Chapter 15 - So California

Years ago when our boys were young and computers were relatively new, I’d keep a Word document easily accessible so I could jot down funny quotes and quips from the boys. Now with the luxury of a computer in the palm of my hand, paired with a Notes app, the documenting of entertaining quotes has ratcheted up to all new levels!

One of my most treasured and entertaining quotes document contains an active diary called So California. The lined page is filled with quotes that I have actually heard with my own two ears; quotes you’d swear came from the shows Portlandia or Real Housewives of Beverly Hills but I assure you these are real.

California, you are filled with magical beauty, but you also have a bit of a crazy-funny side…

  • "Are you eating bread these days?"

    Two guys at a Napa Valley wedding

  • "So I've been having a little bit of bone broth with a touch of Miso in the morning before breakfast, and it's been really nice."

    Kate sharing with us at Kobe Sushi in Ashland

  • "It's not even that nice. It doesn't even have a cheese counter!"

    Amanda’s take on Podestos Market

  • "Sorry, I can hardly think. I haven’t had my green tea yet."

    Said to me while talking on the phone

  • "Does anyone want anything from the Falafel line?"

    Peter at the Sonoma Farmer’s Market

  • "For one, the pretzel buns were stale."

    Kyle on the demise of Blue Bottle Coffee

  • "I just realized the crudités is not out yet!"

    Susan at a dinner party

  • "Well of course I'll love it; it's Quinoa."

    Kate at our cabin

  • "I'm looking for a knife...”

  • “Do you want a soft cheese knife or hard cheese knife?"

    Nancy & Julia in the kitchen

  • "Is that wine corked or just Italian?" (Ah ha ha everyone laughs)

    Terry Crisler at a dinner party

  • “Does Sonoma have a Target because I need to get a paella pan.”

    Caitlin asking me after our visit

  • “You don’t like Yerba Matte?!?!!”

    Gal to her guy friend at Murphys Health Food Store


Chapter 14 - End of a Stone Wall...

As far as I can tell, no one ever had riveting dinner conversations over the topic of land surveying. If you’re a surveyor and I’m rudely wrong, please reply and tell me a good story. So when the printed copy of our House Deed arrived in the mail this week, surveying just got a whole lot more interesting!


“Beginning on the Easterly side of the road about 12 feet from a large maple tree by the road at the end of a stone wall along the head of a field…”


“… thence on said road so far as to make 25 rods* on a right angle from the last corner…”


“Beginning at a bolt in the end of a stone wall on the westerly side of the old discontinued town road leading northerly past the residence of the late Harry Reed; thence running westerly by land of said Reed heirs and by land of Smith, this line marked by a stone wall part of the way and by a wire fence and the remains of a stone wall, to a bolt in a rock on line of land of Phyllis Barter…”

* The rod or perch or pole is a surveyor's tool and unit of length exactly equal to 5 1⁄2 yards, 161⁄2 feet, 1⁄320 of a statute mile or one-fourth of a surveyor's chain (approximately 5.0292 meters). The rod is useful as a unit of length because whole number multiples of it can form one acre of square measure.


Chapter 13 - The Unknown Seasons

When we first toured our Arnold cabin and put in an offer, it was mid January and it included the typical cold and snowy weather you’d expect. The locals we ran into kept saying, “Just wait until summer, it’s the absolute best up here in the mountains!” But with that swim lake covered in a thin film of ice, it was nearly impossible to imagine us splashing around on a hot summer day.

We were going on pure faith that the locals were telling the truth.

Moving to Maine in January is not ideal, we’ll grant you that, but there’s something really exciting about arriving to a beautiful part of the country, when things are icy and dormant. As each season unfolds in this coming year, we will get to experience it as if it’s a gift being unwrapped and we cannot wait.

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