It was a year ago this week that we said good bye to Oregon and its beautiful coast, mountains, lush green (well, not in the late summer/early fall!), beautiful rains, and treasured friends.
Lately, I have been remembering and longing for the home I have lived the longest as an adult! We lived in Southwest Oregon for just over 3.5 years. Every other adult home I have lived in has been a much shorter stay!
(here Bud is putting the starfish back near the water's edge so that the outgoing water will take this amazing creature back to sea)
So, it was interesting to me as I looked back last night that this last day on the Oregon Coast last spring was actually March 21st!
I wonder if Bump will recall any of the fun at the ocean - the feet sinking in the saturated sand, the smell of the ocean mist, the roar of the waves crashing all night long through the open windows (No it is not a lapping sound, at all, ever! It is a CONSTANT roar and crash. It is amazing and awe inspiring!), the feel of the mist and the warm sun together.
You know, I love the midwest. I love being able to see for miles and miles and miles. I love seeing the black spots of cattle across the fields. I love seeing the crops starting to peek up in late spring.
Perhaps that is why I loved the ocean so much. The ocean is a lot like the midwest, to me.
You can stand on the shore and look out for miles and miles and miles...
The spots on the ocean are the ships coming and going - but they could be carrying cattle into port from Hawaii!?!!
And the crops surprising you as they appear are like the birds flying and diving for fish or the nose of a sea otter poking up as you stand and look off the dock, or the blow of a gray whale.
Speaking of whales, the spring migration watch is just about to begin! Too bad we can't pop in the car and get to the Oregon coast in as little as 2 hours!
Oh, well... it is calving season around here! Lots of baby calves popping up on the nearby pastures and lots and lots of mama cows heavy with their calves about to be born.
There are so many wonderful things to see and do in our amazing country... will there be enough time in our lifetime to do and see it all??
This is my old home... it is "under contract" now and will likely have a new family living there soon. Neighbors in the 'hood have kept us in the know! I was secretly hoping that the house wouldn't sell and would have to have its price lowered to an unbelievable price so that we could re-purchase the home as a "vacation home" to stay and go back to visit all the places that we loved. Do you have a previous home that you loved the are and miss? Do you have a list of things you still must go and see or do in the good ol' U.S. of A. before your time is up on this world??