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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Big Skies

One of my favorite blessings of our new home is the amount of sky I see.  Most days deliver on enough clouds to display the grandeur of the views.

Psalm 19v1

2018 Scripture and a Snapshot, Week 3

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Snow Days

Scripture and a Snapshot 2018 Week 2, Ecclesiastes 3:1

Scripture and a Snapshot 2018 Week 2

So far we’ve had two snowfalls this winter.  Earlier this week, it warmed a little and we had rain (which I love too) and now the snow is gone.  I hope to see the snow return again.  Maybe because it’s something I’ve always wanted to experience and maybe because it’s so fresh looking and quite new to me, but I find I like it more than I thought I would.  If I were still working and had to drive in it, I might not feel this way.  The falling snow inspires me to get creative in the kitchen or at the sewing machine or just about anything that lets me be near the windows to watch it all.  It even inspired me to buy boots suitable for snowy weather.  I now own two pairs.  

God bless you and grant you warm feet this winter.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Beginning to Feel Settled

2018 Week 1 Genesis 1v4

Things are starting to return to normal once again.  We are feeling settled into our new home, new state and into this brand new year.  We have missed the routine and our usual day to day stuff for these last four months.  Settled, routine and day to day seems like good old friends that we are happy to have back in our lives again. 

For the last couple of years, I always looked forward to joining a scripture and photo together each week.  It’s so good to start this year off with a Scripture and a Snapshot post.

God bless you in this New Year and every year that follows.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Our Big Move – Part 3

Moving Boxes

On the last post, we were awaiting out the escrow closing on our new house. It was delayed by a day, as there is a shortage of appraisers here. So bright and early on December 1st we closed and headed to the house. We got here about 10 minutes before the new bedroom set, washer/dryer and fridge were delivered. The cable company was right behind the delivery people. It was such a hectic first day. Thankfully we didn’t have to spend another night in our RV. Although we didn’t have the rest of our household goods from California, we did enjoy a full kitchen, a real big shower and sleeping on a normal bed again.


Our stuff from CA arrived on the 5th. This made for another very hectic day again. Furniture was in place, but hid behind mountains of packing boxes. We tackled the unpacking room by room. Packing paper was in constant stacking and smoothing on the dining room table. Boxes were emptied and broken down into flats of cardboard. These items were then neatly stored in the garage. We have friends that moving from CA to Idaho in the spring, so we will be taking these to them for their packing needs.

Snowy Front Courtyard

Next we did a little Christmas decorating…nothing anyway near our usual, but festive inside and outside. This was followed by all the other things that need doing when relocating to another state: new driver’s licenses, auto registration and voter’s registration. We got all that done just before the first snow. But the icing on the cake was a white Christmas. It was my first white Christmas ever and hubby’s first in over 33 years. Lovely!! Beautiful!! We used our new snow shovel too. FYI…the snow blower arrives next week.

First Snow

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Our Big Move – Part 2

Yellow House 01

At the end of my last post, I mentioned that we did some house hunting online while awaiting escrow to close on our California home. One of the sites we check out was from a subdivision we noticed while vacationing in Idaho this past July. We had quite a wish list for our next home. This builder had so many options that it covered everything on our wish list:

Yellow House 12

1. An RV garage for our travel trailer – we wanted it stored at our home, so it’s always accessible and we wouldn’t need to pay to have it stored somewhere else.

2. A garage big enough for our two trucks, plus storage of season stuff and a woodworking shop for hubby.

3. A great room open concept for the living spaces. In our last home we had a living room, family room, dining room and an eat-in kitchen. About the only time the living room and dining room got any use was for the holidays and on cleaning days.

4. A room for hubby’s home office and a room for my office/sewing/still life photography.

5. We also wanted an in-law suite should my parent ever want (or need) to move in with us.

6. Finally, we want a place with a minimal yard work.

Yellow House 02

Just prior to escrow closing, we towed our trailer to Idaho where we planned to live while finding our Idaho home. We arrive and set up our little temp home on 10/1. We had allowed ourselves an extra day should there be anything else that needed doing before we headed back to California to sign all the final papers and have the moving company pick up our household goods to store and later deliver to our new house.

It turns out there was nothing that needed doing, so we headed over to the subdivision to check it out and ask a million questions. As we were arriving I noticed a home with an RV garage and little red pick-up truck parked in the driveway. I pointed it out to hubby, and said there’s an RV garage and it even likes your truck is already there.

Yellow House 06

Yellow House 05

We followed the signs to the model homes and went in to talk with the lady in the office. They could easily build exactly what we want and at a reasonable price too. The kicker was that with winter approaching, it would take about 7 months. Yicks!!

As she drove us around the community, she pointed the clubhouse, gym, swimming pools, fire station, and myriad of other amenities. The she drove us by the house we notice earlier – the one with the little red truck in the driveway of the RV garage. She mentioned that the owner was going to be selling and that he even had a separate apartment in it for guests or in-laws. This news really peeked my interest…BIG TIME!!! However, that’s where we left it.

