I've been so busy living my life that I've had little urge to write and to be honest, I simply haven't made any time for it, either. I'm okay with that. Now that Spring finally sprang, I'm feeling the need to sit back down and reflect, and I'm feeling willing to share now that things are settling again.
I moved to a new town, which is closer to the bakery and farther from the place I left nearly 2 years ago and to which I never really wanted to return. Being there was hard, and it was a hard winter; I never settled. I'm glad to be on the other side and making a fresh start in a place that fits me better. My housing situation works really well. I have plenty of private space, but also share a kitchen and have full permission to tear the gardens apart and get them in shape. It's a relaxed, wonderful place to be.
I've been working in a gluten-free bakery for several months, starting out with bread and moving toward cakes and helping to manage the place. It's a good fit for me in so many ways. Flexible, early morning schedules, hilarious co-workers, room to grow, learn, and experiment, and a warm, supportive boss. I'm well past the dreaded honeymoon stage and I still love getting up and going to work every day. I think I'll love it, even more, when I start walking to work, starting tomorrow.
I found a place to walk Anni and Mischa off-leash and it has become my favorite. I have a church everywhere I live - an outdoor space that fills me with peace - the beach at this place is my spot. Even after a super long day of work I can't wait to get home and hop in the car so that we can get some fresh air and check out the tide pools. Sometimes friends come along and sometimes we're alone together. Either way, it's magical.
I'm finally starting to get the wheels in motion for selling some of my prints, starting with looking for someone local to help me with tax questions and other business-y arrangements. I like knowing that all of my ducks are in a row before I dive in. I have some good recommendations and am looking forward to visiting a printer in Portland when I get the less fun stuff out of the way.
For now, I'm gearing up for the summer season, looking forward to many more walks, cakes, dinners with friends, and general exploring. It's good to be home.