Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Oregon Here We Come!

Over the past few years, my husband and I have been exploring the desert southwest, Northern California, Utah, Nevada and Arizona, keeping in mind where we would like to live after retirement.   This year, we visited Oregon between Christmas and New Year's, falling in love with this beautiful state.   

In May we spent another week exploring Northwest Oregon and the Willamette River Valley from Portland to Salem.  We also starting looking at property with the idea of relocating in a few years.  However, in our tour with a real estate agent, we found the perfect home situated on 5 beautiful acres of agricultural land with views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Jefferson, smack dab in the middle of Oregon Wine Country. 

Peter immediately had visions of plowing the land to create a much larger organic garden, building a chicken coup and having other grazing animals to fill the pastures below the house.   The property also has a large shop and barn that housed two horses and two llamas.  I had visions of a real art studio being constructed on the property with large southwest facing windows.  Our heads were spinning.  "What if we could live here now!"







We both believe that the Universe gives us exactly what we ask for.  Before we ever left on our trip,  we made an "Oregon" manifestation board where we posted photos of what kind of property we'd like to find.  We never dreamed it would happen so quickly and with a house, barn and shop --  a small ranch. 

On July 7th, we became homeowners in McMinnville, Oregon. We will be relocating in less than a month and soon after our California home goes on the market.

I will certainly miss the Bay Area, my trips to Half Moon Bay as part of the Coastside Land Trust art exhibits, being part of the Peninsula Outdoor Painters, the Pacific Art League,  but most especially the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society.   The members of the Paintsites Group have become like family to me since moving to California in 2009.     I leave California with gratitude in my heart for all the friends I have made and places I have painted. I will miss you all.   And if anyone wants to visit McMinnville to sample some Oregon wine and paint plein air from my front porch, send me an email.  We have 2 guest rooms!  

-- Anna Jacke