this year.


what a year it’s been

on July 15th of last year

I put my 100+ year old cottage up for sale

through 2 sales – (the first a near miss, the second a hit)

showings, open houses, fixing, cleaning, clearing, minimizing, negotiating

a roller coaster ride

filled with lots of ups and downs

lessons learned

money spent

tears and laughs

fingers crossed

then moving and storing and staying with family

while waiting for the place I wanted to be next

hoping someone would be wiling to sell it

at just the right time

at just the right price

and with all this


it has fallen into place

here I am

exactly 1 year later

on july 15th once again

and today

I’ll be taking ownership

of the place that is exactly where I want to be

a simplified life begins

 in the perfect home for me

happy to make it my own

in the ‘july’ of my life

near family, near the trees, near the water, near the town

what a wonderful difference 1 year can make.


“my life, i realize suddenly, is july.

childhood is june, and old age is august,

but here it is, july, and my life, this year, is july inside of july.”

-rick bass 



photo credit: mark bugnaski –

83 responses »

  1. Onward! Inspiration. When we moved back to the beach after a career in the city, I felt much the same way. It’s amazing what persistence and a (mostly) positive attitude can accomplish. Thomas Wolfe was wrong. You CAN go home again.

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  2. Wow wow wow Beth and yay for you. I’ve been waiting a year too for something to come. I think all the preparation you did made a beautiful poem to share with us! I wish you all the best in your new place. xx ❤

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  3. Congratulations! I love it when a plan comes together. Sometimes it seems as though the world isn’t on our side, but when you have faith and a clear vision, somehow, it all works out. Makes me think of that quote from The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: “It will all be all right in the end. If it’s not all right, it isn’t the end.”

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  4. Beth, If only you KNEW how very much I love this! This also, sadly, will not be the same happy experience, in the end. We are trying (and maybe succeeding in the coming months) to sell our 100yr old glorious stone house and huge garden and then return to Switzerland (from France). The not so happy end is that we won’t be able to buy anything in CH and only hope to find a adequate flat to rent, one with a tiny bit of space for some pots and plants and access to transports….

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  5. Absolutely, love this! What a difference time makes when we take the time to endure the waiting process. I enjoyed reading the simple yet profound narrative of your piece.


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