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Goodbye: Rapunzel’s tower

I never blogged about Rapunzel’s tower. It’s very near us. Mimi climbed to the top once, with her dad. She always refuses to go higher than the first flight of stairs with me. It’s a lot of steps for little legs.

I took these pictures during an evening ramble while our house was being shown. It was on the market for only four days, thank goodness. Living in a house that’s being shown is not my idea of a good time.

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Did I mention pork tacos?

We’re clearing out the freezer and pantry. Found a pork roast. YAY that means pork tacos. Tortillas, roast pork, salsa verde, sour cream, lots of fresh cilantro, and a squeeze of lime juice. Right on.

This moving stuff requires sustenance, you know?

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Goodbye: New Salem Village

Mimi and I loaded up the car for one last trip to Lincoln’s New Salem Village.

There isn’t much in Illinois I will truly regret leaving. This is one thing I will miss. Truly a place where my heart is happy–I wish I could go here every day. Alas.

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Mimi doesn’t like to have her picture taken.

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Goodbye: Allerton Park

A couple weeks ago we made our goodbye visit to Allerton Park and its gorgeous grounds. We have a family tradition of going there every May when the peony garden is in blossom. Love it.

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Look! Bothies!

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Hawaiian Coral peony. I have GOT to get me one of THESE.

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Look, it’s Nathan’s house from Ex Machina.

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Goodbye: garden

I’ll be leaving yet another flower garden, when we go west. Oh well. Older and wiser, and the new USDA growing zone is 8b (!!!) so all kinds of adventures await. Sparks wants to grow grapes for winemaking. Me, I’m all about strawberries, rhubarb, and asparagus.

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Plot twist!

We aren’t moving to Portland after all. We’re moving to Seattle.

We own the house out there. We have accepted an offer on our house out here. The moving van will load up somewhere in the July 10-13 area, so we will be on the ground in Washington State right around my birthday. Exciting! Especially since we only spent twenty minutes at the house we ended up buying. As Sparks says, waiting to get out there and see it is sort of like waiting for a mail-order bride to show up . . . or something.

Long-term readers will know that this is the third time I have moved house since I started the blog. This house feels like a real keeper, though. Sparks and I chose it together. It has a ton of space and nooks and crannies to accomodate whatever adventures await. I can’t wait to show you the place.

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Four

Four years ago right about now I was coming out of the anesthesia. What a day.

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And what a ride these four years have been. What a bright, brave, beautiful, headstrong, funny, generous, and loving child she is. There are a lot of moments when I think that I don’t deserve such a sweet little girl. Then there are the moments when I wonder if I’m raising an ax murderer. You know, the way parents do.

Happy birthday, tootsie pop. I love you so, so much.

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