Yellow House 09

Yellow House 13

We returned to California, signed papers and watched our stuff being loaded into moving trucks. We cleaned an empty house, and then caught a good night’s sleep at a nearby hotel before driving back to Idaho and our tiny house. We were allowing for the month of October for house hunting and month of November for the escrow process. We just couldn’t image we would be able to wait 7 months before we could move into our next home.

Our plan was to visit the local branch of our bank and get preapproved for a mortgage before starting our house hunting. That process we very well and very fast. The bank even got us connected to a realtor. By the following weekend we were visiting home after home and not finding anything close to what we wanted. We then mentioned the home (with the little red truck) to the realtor. Yes, it was indeed for sale and we went to check it out. It had everything on our wish list and we had made up our minds to buy while we were still there.

There was negotiating, but an agreement was reached. Escrow is closing on the 30th. We can hardly wait to get into our new home and out of this tiny house.

More to come in the next post: Our Big Move – Part 3.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Our Big Move – Part 1

Our Big Move 1

Relocation from one place to another is an adventure at times and a frustration at other times. Most of this has been a great adventure for us. There have been those times that were not so much fun. We got home from Idaho at the end of July and started working our list of things that wanted to complete before contacting a realtor. Our timeline allowed us the month of August to complete these jobs. House trim got some fresh paint, the back deck spruced up, and some painting inside – all completed. Then the huge task was in order…clearing clutter and cleaning out the closets and getting the house depersonalized for showing. Yep, we watch a lot of HGTV. We understand staging the house to sell and that it’s no longer a home when selling it. We did quite well considering this was one of the most frustrating tasks. There were about four truckloads that were taken to the dump and at least that many to Good Will. Lots of stuff was given to friends, as well. We thought we nailed that entire process and was so happy to have it done. Or so we though…

Our Big Move 3

Our next step was to select a realtor and get the house listed. Our timeline wanted to see the house on the market by September first. We met with our chosen realtor on August 30th. She scheduled a professional stager to come the next day. It turns out our prior efforts were not enough. As we went room by room with the stager, she pointed out what needed to go and what needed to move to another part of the house. One surprise we had was that the stager made only a slight change in each of our offices. As personally set up as both rooms were, she liked them and we each able to have one room where we felt at home. After the stager left, we packed up the stuff that needed to go and put it in the garage. Things that needed moving got moved. Then the most frustrating time begins. That’s when you try to live in a house that has to be ready to show a prospective buyer with just a few minutes notice.

Our Big Move 2

The realtor scheduled a photographer to take pictures of the house to post online. That happened on the 6th of September. He would need a couple of days to have the pics ready for the realtor. We would have to wait to see them till they were online too. All the photos in this post are from that photographer. Sure wish I had his name to give proper credit because he did a great job.

Our Big Move 4

On Friday, Sept. 8th at 2:30, our realtor called to tell us the house was now in the MLS and we could see the pics there. That didn’t happen until a few hours later because the phone started ringing with other realtors calling to schedule times to show our house to their clients. We had two appointments scheduled for that evening and three more scheduled for the next day. However, the next day we found ourselves meeting with our realtor, going over the offers that came in. By 1:30, we had accepted one of those offers. In less than 24 hours of the house hitting MLS, we had a contract and were in escrow.

Our Big Move 6

Our Big Move 7

We celebrated by going out to dinner and putting shampoo and body wash back in our shower. You’ve no idea how great that later part felt.

Our Big Move 5

The rest of September was spent packing, interviewing and selecting a moving company, and getting a head start on finding our next home in Idaho. Oh, and getting our RV to Idaho, which we did on October first…right on our timeline.

Our Big Move 8

More to come in the next post: Our Big Move – part 2.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

I Missed the Best Part of My Favorite Season

2017-10-17 16.14.14

The last time I linked up with a Scene and Story post was in August. The scene was a photo taken while vacationing in Idaho in July. By the time we got back to our home in California, we had made a really big decision. We were going to sell our home and move to Idaho. Not only that, but we also created a list of the things that needed to be done and put a timeline on it. We knew we’d be living in our travel trailer for a while as we did some house hunting in our new state. This meant we would need to get the trailer to Idaho before the first snow in the Sierras as well as in Idaho. On October first, we set up our tiny, temporary home in Idaho. The house hunting started immediately, and I’m happy to say we are now just awaiting the closing of escrow. It has been a very busy, exciting, and at times a scary couple of months, Now that things have settled down to just waiting out the process, I realized that I missed out on photographing the beauty of this season. The only shot I have is this one – a little squirrel who is in the thick of the fall beauty.

Linking up with Scene and Story.  Hosted by Sarah, who blogs at Paisley Rain Boots and Leon, who blogs at Sea Blue Lens