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robinmay We're down to a nearly bite-sized list of repairs and colourful decorative fixes, and then....jazz hands!.....our house goes on the market. We're hoping mid-April. We've already started working with a realtor out in Washington and I'm remembering all over again the unique challenges of home-hunting long distance. It's a *little* like leaping a large gap while engrossed in a very detailed puzzle... The kind that's maybe even missing a piece or two. Do you have stories to share of similar moving adventures? I'd love love love to hear 'em. 3d
  •   robinmay @cadyladyy Thank you so much! It's a struggle to keep our energy up when we've basically been in a state of moving for yeeeears now, but we're so excited. 2d
  •   robinmay @sorbettze Thank you! :) 2d
  •   clutterheart Good point. And since taking the leap to move without looking at the map until after and finding 12 within my vicinity, I take comfort in what you wrote, when it's still daylight. 2d
  •   kimh212 When we were younger and only married a few years we were lucky enough to get to travel a lot with my husbands job. For three years we lived in one place then another. Usually for only two or three months at a time. We lived in 9 states during that time with three of our kids and we LOVED it. I wish I could have done it forever. To always see and experience new things was ideal for us. But when my kids reach school age I wanted stability for them when it came to going to school. I still miss it but so happy we did it. Just enjoy where you are and seek it out all it has to offer. 2d
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  •   nicksegner Ooh check out three crabs road in Sequim. We rented there when we first moved out and it's so amazing! 2d
  •   blueeggsandtea Oh yeah we relocated and just picked somewhere. Didn't do enough research because we had to get down there for jobs starting. It didn't work out so well despite being a nice house someone wise once said 'go with your own kind' - i thought that sounded like ghettoism, but I see now it was more subtle than that. It was about surrounding yourself with likeminded folk. My biggest barrier to settling here is the people around me day in day out who are not likeminded. You end up isolated and lonely. You won't do this though! Rooting for you lovely lady xx 2d
  •   smile_formiles26 My boyfriend and i just moved from above a bar (haha!) in a tiny tiny studio and now we have a studio still but a kitchen now,a beautiful bathroom, a little office and our own porch great things take the most effort! @robinmay 2d

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robinmay In the evenings we walk and we talk and we fill our hearts with the horizon. What's the opposite of memory? Whatever it is--this looking ahead to a familiar unknown--lately for us it burns bright, tantalizing orange. Dear Washington... I've never met you. But my heart knows your contours and soon, too, shall my feet. 6d
  •   caela63 I've lived in Washington all my life, and let me tell you... this place will captivate and grab your heart so fast you won't even have a moment to blink. I have followed you and your story for a long time now and I think you will be right at home here in the Pacific Northwest. We'll be glad (and proud!) to have you! 5d
  •   lis.amazing Lovely shot !! 5d
  •   troynell_15 Hey 5d
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  •   arigonzalez1 <3 5d
  •   jennybrookeross Hi Robin! Lovely picture!! 4d
  •   julesapple Washington State I hope... I was thinking about your perfect fit and this was my choice...exciting!!!! @robinmay 4d
  •   saramoon The PNW is amazing, come visit vancouver, you will love it all. Making peace with the rain isn't hard, the green is worth it:) 3d

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robinmay Our local fauna is super twitterpated these days. Ahhhh spring. xx. 6d

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robinmay Perhaps not your best angle, Gracie, but excellent balance for a sweet senior lady with only half of her hip! P.S. We're so amazed by Gracie's healing... She can't climb stairs anymore, but she wiggles and hops and loves life with no less enthusiasm than she did before the accident. Have you ever watched a dear animal recover from an injury? It's such a lesson in acceptance. When it was time to rest she RESTED. She didn't put on a big fake smile and persevere. I had to learn to wait for her to say, "Okay! Time for a cuddle!" And to back off when her sore joint needed a little bit of quiet. In those moments of retreating I thought about all the times I've put my head down and pushed through pain, and I wondered why I never gave myself the same permission to recover. What's our reward for not giving our bodies and minds the space they sometimes need? 7d
  •   agingwithstyle There is no reward or we pay the price later in life, and only through hindsight are we able to say the "I should'ves". 6d
  •   be_drawsome So true! And the reward... Is more pain. Pain is here to show us something - ignoring it only makes it bigger and louder. 6d
  •   ferretti1 Hi Gracie! She is so sweet..I can tell from pics. 6d
  •   miss_locura We've been through 3 broken legs with our two little pups. Heart-wrenching, but their ability to adapt and live in the moment is amazing.🐕 6d
  •   sharidiane Oh Gracie! 5d
  •   jennybrookeross Oh so sweet!! 4d
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  •   brandosphotos Love sweet little Gracie!!! 3d

