Time to Redefine our Lives in Oregon

A Little Background…

OK…so here it is in a nutshell!!  June 30th, my daugther, Roni and I packed up the back of our Suburban with 3 cats and took off for the Pacific Northwest!  We, temporarily said, “Good-bye”  to our 2 dogs, 1 elderly cat, a son/brother, and husband/dad while we began our journey north.  Although the house was mostly packed, the guys stayed behind to do the heavy lifting into the POD we rented for our move.  BTW, if you want to move a bit more economically, while at the same time keeping your items safe and secure…we found PODS to be a really GREAT alternative to traditional moving companies.  There is a bit of “sweat equity”, but it is well worth the savings!

So Roni and I moved into the trailer and created our little home for the next few months.  It is like…fancy camping.  I have learned a lot since being without Tony most of the time up here, and it has been quite good.  I learned how to dump the galley….uuhhuumm toliet holding tank, etc. , change a breaker in the trailer’s electrical system, and how to make toast in a trailer without setting off the fire alarm….not always an easy task. :o)

Tony, Will, and the rest of the animal pack got up here a week later.  Tony ran around doing everything he could to help set us up for the few days he had before leaving to go back to the Bay Area.  He wouldn’t be back for a couple of weeks, and then after that about a month.  It is amazing the amount of time and chores there are to moving your entire life to a new state (I really do mean entire life…Tony and I were both born and raised in the Bay Area…all of our roots were there.)  I found a really good job within a month’s time  that gave me an additional 3 weeks before my start date.  This has been incredibly helpful.  I just wonder how I’m going to fit it all in working 8 -5 everyday.  There is still so much to do to get this house even started. 

I get nervous because we are in August…fall/winter comes earlier up here than what we are used to, and we haven’t even broken ground yet.  We need to get the physical process started.  Today marks the day we got our Replacement Dwelling Permit approved (no appeals)…and now if we can get the financing end finished, we can get the building permit process going….C’MON GUYS LET’S GET MOVING!!

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