The Next Great Adventure

The Mr. and I were recently talking about the places we’ve lived over the years, and he pointed out that a lot have had an interesting story to go alongside them.

We’ve lived in a condo in Surrey which belonged to my grandmother. I loved the place, I did not love the neighbourhood. I was still sad to leave when my grandma had to sell it.

We’ve lived in a basement suite where we developed some of our closest friendships, with the couple who lived upstairs. I think my favourite story was when the Mr. and I came home with a pumpkin pie in the middle of the summer… only to find out that our friend upstairs was cooking a turkey.

We moved in to the upstairs of Porter’s Coffee House on 5 corners in Murrayville. This was a bit of an impulsive move. We had no real reason we needed to leave the above-mentioned basement suite, except that this place came up for rent and I desperately wanted to move in. Porter’s is a Murrayville heritage building. When I was in high school, I participated in a historical writing project centred on the early Murrayville families and buildings. My tale, a ghost story, was set at Porter’s, and the completed book is still available to flip through in the coffee shop (don’t go read my story, hey? It’s terrible).  We had the whole top floor here, and waking up every morning to the smell of cinnamon buns was amazing. The tab they allowed us to carry at the coffee shop was dangerous. You can understand why I jumped at a chance to live at Porter’s!

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We lived in a 500 square foot (including stairs!) residence at UBC immediately after marrying. I loved living on campus. It was truly gorgeous, and it was my favourite place to live in terms of having lots of spaces to walk and explore. I did not love 500 sq. feet.

And, 3 years ago, on a snowy March 1st weekend, we moved to the little farmhouse. This place, as you may know, has plenty of family history. I have adored living here. I am glad that Sweet Pea had the privilege of being the 5th generation to live in this very place. And on this snowy March weekend, I am both excited and a little bit sad to announce that we will be leaving the farmhouse at the end of April.

We are moving on, my friends, and the spring will find us living in a Cohousing Community. I had not expected it to happen so quickly, but doors have opened, and we are listening to that timing.

What is cohousing? Glad you asked! Let me quote my little cohousing cheat-sheet from the Yarrow Ecovillage…

“A cohousing neighbourhood is planned, owned, and managed by the residents. The private homes are similar to conventional homes, and are supplemented by a community hall, workshop, and vibrant play areas. Couhousers own their own homes and have separate finances, but are inclined to work together with neighbours who become friends to host community dinners, tend to garden spaces, and tinker in shared interests. All ages, religions, and walks of life can be found in cohousing. The common thread? A strong desire for community.”

What do I like about cohousing? I am excited for indoor and outdoor playspaces for Sweetpea, and other kids for her to play with. I think it’s an incredibly healthy space to raise our family. I am glad to be part of something that is a little less material, a little more eco-friendly, and a lot more community oriented. I like the people I’ve met. I am looking forward to sharing tea and dinner with neighbours, but retreating to my home when needed. I’m looking forward to having my own laundry room… but being able to use the community laundry space when I need to catch up. 😉 I might even be looking forward to trying some gardening again, with many seasoned gardeners available to walk me through it.

We have 2 months to say goodbye to the farm, and I know it’s going to be hard. But we are ready for our next great adventure – and I think it’s going to be good.

I don’t have pictures yet. For now, you can admire the farm in the snow.

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Very Inspiring Blogger

My friend at A Fish and a Bicycle sent me the Very Inspiring Blogger award – how great is that? Thank you!

And now it’s my turn to pass it on, which I think is equally great. Here are the rules for awarding others:

  • Display the award certificate on your blog.
  • Announce your win with a post and include a link to whoever presented your award.
  • Present seven awards to deserving bloggers. Create a post linking to them and drop them a comment to tip them off.
  • Post seven interesting facts about yourself.

Without further ado, I’d like to pass on this beautiful award to the following:

  1. The Journals of a Laura Ingalls Wannabe – my friend Karissa may be a Laura wannabe, but I aspire to be more like her. Mother of two and foster mom to many over the years, she has tons of fun ideas for kids, realistic posts about decor and organization, and information on fostering. And it’s a cheerful blog.
  2. Evalunacy – the Mr. has family in England who live on a river barge. It’s a bit strange, and exactly the sort of thing I might do (and, I’m hoping Morgan will send me a great flapjack recipe).
  3. Up, Down & Natural – a friend’s blog about IVF, natural parenting, and green living.
  4. Dandelion Daze – a new blog on the block. Trying to create something beautiful every day… and succeeding!
  5. Kerry Cooks – Kerry was the first person I didn’t know to comment on my blog. I started to follow, and now I look forward to her posts every week.
  6. The Morris Tribe – a big family’s journey in sustainable living. I followed for the chickens, but there’s loads of good information here.
  7. Growing up Gabel – lots of yummy food, crafts and DIYs, and fun giveaways. I just like this blog!

Here are 7 possibly interesting things about me:

  1. My current favourite movie is Mansfield Park. I’ve never read this Jane Austen book – it’s now on my list. My always-favourite is Shakespeare in Love.
  2. I got a perm just before I started grade 7. It’s true! I begged for it, and got it, and my hair never grew straight again.
  3. I love iced coffee, but not hot (newly-discovered exception: pumpkin spiced lattes). As a result, I go through a wicked caffeine withdrawal every fall, and in springtime I walk around with a major buzz.
  4. I have a bit of a fear of water in general, and the ocean in particular. I’m working on it. I never thought I would go on a cruise, but I did, and it was good, as long as I didn’t exactly think about where we were. I’m not likely to swim anywhere I can’t see the bottom.
  5. I lived in Scotland for a year, and loved it. I felt healthy there. I nannied, and rode horses, and took yoga and continuing educations classes and walked everywhere, and learned to cook vegetarian foods.
  6. I don’t like to watch movie previews.
  7. I’m a Virgo, and a bit of a perfectionist. I love the idea of organization, and am happy to shop in an office supply store for hours. When I was little, my dad’s office was in the basement, and I waited every year for the Franklin Covey catalogue to arrive so that I could plan what my dayplanner would one day look like. Turns out, it looks a bit like a phone… a bit disappointing. But am I actually organized? That part needs work.

We’re Moving

I’ve started this blog to mark the beginning of what I think could be a new era.

I’ve moved every year for at least the last 8 or 9 years. Having just moved 6 months ago, I hadn’t planned to do so again for a while, but an opportunity came up that my husband and I really couldn’t turn down.

There’s a farm on the most beautiful road in town that belonged to my great-grandparents (and is still owned by family). My grandma and her 4 siblings grew up on this farm. My dad’s cousin and his family still live there in the “big house,” and there is lots of family nearby.

But the little farmhouse… built in 1953 (at best guess), my grandma was newly married and so never lived there. The stories I hear have this house, and this kitchen in particular, as the family hub. The house has been rented out for years, and I was probably 17 when I decided that one day I would live there. That day is only two days away now, and I couldn’t be happier.

We obviously won’t be running the farm – that job will stay with my cousins! But we have a lot of hopes and dreams and plans, so stay tuned. For now, I shouldn’t be blogging, I should be packing! More coming soon.