There was a few false starts, one false end but we eventually made it. It was quite an adjustment! Leaving the hot, polluted and dusty city environs to a lot more tranquil, salubrious, chilly in more ways than one hilltop paradise has been only a little bit challenging.
I can tolerate people if I have to but I really love to be left alone and some will take my preference personally but there is no malice behind it.
Growing up I had encountered all kinds of people so there has been no surprises. People are who they are and who they are have nothing to do with me especially if we never grew up together. I have learnt to give people all the space they need and then some.
One thing has been abundantly clear to me is that God has always been on my side even at my lowest moments and he does give beauty for ashes.
I spend my days looking out over the plains straight to the sea, thanking God for the splendour he has created for my eyes to feast on especially the glorious sunsets that announce daily the marvel of his work.
I so enjoy the chilly days engulfed in rolling mists that can change on a dime to a sparkling sun-filled day. The roaring of the wind that rattles the windows sometimes eerily which can then change to dead calm at the drop of a hat. The many cloud formations hanging so low I feel I can reach up and touch them if only I could stretch just a little bit more.
Yes there has been sadness.
I had to leave my beloved Miss Kitty because she got out and I was not able to re-capture her, even after going back several times. Then our dog Paris, was poisoned and I had to bury her with a little help from a neighbour because I was alone when it happened. The pets had a harder time dealing with the heavy, wailing winds and I saw the changes in them as they got more acclimatized.
I live each day grateful knowing that despite my missteps and errors of judgment, that the final decision rests not in man/woman but in God.
In the end his opinion is the only one that matters; for all of us.