I always have a great time with them. 

 Uncle Chuck and Aunt Millie. (Chuck is my mom's brother.)

Uncle Chuck and Aunt Millie. (Chuck is my mom's brother.)

 Aunt Linda and me. She's my mom's sister, and is a second mother to me. 

Aunt Linda and me. She's my mom's sister, and is a second mother to me. 

 Lovin' me some Uncle Melvo! (Melvin)

Lovin' me some Uncle Melvo! (Melvin)

 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. 

 Second wood shed during construction.

Second wood shed during construction.

 Two mice fell in this hole and died. Fiona has checked the hole every time she's gone outside since then.

Two mice fell in this hole and died. Fiona has checked the hole every time she's gone outside since then.

 Since it can't be all work and no play, we built a horseshoe pit!

 It was a ringer!

It was a ringer!

 Even a ledge to sit your beverage, and a nail to hang the shoes on.

Even a ledge to sit your beverage, and a nail to hang the shoes on.

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.

 Our first docking. 

Our first docking. 

 A beautiful day for a boat ride!

A beautiful day for a boat ride!

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!