Margaret Mizushima is the author of the Timber Creek K-9 series. You can find out more about her on her website, www.margaretmizushima.com, or by clicking here, read her last post here, and buy her books here.
Moving. The very word strikes fear in the hearts of braver folks than I. And yet…moving can certainly have its positive side.
After forty years of living on our small ranch in northern Colorado, my husband and I have relocated to Washington state to be closer to family. It was a difficult decision and one that took two years to evolve, but at the end of June this summer, we drove away from our beloved home for the last time and headed west.
Two years before moving we began to disperse our cattle and sell some of our farm equipment. This continued sporadically until everything we kept fits into one stock trailer. My veterinarian husband retired and closed his practice the end of 2021, and we did the same with his veterinary equipment.
A year before we moved, we started sorting the personal items we’d collected over the years. The junk we’d saved in the crawl space (just in case we might need it) was pitched. Furniture that had no sentimental value was sold or donated. My book collection had to be sorted and reduced to a manageable size for packing. Yikes! We examined each object we had collected over the past forty years for one of three criteria in order to be kept: it had to be either functional, aesthetically pleasing, or have sentimental value.
The last few weeks were intense, both physically and emotionally. Family members came to help. Despite having searched for a year for just the right place to purchase, cash buyers outbid all our property offers—sellers didn’t want to accept a contingency buyer in our desired market area.
In the end, we reduced our belongings so they would fit into one container for storage. We chained it to our hay trailer, which we’ve left on a friend’s property until we can find a home to settle in.
And…we found a furnished apartment near our daughter’s home where we could rent week to week as well as bring our dogs. We shall be forever grateful to our wonderful landlady. Her property is rural, surrounded by gorgeous Douglas fir that smell amazing at night and a hay meadow where our German shorthaired pointers can run. We are so lucky.
Both dogs and humans were shell-shocked when we arrived at our new home in this Washington river valley. But we’ve all adjusted and are enjoying new adventures each day, such as discovering slugs the size of fat cigars, watching the dogs play in the early morning mist, exploring new trees and vegetation growing in this rainy climate. We miss Colorado and our friends and family who live there, but we’re falling in love with the Pacific Northwest.
And in the midst of it all, I wrote another book. Standing Dead will release March 7, 2023, and I can’t wait. This episode in the Timber Creek K-9 Mysteries will answer many questions about Deputy Mattie Cobb’s past when she goes undercover into a killer’s lair to try to save her family. It’s available for preorder now at your favorite bookseller. And on Amazon.