It’s All Good

20170620_142748I’m home.

Finally, after months of searching and agonizing and driving for miles, I am finally home.

The search for our perfect house was arduous. The negotiating was tedious. The packing and unpacking was endless and the unpacking is still going on.  I’m thinking we’ll be completely unpacked in another 5 years. But “it’s all good”, as our steadfast, loving Washington realtor reminded us on a regular basis.

It’s all good.

The cats are currently trying to figure out what kind of long-legged felines the deer roaming our backyard resemble. The Princess is trying to understand the complexities and logic of roundabouts while cruising around town.

And I’m still looking for my long underwear that’s somewhere buried in one of these mystery boxes.

It’s all good, though.

We’re currently experiencing balmy weather in this part of the country, but woo-hoo when it’s cold out here, it’s bone chilling cold.

Yes-siree, Bob, I’m sure glad the Princess and I like the cooler temps, because we’d sure as heck be SOL, if we didn’t.

The sun comes up early in the morning in the summer months and doesn’t set until well into the evening hours, and we just got internet services for the first time in two weeks. The world has gone on without Lucie and the Princess’s daily participation and knowledge of it.

And as far as I’m concerned, it’s all good. Mind you, the Princess doesn’t currently share that opinion, but the Princess has been through our local roundabout one too many times, lately.

Our journey here was challenging, but rewarding.

When we crossed the southern edge of the Washington border, rain, cold and clouds greeted us as we quietly drove-on into what seemed like an endless gray mass of cold and yuck. Each of us quiet with our thoughts and emotions, as the two cats slept-on snuggled safely in their special traveling carrier that we meticulously stuffed with soft, woolen blankets and items that smelled vaguely familiar and reminded them of home.

As the rain pounded our windshield, the car’s wipers appeared to quietly repeat my silent prayer with each passing stroke: “Please, Lord, keep us safe and let this be the right decision for my family and me.”

“Please Lord,” I solemnly mouthed while looking out at the cold, rainy scene of what was soon to be my home state.

When we finally pulled into the driveway of our house that Friday evening, tired and emotionally wrought, we gathered up our belongings and set about blowing up what would be our bed for the first two nights.

Todd, our Allied van driver, wouldn’t arrive until two days later. I remembered watching him carefully pilot his 18-wheeled behemoth, containing our furniture and comfy beds, crawling slowly down our roadway through a ghost-grey fog and hair-curling mist, and wondering, “Did the Princess and I really do this? Did we just move miles away from family and loved ones to a state where virtually no one knows us and leave behind most everything and everyone that’s dear to us?”

And then my older brother, Anthony and his wife, Lucy, showed up driving their RV from a visit with my niece in Seattle to come help us with our move in.

This gray-haired lug who I fought with as a child over everything from mowing the lawn to shoveling the driveway was suddenly Lancelot with his adoring Guinevere standing next to him, smiling and graciously offering us a chair that she had taken out of the RV.

“Here, Lucie,” she said while setting up one of their folding chairs in the middle of our empty living room floor. “Sit down for a minute. You look like you could use a little break.”

And then my brother came over to me before I collapsed into one of the chairs, embraced me in a bear hug and whispered into my ear, “You did good, Lucie. You both did good, and I’m proud of you.”

Yes we did. And we continue to do good with the support of loving, kind family members, friends and strangers who want nothing for us but good things.

We still don’t have television, haven’t read a newspaper in days, and are still waiting for the Maytag people to pick-up the broken microwave and repair the new washer and dryer, but life is good at our end, People, and I pray that life is good with you, too.

Be well and I’ll catch ya the next time, looking at life from my shoes.




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I'm a retired special ed teacher, born in upstate NY, who spent most of my adult life in the SF/Bay Area and moved to the Olympic Peninsula of WA in June of 2017. At the encouragement of family and friends, who followed my silliness on my FB page, I started this blog a few years ago. I try to keep my topics as humorous as possible (because I believe "LIFE" is pretty serious these days), but will, on occasion write about more solemn subjects. I sincerely appreciate all who take the time and effort to read and make comments and am truly humbled when people actually "like" what I write. I do not participate in the "Wordpress awards" because I feel "awarded" when individuals actually read me and comment, but sincerely appreciate all of you who have considered me "award worthy" and thank you from the bottom of my heart. Hugs, Lucie

28 thoughts on “It’s All Good”

  1. I have been so busy with my own move to Washington in June that I have not been keeping up with you. Even though the building of my two room cottage on the rear of my daughters property was slow it is finally finished and I am relatively settled. Delayed internet service, living out of boxes and attempting to settle here in Vancouver are things that one has to put up with. In exchange I have a closer relationship with my beloved family including an adorable 5 year old great grandson that brings me my mail and my packages from Amazon with a dimpled smile and a hug.

