New Year’s Day, 2020

New Year’s Day, 2020.

Ah, it’s still New Year’s Day up till midnight, right, even if the sun has set and the moon is a soft glow behind winter nighttime clouds?

I am writing to wish you all good things in 2020 and to let you know that I’ll keep you posted on what’s happening as far as spirited events and (maybe) haunted tea parties and (possibly) an airbnb at our new house in Red Wing. I expect to know more by the end of January.

In the meantime, I wanted to share with you this picture of the seed poster door in our new dining room. Leon’s coffee can safe, the conch shell from the parlor, and a homemade table and bench from our old house are here too, along with Leon’s old rotary phone and a great old sewing machine that belonged to Gertrude’s sister Liz. (Gertrude and Liz and their parents lived in the house for more than two decades before Leo.)

May 2020 bring bright blessings to our world.

Winter Solstice, 2019

Winter Solstice, 2019. Happy Solstice, everyone ~ I hope 2020 brings many blessings your way.

Today is sunny and mild enough that Dudley and I opened a window and the front door just for a few minutes to let some fresh air into our home.I haven’t posted much since Dudley’s stroke in October 2016 because most of our time and energy has been taken up with everyday living, plus wrapping up the responsibilities from our life before so we could make the most of this gift of time together.

The past 15 months have been some of the most difficult times of my life. I will not miss 2019. We lost my awesome Dad in September 2018, then unexpectedly lost my laid-back, much-loved younger brother Randall this past March. In the past four months, we’ve also had to say goodbye to three family friends (two of whom were in their early 50s) and one of my cousins.

In the past three years, we’ve cleaned out 2 barns, sold Dudley’s farm, closed down his former businesses, and sold his rental property. We gave one kayak to a friend and sold both of Dudley’s canoes, one to a young couple that was thrilled to have it for their Boundary Waters trips and the other, Dudley’s handmade cedar strip canoe, to his cool cousin Brian. It makes it easier knowing that these important things from our past will be used and appreciated.

Then, this past August, I realized we needed to leave my house ~ my house! ~ the home that I love and lived in for 25 years, part of my identity, a creative focus and source of pride.It seemed unreal to me, as I had every intention of staying at my house forever. We left not because of the spirits nor Dudley’s health, but because of the changing vibe of the neighborhood. I was heartbroken and in some ways, I will always be heartbroken about this. But I was not able to turn things things around in our neighborhood. Many neighbors and preservation-minded folks fought this battle for the past few years. (More on this in another post, perhaps.)

Once I realized we needed to leave, I sent out a call to the universe, asking our new house to help us find it. And our new house, a beautiful and grand Victorian just down the river in Red Wing, Minnesota, responded ~ and here we are.

I’ll write more about our new house and leaving our former house, including how the spirits reacted, at another time. My house is in good hands. I sold it to a friend of many decades who is fond of Leo and is skilled at working with the energy of people and places. She already lived in the neighborhood and, although concerned about the changes, was not planning to leave. She will be an excellent steward of the house, now her house. I believe that everything fell into place because the spirits approved, just ike when I got the house in 1994.

I am at a crossroads in my life ~ I would like to write another book this year. I’d also like to offer haunted tea parties and spirited events again. I’m mulling over possibilities now. We are considering doing an Airbnb, perhaps with a writer’s retreat or metaphysical theme. I will keep you all posted. I really miss my tea party and spirited events friends.

I’ll close by saying that Dudley and I are doing all right and we are looking forward to new experiences and happy adventures in 2020.

GoodHousekeeping.com Article about My House and Living with Spirits

Goodhousekeeping.com ran a great article about my house and the spirits that I hope you’ll enjoy. If you do, please consider sharing it as well. (I’m so revved about this; I was honored that they asked and the editor, Lauren Smith, was wonderful to work with.)

(This article ran in 2017. Posting it on my blog for the first time now.)