Towards The Big Move 

This is my last week in northern California. Difficult to really understand. After a somewhat chaotic Saturday, yesterday was a great day. If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know that my horse Ghost (originally from a hoarding case with minimal contact with people,) has good days when he’s like a puppy dog, and not so good days when he’s scared of everything. Well, Saturday was a not so good day. Sunday was a GREAT day. Different as night and day. I did explain this to the lady that came to see him yesterday. Everything she said, and did, made me convinced that she is the perfect person for Ghost. She was not timid around him, but still very soft, and present in the moment. She also brought a horse that she trained herself, that came from a similar situation as Ghost. She told me how she trained him, and I saw how the horse acted in different situations, during the time she spent getting to know Ghost. I felt very good about it. So did Ghost. He showed his best side to her. It was relatively easy to ask him to get up in her trailer, next to her horse. I am so pleased with how wonderfully it turned out in the end. That relationship, Ghost and this lady, was definitely meant to be. She sent me a text later telling me that everything was good, the trip, and the first hours in his new home went excellent, and that she LOVED his good mind. How could I not be pleased with that? Finding him the perfect home have been the biggest question on my mind, because of his background, and unique personality. He is in the perfect, for him, home now. 

I still haven’t bought a car, that was another goal for this past weekend, but I’m not stressing out about that. I have the cash, and cash is king. It will work out. I still have a few days.


Castle Lake, and Castle Lake Trail, with Mt.Shasta in the background. Yesterday the Carr Fire was burning only a few miles from the little town of Castella, where the trailhead to this amazing hike (in the photo above) is located.

Some of you have asked about the fire. These are the latest numbers for the Carr Fire, burning around us.

Size: 201,680 acres 

Containment: 61% 

Expected Full Containment: Unknown 

Fatalities: 3 


Structures Threatened: 528 

Residential Structures Destroyed: 1,077 

Commercial Structures Destroyed: 22 

Other Destroyed: 500 

Residential Structures Damaged: 191 

Commercial Structures Damaged: 26 

Other Damaged: 65 

Today is also the day when my daughter starts first grade. It’s a big thing. I talked to her for a long time before she went to bed last night. She is very excited. She talked about her teacher, the excitement about making new friends, and showed me her new first day outfit. She also told me that she was not going to be in the same class as her step sister, even thought they are the same age. She did not seem sad about it. They are still going to take the bus together every morning, attend the same school, they share a room, and a bunkbed, they spend all their free time together. From a teacher’s point of view, I am very happy that they are in different classes. I am happy for my daughter that she has a new sister, and I am happy that they get to spend a lot of time together, but from a learning point of view, it is a great thing to separate them during school hours. Maybe some parents think this is shocking, but I know from experience as a teacher, how it holds some children back form reaching their full potential, if they are in the same class as a sibling. Now my daughter have to make her own friends, which she is really good at. She can focus better on the teacher, and actually learning. I know from talking to her on the phone how challenging it is to get her attention, and keep it, when she and her new sister are together. A teacher with maybe 30++ kids in the class would not be able to get her attention. My daughter is well prepared for this day, in every way. She can read and write a little, and is motivated to learn more. Besides English she knows some Spanish, and some Swedish. She excels in math, and knows her numbers up to ten thousand, forwards and backwards. She is interested in geography, and history, having traveled to 48 states herself. I do hope that her teacher sees her potential. She is not shy, but just like me, if she’s focused on something, she’s quiet. A busy person might not understand how much she really knows. I’m looking forward to meeting her teacher, hopefully sooner than later. We have a long line of teachers (and even a principal) in my family, myself included. I know to appreciate a good teacher. It feels weird to not be the one taking my daughter to her first day of school, but I have done everything in my power to prepare her. In the best way I know, and I will be there for her very soon. 

Have a wonderful, amazing day out there!


Ms Zen

Published by Sagittarius Viking

It’s all about experiences, and the healing power of nature. Life is about choosing happiness. I entered the magic world of photography when I was five years old. My gypsy soul have taken me to many different countries, and definitely taught me to be more humble. I believe that you are what you eat, body and soul. I enjoy growing my own food, and spending time outdoors. Above everything else is my daughter. A Sagittarius loves to travel, have an open mind and, and a philosophical view. It motivates them to wander around the world in search of the meaning of life. Sagittarius is extrovert, optimistic and enthusiastic, and likes changes. A lot of that perfectly describes me. The fact that my ancestors, on both parents sides, were vikings, doesn’t exactly lessen my desire to explore. Maybe a slightly more mindful exploring, compared to the average viking. My blog, and my art prints is a results of my (inner and outer) explorations. Love, Maria

30 thoughts on “Towards The Big Move 

  1. Happy to hear that Ghost has found a place with good company, companionship.

    When my siblings and I were in school (in a small town), we had problems with comparisons to one another across grade levels. Being in the same classroom would have been catastrophic. Good to have the separation, but also to have a peer for out of school.

