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Thursday, June 21, 2012

What The Flux! (#244)

Noun 1. state of flux - a state of uncertainty about what should be done (usually following some important event) preceding the establishment of a new direction of action - The Free Dictionary

Yep. That s'plains it. That's howcum I haven't posted here in six months. I was fluxing. I meant to post. But I was fluxing my fool head off.

Life has been weird - but in an unusual way this time: It's been interesting and fun and busy. For the first time in my adult life (which, for those who don't know me well, extends some 40+ years) I don't have to worry about paying next month's bills. Or the month after.

Hilary and I are looking for a house together, someplace in Ontario's cottage country. We want to be on a lake and live there year-round. So, much of my time the past few months has been engaged in that pursuit.

I'd never really considered the fact that at 60 (okay, 61) such a path would open. But it has, and as my guru Yogi Berra once opined: When you come to a fork in the road - take it.

So, we're taking it.

However, it's a big step for anyone at any age: moving from what has been home for more than 25 years to some place new. But the prospect of waking every morning and looking upon a lake and forests where wildlife abounds is incredibly exciting. My somewhat-dormant fishing skills will be reawakened by the challenge of learning the ins and outs of a new lake. Our cameras are drooling at the prospect of photographing birds, deer, moose and possibly bears and wolves.

In the meantime, as we search for the right place, there is much to keep us busy here. Offspring need to be schooled on taking care of a house. ("What? House taxes? Really?") We still live in different cities, so traveling back and forth eats up days at a time.

Aside from taking new forks and fluxing, I've been working at keeping The Nest off the ground. You remember, it's that message board thing that a few of you have joined, and a few others have peeked at. Slowly but surely, it's evolving into a pleasant and interesting place to spend a little online time. I'm going to keep bugging you folks about it periodically and am fully confident that within a couple of years, many dozens, perhaps hundreds, will have joined.

Once settled into the new place (we're going to call it The Nest too) I hope to do more writing. Not necessarily more blogging but that may happen as well. I just might have another book or two in me. We'll see.

In the meantime, I'll post photos with some degree of regularity at my Canon Fodder blog. I still have quite a backlog of pics to upload.

And remember, you'll be welcome at The Nest. All you need to do is join the Runboard Community (free) at: http://www.runboard.com/ and then if you visit: http://bwritersnest.runboard.com/ you'll be at The Nest.

Come on over. I guarantee you'll meet new people whose company you'll enjoy and you just might meet a familiar face or two as well.

So long 'til next time. Hope all's well in your worlds.


Red said...

I happen to think that change is good for a person. However , I've lived in the same place since 1970. My manager is not a mover.
Good to see you posting again.
Good luck in your move.

Leah J. Utas said...

Frank, what wonderful changes. Good on you and Hilary.

messymimi said...

How special it will be to live in such a place!

Skunkfeathers said...

Happiness to the two of you. When you're happy, any place adapts to 'home'.

Zia said...

Now that's flux to put a smile on my face ... good luck for the wee hoose hunt and I have no doubt that good thing (and people) come to those who wait. Hmmmmmm ribs on the BBQ, outlook by the Lake ... sounds wonderful. I am flitting aboot at the moment but I appreciate the "Nest' reminders ... keep up the good nagging mate :o))) Hugs to you both, Zia x

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

The description of the house you are looking for sounds like a dream home for most of us. I hope you find it. I'll look forward to all the blogging fodder that will come from such a place.

Tabor said...

Changes are a challenge and just keep in mind that not all will be good. Are you near medical care and food shopping and not totally isolated I hope? Looking forward to photos from both of you.

Dawn Wilson said...

Welcome back to your "other" blog! :) Nice to see a post from you on here. Wow, moving after 25 years! My goodness! That is indeed a huge change, but totally doable! The new place sounds like a dream. Good luck with the house hunt and this change!

Chicago Mary said...

Frank and Hillary--what an incredibly exciting time for you two! Enjoy, enjoy. Life is good--indeed!
Chicago Mary

Bruce Robinson said...

Be careful. At your age, and in your condition, fluxing has risks.

Jo said...

Hey there, it's been a while! I'm so happy to hear about this new adventure. I can't think of two people more perfectly suited for a cottagey retreat. Happy house-hunting!

Cay Sehnert said...

Change is good. Paper money's not bad either. Congratulations to both. If your dreams can come true, there's hope for the rest of us yet.

Frank Baron said...

- Thanks, Red.

- Thank you, Leah.

- I expect so, messymimi. I'll let you know. ;)

- True dat, Skunky.

- Thanks, Zia. Mebbe you'll find your way up here for another visit. :)

- We're hoping to turn that dream house into reality, Linda. Thanks for the well-wishes. :)

- Tabor, Hilary will make sure all amenities are quite near to hand. :)

- Thanks, Dawn. :)

- Thanks, Mary. Good to hear from you. :)

- Ah, Bruce -- the voice of reason. I shall indeed be careful not to overflux. ;)

- Hi, Jo. And thanks much. :)

- Thanks, Cay.

Thanks all, for taking the time to visit and comment.

Anvilcloud said...

One was wondering where you had been a'wandering. All the best to you guys.

ellen abbott said...

Sounds like good things happening. We moved from city to country after living in the same house for 35 years though we took about five years to make the complete transition.

Pauline said...

Hope you find just the right place. If it's in the woods near the water, it has to be right! I love new places but I hate moving. I love adventures but I loathe the downsides. I love that you two are moving into a new adventure - you're such an inspiration I may even try the Runboard...

Frank Baron said...

Thanks, AV. :)

Ellen, we may take our time too. (But hopefully, not five years....)

Pauline, I very much hope you do. You'd be most welcome. :)

Shammickite said...

My very best wishes to you and Hilary in your search for that special place. I'm so glad for you. Hilary has been on my blog list FOR EVER! We have never met in person, perhaps we will one day, you never know. WooHoo! I'm happy for you.

Frank Baron said...

Thanks, Shammi. :)

Grayquill said...

Well its about time....that's all I got to say about that.

Barbara Martin said...

Fluzing and making new plans for the future is great news. I'm in the same boat (well almost) with an invite to go out west for a bit of a stay and perhaps I'll be able to find a new nest out there.

As for writing, I'm certain you have more than one more book in you.

Barbara Martin said...

Frank, I've been fluxing as well. Those forks in the road have always appeared to me whenever my life goes along smoothly for awhile and then a new thing catches my eye.

Good luck on the house hunting, may you find the perfect retreat. 61 isn't old, it's the beginning of new adventures with a seasoned outlook.