Starting countdown... our July 1st "End Day" approaches quickly. But its finality has been muddied; the consequence of our melding worlds. Our San Rafael renters requested an early end to their lease, so last weekend we returned and slept in our "old" home for the first time in nearly a year. It was nearly empty--couldn't even find bags for garbage or recycling--but it was significant to be home again. There is a lot to do there!
But we still have not left the yurt. I remember frequently (and am glad) that we really won't leave at all! We will share time in two homes. As a clear example of this, the July calendar has become a checkerboard of existence in our two places. To San Rafael to unpack, work on the yard, prepare for school, play ultimate. Then to Auburn to rehearse for the girls' play, visit the goats, swim team, clean-up. Then back again. And forth. We won't really settle back home until mid-August. Even then, I'm sure we will itch to return to our yurt away from home.
In addition to the time in the old house, being back in San Rafael last weekend provided opportunity to reconnect with friends, family, and colleagues. A common question was: "How does it feel to be coming back?" In short, it feels good. As I have said many times, we love our home and our lives there and we are so pleased about how this year turned out. I am very interested, in a pre-self-reflective way, how this past year will alter our perspective back in our "old" place and jobs.
The kids seem to be pretty much done with blogging. Sorry. I'm not sure if this will be it for me, but there won't likely be a whole lot more. I really would like to print the whole blog out since last August and have it bound as a family memento. But I'm not sure if there is a way to do that without going to each entry and pushing print. Even then, there are all kinds of menu bars and random stuff all over the page I would not like to have in the book. If anyone knows a trick, please let me know!
I thought about looking into making an actual published book, too. Juliana rightly says no one who doesn't know us would be interested in reading our indelicate prose and seeing a bunch of kids' school work. And, unfortunately, I don't think any of us have the energy or talent to transform what is here into a cohesive, publishable work. It has been an interesting year though. I do think others could benefit from our experiences and thoughts. Does anyone have an idea about if and how we could proceed with that? Maybe we just send interested parties here to the blog and let them distill as they will!
Life goes on. We had a wonderful backpacking trip last week to Grouse Ridge in Tahoe National Forest about an hour and a half northeast of here. The weather was perfect, the mosquitoes few, the terrain beautiful, at an appropriate challenge level, and there were lakes everywhere. Backpacking is gear-intensive, but it was pretty easy this time and it was such a pleasure to be all together out in the woods to walk, see, swim, read, eat, sleep. Simple. Basic. Wholesome. Good.
We sent Eli off to camp for a month earlier this week. In regards to our year together and "away from it all", it felt final. It was hard to see him go. I wouldn't have let him go so long had we not just had 12 intense months together. Though he was very excited, it was hard for him, too. He seems so much more centered and grounded lately: more willing to smile, offer help, swallow the complaint, show interest, admit he will miss us at camp. He really enjoyed camp last year and I think it will be good for him this summer as well. He will have a chance to be with peers--something he has missed some this year as a homeschooler. I hope the self-grounding he established this year will pull him through 8th grade and beyond.
Before the back-and-forth month of July, we have a solid ten days in the Foothills. The girls have five goats entered in the Placer County Fair. It was sweet to see them trying to be official and lead the baby goats around today. The goats weren't too interested, but still showed well: two first places and a "Grand Champion" for Jubilee in the dwarf goat doe class. The mama goats get shown over the weekend and next week we bring most of the goats to new homes. In San Rafael we will keep two (Magic and Opal), Rosie dog, all the chickens, and the two ducks on a trial basis.
Hope to see you there, too!