November was - well - an amazing month. Several things happened so quickly in the last few weeks of the month we had been trying to sort out, that we were left a bit awestruck. We are very grateful.
We came to the realization, actually we realized this a lot earlier than November but we weren't sure what our options would be until last month, that we couldn't live in this apartment much longer.
Above our apartment live, two border collies, about 2 years old, ("He’s a dog with unlimited energy, stamina, and working drive, all of which make him a premier herding dog TWO OF THEM.") and two young women. We anticipated people walking and some normal noise, when we chose to live in a middle apartment, but we have been overwhelmed with dogs wrestling and rough housing for many hours a day on top of our heads. After much consideration and deliberation with the management, they arranged for us to make a move to a top level apartment which we will be doing early next month. YES!!! another move - yikes.
We are continuing to enjoy living in this area and discovering all the exceptional places to walk, enjoy a coffee or meal and especially visits to the Crocker Museum. Recent exhibition "Masters of Venice" drawings by Giambattista and Domenico Tiepolo, was exceptional.
Did I fail to mention that the material used for this mosaic "hobby" is very heavy. Actually it gained weight just in the last few months. With every move it's heavier and heavier and I haven't added any this round - go figure ????
We've been in our new place for about 2 months now and we're beginning to settle into some routines. Max is working at the prison on the week-ends, trading each morning, I'm working on CMA, other internet sites and we're both managing all the daily chores. Does it feel like home - not yet.
I still have that nagging sense that it's just temporary and another move will be in our future. For now however we are really enjoying taking long walks and discovering lots of public art, great coffee places and a few wonderful lunch spots. We're finding some great fly fishing spots along the American River, the Delta and soon we'll be heading to the coast. It's nice to be able to do all this during the week.
We've had visits from family which have been wonderful. It's lovely to live close enough for them to visit and for others to visit when they can. We're looking forward to that.
I'm enjoying my studio and have started on a little piece that will be an experiment using mesh and a painted background. It's a quite space to work in and is perfect, for now.
My interest and passion right now is creating websites for people. I have two I'm currently working on that are going to be fantastic. One of the things I've noticed when artists are joining the Contemporary Mosaic Art - CMA website is that they don't have websites or have started them and have not followed through to completion. So, I know there is a big need for this service and I'm looking forward to creating some awesome websites. It's a good time to get that website up and running before the holidays. I'm offering a reduction in my price...check it out.
The images below are from our walks.
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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.