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robinmay #TBT to not all that long ago. This photo was snapped in January by one of the Magic Kingdom photographers, and he did a great job of shooting around the giant crane that was hovering just to the right of Cinderella's castle. I ordered an ornament version of another of his photos, to hang on our future Christmas trees, but I made sure to use one of the crane photos for that one. Why? Because real life is awesome! We visited Disney World in the off-season so yeah, we got some cranes. But we also got a great deal on our room, and we enjoyed delicious, frosty weather that was perfect for long days of park-hopping, and we got to skip merrily onto some of the best rides without standing in much of a line, AND we got a fascinating peek at all the construction dust they sprinkle into their pixie dust! So sure, crop away... Shoot creatively... Share selectively... But don't forget that sometimes the most memorable bits of the story are the bits that fall just outside the frame. 1w

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robinmay Life's light, if you'll let it, is pretty great at illuminating the right path. Only catch is that I think it's motion activated... It doesn't turn on until you take those first shaky steps into the darkness. 2w

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robinmay Tonight looks like this, tastes like burgers, and feels like summer. You know the kind... Newly warm. Neighborhood grills ablaze. The sort of evening that turns your bones to kindling and lets your sparking heart do the rest. 2w
  •   smile_formiles26 You are the best @robinmay!! needed to see some happy vibes thanks again for the continuous smiles you give us. P.s. this sunset screams new adventures are coming.. 2w
  •   lis.amazing Sounds amazing 2w
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  •   lianrizon colors. perfect. 2w
  •   butterflies191 Beautiful Robinmay! Really love these colors and silhouettes too! 2w
  •   faizahc_ @robinmay all of your captions are beautiful!they seep into my soul and settle deep into my heart. 2w
  •   marrie_lee Like your caption your describing skill is super strong and deep ♡ 2w
  •   sharidiane Glorious! 5d

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robinmay Look what I found under the bed. 2w

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robinmay It's been a while since I trained my eyes and my heart on memories of our wedding day. Life clamours for attention, demanding in the most mundane ways to be lived with our eyes on the horizon. But today I'm tearing my mind from tomorrow's to-do list and thanking the universe for the TRILLIONTH time that you're the one that I chose and you're the one that chose me. I'm so ready to ride shotgun with you on yet another crazy move across this vast country. We sure don't take the easy route, do we.... (Photo Credit: @pketron) 2w

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robinmay When an idea unfurls in my heart... When a no bursts spontaneously into a yes.... I can't sleep. I can't eat. I can't think about anything but that next great step. My sweet friends, we are on the move again. Or at least we will be. Soon. Instead of dwelling in the darkness of this unexpectedly difficult life detour, we're pushing off from the bottom with our lungs bursting for breath. GIDDY at the thought of breaking back through to the light. GIDDY at the thought of giving ourselves permission to start over yet again. Forgive me for mixing my metaphors a little bit here, but marching doggedly down the wrong path is exhausting. It's time for us to re-trace our steps and turn left where we turned right, and try, try--always try!--again. xx. 2w
  •   bovee1kenobi *to not yo... Ha ha 2w
  •   lcobb97 So sorry North Carolina didn't work out...maybe Raleigh just wasn't the right area of the state for you. I like to visit other places, but wouldn't want to live anywhere else. But we're all different and that keeps things interesting and exciting. Wishing all the very best for you in this next part of your life! 2w
  •   naykell Seems like Asheville might have been more suitable for you only knowing little bits about you both.... Have you been? 2w
  •   blueeggsandtea This sounds like such exciting news Robin. I'm so happy to hear that you're brave enough to do what I am still trying to find the courage for. Go you and Matt ♡ xx (and gracie obv) 2w
  •   audreyyorke Where are you off to?? :) 2w
  •   davealgordon All pain is because we are focusing on yesterday or tomorrow - to be happy we have to live in the now 2w
  •   tracetorecreate I hope this next step in your journey unfolds smoothly, and that it's a grand adventure! I think you will be so inspired by the PNW. It's an amazing, alive, rain forest-y, foggy wonderland. 2w
  •   robinbisiofilms Yah!! California light? Xo this seems like a great decision 2w

