2015

The year was filled with discovering a new hobby for us … hiking.
We took some classes at Pt. Reyes National Park, hiked (literally) in our back yard of Annadel State Park, and only a few miles further at Hood Mountain, Sugarloaf Ridge, and Jack London.
Photos of our many hikes will be included in “our blog”, but also in a separate tab on the menu bar entitled “hiking”.

We continued to explore new eating and beer drinking venues and they too will not only be included in “our blog”, but also in a separate tab on the menu bar entitled “eats”.

We attended continuing education courses which were stimulating.

We joined Chateau St. Jean Wine Club and enjoy taking friends, and visitors to their members patio area for Estate wine tasting.

The highlight of the year was Michael and Nancy’s wedding. The both of them did an incredible job of planning the event down to the tiniest detail. The memories we have of sharing their special day will stay with us for the rest of our lives.
Thank you Michael and Nancy!

After only a few months in our rental house here in Oakmont we had decided this was the place where we wanted to buy our next (and probably our last) house. Even teamed with a super realtor, 2015 was definitely a sellers market. …to the point of being cut-throat. By the beginning of July we were discouraged, and to be honest disgusted, with our being constantly substantially out-bid on house after house. Until, miracle of Miracles, a little house, in an area we liked, at a price we could afford popped up For Sale by Owner. We had a very pleasant, honest, and quick closing (21 days) on the house.  
We had been outbid on a house that was the same model that had opened up the unworkable galley kitchen and since our house was FSBO (for sale by owner) we had the breathing room to move forward immediately to rectify this drawback. 
 
We are now 4 months in to the project and should be done in another 6 weeks. We’re anxious for it to be completed, remove the construction dust for a last time, and have the kitchen and dining room of our dreams. 
 
Our lives here in Northern California are very full with trying to hike as often as we can, enjoying the breweries in the area, wine tasting as club members at St. Jean winery, eating at our favorite restaurants, gardening and learning about planting California Native plants and reduced water consumption, or attending OLLI (Osher Life-Long Learning Institute) classes for adults. 
 
But the best part of the relocation is being closer to family. Whether it’s stopping by Michael & Nancy’s for a visit when we take the ferry to the city from Larkspur or after hiking at Pt. Reyes, having Julie & Guy visit for a weekend, being able to visit Stephen, Ariane and Aubrey in Half Moon Bay (even in the cold and fog), and having our, now annual, Gerardin family gathering in the fall, followed by Thanksgiving in Richmond. 
 
We kind of laugh at the irony of moving to a 55+ community and our lives never being busier. 
 

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