This month has been bitter sweet. We have been in our new home for over a month now. Things are settling slowly, and the projects keep coming. We celebrated both our third anniversary and my thirty-third birthday with moving trucks. My beloved Uncle Dr. Peter S.Y. Lin passed away, and we drove down to LA for the memorial service. He was well known to be the life of a party, always putting people at ease with his charm, and the instigator of many memorable family trips to Vegas and Lake Tahoe. I miss his big smile and joking spirit. I find comfort that he’s now at peace.
On the drive back from Irvine, we stopped at Uncle Hsu’s farm. He is my father’s classmate from Taiwan. He retired from running a restaurant to purchase 10 acres of land and work as farmer with his son Joseph, and his family. They grow specialty crops for Asian markets, persimmons, sakura peaches, and bamboo shoots. They also grow a few rows of Pomelos, oranges, kumquat, and veggies for personal consumption and gifts. We were so lucky to spend a day here and leave with bags of delicious fresh fruit and kolrabi.
Back at home in Nevada City, spring has sprung! Flowers are blooming, birds are singing, and frogs sing us a lullaby from the swale as we fall asleep.
Stu and I each help another neighbor head chef make a common meal for 20+ people. Stu and Nancy makes spicy stew and roast chicken. Julie and I have the fun of April Fool’s Day Dinner, which was Dessert for Dinner and Dinner for dessert.
We briefly catch some Easter decked children before the egg hunt.
Nesting continues. Painting, unpacking, organizing and all that. Photos coming once things are unpacked and moved in. I feel comfortable enough that I’ve started the process of incorporation and a hunt for office space. We also had our first hula hoop jam yesterday and I’m excited to teach as a certified Hoopnotica instructor. Stu works from home and also works as an farm intern for Living Lands Agrarian Network. We do miss seeing close friends and family, but the joys of settling down in our own home are great. I look forward to creating our next post, the top photos of our year+ of travel!
More photos here.