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    1. Thank you Lizl, it is a great relief that Ghost found a new person that understands him.

      I had the same experience that you had, growing up. My younger sister was challenged in some of the theoretic subjects, but brilliant when it came to more artistic subjects (she’s an artist now…), and even as a little kid it felt so wrong when they compared her to me. Which teachers, and other adults liked to do all the time.

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  2. Wow, so happy that you found Ghost a home, he is not my horse but I feel relieved! Sounds like your daughter is going to do well. I totally understand (and agree) that your daughter should be in a separate classroom. I am hoping and praying that you will be able to buy your car. Have a good and progressive week. I have to admit that I am a little sad that you will be leaving California. We have never met but hoped to at some point, you never know. But you are on an exciting journey and making the right decision. Cheers!

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    1. Thank you Margaret! I feel the same way ❤ It's going to be a busy and productive week. It's not like I'm never going to visit northern California again. I have so many friends here, and places that I love. I still would like very much to go to that Draft Horse fair near you 🙂 It's every fall right? Thank you for your kind support. Let's keep in touch.


  3. Wow, so much is going on in your life right now. I love your attitude and perspective in all circumstances- you are such an optimistic individual. and yay for finding Ghost a home!! Best of luck to your daughter as she starts school ❤ .


  4. Now Ghost has a home you can move yourself now with no qualms. And your daughter sounds more than ready for her next step.
    My daughter Millie starts high school in a few weeks time. She still looks too small for high school!

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      1. It turns out that, of all of her Primary school friends going to her high school, Millie is the only one who hasn’t got a friend in her new class with her 🙁 But she will make new friends. And despite this she’s looking forward to it.

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  5. A big day for H! Sounds like she is well-prepared and eager. It is nice that she has a step-sister to grow up with. It’ll help her be better socialized, having to wait turns and share is a benefit that will serve her well. I agree with separate classrooms, too. Makes good sense!
    So glad Ghost found a good home, a load off your mind, I’m sure. Now is the time for that perfect car to appear! 😉

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    1. Yes, Eliza!! I agree. I am very happy for her, to have a sibling to share with, and also happy that she gets to be on her own in school. It is wise.

      It is a great relief with Ghost. I was a little worried for him.

      Let’s manifest that car!

      How is your garden doing? Last night when I was harvesting for the second time that day, I felt “what a waste”, I highly doubt anyone will keep harvesting. My garden is so productive now. I saw photos from the place I’m moving to, and there’s fruit tree outside 🙂 Made me so happy to see!!

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  6. Wow not long now, Glad Ghost has a happy new home was so nice the lady contacted you. How exciting your treasure starting school. I’m sure it will be a beyond joyous moment when you are reunited, you are awesome Mum. Happy car hunting. Thanks for the fire updates we don’t hear much on the news here in Aus, I know some of our fire fighters have gone over to help, but that’s about it.
    Wishing you safe travels.

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  7. What a relief that Ghost found a lovely home! I agree that your daughter will be better off in her own class. I’m glad my daughters were three years apart, but they ended up going to different high schools and in completely different tracks (athletics vs academics), so that feeling of competition my younger daughter could have had did not manifest! That’s all I needed as a single parent! Look forward to seeing what car you buy! Enjoy shopping, Maria!

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  8. I’m so excited you found a great home for Ghost and I read you already found a nice home for Fancy. You move fast but in a good way. I’m a bit behind and am catching up here on my day off!

    How exciting for your daughter, and you will be there before you know it AND I come from a big family, getting the attention you need to excel is hard and in a classroom full of kids harder. So great she’s not in the same class as her step sister! Love keeping up with your exciting adventures, I know you’ll miss NorCal, but you’ll be back to visit! Thanks for the update on the fire! Stay safe an hope you find that car! 😀

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    1. I am so happy for my horses. It was not easy to be forced to find them new homes. I was planning on keeping them for the rest of their lives. in this situation, this was the absolute best homes they could possibly find. Fancy is with a very sweet lady, that I really like. The lady was about to have knew surgery, and her reasoning with Fancy was that they both should be filly recovered at about the same time, and ready for the trails. It’s a wonderful thing to know that Fancy will be given the time it’s going to take for her hooves to grow out completely. I am so happy for her. They have a big pasture,in the countryside, with open walk in horses sheltered. Fancy looked very happy on the photos she sent.

      Ghost’s new owner has a very similar approach to horsemanship as I have, and Ghost clearly understood, and trusted her, which says a lot.

      I can’t wait to have my daughter in my arms again. It’s less than a week now, and I almost count the hours 🙂

      I’m test-driving a car tonight, that I probably will buy. It’s on the upper end of my budget, but still within my budget, and it would be a car that likely will serve me well for years to come. The owner have been very thorough with maintenance, and everything seem to work excellent. One of my friends worked as a mechanic for several years, and I am going to have him come over and make sure that it is the way the owner says. I trust his knowledge. For me, I just need it to be reliable. (This one will be fun to drive as well. That’s a bonus.)

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