Good evening from lovely summery Vermont. We are just back from spending the weekend in our new home in Brunswick, Maine. It is lovely. Every time I sat down on either the open back porch facing the forest or the side screened in porch facing the blossoming shrubbery, I got so lost in birdsong and other nature sounds that I couldn’t read my book. We met many friendly neighbors with all kinds of talents. One is a flower wizard and she told me what to get rid of in our five beds, so I started right in and got one bed weeded and tidy. The only thing I saved was a patch of lavender. Now it’s ready for peonies, sweet William, and other assorted pink beauties. Next time we go, I’ll start on the second bed. Unfortunately, this one has no redeeming qualities; everything goes.
The house is very quiet. I would define it as spacious and gracious. We didn’t bring any furniture so we made do with our beach chairs and a folding table that the prior owner left behind. I got to place my new dishes onto one of the many beautiful book shelves that are staying with the house. Two of us can work in the kitchen at the same time; that’s new. This new Soft Landing is everything I could wish for. So many things could have gone wrong or not happened at all with this idea of moving to the ocean. This dream of mine could have stayed a dream. But everything has gone and is going right. If you are dreaming, please don’t give up. Mine took forty years to come to fruition. Maybe your wait will be much shorter. And perhaps there will be a rose bush in full bloom waiting for you too.
We have much to do in the next month and a half, with the big chore of packing up our condo. To borrow from Anne Lamott, we’ll go box by box instead of bird by bird. And that’s the way we’ll be ready when the mover comes at the end of July. This is a magical time for me, and I’m soaking it up because I know that life is hard and upredictable. On my next trip over, I’ll take some photos of the flowers and the views and the sweet country road that is ours to borrow for awhile.
Check back next week for another segment of Finding Home.