Birthday joys

Today is my birthday, and I’ve already heard from so many of my family and friends. So fun to see the notes on Facebook or the texts on my phone, to have morning calls and birthday cards. All sweet!

I had an amazing pre-birthday last weekend, and that was sweet too. Spent a long weekend in Sonoma County and soaked up warmth, sun, delicious food, biking, and beautiful scenery. What a treat that was! Driving the winding country roads, seeing the grapes hanging ready for harvest, stopping to make a photo of a picturesque view or beautiful winery was the perfect way to end the summer. More about that later…that trip deserves much more than a passing mention in today’s post!

Looking across the valley

Looking across the valley outside Healdsburg, CA

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Chateau Montelena, Calistoga, CA

Harvest time!

Harvest time!

And on Thursday this week, I accepted an offer on the house. This is from the same couple that looked at it before, so we’ve already gone through the nitty-gritty of inspection, appraisal, offer and counter. They came back with a better deal, so now closing looks set for October 10th.

Aaahhh.

I remind myself again..life works out. Not always as I thought, and certainly not always neat and tidy, or even as I’d like. The house is still selling at a loss. But it is selling, and I won’t have to live through a 2+ year street replacement project. (Apparently that doesn’t trouble these buyers.) If I thought this was a forever home, it would be worth it. But that’s not the case.

As to what’s next, that’s still up in the air. For now, completing some fall work commitments, a break for the holidays, spending time catching up with family, and taking time out to make a good decision is the plan. The things that will ship out will go to storage in Seattle, so that’s an easy solution for a while.

Aaahhh.

I’ll admit my anxiety level has been high. Nice to see some light peeking through the clouds, and to acknowledge: it’s important to step back, take a breath, await events. I learn again that solutions sometimes come, not at once, but at last. And there’s probably a reason for that.

I can’t see the reason at the moment. I certainly can’t make sense of the house selling at a loss, and I’m not suggesting that there’s divine meaning behind everything. Just that I find it helpful to evaluate…is there a lesson here? Some takeaway I should file for future reference? Sometimes I get it, and sometimes not. Or maybe I’m overthinking.

But regardless…today is a good day, and I’m thankful to be spending at least a part of it sorting and boxing, taking up that task again.

And I think about “next” and the options on the horizon. There’s a piece of my brain that wonders about all this. I’m 54 today. Shouldn’t I be snug and dug in?

Yes, that would make sense, so of course that’s out.

The funny thing is I don’t see myself as the adventure loving type, not really. I’ve stumbled into some interesting choices, but I’ll be honest to say that’s been more a result of following the leader, rather than my own instincts.

But I’m curiously excited by the chance to mix it all up again, to live in anticipation, to wonder where the next birthday will be. And today, it’s enough that I can dream as I sort, letting my imagination roam at will, thinking about the constants in my life that keep me sane, regardless of the mailing address.

Faith. Family. Friends. That’s security, and that’s continuity.

The rest is just temporary anyway, and I know that more surely today than on any of my previous birthdays. It’s a good thing to understand, a good place to land.

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10 thoughts on “Birthday joys

  1. Do we ever get to rest in this life? There is always something to do, to deal with and so on, but it is so nice when we can sit back for a little while and simply enjoy the view! Glad to hear that you had a wonderful birthday and are making plans (and allowing plans to develop) for that next season in your life!

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  2. Happy Birthday to my friend who continues to teach me so much about grace and space, and how to live with love and faith no matter what.
    May this next year be filled with blessing upon blessing as you transition to wherever and whatever is next. Our door is always open if you find yourself in our area!

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    • Thank you Ann! Although I always feel that I am the one learning from you and Doug! But maybe we each have things to share and to teach with the various experiences life brings. Hopefully some of my mis-steps will help others avoid the same pitfalls!

      Thank you for the birthday wishes, and for the invitation to visit! I’ll look for an opportunity to take you up on that! ~ Sheila

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    • Thank you! Yes, it’s a relief that I can accept the offer without all the other steps to go through again. Now to make it to closing! But I think it should be fine, this is an older couple who has financing already set. I hope it’s just a matter now of waiting for all the paperwork to be done! ~ Sheila

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    • Becky! What a sweet thing to say! I appreciate that so much. I love the creative outlet, and sometimes I feel like it’s mostly therapeutic for my crazy life. 🙂 But I’m so touched that you read!
      Have a wonderful weekend! Blessings ~ Sheila

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