The new view

Posted: March 31, 2020 in Uncategorized
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Friday afternoon we arrived at our new rental house in Gilbert, Arizona after a whirlwind of packing due to a move date that we advanced by almost three weeks due to the coronavirus. We didn’t want to have a problem leaving, so we packed the van and the car, loaded up the cooler with meatloaf sandwiches, apples, and other goodies, added sanitizer to be used at the motels. and hit the road. Three days later, we were here. A day and a half after that, our worldly goods arrived and are now sitting in the house and garage.

Yesterday morning I went out for a walk in my new world. It’s not the woman-in-the-middle-of-nature that I enjoyed at the park. It’s very different. But there are lots of paved walking paths like this and being out early, I didn’t see many people. It felt good to be outside walking after so many days of sitting. The sun had just come up and the day was lovely. Here’s a bit of what I saw. Excursions farther away will have to wait for now and hopefully for not too long. Until then, I’ll enjoy what’s here and keep exploring in the area. You’re welcome to come along for the journey.

Toto, we’re definitely NOT in Kansas anymore!

  1. macmsue says:

    I love photo No.2. Hope your move brings with it lots of lovely exploratory adventures.

    • It will, especially once we can travel again. 🙂 Until then, I’ll have a different sort of exploration. Of course I can still go out and walk, so there will be new things to see.

  2. Sue says:

    Well, you’ve arrived!

  3. It looks great! Now you can explore!

  4. No, you’re definitely not in Kansas, but it does look like you’re about a half hour from Phoenix and next to a Gila River Indian Reservation. You should have some interesting posts as you venture out in the future. Glad things arrived and you can keep busy during this time getting your home set up.

  5. Ally Bean says:

    Your explorations will be a wonderful counterbalance to what’s going on in the world. I look forward to seeing what you see, so thanks for taking us along with you.

  6. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Janet,

    Welcome Home!



  7. Amy says:

    Congratulations to the move!

  8. It looks lovely! Is that Bougainvillea in full bloom there?

    I’m glad all your stuff arrived. I hope it’s not too long before you’re settled in and able to explore further afield.

  9. Enjoy your new “digs.”

    • Hi, Randy, and thanks. So far we’re greatly enjoying them. I’ll enjoy them even more once all the “stuff” is in its place, but that could be awhile yet. 🙂

      • Took us a year to get everything put away and the way we wanted it to be. Unpacking, cutting up the boxes, trying to figure out where we wanted “this, that or the other” (so to speak) to go,and then deciding, no, it would look better there, or the couch really doesn’t go in the new living room, and having to look for a new one (which is fun shopping for new things, but also unintended new expenses) and so on and so forth.

        Good luck!

      • Yes, that’ll be happening here, too. We sold most of our living room furniture, so eventually we’ll get those pieces new, perhaps from Costco where they have some great sets at good prices including delivery.

  10. Congratulations, welcome, and huzzah! It must be a relief to have made it out there. It certainly looks beautiful. Hope it feels like home, too.

    • Huzzah, indeed! At least we made it before things got closed down even more and it was quite uneventful, truth be told. Saw some lovely countryside and so far only a couple small things didn’t survive the move. It’s beginning to feel like home and both the house and the area are beautiful.

      Hope you’re doing well there.

  11. Norm 2.0 says:

    Hey, where’s the snow? 😉
    I’m glad the move went well. With the rest of the world on hold you’ll have plenty of time to unpack and get settled in at your leisure. Enjoy!

    • That’s so true. Staying around the house isn’t really an issue right now. We’ve gotten groceries and everything we can think of that we need for now, so I can devote my time to unpacking and trying to figure out where the heck everything goes in a new place. 🙂 Not the easiest thing and I’m sure I’ll be moving things around sometimes, but it’s all good.

      Take care there and be well!

  12. Yes, that would be great

  13. scr4pl80 says:

    So beautiful. Thanks for sharing! Glad you made it safely.

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  15. thirdeyemom says:

    Welcome to your new home! Looks so beautiful!

    • It is, Nicole. I’m looking forward to the time when we can get out much more to explore. In the meantime, plenty to do around the house (as I look at boxes and furniture.) 🙂

      Be well!

  16. Dan Antion says:

    It’s quite different, but I’m sure you’re going to find lots of wonderful things to share with us. I like this view.

  17. Su Leslie says:

    Glad you’ve arrived safely and are getting settled Janet.

  18. joey says:

    Is it too much to hope that you’ll teach me all the names of your western flora?

  19. de Wets Wild says:

    I’m sure as soon as you are allowed to you are going to find and show us all the best nature spots in Gilbert! I’m impressed at how green the lawns are there – you did say it was a desert?

    • What you see are shared grassy areas in our subdivision that are maintained by the city, I think. Most people have natural yards, meaning desert plants and rock yards. Anything else takes a lot more water. I’ll have places to share, that’s for sure.

  20. restlessjo says:

    You’re there… and happy! That’s the main thing 🙂 🙂

  21. pike says:

    All the best, Janet!