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The Rambling Writer’s Quest for Home, part 20: Settling In

Thor, Bear dog, Turtle cat, and I have survived the chaotic second phase of moving into our new home, and are settling into Being Here Now!

NOTE: People have been asking to follow our progress as Thor and I pursue our quest for our dream home with sunsets over the Salish Sea. So starting with my post of 5/21/22, we set out.

After over a year in a small rental with minimal furniture and possessions, it was a shock when the big moving trucks arrived with everything we’d had in storage all that time. How could two humans, a dog, and a cat have SO MUCH STUFF?? A month later, we’re still asking that question as we gradually unpack boxes, get rid of things (we thought we’d done a culling when moving out of our former house of 22 years), find new places for things, and start to establish routines. It is lovely to reacquaint ourselves with special artwork and mementos of our travels.

One of two trucks arrived:

Bear dog quickly made friends with the four moving guys, who were funny and efficient.

I’m posting my complete blog entries on my own author website at, where you can finish this episode and enjoy all the accompanying photos. You can also view the complete Italy series there, as well as many other Rambles. Please continue reading by clicking on the link below, then you can return here (use “go back” arrow above) to comment, ask questions, or join a conversation. We love your responses!


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4 thoughts on “The Rambling Writer’s Quest for Home, part 20: Settling In”

  1. When we lived in town, I would drive to places where I could hike and not hear any human noises. I would stand and listen and let the silence fill me. The serenity was relaxing and as I drove back home and the noise of traffic and lawnmowers and car subwoofers intruded, I would try to maintain my inner peace. Now, I can spend hours hearing nothing but birds and wind and waves. It is profoundly calming.

  2. Thanks for following along, Sherwood! Yes, Bear dog is making new friends of the neighbors and settling in quite well for his walks in the “Rambles” fields across the road. Even timid Turtle cat is now brave enough to explore the yard a bit, as long as we are there watching over her.

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