• The beginning…

    October 2000 The Journey begins…we buy property

    “Come to the mountains and get their good tidings, Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. ~~John Muir”

    2000-10-14 Peckinpah Ridge

    2000-10-14 Peckinpah Ridge

    In October 2000, my husband Larry and I bought seven acres in the Sierra Foothills close to Yosemite. The family has vacationed at the nearby Bass Lake for many years and long before that, I had come here with my family for vacations when I was a child. Our friends met us at the property and advise us that building a home here was feasible, but would take a lot of work. They would help us, they said.

    So,… we could scarcely believe what we had done! This would start us off on an adventure that we never dreamed we’d be doing. Larry and I were not ready to retire yet but we figured we’d plan and dream and camp on the property while we waited. On the trip home, we started a notebook page called “Five Year Plan”.

    Back home in Fullerton, California, we lived in a small suburb and had for the past 30 years. The house was always too small for us, a family of five, and the noise and congestion of the city was starting to wear on us. Now the kids were about to launch into the world, and we weren’t the focus of their lives any longer. As soon as we got back home, we began work to spiff up the house for a future sale. We had the roof replaced, woodwork repaired and the house painted. We were excited! I immediately started shifting my focus to a ‘mountain’ house, instead of a little cottage, and started a file for magazine ideas.

    I started researching ‘deer proof’ plants, something I thought existed.

    2000 November: one step forward and two steps back

    0 Responses to The beginning…

    1. Quiltygirl
      February 17, 2011 at 7:30 am

      You are such a voracious writer, is there a follow-up to this entry? I am glad I found your blog, Sue, while we live on a semi-rural property, I would like to be further out. Unfortunately ‘further out’ in this area is high desert and no trees or green vegetation.

    2. February 17, 2011 at 8:53 am

      Hi Quiltygirl, Yes, if you look on the menu bar, you’ll see Homebuilding catagory and I have more entries there on just that. We’ve always liked camping in the forest and now we live next to one,…and feel fortunate every day.
      I hope you get to move further out someday. We did and we didn’t really know how it was going to go, but with out friends support we made it happen!

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