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Friday, April 8, 2011

My New View

Hello Ladies!
Sorry that I have been missing in action these past few weeks!  I have missed you all terribly!  Between getting ready for our move to Washington State, having major stress and meltdowns, and a really bad case of the flu (hubby and I have been sick for the last two weeks!), I've not spent any time blogging.  You all are like family to me, so I have really missed you!

Today the movers are here, so we are hanging out in the motor home (which will be our home away from home for the next several weeks).  And, I finally got a laptop computer (welcome to the 21st century!), so I can stay connected, 'til we get to move into our new place!

So, I thought today I would show you the place where we will be calling home (for awhile, anyway).
This is the view of our "backyard", the Pueget Sound.  The Olympia Mountains are in the distance.  The house sits high up on a bluff, and there is a park just a minutes drive away, where we can walk along the rocky beach.  We hope to learn how to catch crabs, as we both love seafood!
This is the front of the house that we are renting.  There are lots of very tall pine trees on the property!
The furniture that you see here is not ours, it will be gone!  I just wanted to show you the view from the living/dining room!
Again, none of this is our furniture.  I was happy to see that there is a fireplace:)
There is a small deck off from the master bedroom.  We hope to see lots of eagles!
 Landscaping in the front yard.  I will dearly miss my flower beds here in Michigan, but I am glad that I will have this garden to tend to.
One of the neat things about the property is this little guest cottage!  I think it is so cute!

Yours truly.  This is our deck, where I think we will be spending alot of time!
We are pulling out of here on Sunday, and driving the motor home out there.   It's a long, long way out, and I am a bit nervous about that!  Hopefully we will stay at some campgrounds along the way where I will have an internet connection, so that I can keep in touch with all of you!

This move really is the hardest thing that I have ever had to do!  I love my home state of Michigan.  Leaving family and friends, and the house that I love, that I have called home for the past 11 years is just unbearably difficult for me.  But, I know that we will be back, and we will live in this house again some day.  And knowing that you all are right there, just a click away, really brings me comfort!
I've really missed you all alot (I know, I already said that!), and it feel so good to be back!  Hope you have a great day!!


June@I will craft said...

Wow what a beautiful place to call your new home. I can't wait to hear all about your new journey.

Tete said...

Donna, honey, you may have been sucked up in a twister but you have landed in Heaven. Just look at that view and the wonderful home away from home. What a massive vacation this is going to be for you. It may be hard, but you are going to have so much fun once you get out there!
Don't you think the little guest cottage would make a great studio for you to do your thing in? Or how about a little shop of your own? The GLITTER PALACE!
I know one thing. You aren't going to have time to feel sorry for yourself- you are going to be so busy washing windows all the time! Bwahahaha!
So looking forward to sharing your adventure with you. Sorry you guys have been sick! That's not fun at all. I have been doing a sinus infection thing here and now my allergies are kicking in. From one thing to another.
Have a safe trip out there and watch out for bears in those parks. Keep an extra box of twinkies on hand.
Hugs- Tete

Ido said...

Welcome back! I missed you too. That view is lovely, you will have lots of wood for the fireplace, can't wait to see how you decorate the house and your new garden, keep us posted!

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh my gosh, Donna, this is totally GORGEOUS!!! WOW! And I love the little guest cottage--I see a craft room comin' on!!! lol And national magazines with you being pictured in them!

Blessings to you and John on your fabulous adventure!!!

Aedriel said...

Oh my gosh Donna! Those views are AMAZING!! :) breathtaking.

mizdarlin said...

Talk about landing on your feet!
You obviously found a wonderful place to live..and believe it or not, the seaside is extremely addictive..I can't bear to leave it for even a day..
Wonderful view, and you will find it very peaceful too..you can do lots of gardening there (I can, and I'm North of you!)
Congrats, Donna, I know that you are a bit freaked about leaving the past behnd temporarily, but look at it as an extended adventure! With that guest house, you can drag friends and relatives down to see you...You'll have so much to write about!

