It’s been quite the roller coaster ride to get to living here in Corpus Christi. Why are we not already in the great Northwest mountains, you ask? Well, more than one reason.
Due to our impeccably synchronistic timing with the universe, we managed to create delays in the sale of our house in Houston, Texas (although the delays looked like they were coming from the buyer’s side) until December 23, and then on the 24th, we traveled here to to Corpus Christi, Texas, USA, where hubby grew up, in order to see how his 87-year-old mother was doing after a small stroke. She’d been living alone in a townhouse here, but it was looking like that might not be possible anymore due to general body frailness more than anything (her mind is clear). She’d been looked after by friends for a number of years (her children all live in other parts of Texas and were supporting her financially), but now something else was needed.
So, now we show up, mortgage-less, free of ties to place, and looking at a very frosty RV trip to the northwest in January of 2015. Hmmm. Corpus Christi is rainy and cold (above freezing, though), but much warmer than higher latitudes. Nice little city with a relaxed fishing/beaching/scenic atmosphere. Also, very quiet. And no, that’s not our yacht in the pic, but it sure looks nice!
Hubby and I talk and decide to take the offer to stay here for the winter at least and live with his mom (assuming she can come home from the rehabilitation place) or be here to visit her every day, etc. We will stay in her townhouse and do elder care in exchange. Since my editorial work can continue unabated and hubby was semi-retired anyway, it all works. We’ll see how it goes.
And all because we didn’t get out of Houston earlier in the summer or fall. Amazing how these things work in perfect timing, even when it doesn’t seem so. Really. 🙂
Elder care is not easy by any means, but we both feel blessed for the opportunity to live in this more relaxed space for the winter at least, and to be able to contribute to her care.
A good time-space in which to take a breath and go with the flow.
We’ll be thinking of all of you in colder climes this winter, and I will continue to keep you posted on the twists and turns in the path, whether we’re actually physically moving or just moving and growing within.
Recommendations on the Path
This week, a couple of books and a great philosophy for your path.
I got two cool books from my sister-in-law for Christmas. Check ’em out: E2 (E-squared), and The Afterlife of Billy Fingers. Billy has some great advice on both life here and after that he passed on to his sister, and E2 looks to be a nice set of guides for working with energy.
Also, I recommend the work and viewpoint of Nina Brown and her S.T.A.R. philosophy. S.T.A.R. stands for Surrender, Trust, Allow, Receive. Nina has a wonderfully direct and workable way to employ this philosophy in everyday life, rather than just being just a nice inspirational read.