Thursday, January 07, 2010

A Cottage Designed by Monet.....


This year has started out with the proverbial "bang".

Within the first few days of January, I picked up another wretched cold. I get a lot of those lately. For the past week, I've been sneezing, coughing and blowing my nose until I think a replacement model might be in order.

It's getting better now but this is an extraordinarily long-lasting cold. A few people have mentioned that it's a peculiar one going around and everyone takes a few weeks to get over it.

The cold has given me a lot of time to consider my future residence. I've thought about what I want and where I'd like it to be. Many years ago, when I visited the UK, one of the places we went was Stratford-on-Avon. There were some of the most beautiful cottages there. Cobblestone streets and huge gardens. It wasn't the cottage itself that drew me as much as the gardens that typically surrounded it. Since the place I choose will be my home for a number of years, until I either move to Thailand or die, it really needs to be the right place.

I want a cottage designed by Monet.

Given the unlikelihood of my being able to afford that, I'll settle for a cottage not designed by Monet - but I'd like it to be close. What I know for certain is that I don't want to share my space with another person. I don't want to live in someone else's house. It must be detached, must have a private entrance and must be isolated from the "main house". Living in someone's guest cottage is very appealing but the only time I want to see the owner is on Rent Day. At that, I'd prefer a maildrop. I've lived through this situation so long that I am reluctant to ever try it again.

My geographic range is anywhere between Garberville, California and Crescent City, California. All of those communities, small or large, are either coastal or near the coast. They all have more than 2 inches of rain a year which is about what we're getting in the Central Valley.

It seems important to give all of these things consideration. For so long, I've allowed things to "flow" which in itself isn't bad. It becomes bad though when it means not making choices and going only for speed and convenience. That is how I created the mess I am in now.

So.. if you can spare it, send a positive thought my way. At this point, I'm looking at a February 1st or March 1st launch day.



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14 comments:

Woman in a Window said...

I can, of course, spare many good thoughts and wishes for you. I do hope you find it or vice versa.
xo
erin

Anvilcloud said...

I think you've got a fine plan there.

Molly said...

Oh Chani! Me too....I could SOO live in that sweet little cottage and putter in that garden! Fingers crossed you find something close to the dream.....

Cecilieaux said...

Positive thought sent.

And another one (a freebie). You write "either move to Thailand or die." What if we all go to Thailand when we die?

Olivia said...

I am always sending you positive thoughts, but more specifically for this are on their way. I agree that you will be happiest with your own space. It seems like it's just time for it, no? Blessings and love, O

Leann said...

That is so funny Chani ~ I was thinking about the same sort of thing this morning while looking around my living room and contemplating the leaki ng bathroom. I would love to have a nice little place of my own. Not necessarily my own house but something like a mother-in-law-s cottage or similar.

I will definitely send good thoughts your way. Blessings in your search.

painted maypole said...

may a cottage come your way, and may you take what it has to offer, and turn it into your dream

wheelsonthebus said...

Oh, it's been too long since I've read blogs and you have such exciting changes going on! Sending all sorts of positive thoughts!!!

secret agent woman said...

I would love a cottage, too, post-children. Good luck with your search!

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

Blessings sent your way to help you get over the cold. (I'm just getting over a two-week cold myself.)

I'm excited for you that you are coming up with concrete ideas about where you want to live. I sending you positive energy for it too.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

I would love a Monet cottage with a charming English garden too.

You have definitely been in your present situation far too long and I'm happy that you're going to change it. I hope you find exactly what you want soon.

Akannie said...

Hi Chani!!!! (Can you see me jumping up and down, waving like a crazy woman??)


Manifest this cottage. You can do it. I love this cottage...and that's a big wide world between Garberville and Crescent City. Look in Laytonville. Might not be so wet, but you can certainly garden there. And it's just rural enough and isolated that it's...well, check it out.

I'm sitting right there with you...let's find your place....

mrwriteon said...

I hope you find what you are seeking, even if it's not a Monet cottage. Be forwarned, the last 2 times I was in Crescent City, in both cases July, it was bloody freezing, even by west coast Canada standards.

Angela said...

That is exactly my dream home, too, Chani. Of course, great minds think alike. :) I'll be working on manifesting one for you and one for me. Happy New Year, sweet woman!!