Miranda said...

Donna, I know this process is so hard for you. But embrace the things you can. Enjoy that long drive to Washington with your man by your side, being footloose and fancy free! The changing countryside and weather...it will be an amazing trip.

Your new rental is gorgeous! The windows and lovely guest cottage. Those views are incredible. I hope you enjoy the misty Washington coast gardening. I'm looking forward to all your updates.

Linda said...

OH, Donna! I know this is so hard for you, but what a beautiful place you will be calling home! Simply gorgeous, girl! I look forward to reading about your adventures- I'm praying for a good and safe move and blessings in your new home! XO

Kim said...

Aw Donna, you sweet thing. Good luck and look at this as an adventure. I'm so green with envy that you are embarking on this journey and will be able to call that gorgeous place home! Stay in touch for sure.

Hope Filled Living said...

Thanks for sharing your new place with us. It looks absolutely beautiful--what a beautiful view you have! I hope you feel at home in your new home very soon. Please share with us as it comes together. May you make many new friends on your new journey.
Hugs from Michigan,

C.J. said...

Hi Donna, this is my first time to your blog and I love it. The reason I stopped in was the remark about moving to WA state. I am moving there as well in late July. You will love downtown Seattle. I am going to be living over by Gig Harbor. Carol
keep in touch and we can commiserate together. LOL

Lynn Richards said...

Oh, Donna. I have been thinking of you soooo much. I hope that GORGEOUS view gives you much needed peace and that you find happiness in that beautiful area. I can't imagine what you are going through, but I'm glad you have posted, so we can see how it's all going!!
lots of hugs,

Chris A. said...

Hi Donna, I really was thinking about you today, wondering how your move was going. How does furry girl Emma like it? I would certainly use that little guest house for a studio. What fun! I live in BC so I'm not too far. Gorgeous view and fresh air. You will love it.

LuLu Kellogg said...

Ohhh to wake up with that view every morning will be heaven!

Keep us posted and take lots of trips on your journey there!

We missed you too!


Kim K. said...

You've been on my mind and I was going to send you an email asking how the move was going. Your pictures are breath-taking. I know this isn't easy, but I'm looking forward to your newest adventures. Your guest cottage is delightful. Could it be your own studio?? thinking of you and sending you extra HUGS!!

Pamela said...

HI Donna!
Glad to see you back.
Don't dispair i know exactly how you feel! I'm sending you a big hug!!!!
It will be extremely hard but in time you will love your new State. Your area looks exactly like my home here on the Island.
Yes you will see lots of eagles and hear the tree frogs!
Wait till winter comes and you will be saying ...where is winter?!!
Anyways I am always a click away here in blog land!!
Pamela xo

Debbie said...

Hello Donna....I've been anxious to see how things were going for you. I thought about you while on our vacation, and hoping you were okay.
So glad you will have your lap-top to blog and keep us posted on your journey.
Your rental is AWESOME! I guess if you have to be away for a while, that would be the place to stay!!! What a view!!
Yep...that little cottage looks like the future studio for the "Glitter Queen".
How will John get his plane out there? or did he already fly it there?
Boy, what an adventure for you guys!
I'm sorry you are having a hard time with the move, Donna. I wish I could say something to make you feel better.
Can't wait to see your place all decorated "Donna style".
Hugs going out to you.
ps...thank you for praying for Susie and her family.

Donna said...

WOW...the views are just spectacular!!! Your deck is stunning...I cannot even imagine ever leaving once you land! I see why you are moving and hope the trip is good and you feel better. I bet you do as soon as you hit the drive.
Thanks for the invite to the darling guest cottage...I'll be there all next winter!! lol

seanymph said...

You are going to love it. I left CA. and moved north to Oregon. I dont live as close as you do to the water but Im not far. From the top of my hill I see the ocean, 3 blocks away and at nite I can hear it. Theres a lake behind me that I can see some of in winter. But its alot like your home....and it will be peaceful.

