Today, I have photos to share with you and a few updates. I’ve have a lot going on in my world and I’m not sure where to begin, so I’ll start with rodeo weekend.
The Red Bluff Round-up. My step-dad, Mahlon, loved the Red Bluff Round-up. He attended the round-up for years and he also sold rodeo programs to raise money for the Lions Club. Typically, my family gets together every year during the rodeo. Over the years it’s been a good excuse to have a party at the house and to see each other. This year was different. We didn’t have a big barbecue at the house, Mahlon wasn’t there being his normal jovial self, and my nieces and nephews weren’t running around the property. It felt really strange.
However, I did get to see my family at the rodeo. My step-brother purchased tickets for the family, which was super generous. I’m grateful that I had the chance to visit with my step-brother, step-sister, and the kids. But it was odd not having Mahlon around.
The Tiny House Move. In two weeks, we’ll be moving to my mom’s place in Red Bluff and later this summer we will make our way to Chico, CA, with the tiny house in tow. We found a sweet yard to rent in Chico and if all goes well, we’ll be able to move into the space in July. Red Bluff will be a great transition spot for us and it will be fun to help my mom with household projects.
Our little house is relatively easy to pack up and move, but it’s scary seeing the house go down the road. It’s built for travel, but moving always makes me anxious. To ease my anxiety, we are going to do a lot of fun things over the next few weeks. For example, we are planning a day trip to Scott Valley and I’m focusing on my work projects and photography.
e-Course + Writing Fun. Sunday was the last day of my photography e-course, Everyday Magic. I’m always sad when a course ends because I love teaching and getting to know the folks in my classes. I will be teaching my photography e-course again this summer. Based on constructive feedback from this group of students, I’m restructuring the course. Plus, my spring writing class is open for registration! It starts on May 6th. I hope you’ll join us.
In addition to revamping my e-courses, I’ve been pouring energy into my new book idea. I’m going to send my revised book proposal to my literary agent this week. Yippie!
Summer Travel: NYC + Vermont. In June, Logan and I will be speaking at the Tiny House Fair in Waitsfeild, Vermont. We are really excited about the trip! Originally, we were only going to spend the weekend in Vermont. However, after a lot of discussions we decided to visit New York City. My mom grew up in Albany, New York and we still have family in the area. It’s been four years since I’ve seen my relatives and I’m looking forward to spending time with them.
Parting words. Embracing change is hard for me, but it’s part of life. Instead of worrying about the move and work, I’m focusing on teaching, writing, and enjoying my last few weeks in Siskiyou County. As Gennifer Choldenko said, “Nobody knows how things will turn out, that’s why they go ahead and play the game . . . You give it your all and sometimes amazing things happen, but it’s hardly ever what you expect.”
P. S. Also, a few weeks ago Joel Zaslofsky interviewed me for “Smart and Simple Matters.” Listen to the episode by clicking here.