Now that the weather has settled down a bit, we’ve been spending a lot of time out on our deck. During the last heat wave, I read out there in the evenings. The sky was amazing.
A few days later, the humidity blew out and we were treated to a series of cartoon clouds.
We are also cooking and eating some terrific meals on this deck. Paul has become expert at baking food on the grill that would normally go in the oven — the eggs on top of this shakshuka, for example.
Last June, I posted a piece that was sparked by a meal on this deck. In it, I shared our dreams of moving on to a different kind of life in a new place. I had forgotten about that post until a couple of weeks ago when I was contacted by an editor at betterafter50.com. They have reprinted the post under the title, “Should We Sell the House?”
I think we should sell the house. And though it feels like our progress toward that end has been glacial, it has been steady, and we both enjoy the conversations about ‘what-if’ and ‘where.’
We’ll get there, I’m sure. It’s going to take a lot of work and careful planning. In the meantime, though, our head-in-the-clouds dreaming is, as one of my dinner guests from the June post would say, “luscious.”
We are waiting for the day when we too can sell the house. So nice to know you are talking about it and working toward it!
Judith A. Ross said:
Jane, you too! Where are you going? It is fun to realize that at a certain point we can choose to live a different kind of life than we have thus far.
Heather in Arles said:
I wish that I had thought up that title! And taken those photographs! And eaten that shaksuka!!!! 🙂 All of this is so gorgeous, Judith with dreams of the future to boot…just perfect.
Thanks Heather, that means a lot coming from you. Especially as I’ve been spending a lot of time getting “lost” in your beautiful photographs this summer 😉
Leslie in Portland, Oregon said:
We too should sell our house, since it is much too big for us most of the time, and I think that doing so has become financially possible. It’s just such a great place to live in the summer: cool and quiet, near the river and the forest (and the city). When the warm, sunny days ebb, we’ll resume our also-glacial-but-steady trek toward leaving it and finding a different place. Logistically, it will be a huge project, but I think the real challenge for me has been and will be emotional. Although I travelled extensively and moved easily and often in my 20’s, Scott and I have ended up living in this house for nearly 28 years!
That shakshuka looks scrumptuous!!
Great pix! I love looking at clouds. Restorative.