Yes, it's feeling like home - well almost. I continue to have that uneasy feeling, of trying to figure out where I am - not my location but my place in the location.
Max and I lived in a beautiful home for 20 years and had all the stability that a home means, physically and psychologically. Both of us were raised with the message that owning a home was the only way. Breaking or moving away from values that have been passed down can be a daunting task. But not impossible, as I've found many times while moving along this life path.
So, what have I learned about apartment dwelling as "older adults" these past 3 years. Well, a lot and for the most part it's been a terrific experiment. We've really enjoyed the freedom from the maintenance that a house, yard, acreage demands, that's probably our top "like". It frees us up to take off and explore, to stay away for longer periods of time and has eased the stress and anxiety that often occurs when things like the roof leaks, the well is dry and the wind just blew down the oak tree on your kiln. Freedom!
It's been an adjustment, in all the apartments we've occupied, that would be four ;-). The main adjustment has been to noise, traffic, people, dogs, trash trucks - that kind of thing. We're adjusting to almost all of those things with this move and not once have we thought about owning a house again.
West Sacramento is growing and developing in some very nice ways. We're within walking distance of Old Sac., the Crocker museum, Raley field (go Cats) some wonderful eateries and not far from other places we enjoy exploring.
As I think about home and look around our current space I do ask "what makes a home"? I know what my Mom would say "it will feel like a home when you make some memories there". I'm sure we all have different ideas about what makes a home a home. I'd love to hear them.
The photos are sculptures of River Cats baseball players located in West Sac. and the bridge is Tower Bridge. It's a draw bridge over the Sacramento River that connects West Sacramento to Downtown Sac.
The movers came, grumbled about how many boxes we had, and made far to many comments about how heavy they were and that I shouldn't have made them so heavy. MOSAICS!! It was an arduous move for everyone. A few mishaps along the way, but nothing that couldn't be resolved quickly.
All the boxes are unpacked and most things have found their home, in drawers, on shelves and with the help of my son Zac the art is beautifully placed on the walls. My studio is in the attached garage and I've been able to do a little organizating, but not much. Mainly I wanted everything out of the boxes: that's been accomplished. (The ceramics in the photo below were created by Max.)
This will be the smallest studio I've had and the first one inside the place I live. I'm excited about getting everything sorted out and looking forward to lots of time to experiment.
We're looking forward to all the interesting and varied things that Sacramento and the surrounding areas have to offer. Our plan is to fly fish on some local rivers and the Delta, to have many visits to Davis, the Crocker Art museum in Sacramento, to cheer for the River Cats, to find lots of nice places to enjoy Happy Hour and to explore near and far.
But for now, lots of naps, aspirin to ease the pain and reminders that we are blessed and live an extraordinary life.
Come and visit.
I took this photo on our last hike to Buckhead Interpretive Trail, with my new camera. My little Sony finally gave out and I purchased a new one that's a step up. I have a lot to learn about all the settings but so far I'm really happy with the results.
We're in the middle of packing up for our move. It's been sad to pack all the goodies in my studio and to give up that wonderful space. I've enjoyed all the visitors, the events that happened there over the past 2 years, the instructors that graced the space and the wonderful students I enjoyed getting to know. Most of all I enjoyed my landlords, Terry Way and Anne Korn of Raven Frameworks. They have been generous in so many ways and I will miss them. This has been a really good experience for me and one I'll treasure always.
So we're off at the end of the month for another adventure. Max will be working at the Calif. State prison in Folsom. We have a nice apartment and I'll set up my studio space in an attached garage. First time I've ever had a studio inside the place I also live. We lived not far from Sacramento for years and are familiar with the area. We're looking forward to fly fishing in the Delta, the American River and heading back to some beautiful fishing spots we enjoyed in the past. It's a good move for us - but not an easy one.
I'm enjoying the revitalization of CMA-Contemporary Mosaic Art and really happy that members are subscribing and the wonderful new art is being posted on the site.
Well, guess it's time to go pack a few more boxes...
Oh - here's one more photo I took with my new camera ;-)
"Queen Anne's Lace" bud.