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robinmay Edit: Perhaps that caption was too vulnerable. Even for me. So I'm just going to get down to the heart of it all: DO GOOD WORK. Serve yourself by serving others. And have the best day. xx. 4w

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robinmay Do you remember Choose Your Own Adventure books? I used to read them with such fierce concentration, keeping track of each choice I made so I could backpedal when I reached a dead-end. Every conclusion felt premature. So many roads not taken. At some point I'd inevitably find myself in too deep, overwhelmed by twists and turns and doubling back, convinced that somewhere along the way I'd made a fatal decision. There I'd be faced with one of two weighty choices, neither of which felt entirely right: Accept the ending as final and move on to a new book, or start the same book over again and yawn my way through a re-reading of well-tread plot points, repeating the good choices, righting the wrong choices, and stumbling over and over again over which was which. Ugh. I get stressed just thinking about it. But still...they were my FAVOURITE. 4w
  •   cormackj Absolutely 4w
  •   julesapple Your articulation is perfect! Thanks for digging that memory out of a dusty corner...classic! @robinmay 4w
  •   suzredwine They were great. 4w
  •   amolnut890 like this! 4w
  •   hilarina79 Yep! Even wrote a little one once when I was a kid. Hehe 4w
  •   jodypea i did the same! 3w
  •   aidaah_ They were great! But they were hard to find where I lived, in Sweden. I just thought about those types of books yesterday. Me and my friends used to write our own also. 2w

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robinmay My fickleness is soothed by the enduring things. The sunsets. The waves. The way that a potful of splattery, simmering tomato sauce will always ignite my appetite. And the way that it tastes like home. 4w
  •   robinmay @pineappleparasol And it means so much to me! Thank you! It's always nice when someone says, "I get it." 4w
  •   robinmay @_northcutt14 Thank you! 4w
  •   robinmay @imsimongl Thanks very much! :) 4w
  •   robinmay @agingwithstyle Agreed! I've been trying to move us towards eating meatless except for a Sunday roast of some sort, but as a kid we'd get together with our extended family at my grandparents' house every Sunday and it was almost always for spaghetti. Still the smell of tomato sauce mixed with dishwater reminds me of the post-dinner coziness, right before I'd climb sleepily into the car to fall asleep well before arriving home. I'd love to continue that tradition. 4w
  •   smile_formiles26 @robinmay so kind of you to always share you're finest of details and memories with everyone, keep up you're inner beauty you are a great inspiration for me. 4w
  •   robinmay @smile_formiles26 Thank you, Michaela :) Few things inspire me as much as the connections I've forged on Instagram. 4w
  •   smile_formiles26 Ahhh @robinmay I feel the same, you and @matthewjay have a beautiful life from it thankfully,and I'm thankful you share it with us as always.your friend from California! 4w

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robinmay Lately this little grey football is only happy when she's snug in my arms. Throw in an extra-large sweatshirt and the steady patter of snow melting in the afternoon sun, and I do believe we've achieved maximum coziness. 4w

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robinmay I melted down so hard last night. But not in a dramatic, get-it-out-and-get-on-with-it sorta way. It was more like I just emotionally folded in on myself, really, really tightly, like the way we used to fold notes for our friends, pre-text-message. When I awoke this morning, the creases were still there. Matt took one look at me and he didn't say, "What now?" And he didn't say, "You're still in a bad mood?" And he didn't say, "C'mon! Cheer up!" He said, "You are so beautiful." I laughed awkwardly, the way one does when one's hair is rumpled with sleep and one's heart is rumpled with gosh knows what. "No really," he said. "It's not a joke." And he looked at me with wonder and all the creases were smoothed away. 1mon

