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I’ll Have Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

Some of you have wondered why we are moving to Portland. We currently live in a place that many call paradise. Portland has a reputation for being cloudy and rainy. Well, here is the reason:


The effervescent Mia.

The pensive Miles.

Saturday was a very trying day. We had put a deadline of 1 pm to counter our offer on the house. 1 pm came and went with no response from the sellers and their agent. Cynthia, our agent, and we were beside ourselves wondering what the heck was going on. She kept leaving him messages. Finally, at 4:30 pm, he called and said he had been busy with other things and thought their response could wait. We were ready to head back to CA with no house. After an hour of countering, we came to an agreement, and we got to go out to dinner and celebrate. The house is now ours!! All together, now – YEAH!! We close on March 1 and are now trying to decide when to make our big move.

So, we headed south late this morning and are spending the night in Redding, CA, where they have free wifi in the Best Western. Look at these beautiful photos that I took from the car.

Mt. Shasta in the distance:


Mt. Shasta sunset, a little closer

Mt. Shasta, sun setting.


This is a photo of the beautiful sky tonight:


I will end with some things I love about Portland:

  • No sales tax
  • No self-service at the gas pumps
  • Great public transportation
  • Great Asian food
  • It is a very green place, environmentally and physically
  • Mia and Milo live there!!

17 Responses to “I’ll Have Sunshine on a Cloudy Day”

  1. JulieZS says:

    That’s great news about the house Gerrie, I hope you’ll be super happy in Portland. Those pictures of Shasta are amazing! I’ve never been lucky enough to get a shot that clear with no clouds at the top, and at sunset, oooh.

  2. ~Vicki says:

    Congratulations! ..a bit late but heartfelt nonetheless. The new house looks great especially that studio space. You have some lucky (beautiful) grandkids. Welcome to Oregon and don’t forget your galoshes!

  3. Just super great pictures. I am so happy for you. Nothing like a move to give you a new lease on life.

  4. mo says:

    Welcome to Portland! (well, almost!) I have been a blog lurker and I just love your work. I am also a Portland girl who loves the Rhododendron garden. My grandma lived over by Reed and so it always feels like such a good homey neighborhood. I hope you and your hubby love it here!

  5. Judy says:

    Wonderful, just wonderful! Gerrie, I am thrilled for you all! Saturday must have been horrid for you, all that waiting, but now you have your beautiful new home in Portland. It is such a fabulous city…and Oregon is a wonderful state! I am green with envy. Your grandchildren are so blessed to have their grandparents moving closeby!!
    Best wishes on your impending move.
    Judy in GA

  6. Gerrie – those grandchildren will be your rays of light all winter long. Congratulations on getting that wonderful house with the fabulous studio space.

  7. patricia says:

    lucky you! congrats! and doncha know mia and milo are your sunshine that makes portland paradise…

  8. Sharon Rexroad says:

    Way to go on the house! Your grandkids are adorable (but you already know that!)

    I’m sorry I won’t get to see you, however, when I try to go visit my 95 year old Auntie Irm out in Santa Rosa later this year. (I’m thinking a CA trip will be well earned after thiss winter!)

    Sharon in Chicago (where it’s deciding that it really might be winter again)

  9. Terry Grant says:

    Wooo hooooooo! Congratulations! Can’t wait to meet you.

    And just so you know, it is gloriously sunny here in Portland today, making Portlanders gloriously joyful. All that rain makes us appreciate the sun.

  10. Amy says:

    CONGRATS! I concur those are great reasons… I have contimplated moving to Oregon myself… (Maybe after I retire in about 32 years… UGH! That looks worse than it sounds…)

    Internet wedding gift (13 days…) quilt up on my blog.

  11. Trixie says:

    Hi! I have been lurking (and enjoying) your blog (and your daughters’s blogs, too) for a few months now! I thought now owuld be a good time to say CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! The house looks gorgeous! What a great thing to be near the kids!

    On another note: I LOVE your work!!!! I find it very inspiring!

    All the best,


  12. Jen Anderson says:

    Oh Gerrie, how happy I am that you got your lovely house!
    I didn’t even have to ask why you were moving…and I can think of no better reason. Jen

  13. dee says:

    Hey Gerrie, congrats on the house and may all go smoothly for you. I haven’t commented because after the State of the Union I had to take to my bed for a while and be medicated so as not to have my brains leak out of my ears…Stay well and good luck to you. What better reason to move than those beautiful grandkids! I wouldn’t want to be apart from them either. Dee

  14. Mary Manahan says:

    Congratulations, Gerrie! I can’t think of better reasons to move to Portland!

  15. Del says:

    Congratulations, Gerrie. There are no better reasons to move than Mia and Milo! But the other positives will be nice. I’ll give you a call when I am visiting in Portland. Del

  16. Ditto! I wish you all the best in your move north. You have many wonderful reasons to make the change 🙂

  17. DebR says:

    Congrats on the house, Gerrie!! WoooHoooo and YAY!!

    The photos are wonderful.