If someone had told me 5 years ago that I would eventually move back to the valley where I grew up I would have said ‘No way, never going to happen‘. We moved to Abbotsford from Victoria when I was 12 years old and I was very upset about it at the time. As soon as I moved out at 19 I moved into the city (Vancouver).
Anytime I drove through Chilliwack (we are in Yarrow but it’s officially considered Chilliwack) on my way back from a trip to the interior I used to think “I’m glad I’ll never live in this one horse town!”.
So how is it going you ask?
Photos by Maria Killam
Since I now live a paltry 2 minute drive from my sister and my Mom, the first week we moved in my Mom texted me at 4:20 am.
Are you up? I’ve got the coffee on.
I’m often awake at 4:00 am and sometimes I’ll just get up anyway because usually I should have posted the night before so I can’t sleep until I get up and write a blog post.
I was awake. So I got dressed and jumped in the car. I was there exactly 5 minutes later and my mom said “I was just about to text you again to see where you were?”
Most mornings you’ll find me at my mom’s now for coffee at 5:30 – 6:00 am. Mornings are my favourite time of the day.
When my Mom came for dinner the first week she said “It’s like another window of happiness has just opened up for me now that you’ve moved here“.
Here’s the dike that goes all along the river almost right behind our house, it’s where I go for my morning run.
One day I ran to my sisters house and headed straight to the trampoline in the back yard. Within minutes my two nephews ran outside to join me. My sister Elizabeth came out 10 minutes later and gave me a green smoothie.
Do I miss the city at all?
No, I don’t. I’m there once or twice a week for appointments with my clients but if you don’t have a life designed around driving, you can live wherever you want!
I feel truly blessed.
A lettuce plant losing the battle.
It was early evening two weeks ago and my Mom came over and she was angry! My Mom is rarely in a bad mood. She has worked so hard in her huge garden and greenhouse (below) and when she got to a row of new cabbage plants they had been entirely eaten by slugs.
It’s rained so much here this Spring and June was the worst for rain on record. I think we had 4 partly sunny days in the month of June. While the rest of you are baking in the record heat, we keep the pools filled in California and fight with slugs.
My Mom said the only thing growing well in her garden are the potatoes!
We did enjoy some herb tea from her garden at her dining table this past weekend.
One of my readers wanted to know where this console table was placed in my new house. So here it is, in the family room right beside the kitchen. Here is some Alfalfa (from my running path) to dress up the place.
That’s my kitchen in the background, our countertops will finally be here next Thursday and then all the appliances can be installed! Can’t wait!
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