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robinmay Our local Trader Joe's felt distinctly pre-apocalyptic tonight as crowds of fair-weather neighbours flocked to stock up on bread. It's the strangest, most endearing phenomenon, and one which we were actually warned about by several locals in advance of our move to North Carolina. I think whenever it snows, wherever I may be, from now on I'll imagine families with full pantries--because let's be honest, they're usually full--just STUFFING themselves with bread. Maybe it's like insulation? 1mon
  •   rhi_mixx This happens in the UK when there's the threat of a flurry. Literally everything shuts down when it does snow & everyone seems completely surprised & baffled by the White stuff. We're on the same latitude as Moscow for goodness sake! The Gulf Stream can't stop the snow! 1mon
  •   stephaniann6 Here too, bread and milk. I keep asking people what they do with so much bread and milk. 1mon
  •   rtodd0503 Interesting . Didn't know it was so like that when the snow takes over 1mon
  •   chris.paschal Here is why...though it still doesnt make much sense...ahhhh...the human psyche. http://myfox8.com/2015/02/16/why-do-we-buy-milk-and-bread-before-a-snowstorm/ 1mon
  •   robinmay @chris.paschal Interesting theory! I read another piece about the psychology behind it, which suggested that purchasing pre-storm perishables--like bread and eggs and milk--was a way to stock up while remaining optimistic about the storm's duration. So who knows! All I know for sure is that we can't have the delicious sandwiches I planned for tonight because TJ's was out of rolls. 1mon
  •   robinmay @its_brittanyy_d We're just outside Raleigh. I still have trouble finding it on an unlabeled map. 1mon
  •   ivygrace3194 Haha 1mon
  •   christinepolz It's always the same here too. I'm living in the mountains and you would think they are used to snow... 4w

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robinmay My favourite views--like my favourite dreams--are equal parts seen and unseen. A little for the eyes and the seeking brain... A little for the imagination and the seeking heart. xx. 1mon

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robinmay We stayed up late into last night, looking back and looking around and looking ahead. Our desperate roots, it seems, keep over and over again hitting frozen ground. 1mon
  •   old_woman @robinmay my daughter just got engaged and they have been going out for 7 years... Her dad and I went out for 8 years before we got engaged then another two before we were married lol and celebrate 38 years this year....but it was at first 1mon
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  •   robinmay @old_woman Congratulations to her! And to you and your husband for a well-earned 38 years! How wonderful. 1mon
  •   robinmay @ncjrn06 That's very kind of you, but no need to apologize! I like when people read my words in their own way, through their own filter. And really there's only room here to tell the briefest snippets of my story, so that leaves quite a lot of room for interpretation :) 1mon
  •   gkfleming We're so lucky to have four seasons that keep us looking look forward to the next one. Each has its own pleasure. 1mon
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  •   glimpse_of_veejay any frozen ground your roots might hit while trying to find the 'right' spot to settle down might in the end just be a generous, loving hint to show you that this or that spot is after all not the one for you to stay at but to plow forward until your delicate yet solid roots touch the grounds that are not frozen but soft and fertile and just right for you. so in the end ... seemingly frozen might as well just be a lovely, gentle hint to guide you away from a mismatch to just the perfect soil to connect with. (sounds simple and i know it oftentimes isn't at all - i myself still struggle with those damn frozen areas myself all the time but just keep holding hands and trustfully walk past the tough parts, trying to take them as great teachers 2w

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robinmay There's something just the teensiest bit backwards about boiling kettle after kettle full of water to prevent our brand new high-efficiency hot water heater from freezing over. It's kind of like we're pioneers. But pioneers who really like to over-complicate things. 1mon

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robinmay Somewhere along the way, I categorized living near a large body of water as a want rather than a need. My bones reconsider this daily. 1mon
  •   robinmay @redblueox And we actually have tons of little lakes around us. They're beautiful! And they're probably what most would think of when they hear the word "lake." I guess the Great Lakes ruined me. And then the Pacific made it official. 1mon
  •   wattzz @robinmay Yes, I was. I love to travel but when I come home and see those mountains it's a sigh of relief. I think I've figured out that I bloom best where I was first planted. A lot of people can move and adjust in due time, but with me, it seems that i flatline. Hence, respect to you for pushing through the tough moments and blooming everywhere. 1mon
  •   ferretti1 I always look forward to new places and enjoy the visits but there truly is no place like home. 1mon
  •   blueeggsandtea I agree yes. I think we always do. I'm going home this weekend...it's going to be so sad. I crave it but it won't help anything 1mon
  •   bethanysusan Agreeeeeeee 1mon
  •   ozsmurf It's a need. I quit a job once, because it was too far from the water. #irresponsible Glad you're happy in your new environment. 1mon
  •   yellowspace_ Wow, deep 1mon
  •   _jessicalarge I feel the same way. There is something in the vastness of the ocean that draws me in and holds me captive, mind, body, and soul. 4w

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