Homes and Houses

A house is not necessarily a home.
Until voices and smells
Crying and laughing
Struggles and discovery
Make it so

(Draft started 3/30/22)
It’s been awhile since I’ve caught up on my WordPress reading/writing.
My wife Robin and I are moving to a new location.
After thirty-two years in the same location.
And, our daughter and her husband will be moving with us. (I know, don’t start a sentence with “and”).

What an utter disruption. All of the legality(s), buying, selling, upgrading, fixing, budgeting, signing, soon-to-be-light-construction is trying its best to kill my creative side. Through it all, I find the decompression of nature to be the finest balm. If I have a camera with me, even better.

When it came time to “stage” the house, I packed my main computer and have been using my laptop. I am grateful to have the laptop. It is very powerful. Old guy that I am, I prefer my PC. A nice big screen, a sure footed mouse, and no battery shenanigans. I wanted to go get it out of storage, but I haven’t been walking in several days and that comes first. After a brief search in the storage facility, I realized it’s behind a mass of boxes and stuff. Motivation won out and the PC is back in business.

I found a nesting hummingbird about a week ago at Mission Trails. I think I’ll go visit her today and forget about the floors, paint, counter tops, tree trimming,1% good faith down payment, caulking, electrical trim, new refrigerator, docu-sign, fix the gutters at the new place stuff (short list).

Update: I’ve returned several times to see the hummingbird and she’s a no-show.

Things will be different in the new location. Less light at night, less noise, fewer crowds. I’ve never lived that way. I’ve always lived near a freeway or main thoroughfare. The hum of the city and all its trappings will be something I go to and not live in. Hope we like it.

I am pretty sure I will not be visiting Mission Trails Regional Park as often as I do.
That story will need to wait. Too much emotion attached.

Photograph – multiple exposures- black phoebe – color manipulations and Polar Coordinates in PSE


  1. It’ll take a bit of time to get used to the new place, but eventually, you’ll learn to love it. ‘anything’ away from ‘the noise’ is better these days. Coming from a city girl who grew to love the non city life. Wishing you happy photography and new forged trails.


  2. The freeway noise is a distant hum at our house here in RB, I sure wouldn’t want it to be any closer or louder. You’re going to like it. I think you previously mentioned Ramona? You’ll be close(r) to a bunch of nice hikes and preserves. Santa Ysabel West, Ramona Grasslands, the San Diego River Gorge including that VERY popular waterfall hike… 😉

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  3. An interesting effect you got in your image. I hope the experience of living with the “children” and in the new location will be a good one for you. I grew up in a big city and enjoy my quiet suburban neighborhood. I think you might like yours too.

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  4. When you say you “never lived that way” you have to mean at least of what you remember. I remember living in the state you were born. Then, there were cowboys and Indians, horses and snakes, dirt roads and windmills, thunder and lightning storms that would send shivers down your spine, but it was also quiet and peaceful when as little children our older brother John and I played with bows and arrows, banjo and guitar. Then came Gardena and it all changed. I’ll remember for you brother because you were there. I also believe dear brother that somewhere in the back of your mind you will say in your new domicile, “I’ve come home.”


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