Back from vacation, the Etsy shop is open for business, and we are home in the foothills of Los Angeles for about a minute before we pack up the Casas Fabulous and Sexypants and head off on a new life adventure.
We are moving from LA County, population: 9,862,049 to Tuolumne County, population: 55,365.
The town we are hoping to move to is in the High Sierras and has approximately 155 residents, according to the last census.
It is very exciting. And a big change! I mean, we’re used to a lot of takeout, Whole Foods down the road, a Blick art supply within easy access, ALL THE SUSHI, gluten free pizza and deluxe cat hotels.
None of that is really going to be happening where we are going.
Brown bear and Plaid bear may look delightfully rustic, but, they like their Starbucks.
There is no takeout anywhere, there are no deluxe cat hotels, no Whole Foods, no gluten free pizza, no sushi, and no Thai delivery. No curry takeaway. No cell coverage. No Arclight first run movies full of stars (there are probably still fantastic stars out at night. We’ll just be getting the kind that burn bright in the sky.)
Future blog fodder includes:
Cohabitation after years of living as a single parent.
Kids moving out.
Life without kids.
Whether or not the toilet seat goes up or down. (It goes down).
Learning to put on tire chains.
Learning about snow tires.
Taking the trash to to the dumpster and not leaving it by your house because of bears (not the cute fuzzy Starbucks sipping kind made from recycled sweaters).
You will also be treated to shenanigans!
We’ll be living with snow after 18 years in LA. It occurs to me that I will need a parka, that my winters of “Ho hum it’s a bit chilly, maybe I’ll put on a hoodie.” are over. I am going to need to buy a sweater or six. Hijinks will most likely ensue!
Kitties will be coming with us.
The Captain is allergic to kitties.
In addition to sweaters, it looks like we will be getting air filters for the cabin. Our air may be rustic, but it will be HEPA filtered, by gum.
The Captain is planning on building the kitties a charmingly rustic but sturdy, well protected, roofed and weatherproofed catio so that they can go outside and enjoy the local flora and fauna without becoming tiny Hostess catcakes. And so that the fresh mountain breezes might waft away some of their dander.
Honey&Ollie will continue to bring you gorgeous and original jewelry designs, accessories and original art just like we’ve always done, never fear. There’s satellite internet in them thar hills, thank god, and a local post office too! It’s just that we’re going to be bringing you all that with more bears. Less city.
Sometimes life needs a little shaking up, so you throw your life in the blender and press “frappe” and hope that what you get is a deliciously unexpected melange of fruity good things. Not, you know, spirulina green drink with nasty wheatgrass.
This would be one of those times. So far it’s all been delightfully serendipitous. I am hoping for delicious.
I can’t wait.