Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Reflections on preparing to leave Todos Santos, Mexico

This week Greg and I are getting ourselves ready to drive back to Bend, Oregon. We came to Todos Santos in Baja the beginning of December last year. We didn't really know what to expect regarding living in Mexico for a period of time. We hoped that we would like it! But I would say it has met or exceeded our expectations! We've had a wonderful time! Six months living in Baja! Wow! It's been a lot of fun, with some adventure, great memories and a lot of work! We've done tons of work on the house and garage. Inside and out. Below are a couple before and after pics.

BEFORE

AFTER

BEFORE


AFTER

I've had a wonderful time being able to paint in my outdoor studio above the garage under the palapa. I feel very grateful to be able to paint everyday and work on my online business these past 6 mo. I feel blessed to have been able to experience this lifestyle.

PAINTING IN THE OUTDOOR STUDIO

And I've created a bunch of new paintings. Some are on my website for sale and some will be shown at the Tumalo Art Co. in Bend when I get back.


NEW PAINTINGS

I'm going to miss taking the dogs to the beach and watching the sunset from the patio above the garage.

TAKING DOGS TO THE BEACH

SUNSET VIEW

But we're looking forward to getting back to Bend. I can't wait to start helping at the Tumalo Art Co. gallery in the new space at the Shoppes at the Old Mill. I get updates on the move and the artists are working hard at painting, installing lighting, etc. and getting ready for the Opening in June.


NEW LOCATION OF TUMALO ART CO. GALLERY IN BEND.

Greg and I want to have a tipi raising party when we get home. I bought myself a tipi a couple years ago for my birthday. I painted it and furnished the inside and it is a very special place to spend time in. We took it down before we left so we'll put it back up when we get home. (If you want to know more about where I got my tipi, go to http://www.tipi.com)

OUR TIPI IN BEND

So we're doing a lot of reflecting this week. Thinking about how things have changed since we've been gone, how we've changed, how the casita has changed, how our online businesses have changed. Wondering how Bend has changed in the past 6 months. Soon we'll find out.



4 comments:

Eric said...

Hey Lindy,

Thanks again for being our "Mexico friends" and look forward to your return to Bend.

"Slow down and enjoy life. It's not only the scenery you miss by going to fast - you also miss the sense of where you are going and why."

Happy trails Amigos and nice job with your home, the place looks amazing!

Eric Leagjeld

Jim Pickell said...

Hi Lindy,

Sorry we never met you this trip. My wife and I are certainly no artists but we've been trying to create something beautiful here in Todos that we can return to for many years. So... next trip. Until then. Good luck and pleasant journeys.

Cheers,
Jim

www.CalyCanto.com

Tracy Leagjeld said...

Drive safe. Watch out for goats. Soak in the desert. And don't forget to use that last restroom before the border. See you on the other side.
OOOXXXT

Lindy Gruger Hanson said...

Thank you for the well wishes! We loved our time in Todos Santos! And Eric and Tracy, we loved hanging out with you guys!