Beating the rain

Two days to closing – EEEEEEE!   We have transferred the funding, so it just needs the formality of signatures now.  I am getting pretty excited!!!

I planned a bike ride for exercise on Tuesday and noticed it was getting cloudy.  John said rain was due to start in 40 minutes (according to Accuweather), so I took that a challenge to get in miles.  I wanted at least 10 😀   It was a little overcast, but 68 degrees and perfect weather.


I hopped over to the path for a bit on one of my loops.  Look how pretty it is.


We won’t be biking on this part as regularly as we do now once we move.

 About 8 miles in and on a freshly paved road!


This road was in bad shape, especially the shoulder, and now it is nice and pretty for biking!  Skies were getting cloudier, but I figured I was good for home.  And I was!


Turns out it didn’t rain until the afternoon, but I got in my exercise 😀

On an unrelated note since I was unloading photos: We have a suet feeder right by the window and a woodpecker was eating at it.



Pixie was lying next to me on the couch and heard the bird.  This is her stealth mode:



I didn’t quite get the shot where her ears were totally flattened and made her look really dorky LOL.  Everyone can see you Pixie, including the bird!


The news about Robin Williams is really sad.  Depression is a terrible illness and he really had the financial means to get as much treatment as he could and yet still was unable. I do psychiatric discharges and, unfortunately, there are so many patients that are brought to the ER involuntarily and some that walk in on their own for treatment.  They are given meds for a few days and released with recommendations for treatment, but no actual treatment, and many of them cannot afford it.  Our society has such poor coping skills for mental disorders.

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25 thoughts on “Beating the rain

  1. Lisa

    How far away is the new house?
    The rain is here in Oregon too. Thunder, lightning, rain and hail storms predicted for today. Where is summer?!?

  2. Kim

    So, so sad about Robin Williams. That is a huge change I’ve seen in teaching during the past 25 years, so many mental health issues.

    1. Lori Post author

      The lack of facilities and treatment available is also scary. Yes, there are help lines, but that is not a long-term solution for treatment.

  3. debby

    That picture of Pixie is hilarious. So impressed with your biking devotion! And two days–Eek eek eek!! How EXCITING!!!

  4. Kim

    I agree – I think that mental disorders should be treated like any other illness instead of like something that makes people “different.” Very sad for sure!

  5. Fran

    How exciting: 2 more days! I am just as excited as you.

    Yes it’s sad about mr. Williams but far from me. I am more sad for my co-worker who’s son committed suicide during my vacation. He was beating depressions too but seemed to be fine. She was totally surprised he did it. I think mental illness is hard to understand for those (like me) who don’t have it and I agree that it isn’t treated good enough. It’s very sad.

  6. Carla

    SO SO SO
    excited for you!!!!
    and yes.
    still reeling about Robin Williams and avoiding all the social media rants about the selfishness of suicide,
    cannot take those right now:/

  7. Shelley B

    Pixie is too cute!

    So exciting on the house closing – what is the first thing you’re going to do when you get inside?

    RW – awful. We have had way too much personal experience with depression/suicide. The whole thing makes me sad.

    1. Lori Post author

      The first thing will be looking under the linoleum in the kitchen to see what we are dealing with for flooring. We are hoping it is something usable, but if not – then we will be ordering cork flooring, but we didn’t want to do that until we were absolutely sure that it wasn’t good floor under there.

  8. Jeannie/Qlts2Slo

    Ohmigosh I am so excited for you, and find myself oddly bummed that I will be gone TH-SU and will miss the big day. (Like otherwise I’d be at the table with you for the signing? LOL)

    I LOVE that shot of Pixie.

  9. Ali @ Peaches and Football

    YES – super pumped about the house. Are you putting the current house up for sale right away or do you have any last-minute touch ups that you need to do first? Or are you going to rent it?

    Boy I’m full of questions today. Are you going to move in right away or will there be things you need to fix up first? I wasn’t sure since the place is vacant and I know it’s easier to do some things before you move all your stuff in.

    1. Lori Post author

      Our current house will be going on the market this week. We hope to sell, but it is late in the season and we may have to pull it off the market and relist in the spring. Not ideal, but you just have to deal with what happens. I don’t want to rent it, but it is a thought we had.

      We have to do some things to the house before moving in. We need a functional kitchen and we need to refinish the wood floors on the first floor – which will be easier to do without having our stuff in there. That is the first project to do. The nice thing about not having our current house sold is that we can do this.

  10. Jody - Fit at 55

    SO TRUE on suicide & how little help people get for this & many of the homeless too! SO sad!!!

    WAHOO for the signing & all that good stuff!!!!!!!!!!!

    I have missed Pixie!!!! 🙂

  11. Helen

    You know, I’m not really sure where the answer lies to treatments for mental illness and depression. There are an awful lot of people who have the means to get treatment but don’t – or stop. Then there are those who have absolutely no help. It’s terrible all the way around.

    Man, there is nothing like a freshly paved road for biking — or running 🙂

    I am excited for you and your closing. Even though it was stressful, it has been worth the wait, right?

    1. Lori Post author

      I really don’t know how Pixie is going to react. She’s not a big fan of change, but she really doesn’t have a choice in the matter 🙂

  12. Biz

    Radiance Manor is in sight!! So excited for you guys and what sorts of projects you’ll be up to.

    Yep, it’s sad about Robin Williams, but it makes me think that my husband is doing everything he can to live, and he just threw his life away. 🙁

  13. Roz@weightingfor50

    Catching up a little…..I love Pixie’s stealth mode!!!! And I’m so excited for Radiance Manor!!!! Thanks for your lovely comments in the last couple of weeks Lori. Sending a hug over the border to you!

  14. Satu

    I’m glad you’re finally closing on the house.

    I think Pixie looks very convincing – and adorable – in stealth mode! 😛

    Yes, it was sad to hear of Robin Williams – you only need one hopeless moment to end your life. 🙁

  15. mary mcmahon

    think of all the new paths in your life w/ this new house. I hope the closing goes smoothly. Mary in cincinnati

  16. Sharon

    Funny how your closing is almost a year to the date from our closing on the condo last August. Our house sold in December. At the time it seemed eternal and we thought it would NEVER sell, but in retrospect, it really wasn’t that long at all. We’ve never looked back. Good luck with the closing. Take a pen that’s comfortable to write with – you’ll need it! LOL!

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