Carr Fire – Game Plan

I realized that I did not write a post this morning. Just want to let you know that I am safe from the fire. It is still burning at 163,207 acres, with a 45% containment, as of this morning. The winds are moving the fire further away. The city of Redding is not in danger anymore, other smaller communities are. It is a good thing that the the Carr Fire is getting a little more contained by the day. Neighborhoods have Raking Parties! Neighbors gather together with rakes, and help each other go through the ashes. Phew. It almost feels wrong to have been spared from the worst of the worst. We’re still wearing face masks outside. The smoke is thick.

It’s been a super busy day today. I took care of the horses at work this morning, and then my own. I’ve given away some of my trees and plants. I won’t be able to take them with me when I move to another state. You can’t bring plants. Which is sad in a way, but a dear friend of mine is going to enjoy them a lot. That makes me incredibly happy. Then I didn’t do all that work for nothing. My friend makes these most exquisite metal work. She made this rose for me, isn’t absolutely beautiful? I feel so blessed to have so many amazing people in my life.

I’m a minimalist and I purposely don’t have a lot of “stuff” laying around, but I do highly appreciate the few decorative items that I do have. The all have a special meaning. This rose from my friend will definitely be one of those precious things with a special meaning.

I’ve started to downsize things that I don’t need to take with me to my new home. Yesterday I sold two saddles, and some other tack I had in my tack room. This morning I notified the lady I work for, and she was so understanding, and kind. I know it will be troublesome for her to have to train someone new, but she was so sweet.  She knows how serious I take motherhood, and moving closer to my daughter is something that she could understand.

There’s a gentleman coming to look at my horse Ghost on Thursday. I have not put an ad up on Fancy yet, still there’s two people interested in her. I am mostly concerned about getting Ghost into a good home, since he isn’t trained, that is more challenging. Not so many people can responsibly take on an untrained horse. I am keeping my fingers crossed for the gentleman that is going to look at him on Thursday. Our phone conversation was very promising. I think he would be a great match. Finding wonderful homes for Ghost and Fancy is my number one priority these next coming days. After that everything will be relatively easy. I’m fairly sure it will be easy to find Fancy a home, even though her hooves is not 100% yet. They will be soon, and she is a very nice, trained, registered horse, with zero vices that I’m aware of. In fact she’s the easiest horse I ever owned.

When I’ve found the horses new homes, I’m going to sell my truck, and buy a car. Buy then I pretty much should have my other possessions figured out, and packed the things I want to bring. I’m going to donate a lot of things, and clothes to Goodwill. I usually do that every spring, and every fall. I don’t like collecting things that aren’t being used. The move is going to be fairly easy. I might even have a job, with housing lined up. Nothing is set in stone, but it felt promising. It’s less than an hour from my daughter’s new home. My timeline is to be on my way by the end of this month, if everything works in my favor. Now you know my game plan. I believe it is totally doable. I am a doer. When I decide something, things happens, and I can be rather stubborn (or goal oriented) about it. It’s been a productive day today. I hope you had an awesome day!

..and I’m going to have to figure out a new name for this blog, NorCal won’t do when I don’t live in NorCal anymore…I’ll have to think about that one.

Love,

Ms Zen

23 thoughts on “Carr Fire – Game Plan

  1. Blog names can be problematic. My name is so specific that it’s useless elsewhere. Best wishes for your move! We have Minimalism in common, after my (third and final) marriage, I seriously pruned down on Stuff and I love it. Are you moving east to Nevada? I’m so nosy! I have decided that Florida is in my future.

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    1. Blog names are challenging indeed. I thought that I was going to be in northern California for many years to come, and was very happy with the blog name. I saw it as a way to connect to local scene here, and it did help me with that. In that way it’s been great. I’ll figure out something similar zen like, without a specific location attached to it.

      Yes, I am. To be closer to my daughter, that decided that she wants to live with her dad. I can’t be this far away from her.

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    1. Thank you Trent. Yes, my daughter decided that she loved visiting her dad this summer, and now she wants to stay there..11 hours away…that is too far. You know that she’s the light of my universe. My goal is to move by the end of the month, or early next month, if I can find the horses good homes. I think it’s doable. This wasn’t something I planned. I would of not dedicated so much time to my garden, if I would of known, but it’s going to be something great coming out of this. A new adventure. New trails to explore!

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      1. I assumed that it was something like that. I know you had said that your daughter was enjoying her time with her dad. You have done so much work there! Somebody will benefit from it. Yes, new trails, new adventures and I’m assuming a new blog name 😉

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  2. You have such a positive spirit, a true gift and so inspirational. I feel a kindred spirit as I too always try to live my life with positivity in all I do. I need to add to my life minimalism as I definitely hold onto stuff I do not use or need. But that’s another subject! 😀 It’s not a lot of stuff but enough that I should go through things and thin. Wishing you an easy move which sounds like it will be. And thank you for the update! ❤️ Diana

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  3. Oh wow.. I did not know. Life can change quickly. I hope that your horses go to those that will care for them with love and tenderness.. And for you, that your transition be without too much stress..Take care!

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  4. wow, the flower your friend made you is gorgeous does she sell them, what a beautiful gift & hand made always feels extra special. Moving is so bittersweet the excitement off a new adventure & the sad see yas later, selling the horses aaaahhh, you’ll know whos right. How is your beautiful dog feeling its funny how they can sense change, it sounds like everything is going smoothly for you be praying the smooth keeps on. Am looking forward to reading all about your next adventure.
    ps. I like my coffee, milk first, real strong & no sugar, I’m sweet enough. lol

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  5. Your move is a marvel of love. I may eventually have to leave this beautiful town of Prescott, if son and DIL decide to leave Korea and resettle in the Northwest. If you are less than an hour from your daughter, that probably means Metro LV- fine enough, especially without horses. I do hope you at least are close to mountains- Mt.Charleston, or something similar.

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