Life is what happens....

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Margaret RomeMy dearest friend Margaret Rome is one of the most active Rainers, but I am at the other end of the scale. It's been more than a year since my last post, for Pete' sake! In that time I've: 

  • Red Rocks near Bryce Canyon in UtahMoved from Maryland to Oregon
  • Spent a couple of weeks driving across this amazing country in what we figure will be the only trip of that type we'll take,
  • Prepared one house for sale and sold it,
  • Found a new house in 4 days and bought it, and learned what most of you already know: that the business varies by region. In Maryland everyone gathers around the settlement table to exchange signatures, money, and keys. Here, it all goes through escrow and you never meet the other parties unless you make a special effort! We did meet the sellers and found them delightful.
  • Packed and stored just about everything we own and then had it trucked across country after being stored for 3 months.
  • Freecycled hundreds of items so that we would NOT have to throw them away or pay to haul them cross country
  • Uprooted my business and replanted it in a new place
  • Started working on another book for cat lovers (I'm talking to you, Russel!) - this time an ebook in color called A Cat for All Seasons that will be out later this year
  • Said "goodbye" to Pipsqueak, the calico with the massive girth, industrial strength purr, and tiny voice. Pipsqueak in the sun
  • Began a new business that really is a continuation of my earlier love of making jewelry - The Prancing Otter is the place for fun jewelry for all your days and nights.
  • Restarted blogging now that I'm semi-retired.
  • Began volunteering - something I had always wanted to do but didn't have time for. I'm a caregiver for the Cat Adoption Team which means I go to the local PetSmart and care for the adoptable cats waiting there for their new homes.

I miss friends back in Maryland, but am enjoying the casual lifestyle in the Pacific Northwest. And even though it's supposed to be gray and rainy all winter long, it hasn't been!


Comments (6)

Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Well good for you, Margaret. It takes a lot to uproot ones self and move clear across the country and start a business. Oregon is quite a state. I hope you enjoy great happiness there and keep us updated with your life.

Mar 07, 2012 07:49 AM
Peg Silloway
The Silloway Press - Beaverton, OR

Thanks, Doug. We are loving it here and are looking forward to many new experiences and sights.

Mar 07, 2012 07:57 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Hello my dear friend. It is so good to see you blogging again. You have accomplished so much in the past year and I am very proud of you.

Life sounds perfect and the change agrees with you. Love how you are now sharing your adventure, your current book project, your new business and your new found slower paced lifestyle!

Missing our get togethers but with the internet, you are really not that far away!


Mar 07, 2012 12:20 PM
Peg Silloway
The Silloway Press - Beaverton, OR

Margaret, I miss seeing you, too, but with the internet and phone we can connect any time. I have to say that, over the years, your friendship and kindness have been essential to building the life I enjoy today.

Mar 07, 2012 02:12 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

We have been important in each other's lives and have made some good changes over the years. Lots of good memories. I am so happy that you are finally doing what you love.


Mar 08, 2012 01:26 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Just came across this post and what an appropriate title. Life is what happens...

Jul 26, 2014 09:54 AM