Happiness is not a goal – it’s a by-product of a life well lived.
-- Eleanor Roosevelt
A year ago this week we packed our bags and headed to San Francisco, California. A short jaunt compared to our usual travels: an hour and a half flight each way, a couple nights stay and we were back home in the Pacific Northwest.
Such a tiny little trip with such a huge impact on our lives.
|The Stone House on the Hill - middle row, far right|
The application process – as you long-time friends and readers know – was a lengthy endeavor and so focused on it were we that we wouldn’t allow ourselves to ponder the possibilities that having it in hand might bring . . .
Pursuing the Possibilities. . .
“We need much less, than we think we need.”
-- Maya Angelou
|Rainbow over the Mani|
While I often encourage 'pondering possibilities and chasing daydreams' in my writings, there comes a time in life when you’ve either got to act on them or file them away and get on with the status quo. We knew in our hearts and heads, that for these two boomer-aged adventurers, it was time to act.
So here we are. . .now what?
“Many people lose the small joys in the hope for the big happiness.”
-- Pearl S. Buck
|Afternoon coffee break at The Stone House on the Hill|
It has taken a year for the dominos to fall into place and for us to settle in to this new lifestyle. Although we returned for full-time living last fall, the reality of being based here didn’t hit until we returned from our six-week visit to the U.S.
The few days we spent in the Northwest, tagged on to the start and finish of our Hawaiian timeshare life, were interesting. We loved seeing friends there. Time didn’t allow us to see all that we’d have liked, but time is limited when one travels. We lived in hotel rooms, each stay being only a couple miles from what was once our home.
It was unsettling to be in an area we know so well and to slip into the old rhythms and routines: running errands, making appointments and shopping with such ease, yet feeling a bit of an outsider to it as well.
|Wild flowers carpet the olive groves in February|
|A New Chapter at The Stone House on the Hill|
With the logistics behind us it is time to really live in Greece. The Scout is mapping out travel options in the Peloponnese and further afield on this side of the ocean, we have a stack of books to read (we continue to avoid owning a television) and the seed packets I stuffed in my suitcases when we moved last fall need to be planted. Our days are full. We sleep soundly at night.
|The Stone House on the Hill from the olive grove|
We’ve got a year to enjoy this life before we get back on that Road to Residency and begin our next journey: renewing our residency permits.
“At some point you gotta let go, and sit still and allow contentment to come to you.”
-- Elizabeth Gilbert
|Sunset in Kardamyli village|
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