Friday, November 4, 2011
LOOKING BACK INTO THE FUTURE....
As I was looking back over a years worth of past posts, it's hard to believe that we have come full circle back to November. My post of 11-3-2010 titled "Seasons of My Life," was written around the lyrics of a famous Frank Sinatra song..."Oh, it's a long, long while from May to December..." " But the days grow short when you reach September..." "Oh, the days dwindle down to a precious few...September, November...." It brought to mind the changing seasons of the year, and the similarity of our "Seasons of our Life.".... "Seasons"in my 7th decade, which I refer to as the autumn of my life.
Back on that November 3rd day of 2010, I was looking out my office window at the beginnings of seasonal change in Prescott Valley, Arizona, with the leaves falling and the aspens turning a bright yellow. The nights were getting quite cold, and the days were much shorter. However, more than seasonal changes were in the air, as we had decided to return to California, and we were right in the midst of planning, packing, and researching where our next home might be.
History repeats it self! As I type this new Post on November 4, 2011, I'm looking out my office window at our first seasonal rain. The trees are still green, except for the small ornamental Pear tree which has been dropping red and gold leaves for two weeks. Daylight Savings time ends this Sunday so the sun will be down around 5:00 PM, and my "internal clock" will be screwed up for a few days.
While we have loved our home..."The Casita"... these past 10 months, we have come to realize that there are features which aren't entirely pleasing to us. Such as the one bathroom (you "older guys" will understand that challenge), excessive traffic noise, a condo too small for us (about 900 sq. feet), little or no storage areas, a washer/dryer not inside the unit, and a carport not a garage. It has many positive points: nice kitchen, floor plan flows well, wood floors and plantation shutters, and located in an attractive development.
So...our lease will be up on January 9th next year, and I am beginning to research neighborhoods in San Diego County that will better meet our needs. We anticipate that this "looking" process will take several months, and after January we'll go "month-to-month" so there isn't any real pressure to get out there and beat the woods, so to speak.
It is our intent that our next home will be just what we want, and we will "settle down" for many years to come. At least until 2019 or 2020 when I'll get the "7 year itch"again! ( Lived in Arizona from 2004 to 2011..). I'm fairly certain that won't happen.
Ah...now there's a vision...sitting at the beach, with our new home nearby. And as the song goes..."these precious days I'll spend with you..."
We will live each day to its fullest, and never wait to do what we dreamed about in the Spring of our lives!
Larry and Paula