Thursday, April 30, 2009

finding peace

a glimpse of the path that leads to the wooded preserve area of our former home in Florida......

Hello dear friends.

My apologies for being away. Are you still there? I am soooo sorry. So much happening + so little time.

I feel as I have been far away.

We found out last February about the confirming details of our move

Then I had a month. Less than thirty days really, to pack our lives of over six years of living in Florida to the west coast.

As those of you know that have moved, as well as moved with a cast + crew of children......there is a wealth of *closure* involved.

The path going into the back lot of our preserves is a brocade of overhanging leaves, blooms, branches and vines. The groundworks of the path itself is mottled with degrees of soil, rocks + tree roots grasping it's way to the surface.

My kids grew up on the little teal colored tree swing shown here.

It was the only tree on the property that securely held their care free recklessness so they could do what kids do.........abandon themselves into the ride.

My recent path has just done that.

Abandoning myself into a ride that is often times unfamiliar and un-orchestrated creates a harrowing yet liberating journey.

Especially the journey returning home.

The enclosed deck overlooking the trees + spring-fed pond in our backyard was a place of good memories. When I look at this picture, it reminds of the kid's birthday parties, breaking bread with family + friends, having Saturday morning coffee with hubz, watching the glow of the sunset highlight the tall trees and in closing, the fragrance of chilled white wine lingering through the frost of translucent wine glasses.......

Those are the memories I have that capture perhaps the more evocative times of living here.

So hey, thank you for sticking with me and coming back.

I am saying my goodbyes to my old home. Allowing myself to feel the emptiness of being away from good friends, familiar faces + places that brought me joy + comfort. Letting go of the old to make way for new possibilities. I love the fact that I can share this with you and hope there is a similarity in ways we journey through transitions.

I love this old house, but I know it's time to let go.......

So now I gather my cherished thoughts, scent memories, taste thoughts, taste memories and tuck a few away in my heart. The rest I'll scatter like fresh petals and remind myself to fear not if I bruise a few petals along the way.

Most definitely if you were wondering.....yes new food finds + savory fresh delights have treated me well lately in southern California!

Talk with you soon.

xoxo ~ tastememory girl


Triv said...

Oh I am so glad you are back. Your blogs make me think and smile and they inspire me.

taste memory said...

Hey Triv! Thnx bunches your kind words ~ nice to hear from you. I'm glad to be back too ;-)

Gera@SweetsFoodsBlog said...

Ingar moving is so hard hope the better for you and the pic is so peaceful!

Earth Mother said...

Hooray! I have been patiently awaiting your return. :D

taste memory said...

Triv, Gera + earthmother ~ you're making me smile! ;-)

Gera - yes settling here. Look forward to catching up with your global food triva too

earthmother - why thank you! as always, look forward to your fresh insight + finds!

noobcook said...

Hope you will love your new place of residence. Have fun =)

Unknown said...

hehehe we all seem to be moving forward...i am leaving my current flat too!

Thistlemoon said...

I am so glad that you are back! I missed you, especially now that you aren't physically close by anymore. But I know that you are where you are supposed to be.

GG Merkel said...

I am wondering what camera you use for these gorgeous blog pics?

taste memory said...

noobcook ~ hey there! yes am enjoying life n the sun.....glad to hear you're well ;-)

mochagirl ~ hi sweets....good luck to you + new digs. you live in such a fun diverse place! always look forward to what you're up to

JennDZ ~ you're so right about *being* where am suppsd to be! miss you + let me know if you're ever n west coast my dear ;-)

GG Merkel ~ it's a love + hate relationship with my sony cam!