Sunday, December 24, 2017


Trilogy #7
In exactly 8 days it will be 2018. This will be the year that I finally get my life back. It seems so hard to believe after 18 years of anything but that.

I am out in Arizona now and I am staying for the month of January. I plan to use this time to recover, heal, make some new art and mostly just be. I will see what it is like to only have to care for myself. I will see what it is like to only have to cook for myself.  These are all things that many of my friends take for granted. I will never take these things for granted. Ever.

We both arrived Friday. We left a day early due to the big ice storm that hit Boston. We wanted to get out before it hit. We were glad we did even though it cost us so much extra to change the tickets. I will be so glad when I don't have to fly so much anymore. Especially in winter. The trip out here is becoming more and more difficult for me physically. In fact, my leg went numb for the entire day yesterday and I was quite worried that I had a clot or something. But it is much better today thankfully.

When I am finally living out here permanently in June, I will be sure to only visit the east coast during the summer months. I will never  have to travel on school vacation ever again.

I shipped out 13 boxes of art supplies before I left Boston. I paid an extra 30 dollars to have UPS come and pick them up as they were quite heavy. They are due to arrive on Friday, December 29th. So far so good. I am tracking their progress and they are currently in Illinois. I love being able to track packages and know exactly when they will be delivered.

My first few days whenever I arrive are always spent just absorbing my home. Walking around, touching things. Making sure they are real and that it is not a dream. When I am back in Boston I sometimes feel that this is just a dream. And that I will never get here. At my age you can't take anything for granted.

It is funny, but, many people do not understand why we love it here so much. My answer is, I don't really know. Yes, summer is unbearable. No, there isn't much rain. Yes, it is mostly brown with olive greens. Yes, there are scorpions, rattlesnakes, tarantulas, mountain lions, etc.

But love it I do. I hope to live out the rest of my life here.


Maureen said...

Beautiful post. Savor every moment. It's real - your dream come true!

Connie Rose said...

I'm just thrilled for you, Roberta! Hope you have a delicious month being on your own.
I think often people ask us things like, What do you like about being in Arizona?" or "Why would you want to live there?" because they secretly envy our ability to follow our dreams.
I, for one, love the desert, especially the air and the light. Always follow your heart.
Happy Holidays dear friend!

Candace said...

I'm glad your dream is coming closer to reality. I love AZ, too, it's such a beautiful, diverse (re: natural beauty) state which many people don't realize. Have a great January!

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

We are supposed to raise our kids then wave them out as they go out on their own to take care of themselves. As someone who has allowed her daughter to move back a couple of times and has pretty much raised my oldest grandson, I can totally understand your feelings as you near a time that you will be "free" to enjoy what you love.

As someone who lives in Northern Indiana where there has been a snowfall of 7+ inches in two days when the weatherman promised a green Christmas, I can TOTALLY understand your wanted to move to warmer weather. If jealously were part of me, I would be jealous, lol.

Much love to you.
Merry Christmas
xx, Carol

Robbie said...

I too love AZ!!! The dessert is beautiful in my eyes...and, heck, if you're in Boston in the winter, you stay inside...if it's too hot in AZ, same stay in...but what a view! ENJOY your time this winter!!!!