    I enjoyed my interaction with you at APE and may not reply often but will continue to enjoy your posts.

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    1. It is so good to hear from you, Sweetie… i asked about you every time i went to class and wanted 2 wish u safe travels. I miss my classmates and think of u often with love and gratitude. I too love my new life and am so glad i moved…You are a special woman…(((hugs)))Lucie😉


      1. I felt so bad that the situation of moving and my wonderful companion dog coming down with pancreatitis did not permit me to attend class to say goodbye. Joey is fine now and loving the beautiful grounds here and all of the attention he is getting.
        I have been thinking about you and all the people I had grown to know and miss you all. Hugs Shirley

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  2. So good to be home. I’ve been away for two months and long for my home. You will be happy there. Happiness moves right along with no need for packing. , but next time, move to Louisiana, next door to me. It’s always cool and sunny here. (Big lie!)

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    1. Thanks, Mitch! It’s a cold, yucky feeling with no chairs, lights, etc. We’re “sitting in luxury” these days, though, so no is good! ;>)


  3. yay, glad you all made it safely to the land of oz, and it will all be good, no matter what. good to hear from you, and probably just as well you haven’t read the news )

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    1. Thanks, Beth. Friends have kept us “in the know”, to some degree, about the world news….would have just as soon stayed “in the dark”…oh much for the saying, “Ignorance is bliss!” ;>)


  4. Woooooohooooo! Ain’t change wunnerful? It sounds like an adventure. Washington sounds wonderful and that includes the cold weather. I guarantee you, you will learn to love the change of pace the cold provides.


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  5. And just like that, you’re in Washington. Hard work, persistence, tests, and many stories and you made it happen. Your human spirit of adventure is still active and present. Many congratulations to you both as you go around and around in those darn round abouts in Washington State, home of the new Bochi Ball tournaments.

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    1. I miss you like crazy, woman! But it was the right thing to do….my life is already less stressful….PLS give my love to my APE buddies. It was people like them that “loved me” into my decision…pls extend my love and hugs to each of them. I care deeply about their well-being and pray that everyone is well. Encourage them to connect via my blog or email. (((HUGS))) Lucie


    1. Thank you, Little Momma! I need to check in with you and my blogging buddies to catch up with your lives…and no, I never did really explain my move…maybe someday in “that book” that’s still in my head and heart! (((Hugs))) Lucie

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      1. Oh, so I didn’t miss it! Or forgot why ya’ll moved. You Kids are a lot braver than me! I could never do it, and if I did, it would have to benefit me at least 99.9% to do it! Good luck and God Bless!

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      2. Got tired of the heat, the traffic, the affluence and entitlement….simply put: Paradise became hell when the tech companies started building in our town…too many people….was sad because we thought we were “home in CA”….Paradise became HELL in a period of 2 years….many people have left. Thanks for the encouragement. ❤


  6. What a joyous relief it is to read this piece and discover that, even with rainy weather, the sorrow of leaving a home you loved, and roundabouts, it’s all good and you haven’t lost your ability to write well and make us laugh. I’ll be home this weekend. Let’s get in touch about resuming our chats. I have missed them so.

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    1. Not as much as I have!! (Missed our conversations!) Let’s connect, soon, Little Buddy. I’ve been in “withdrawals” from lack of connection and need some semblance of a routine… ;>) (((HUGS))) Lucie Travel safely home! ❤

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  7. Glad to see you are finally home! We’ve missed you.

    Now, about those boxes. My dad left his little parish in NC in 1991 and moved to Baltimore. The house they purchased was too small for all of their “stuff”, so it was stored in our barn. My dad died in 1999, and my mum moved into a retirement center, and stored her extra “stuff” in our barn. She dies in 2010, and we put all of her…well, we are STILL unpacking boxes!

    Mum never threw away ANYTHING. Pencil stubs, wound with a rubber band, my dad’s fountain pen, which still had ink in it!, note pads from various cities (clergy move around, y’a know), one large carton containing nothing but fabric scraps from clothing she’d made.

    If nothing else, she makes a good warning.

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    1. Thank you. I Missed my “blogging buddies”, as well. You always crack me up with your stories….guess I have nothing to grip about with “MY boxes”! ;>) (((Hugs))) Lucie


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