Oregon writer, Rain Trueax, and Oregon painter, Diane Widler Wenzel co-author Rainy Day Thought. Diane generally posts on Wednesdays and Rain on Saturdays. There may be extra days or changes as situations warrant. Comments are always welcome and appreciated as it turns an article into a discussion.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

seasons changing

With our time in Tucson winding down, I am feeling the usual panic. I didn't do half of what I had wanted. The writing proves to be more demanding, and it does not take a holiday. The current work involves the final edit for the fourth Oregon historical, which will be out December 21st, the last of the Stevens family but not the last Oregon historical. An idea for a fifth is roiling around in my head. I can't start it yet though as that edit awaits and then I have a commitment to a seventh Arizona historical due out February 5th. When I first decided that's what I'd do, it seemed a long way off. Amazing how fast time goes by.
 
We have arranged for someone to clean the Tucson home when it goes into its alternate identity as a vacation rental. It seems like a very good agency, and I hope it will work well for the house. We liked the lady who runs it and she

seemed very competent when we discussed what had to be done on her visit here. Our neighbors, who can no longer do the cleaning for health reasons, will be keeping an eye on it and act as onsite property managers. That should help. 

So with a lot of work done here, not a lot of play time, but at least it has been doing what is needed, I am trying to psych myself up for the drive north in two weeks or less. 

We made a decision not to take the trailer clear back to Oregon and will be leaving it in Northern California lot. We found one that seems would have the trailer protected, had a reasonable cost, and save us the extra gasoline, not to mention concern about road conditions for who knows what would be the case in the Siskiyous. We've gone across them when the roads were bare pavement. We've been snowed in. We've seen delays for travel if you don't have 4-wheel drive. We do. 

There are other advantages in leaving the trailer-- come April, we will come back for it, lambing will be over, and we can head back to Lava Beds NM for another week and then maybe some time on Klamath Lake. Pulling it back to the farm, when we can't use it again until better weather, didn't make sense. 

Below, a taste of Tucson from this trip :)





 

10 comments:

Celia said...

Good idea parking the trailer for the home trip. Glad you found someone to provide the cleaning should bring a little peace of mind. I am finally getting an e-reader so I can venture into your books. Yes, it's all your fault, ha, ha. Saw some great reviews on Amazon for you, good for you!!

Rain Trueax said...

Thank you, Celia. I think it's great when someone who hasn't been into romances gives them a try. I've had several who then found they weren't what they expected. Maybe you'll be writing some yourself someday. This is a great time for writers who don't fit the corporate mold and want to write their own thing :)

robin andrea said...

I like the idea of leaving the trailer in Northern CA. It will make the rest of the trip home so much easier and definitely faster. Love seeing your photos of Tucson. So beautiful there.

Celia said...

Got free Kindle on my little laptop. More $ for books. All set up and bought "Round the Bend," this morning. It's 27 and icy, good reading weather. ;-)

Rain Trueax said...

We heard freezing rain where we live. We have a competent guy looking after the stock and they have barns they can get into.

And thanks Celia for giving it a try. Let me know what you think :)

Linda Kay said...

We have been in Tucson a couple of times to visit with friends who winter there. It is really a lovely place to visit. Good luck with your editing. I just finished, so can relate.

janinsanfran said...

You are migratory. We may be some day. Hard work, but I suspect satisfying.

Rain Trueax said...

It is hard work, Jan, but we can't be in Tucson as often as we'd like with the livestock at the Oregon place. We are thinking of cutting that back. I love my time here but it always ends too soon.

And yes, Linda, it's the hardest part for me but essential. Good luck with yours.

joared said...

I envy you your travels as I miss driving trips my husband and I enjoyed before his declining health ended them. Since his death comparable travel hasn't been as likely.

Rain Trueax said...

Yes, Joared, that would change it for me too and maybe him if I went first. Long road trips get less fun as we get older too. Having the RV has helped as we can drive less time and have a home away from home when we stop in little parks.