“Life is not just the passing of time. Life is the collection of experiences and their intensity.”
-- Jim Rohn
|River walk downtown Chelan, Washington|
These aren’t new insights for us, but they’ve come to mind often during the month that we’ve spent in the U.S. Pacific Northwest.
In the last couple posts about the purpose of this trip – to replant our roots in the U.S. -- I’ve been focused on the 'facts and figures' of ex pat life - making a case for having a foothold 'back home'. Truth be told, though, there's an emotional side to the story as well:
This October has been an almost mirrored reversal of our activities last October when we boxed up our U.S. life and moved to Greece for a full-time ex pat adventure.
Back then we put our U.S. life, in a manner of speaking, into a storage unit; a place we quickly came to call ‘the morgue’. (You can probably see why from the photo). Coupled with our downsizing efforts, it became a climate-controlled somewhat morbid reminder that we are boomers who have a much shorter road ahead of us to travel than we once did.
While we were eager to pursue our daydreams – a pursuit we heartily recommend – leaving one life for another does pack a wallop of emotions. Closing one door to open another can be tough.
Opening Another New Door
|Wapato Point Lake Chelan, Washington State|
|Lake Chelan from The Butte, Washington State|
Meanwhile back in Greece we had a cadre of relatively new friends who've become equally special to us, who stepped in to keep an eye on our life there. We were extremely grateful to them and their efforts when the ‘Medicane’ (Mediterranean hurricane) hit our area of the Peloponnese only days after we arrived in the U.S.
|"Life is the collection of experiences" and friendships|
”Time is not measured by the passing of years but by what one does, what one feels and what one achieves.”
-- Jawaharlal Nehru
Life at the LakeThere is no doubt about it, we will again be 'living differently' as we plant our roots in both a Greek hillside and a small village in Washington State. While we are eager to return to our Stone House on the Hill, it is good knowing we also have a Life at the Lake.
I promised you a home tour last week so come, take a look at what we've been doing the last few weeks to create that new life:
|The Scout on the front deck - sunset over the Cascade Mountains|
|Shelves and not boxes are much better displays of memories|
|The amazing change - old things do fit in new places|
“Learn to appreciate what you have, before time makes you appreciate what you had.'”
|Guest bedroom is ready to welcome friends|
|Using those Greek 'do-it-yourself-' talents we've developed to make our bed|
|The Chelan Room - the den|
|Washington State's Columbia River|
“. . .your soul knows when it is time to close a chapter. . .’
While the quote is apropos, we think the soul also knows when it is time to start a new one. Thanks for being with us as this chapter begins.
As always we appreciate the time you spend with us and we’ve also appreciated all your comments cheering us along in this new twist to the journey.
Safe travels to you and yours and next week - if our travels go according to plan - we’ll be writing from The Stone House on the Hill!
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How lovely to be mostly settled in your new lake home. How nice to have two places in the world to call home.ReplyDelete
It seems odd, but Greece really does feel a bit more like 'home' than does the Manson house even when there we are surrounded by our eclectic collection of things acquired over the decades. Maybe if we were to spend a year there, as we have here, it too would feel more 'home-like' but it sure looks like home when you walk through the front door! Thanks for stopping by Jan!Delete
I thought about moving to Sorrento because I love it there so very much. My husband was Ok with getting a small place, even went with me to look at some places. Then he said, "You know we'll have to come home for football season, don't you?" We laughed and laughed. I know exactly what you're saying. But I know I could never give up Texas full time. I think you guys rock big time. Life is an adventure and you've certainly lived an adventure. I love the Pacific NW almost as much as the Italian coast, and I've threatened to move there, as well. Happy travels, you two.ReplyDelete
Oh Marsha, then you can appreciate that I signed us up for cable television - including the extra football package -- and it was hooked up while the moving van boys were still unloading us. . .and then for the three weeks we were there: It. Was. Football. One Saturday we had the tv on from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. never leaving a football game behind. Now that we are back in Greece we feel we at least got 'our fix' while in the States! Hope to get you to Greece or the Northwest sometime when we are there so we could finally meet face-to-face! Take care. Happy autumn!!Delete
