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Everyday Magic: Thank You & A Moving Update

{Every week, I run a photography series called “Everyday Magic.” Enjoy!}

First, I want to say thank you; thank you for the sweet emails and comments on my recent post. I’m grateful for your advice and words of wisdom. I still feel a little crazy, but I think that’s normal. 🙂

Everyone struggles and I believe it’s important to share our struggles through writing, conversations, and art. By sharing, I feel less alone and more connected to my friends, family, and all of you!

Second, our weekend in Red Bluff and Chico was lovely. We celebrated my brother in-law’s birthday and visited friends and family. We also had the opportunity to look at potential spaces to park our tiny house, in Chico. The move to Chico is going to happen in late spring or early summer and I’m so excited!

In the interim, we’ve decided to move from the ranch to Red Bluff in early May. We’re going to park the house at my mom’s place and help her with household projects. She lives in a 2,300 square foot house and has about an acre of land. Since she’s alone, she needs help decluttering the shed, garage, staining the deck, putting in a fence, prepping the garden, and more. I’m super excited about staying in Red Bluff for two or three weeks and helping my mom. She’s helped us so much over the years and I’m grateful that I have the flexibility to help her.

In addition, parking the house in Red Bluff will be a great transition point. It’s only a 45 minute car or bus ride to Chico and it will be easier for Logan to interview for potential jobs. In the meantime, we are going to enjoy our last month in Siskiyou County. I’m so grateful that we had the opportunity to live on the ranch. And I’m sure we will be back!

For the full backstory about our moving plans, read:

Be well,

P. S. My photography e-course, “Everyday Magic,” is filling up fast and this is the last week to register. I hope you’ll join us in April. You can sign-up over here.

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  • Sarah Penner March 25, 2013, 11:27 am

    I’m so glad something is working out for you guys, you’ve been on my heart daily that something would open up.
    Your pictures at the ranch have been unforgettably beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing your life and journey with me. I feel privileged. 🙂

  • April March 25, 2013, 11:39 am

    Glad to hear you’ve found a solution to the moving problem. Good luck!

    Also, I’m completely in love with the windblown cat photo.

  • Mark Willard March 25, 2013, 12:07 pm

    I’m reading the book “Your Money or Your Life” as a consequence of Logan’s last post on Smalltopia. I just finished chapter 7 on separating the concepts of “work” and “paid employment.” I’ll be rooting for both you and Logan during his job search! Keep us posted…

    • Tammy Strobel March 25, 2013, 2:32 pm

      Mark – We’ll keep everyone updated. Thanks for sendings us good energy. We appreciate it!

  • Angela March 25, 2013, 12:26 pm

    The first photo of the kitty in the wind is priceless!

    Enjoy the bonus time with your mom – its wonderful you have the flexibility to make those memories.


    • Tammy Strobel March 25, 2013, 2:30 pm

      Thanks Angela! I’m really excited about the move and grateful for the time with my mom. 🙂

  • Natasja March 25, 2013, 2:23 pm

    I’ve been following your blog for a couple of years and wanted to comment on your photo’s. They just keep getting better and better 🙂 I really like this first picture with the cat and think you capture the landscapes beautifully!

  • Anne-Marie March 25, 2013, 3:23 pm

    Great that you can find an “interim” living space at your mom’s. Usually things happen they are supposed to happen. That’s what I have learned over the years. Maybe it will be easier to find a place for your house when you are closer. Can totally relate though to your other post that things can be a bit “nerve wrecking” until they unfold.
    I am assuming that it will be quite a bit warmer in Red Bluff and Chico. Although where you are it can be quite hot in the summer.

  • Barbara Techel March 25, 2013, 3:29 pm

    I love the kitty pictures!! And I’m so happy you can spend time with your mom and help her out. That is priceless. Happy to hear things are going a bit more smoothly.. And I feel a lighter, happier note in your writing. 🙂


  • Clark March 25, 2013, 8:04 pm

    It gladdens my heart that you two have settled on Red Bluff as a transition to Chico and will be able to have more time with your mom helping her. All the best to you.

  • Tyler Tervooren March 25, 2013, 10:38 pm

    And the migration back to civilization begins! Chico has an airport, right? 😉

  • Cynthia March 26, 2013, 7:16 am

    This is wonderful news! Enjoy the time with your Mom and I’m sure Logan will land an awesome job! I adore the windblown kitty picture – just yesterday I was showing it to my husband; it makes me smile every time I see it 🙂

  • Rebecca March 26, 2013, 7:31 am

    Good to hear that you are moving slowly with a good compromise to Chico at least for now and having a chance to help your mom out. Sounds great. Your poor kitty in the above picture looks non too pleased about the wind. lol.
    Good luck!

  • Mrs PoP March 26, 2013, 9:09 am

    I’ve been lurking here for a couple of weeks now, but wanted to say that I’m so glad you’ve found a solution and am eagerly looking forward to the magic that you find and share from your new locale. =)

  • hay March 26, 2013, 9:30 am

    Great photographs, love the animal pics best. Thank you for sharing. It’s pretty amazing to have an insight into a totally different world via the medium of your beautiful pics from my sickbed/sofa in Yorkshire. Thanks for brightening my day : )

  • Denise March 26, 2013, 10:52 am

    Sounds like the perfect plan. I’m sure your mom is thrilled to have you. I’ve loved your Portland photos and ranch photos. Can’t wait to see what you find in Red Bluff and Chico.

  • That's rubbish March 27, 2013, 3:14 pm

    Used to travel through that area a lot for work, always enjoyed seeing what Shasta would look like on any particular trip. Haven’t checked in in a while, fun to see your house on the road!

  • Dawn March 30, 2013, 6:05 am

    Love your picture of the wind blowing on your cat. It is so awesome that a picture with no words can bring a smile to someone’s face. 🙂

  • Ryan April 1, 2013, 11:35 am

    I envy you! This place looks absolutely amazing! I’ve listened to your audio on how to find a parking space and to be honest, i found it a bit weird that you’ve paid 500$ a month in rent. I would feel ashamed to demand that much to rent out my backyard. I don’t expect a free ride, but I’d rather continue with my search. Your work for rent agreement is more to my liking and keeping it in the family seems like the way to go. I’m currently considering to build a tiny house and blogs like yours are a great source of inspiration. But i’m feeling that there are so many obstacles in the way…but then, isn’t this what makes it worth your while?

    Anyways, i’ve bookmarked your site and hope you’ll continue updating it 🙂

    • Tammy Strobel April 1, 2013, 4:55 pm

      Thanks for reading Ryan! Don’t worry, I will continue to post updates. 🙂 I’m working on a draft post right now. Have a lovely week!

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