9 Marion Way

I bought a house today!!
This was definitely one of the biggest decisions in my life so far. I am so thankful that I had the support of friends and family through this crazy process. Also, my real estate agent is saint and deserves an award for sticking with me through all of the ups and downs of this purchase.
My house, like so many houses here in Massachusetts, is pretty old. They estimate that the house was built around 1900, but no one knows for sure what year it was built. It’s located at the end of of a dead end street in a quiet neighborhood. I have a nice back yard, which is rare since the houses around here are packed in tight because we are near the ocean. I am within walking distance of Good Harbor beach and I have a nice back porch for summer cookouts.
I am so thankful for the blessing of a house and I am looking forward to using this place to bless others.
Please let me know if you want to come and visit. I would be happy to put you up in my beach house:)
My new address is 9 Marion Way, Gloucester, MA 01930.

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Mountain Retreat

The first weekend in February was blocked off on my calendar for a few months in preparation for a retreat with friends. Initially, we were considering going someplace warm to escape the winter weather, but it turned out to be more of a local excursion. In the midst of another snowy week we prepared to head up to the mountains for a fun get away. We spent three days at a beautiful cabin in the Adirondack Mountains. It was just what I needed. I felt refreshed and renewed by the outdoor adventures and the meaningful conversations with good friends. We took a snowshoe hike to Marcy Dam, spent a day skiing at Whiteface Mt and evening dinners at the local pub. I think my favorite day was skiing. We met some crazy characters on our gondola ride up to the top of the mountain. Also, the local wildlife refuge center came to the ski lodge and brought few birds to show, one of which was a snowy owl. SO COOL!!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA FullSizeRender_3 IMG_2094 FullSizeRender_2 FullSizeRender

 

Winter Craziness

If you haven’t heard by now, the North Shore has been getting slammed with snow this winter. Here are a few pictures to give you an idea of what we are dealing with.

The La Vida Office back door.

The La Vida Office back door.

Rich using an old snow sled to shovel out his house

Rich using an old snow sled to shovel out his house

Houses are buried,streets are blocked and they have called the National Guard to help dig us out. Snow is being piled in the beach parking lots and recently they have given certain towns permission to dump the snow in the ocean. We are hopeful that all of this craziness will stop soon, but in the meantime we will continue to get our exercise shoveling, sledding and skiing.

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