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    traveling from place to place, especially working or based in various places for relatively short periods.
    "the peripatetic nature of military life"
    synonyms:nomadic, itinerant, traveling, wandering, roving, roaming, migrant,migratory, unsettled
    "I could never get used to her peripatetic lifestyle"
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  1. 1.
    a person who travels from place to place.
  2. 2.
    an Aristotelian philosopher.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Wind in the Garden: It's All Good, Right?

"Awake, O north wind; and come, thy south; blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out." Song of Solomon 4:16

Thanks to Charles H. Spurgeon's writings, among other things, I'm gradually coming to grips with this transient life. If we have to move every year or so, then so be it. I will try to find something good in it. Really, I will. After 32 years of wedded bliss with the same man, I should know by now that his intentions are honorable and unselfish. He wants what's best for all of us. I have faith in him because I have faith in Him.

I honestly don't know how people make it through each day without some kind of faith in Someone greater than themselves. What carries them through the rough spots in life? The dark valleys. The storm that blows through and destroys everything in its path.

There was a storm system yesterday that cut right through the heart of this country. We had some tense moments, wondering if friends and loved ones back in the Midwest were all right. A phone call or two, and we can be at ease, knowing that they are safe and sound. How simple it is to "reach out and touch someone," eh? Apparently, it isn't for some people. They're like "a garden locked up...a spring enclosed, a sealed fountain." For reasons unclear, you're a distant cousin to them instead of a sister. A skeleton in the closet, perhaps. Phone calls and e-mails to them remain either unanswered or not reciprocated. Blood is thicker than water? If it keeps relationships at a standstill, stagnant, not flowing, who needs it?

The tree house, this temporary place we have called "home" for the last year, will be home to some other family soon. We will miss it, the view of the spring-fed lake, the long walks up and down the scenic hills and roads surrounding it. But we will miss the people we've come to know here even more. Good neighbors and friends, all of them.

Sunset, February 29, 2012, on Lake Tallavana


  1. Moving is hard which is really change. We moved ten years ago into our new house in the woods. About 100 yards from our old one. Something old. Something new... :)

  2. I went through a period in which I moved 5 times in 8 years. Or was it 8 times in 5 years? At any rate, it got very old (and in the process, I probably got old too!)

    I hope your move goes well.

    ~ D-FensDogg
    'Loyal American Underground'

  3. Wow, TB, a move like that would be great. We could probably move everything with a wheelbarrow. Or set up something like a bucket brigade. Unfortunately, another large truck and a couple of strong backs are needed for this one. Fortunately, we're headed for familiar territory this time.

    STM, we could become poster children for U-haul boxes. You know how they say they're good for 4 moves? Well, I'd say we could set a world record for the number of times those things can be used. I'm hoping this is the last time and they can be retired. Thanks for the good wishes.

  4. Dear Walk2Write,
    moving is not without a reason so high on the stress score. We moved in the last 7 years 4 times, and although it was everytime our free will and everytime it was better, I understand Husband who now has enough (I seem to be more a mixture of farmer&gipsy, roots&freedom).
    I hope you will find new friends soon - as I am sure you will. That is the hardest part: leaving people.
    As to relatives: of course it hurts - but ask yourself: if she were in no way related to you - would you want to make her acquaintance? (Of course letting go a relative means losing a bit of one's past). Send her healing energy - and then move on your way, and let her go hers. Or invest everything to get her back.

  5. You are living in a lovely home located in a lovey place..That's what I could understand from the picture of your tree house. It is very sad that you are going to miss this place so soon..

  6. Thanks, Britta, for the good advice. Of course, I would want to know these people. I've been sending them healing energy for years now. Must try harder and invest more like you said.

    Tomz, it is a lovely place. And I'm sure we will be back for a visit with friends. I am a little sad but excited also to be moving. You'll see why in a few days.

  7. I honestly thought you guys lived in a treehouse! That is not a tree house. It's very beautiful and I think I'd miss it too. Good luck on your move and I hope you get settled down for good.Your short haircut looks great!

  8. Another move, but at least to familiar environs. It will be difficult to leave such a beautiful setting!! I hope this will be the last time for you. I was raised a 'gypsy', but the older we get the more difficult it is to keep packing up everything you own to relocate. You'll be in my thoughts.

  9. Hi w2w,
    I had moved 5 times before I settled here. It was quite troublesome, time and energy consuming to move and get things settled in new places. But you know once you live in a place, it grows on you.

    The hardest part is parting from people you got familiar with. People are a great part of making your place comfortable or not.
    I hope your moving will be successful.

  10. Such a lovely home and lovely views, W2W; I'm sure you're going to miss this place. Good luck with your move--if you're moving to familiar territory, I hope that means it will be a happy move.

    I'm glad to hear that all your loved ones were safe after last week's terrible storms. Southern Illinois was hit awfully hard.

  11. I must go read Song of Solomon again...I am wondering if he is talking about an actual garden??? Hehehe...not sure...:)))

    What a neat house you guys have been in! I know you will miss it!

    The winds are still continuing here...seems like they are never gonna stop!!!

    xoxo- Julie

  12. If it keeps relationships at a standstill, stagnant, not flowing, who needs it?
    ....sometimes this is so true.....