After living in Europe for a bit now, I agree with you, the space looks enormous but you have managed to make it look very cozy. I love the porch outside and nice to have memories displayed in the house rather than the morgue.. Haha! Our temperature controlled storage unit did notning to stop the moths from eating my beautiful rugs! So glad you have a foot in both camps!ReplyDelete
Well we are back in Greece in our teeny-tiny house with teeny-tiny cupboards and closets and it feels just right. It does feel like home. . .the Manson house looks like home as it is filled with our belongings but with only three weeks in it, it still felt somewhat like a new timeshare experience! ha-ha, the life of a bag-lady!!Delete
A mew collection of people and experiences. /we begin ours in January! I love following your different way of living.ReplyDelete
It really is a whole new world of people just waiting to be met and experiences waiting to be had. It keeps life exciting, doesn't it?!Delete
Thanks so much!Delete
New beginnings and with some stunning scenery to enjoy. I hope you are happy in your new home.ReplyDelete
It is nice knowing it is there when and if we need it. Thanks for the visit!Delete
I have never been there! Would love to go someday! Have a great week!ReplyDelete
Hopefully you'll make it to this part of the Pacific Northwest one day!Delete
There is never a dull moment with you, Jackie! I hope you enjoy this new chapter of your life on Lake Chelan.ReplyDelete
No it could slow down just a bit and I'd be quite happy - or get back into a pattern of routine travel outings and not downsizing or moving projects!Delete
It's nice that you have held onto your life in the States. Now you have a real home to come to instead of that morgue. Beautifully done decorating it.ReplyDelete
I am surprised at how comforting it is knowing that I have a 'there' as well as a 'here'! Thanks much Mary!Delete
It sounds like you've settled into a wonderful life, a foot in two different worlds.ReplyDelete
Well it is a stretch, but I think it is the right one. Time will tell. Thanks much for stopping by Martha!Delete
Living with one foot in each land does sound wonderful... as I count my years living in Eastern France, part of me would love to be back in Canada. I wouldn't want to live there all year, but the warm half would be wonderful. However familiar France is to me (I'm part French) my many years in Canada also make me feel homesick and in retirement, without a job to pin me down here, I begin to wonder... and you've done it so clearly it can be done!ReplyDelete
Yes, Leyla, it can be done. And once it is done, I can honestly say, it feels good to have two worlds in which to live, have friends in both and enjoy the cultures of both.Delete
I often think it would be fantastic to have two homes. For the time being we are still pondering whether a little condo 'landing pad' can even be considered one! Time will tell.ReplyDelete
As my neighbor in Greece, who keeps a foot in Great Britain says, it makes for an 'active retirement'. There is always something to be done somewhere!Delete
You have the best of two worlds -- literally!! Your new home is lovely!ReplyDelete
Thanks Marilyn. I agree with your observation. We have two great worlds to call ours!Delete
There is something comforting about stamping your personality on a house. We moved house almost a year ago. We are putting the finishing touches to a few renovations and each time we change something the house becomes more 'our home' and less just somewhere we live.ReplyDelete
It is funny how two differently furnished homes and two decidedly different places can feel like home when you've put your personal touch on them. I understand exactly what you are saying, Lyn!Delete
Your "home" on the lake looks lovely in every way. It must have been nice to unpack your boxes and find the treasures you had packed away last week. Do you find it a wrench to be skipping over the Atlantic to and fro? Which place do you prefer? I can understand though it is still good to have a place to call home stateside. I haven't visited in a while, so it was good to catch up today. Happy travels! And thanks for visiting me last week!ReplyDelete
At this point we prefer or have chosen to spend most of our time in Greece. I did enjoy the 'creature comforts' of a dishwasher and clothes dryer in the new place and we like the space to spread out as well there. It is one level and this one built on a hillside so I suspect it won't be too many years before the tables turn and we 'old folks' will be wanting to spend more time in Manson than the Mani for conveniences alone.Delete
Having lived in Montana for so many years, I spent a lot of time exploring Western Washington and your photos show such glorious scenery. I had a quick flash back to that old game show, "Let's make a deal" when you wrote about opening new doors. 😁 Looks like you've found the best prizes of all on two continents!ReplyDelete