2016 has passed in a jiffy. The older you get, the faster time flies. I am a firm believer of that “theory”.
In October 2015, Mark and I started our life in the United States. We applied for my green card (for the 2nd time in ten years; the 1st one, obtained in 2008, was “returned”), which I received five months later. The process for that took a tad longer than writing these two sentences! We began house sitting, expanded The Wirie business and I decided to write a book. A month later, I created this blog and an initial outline for said book. In December, we escaped to Florida for warmer weather.
2016 is our first full year of house and pet sitting in the US. The business has been successful and much easier to “handle” than from a sailboat in the middle of the ocean. I worked hard on my blog, trying to keep up a schedule of three posts a week. In April, for the A to Z Blogging Challenge, this became one a day! I worked on my memoir, which I will write more about on Wednesday, and we took care of a bunch of sweet, entertaining and smart animals.
The year started with three months in Kent, Connecticut, where we cuddled on the couches and hiked many trails with Henry and Mickey, and watched Tutu and Kookoo cause havoc. The four of them made us smile on many occasions. I shoveled snow for the first time ever and we didn’t mind the relatively mild winter too much, although we stand by our conclusion “One winter in New England is enough!”
In April, we moved to a maple farm in Heath, Massachusetts for the rest of the spring and the summer. Jenny was the most wonderful dog, who appreciated being out and about and enjoyed hiking and camping with us. She listened well and loved her freedom and independence. We loved the all-you-can-eat artisanal maple syrup.
My – hopefully – once a year trip to Belgium took place in May. As always, it was so nice to see my part of the family and circle of friends. Feeling this welcome everywhere truly warms my heart.
September had us busy at our home base in Newburyport, taking care of some chores and visiting with friends and family. Mark and I enjoyed a rare five-day vacation in Acadia National Park in Maine and jumped on a one week house sit with sweet and cuddly Tui on Cape Cod.
In October, we left New England indefinitely. First, we headed south to Annapolis and attended the sailboat show with The Wirie. Then, we drove across the country at a fast pace: 3000 miles in 4.5 days. Running the business from the car and the remote motels along the way was a challenge.
And, in the middle of October, Mark and I began this three-month house sit in Rocklin, California with a cute trouble maker called Herk. An overview of this sit, which involves lots of walking and snuggling, will follow in January.
While we initially thought our current house sit would last until mid-January, it looks like we will leave a bit earlier, meaning there will be a small gap until our next week-long sit on January 14th. Once that one is finished, we are facing a homeless stretch of one month! We sure hope something else comes along, before we start our two-month house sit in Sebastopol, Northern California with dog Lola, an assignment we look forward to.
With 2016 coming to an end, we know what lays behind us, but – as seems to be our style – have not much of a clue about what looms ahead. We will follow the path as it reveals itself the coming weeks and months. That being said, we have goals and aspirations for 2017, involving my memoir, our Wirie business and, possibly, a change of gear and surroundings. One winter in chilly Northern California is enough as well!
May 2017 bring you good health, peace of mind, blossoming friendships, lasting love, successful projects, manageable adventures and lots of inspiration! Mark and I wish you happiness and fulfillment in the New Year. Thank you for following along with us!
How about you? Any insights about 2016? Any resolutions for 2017?