A Farewell of Sorts

129twigandvine A Farewell of Sorts ©Sue Schlabach

It’s been nearly a year since I’ve written. As the months yawned on since last June, I couldn’t think how to synthesize what I wanted to say.

So the long and short of it, is that we are moving on from our little house on the hill. Not without some reluctance, but also not without a lot of excitement and expectation. We’re ready for the change.

And so, this writing about 129—the physical address of that little house on the hill—is going to shift and change. My world is still a tangle of twigs and vines, but my gps is a moving thing. We’re living in temporary (but splendid) digs while we contemplate where to put down roots again after the little house sells. It goes on the market officially this week. We’ve been madly painting and scrubbing, weeding and raking. We needed to pay full respect to the place we love before handing it on to the next owners.

Our home of 17 years always felt so permanent. Everything we did there we thought we were doing for the duration. So why leave it? Because we’re ready for something different. Because the making of a place and a home is as fun as living within its embrace.

Our new home is also facing a meadow, and it’s only a few minutes from my parents and my brother’s family. The horse is a mile up the road, and I’ve set up a new studio that I’m excited about. Art and life continue to be at my crossroads, though my crossroads are new.


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May 3, 2015 at 2:47 pm

We, too, have been considering moving from our home of nearly ten years (although the bank may have other ideas, so it’s not definite!) Good luck with it all – it’s bound to take some readjustment and a little time before a new place feels properly like a new home, but it will all be worth it in the end.

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May 4, 2015 at 9:00 am
– In reply to: modflowers

I saw this on your blog, but my mobil apps were acting up and I couldn’t get a comment to go through. It’s such a leap to change environments, but so good for the creative spirit too. So far it is worth it on this end, but not without its share of stress. Your home is so light and gorgeous. I hope your process goes well. I’ll be watching modflowers for news! xox

May 3, 2015 at 5:52 pm

Farewell little house on the hill, with your outdoor shower, beautiful meadows, and green mountains in the background. It will be hard to think of you all in a new place, but I know that change is good!

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May 3, 2015 at 6:54 pm
– In reply to: ljschroeder06

Thanks Lynda xxo

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May 4, 2015 at 9:01 am
– In reply to: ljschroeder06

Thank you Lynda!!! Much to miss on the hill, but much to explore on our new hill/valley. Can’t wait to show you and Dan. Change is good, but we’ll always have a soft spot for 129. xox

May 3, 2015 at 8:05 pm

Nice to read from you again. Please do tell us about your life in your new place once you’ve settled. Yes, I understand what you mean …. we’ve moved 7 times in 14 years, and are in our ‘home’ now for 8! Sometimes I’m itching to make a new place home ….

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May 4, 2015 at 9:06 am
– In reply to: azpictured

Thanks so much. Will venture forth with news of the new digs. Now that the grass is greening and the trees may actually don some leaves I’m feeling ready to set my lens free on this new place. Now that we’ve set up a new home I know what you mean about the joy of making a new place your own. That has been deeply satisfying! Be well…

May 3, 2015 at 9:33 pm

Oh Honey,
You have a knack for making any space you inhabit a welcoming, vibrant place. I know. I have been in them all for (gulp) almost 30 years; even that hole where the mushrooms grew out of the carpet.
I love and cherish all of the memories from 129, but I can’t wait to see what you all do in your new home. Say your farewells. Absorb your last spring on the hill. Then turn your eyes to your new views, new studio and new adventure. xoxo

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