Well, it’s been about a year since we moved from the east coast to the west. In so many ways, moving across the country was easier than I anticipated. We went from living in a little house to an even smaller apartment. It turns out we needed even fewer things than we thought.
Food and flowers are so central to what makes me happy. I love my little herb garden on our patio, but I do miss having a real garden. Mostly, I miss the potential of having my own dirt and space. I loved romanticizing our plot of land. It was all very Gone With The Wind, at least in my mind.
Here, I do get to take pictures of other people’s flowers.
These gardenias were just hanging out in front of a bank like they weren’t anything special at all. I casually stalked them until they finally bloomed.
Of course, there are palm trees here.
There are oak trees and redwoods too, but the palm trees make me feel like we are really living someplace else.
I have become completely spoiled by year-round farmers’ markets, evening walks to Turkish cafes, and never really needing a winter coat.
Despite missing east coast family and friends, we are happy here. California is home for now, and it turns out moving isn’t so scary after all.