Girl Has Thyme is Moving West

  • We received some very exciting news last week. Adam got a job offer that will bring us home to the Pacific Northwest in time for summer. Life is about to get a little hectic as we make this transition. We have a long list of projects to get our house ready to sell. We have packing to do, purging to do, and of course, we have to figure out where we are going to live! We’ve decided to find a rental house so we can take our time figuring out where we’d ultimately like to settle and raise our family. It feels like this stage of our life has been a long time coming and all of a sudden it’s here. I’m a little overwhelmed. When we moved to Albany, Gavin was just 10 months old. I was so upset about moving with our new baby and leaving the home where he was born. Now, we’re moving back and we’re leaving the home where Olivia was born and where we have really become a family. I cannot even express how special this time has been for us. It has changed me forever. It’s impossible to say what our life would be like had we never moved to New York. All I do know is that it’s been a good four years.

    Can I tell you how sad I am about leaving my garden? How much I will miss afternoon naps on the porch swing? I had similar feelings of grief when we prepared to sell our Seattle home. I get pretty attached! It will be wonderful finding the home that we plan on being in for a long, long time. It will be so fun planning my next garden because I will know the efforts will be worthwhile. I am excited to experiment with cold frames, create a compost system, maybe build a green house… it’s going to be good. So, in the meantime, here’s what you can expect over the next year from Girl Has Thyme:

    Spring Garden: I am planting one. We aren’t moving until late June, so there is plenty of time to enjoy lettuces, peas, carrots, etc. I have the seeds, so I will plant them! It also just looks really cool and will hopefully entice an urban gardener to buy my house!

    Boosting Curb Appeal: Much of my focus this spring will be getting this place sold. I will be planting annuals to complement my existing perennial beds, adding mulch, and putting together containers for the porch and patio.

    Short Term Gardening: Once we move, I’ll quickly put together a square foot garden and/or containers so I can have something growing while we rent. It will not be a substantial garden but I see no reason that I have to miss out on growing herbs, greens, and tomatoes just because we’re renting.

    Garden Tours: I have a lot of friends and family that I have missed. I cannot wait to tour their gardens and write about them. I will collect ideas and just enjoy their outdoor spaces. Maybe I can even help some of my friends get gardens started!

    Of course, you can also expect plenty of ramblings on my usual nonsense, bird stories and whatnot. I am really looking forward to a fun year, packed with change. Hope you all stay tuned!


    February 27th, 2012 | girl has thyme | 9 Comments |

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  • Missy 02.27.2012

    Congratulations and welcome back in June! I’m excited for you to start blogging about PNW gardening and plants because heaven knows I need help. 😉

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    girl has thyme Reply:

    Missy, you are hilarious! I know you’ve requested more container style gardening ideas. I will work on coming up with some of those over the next few months.

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  • I better get my veggie patch in order before you come back — I don’t want to be embarrassed!! (And by the way, I am beyond thrilled that you’re coming home.)

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    girl has thyme Reply:

    No need to be embarrassed! I’m sure it looks great. What are you growing this year?

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  • It is amazing how quickly the four years flew by, but I’d say you guys took FULL advantage of living there and sightseeing on the east coast. Your home there is beautiful and it’s so cool your kids got to start their lives in NY. But I have to say, I am so thrilled you’re moving back to our neck of the woods! Will look forward to seeing your curb appeal updates – I could use some inspiration!

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    girl has thyme Reply:

    Looking forward to spending time in your garden by the river, Emily. Preferably with some kind of herb-infused cocktail in hand!

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  • Can’t wait to read all about everything. We need help in our garden! We skipped last year cuz of Bri’s arm… but need to go full throttle again! A GREEN HOUSE??!! I want one!! How fun and inspiring you have become!! Great idea that you will be sticking with some gardening in your soon to be sold house and your newly rented house. I think it will keep your mind busy so you won’t have time to be sad, stressed, worried and whatever else comes with moving. Fun times ahead!!!

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    girl has thyme Reply:

    Thanks Michele! I am looking forward to being close and would love to help you in your garden while the kids play!

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  • jenny…you’ve definitely done what i think is the best way to deal with moving–bloom where you’re planted. i’ve not been a good gardener, but almost always put down deep roots wherever we moved and often found it excruciating to move, but within a short amount of time liked or loved where we’d gone to. went absolutely kicking and screaming to the mojave and yet within a month was in love with it–survived heats that sometimes hit 110, sand, huge thorns in trees in our yard, but also saw the most glorious sunsets i’ve ever seen (including time in hawaii), a roadrunner or two, joshua trees and many other interesting things. that’s nothing in comparison to the friends we made. know you will always make good friends wherever you are and that you’ll have a wonderful experience gardening

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