That is such a beautiful place that you have found up there. And your moving there at a good time of yr. ...the winter is over and everything should be warming up a bit soon. What a view you have tho.

Lisa ~Suburban Retreat~ said...

Dear Donna ~ Welcome back! I think your new (temporary) home is absolutely lovely and I'm sure you'll be very happy there! I am sorry that you're stressed about your move and I certainly agree ... moving is so very stressful! Good luck with your travels and I look forward to seeing you post again soon!

Erin said...

I know you are en route, but I hope that all is going well and that you are having a good trip on your way west. The new place looks beautiful and how nice to have that view! You are always in my thoughts and prayers and I hope you get to feeling better soon:)

Burlap Luxe said...

Hi Donna,
I saw you featured over at our friend Cindy's place! I told you once before I love Washington State I lived on lake Washington and soooo! mis the beauty, the damp, the fogged gray over casted days, the rain, and all the green. You are in heaven girl! embrace it let it tell you what it wants from you, and best of all start creating with the beauty all around you!


PS.....Come visit and enter my GiveAway!!

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Not a shabby view!!! A spot amidst nature..., I'm sure you're going to love it!!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

That is such a beautiful spot with a great view! Love all the tree. The home seems large and you'll feel better once you get your stuff in there. Glad to see you again!

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Donna,
I just thought I'd leave you a note so if you're checking your blog you'll see me waving as you drive across country!!!

Susan said...

Hello Donna,
We've missed you so! I was so glad to see a post from you. By now you are on the road, and I hope the travels are going well. Your new rental home looks fabulous - gorgeous views!!!
And I can just imagine how cute you will make the guest cottage. Think happy thoughts dear girl!
Love Susan

NanaDiana said...

Donna- I missed this post somehow! Anyway, it is a lovely place...at least if you have to go you found a nice spot! Maybe it will be better than you think. My blog is about you tomorrow! xxoo Diana

Anonymous said...

The year will fly by. We moved, and it was to be for 3-5 years. 13 years later......Anyway, that 13 years has flown by, so you'll back in Michigan before you know it. See it as an adventure, or extended holiday and enjoy the fabulous house with the fabulous views. I'm sure it's going to open up doors to wonderful things.


⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

Hi Donna...I just read about your new journey. Best of luck to you. Embrace the change you just may love it after a bit. Love the view. Take care!

Patty Patterson said...

It's beautiful. I love the backyard and the deck. Hopefully, you'll get to enjoy many relaxing moments out there!

And I'm a friend from Nana Diana's. She posted about you today so I stopped by!

Kathy@ Gone North said...

Oh what a Beautiful place you are moving to... What a fun adventure, like vacation for a full year.
My 1st time here & I will spend some time & look around, then follow.. keep us posted on your new adventure & We/I will keep Michigan here for you when you return

Karen said...

I'm new to your blog, heard about your adventure through Diana - Washington State is beautiful! What an awesome view you will have in your new home!!... I would LOVE to have the adventure you are having with Washington State. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised with the coming year. - Good luck to you - Karen of This Old House

At The Picket Fence said...

Hi there! I just heard that you are going to be heading our way (we live in Oregon) and I wanted to welcome you to the NW! :-) I told Diana that you are moving at a great time because summer is around the corner and that is a gorgeous time of year here. Having moved a lot over the years I completely understand what it is like to pick up and start all over again but it sounds like you are trying to look at it as an adventure knowing that there could be amazing things in store for you!

Suzann said...

Hi Donna,
Oh I know how you will miss your state of Michigan (I still do) but your new place for now is just beautiful. The view is breath taking!!
I am glad to hear you will be able to keep in contact while you are making a new adventure :)
Can't wait to see your new place with your wonderful ability of making it beautiful...the Donna touch :)
Suzann ~xoxo~

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Hi Donna! I've come over from Diana's blog and the post she did about you and your move. What a beautiful home you will be living in and the sweet cottage I can't wait to see what you do with it.
I'll being saying prayers for you and I'm also become a follower, I don't want to miss your next post♥