Monday, October 16, 2006

Moving to Oregon, and Falling

About the farm...

I am from Oregon, Adam is from NY. I have a large extended family, the result of farming ancestors who had 8-14 children each, many of whom live in Oregon, Washington, California, and Montana. He has only 2 sets of three cousins, and no second, third or "shirt-tail" cousins. My grandmother, parents, 2 brothers and their children live in Oregon, Adam has 2 sisters who moved to Seattle as adults. When we started talking 7-8 years ago about where we wanted to move on retirement, northwest Oregon became our first choice.

Our farm is on a hill, looking west to the coastal mountain range on a clear day, and the nearby hills when it's not so clear. Here's a shot of the view from the back door:

The 30+ acres consists of orchards, pastureland, and timber. This was a strange year, as I couldn't do much with any of the fruit until late September, though I did manage to pit a couple of gallons of pie cherries while lying on the sofa, which were then frozen. It's sad to see so many plums, pears, and early apples fall on the ground, but hopefully next year will go a little differently.

Another photo, this time of the house:

I moved the first week of June, the movers delivered everything the second week of June, and I fell, breaking both bones in my leg, one into multiple pieces. It was definately a summer to learn patience, because after the surgery to put in a rod and screws, I had to stay off the leg completely for 2 1/2 months, and only got the cast off in mid-September. I was lucky, because even though Adam didn't get out here until after July 4th, I have nieces and other family that stayed with me to help out. One of my aunts even came and unpacked a lot of boxes, which was good because all I had done before I fell was 2/3 of the kitchen stuff. The girls had been using boxes as tables, which worked but was a little depressing.

I spent time knitting, reading, and sleeping (it's amazing how challenging it can be to stay awake when on pain meds, not to mention knitting from charts). I am now enjoying the freedom of walking, bending, and even kneeling down to get into the bottom shelves. Today I ran for the first time, and even though it sounds silly, it was exciting!

This is the second time I'm attempting this post, which was eaten the first time, so I'll close her, with another photo. This one is a view of the side pasture, with the morning mist in the low section of the field, and the timber behind.


Blogger Jane said...

What a beautiful place to call home, even when your view is from the couch.

I'm looking forward to seeing you this weekend!

6:09 AM, October 17, 2006  
Blogger Larry said...

Lovely setting! I'm happy to hear about your recovery progress. It must have been a long summer for you. It's great to have such caring relatives. And to be able to start to run again. Super!

9:25 AM, October 17, 2006  
Blogger Bess said...

Well I'd say your farm is pretty enough to leave that beautiful New York house for. Congratulations on such beauty.

4:04 PM, October 17, 2006  
Blogger Martha said...

Oh my, Shelia, what gorgeous views you & Adam have.
Calgon, take me away.
I am glad for you both that you have settled in such a place of bounty & beauty.
See you soon, sweets.

6:57 PM, October 17, 2006  
Blogger Suzanne said...

What a beautiful view. Hope to see you this weekend.

7:28 PM, October 17, 2006  
Blogger cruisers said...

You need some sheep! Your place is beautiful, even without sheep. See you at SOAR.

10:15 AM, October 18, 2006  
Blogger Ceallach said...

I am so jealous that you moved out to the country!

Good luck with the move, and healing the leg!

2:57 PM, October 18, 2006  
Blogger Clara said...

Hooray! Pictures! Now I can envision where you are now. Very pretty.

4:36 PM, October 19, 2006  
Blogger vi said...

if it wasn't oregon........ I would come and move in
not one drop of produce would go to waste
it's oregon
and that is across the country AND my moronic sister lives there.....

( which means that I can't even cross the border or her radar will go off.......she's EVIL really she is)


be thankful or I would have moved in with you already
I got a goat you know.......
and chickens
and a sheepie to come.....

6:22 PM, October 24, 2006  
Anonymous Laurie said...

I'm glad you are back to normal. My husband went thru that in March-August (skiing) so I know the rods of which you speak.

Marcy M told me to look you up for wheel questions. I have some ??s about Pegasus.

11:59 AM, November 24, 2006  

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