New Digs

January 14, 2011

We moved on Monday. Phew! Charlie came down with the flu on the day of the move. Poor guy. The timing was pretty horrendous. As of today, I’m the only one in the family who doesn’t have fever. So, we’re not as moved in as we would like to be. But, we’re here, and we’re looking forward to this next season of our life.

We’re renting in Menlo Park, which is about 20 minutes from where we lived before. We’re getting to try on a lifestyle that we’ve wanted to try on for a while. Everything is walkable. Draeger’s, Trader Joe’s, the farmers market, library, community pool and our church are all a ten minute walk (or less) away. Plus Peet’s , a lot of great restaurants and the train. We’re in the thick of it- very different from our life up in the hills with the deer.

No bees. No chickens. No room for a garden. So, I’m putting those roles in my back pocket for a while, like garden markers at the end of the season. Beekeeper. Organic Gardener. That’s not a bad thing. Putting roles away. It helps me to remember that I’m still here even without those roles.

We can’t have it all. We can’t be renters, have a life in the thick of it, and still have everything that we had at our house in Belmont. We’ll do it all again at some point. But, for now, we’re going to live the life that’s in front of us, and I’m excited about that. I’m looking forward to walking and biking lots of places with my children. Looking forward to walking to church with my family. Looking forward to walking to the farmers market and then going out for coffee.

As for the blog, the backbone will be the same, but the content may be a bit different. I’ll still be writing about my life, as well as issues surrounding the environment, Fair Trade, sustainability, cooking, food, soap and all the other things that I’m interested in. But, first I need to unpack all the boxes.


11 Responses to “New Digs”

  1. lauren Says:


  2. Sarah Says:

    So cool!! Congrats!

  3. Sharon Collier Says:

    Bees and a garden are possible there–just use the front yard!You could put in a wire temporary fence and train vines on it, which would also keep animals out.

  4. Betsy Charapp Says:

    Congratulations! I absolutely love that area of Menlo Park (we once looked at a rental right by Draegers), and sounds like a dream to be able to walk all of those great places. Have fun!!
    Betsy C.

  5. Andy Says:

    Looks like a great house. Congrats!

  6. suzanne Says:

    hi robin- congratulations on the move. one of the best gardens I had was in nyc on my fire escape. you have plenty of gardening space after the boxes are unpacked 🙂

  7. Leanne Says:

    Congratulations. Things will look better when everyone is healthy again. And I agree with your friends, gardens are possible anywhere. Our first garden consisted of containers on the roof of the carport of our apartment building. Hope to see you this week.

  8. Debbie Says:

    Hi Robin,

    Congrats on the new place. I’m so excited for you – its so much fun being in walking distance of so much stuff. Its a different kind of freedom!

  9. Robin Johnson Simpson Says:

    Thanks so much for the encouragement! It’s fun to consider all the wonderful possibilities.

  10. Linnaea K Says:

    Hoping everyone feels better soon! The spot you’ve chosen to nest in is pretty idyllic and offers a completely different life to explore. PS: loving the soap still – it lasts FOREVER!!!

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