Hello from Oregon

We arrived at our new Oregon home two weeks ago today. I haven’t posted much on social media—been too busy settling in, and there is still so much to do! What have we been up to so far?

On August 31, Don and I drove my mom to Kramer Junction, where we met up with my sister for the mom-hand-off. My sis took Mom with her to Morro Bay, where they would stay for the next month. Don and I headed back to Havasu to finish with our packing.

The movers showed up on September 7th. Four days later, on Saturday, Don and I said goodbye to Havasu, as we headed out of town in our motorhome, with our pups, Danny and Lily. We arrived at our new home in Oregon on Monday afternoon.

Did I mention we bought our home sight unseen? Yep. Crazy. Oh, we saw pictures, and visited the property via FaceTime. The Oregon real estate agent we worked with is an old friend of mine—a best friend from junior high school. And our son and daughter-in-law both checked out the property and fell in love with it.

But with covid and caring for my mother, it was simply impossible to go in-person property hunting. Don and I knew we really wanted to move. And if we were going to do it, this was the only way we could do it.

So, how did we like the property when we finally saw it in person? We love it. And the more we are here, the more we love it.

We have a little over two acres, but the house is small and cozy. It was a three bedroom, with two bedrooms being very small. At one time it was one room, but the previous owner made two bedrooms from it. One of the first things we did, we removed walls and turned the two small bedrooms back into a larger one, that Don and I intend to use for our bedroom.

Actually, we didn’t remove the walls—our son and daughter-in-law did. Those two have pitched in and helped us make the necessary changes to make this our home. Our plan is to move Mom into the master bedroom, so she can have her own bathroom. (Mom arrives on Wednesday.)

Tomorrow the drywaller will be here to help finish our bedroom, and hopefully our new bedroom floors will be installed on Friday. Then we need to move our bedroom furniture in from the barn. In fact, most of our stuff is still in the barn. It is going to take us a while before we are settled in. Right now, I am still looking for our coffee maker—currently using the one from the motorhome.

Hopefully my next blog post will be more exciting, but I am pretty tired these days. This moving stuff is hard!  But, we are happy. And the pups LOVE the new yard. I love being able to see our son and daughter-in-law more often. I often dreamed of being close enough to our kids to have them over for dinner on the weekends. We did that last weekend. And our son just suggested we get together again next weekend for dinner. I love this.

Why the wait for The Ghost and the Church Lady?

Many of my readers have asked why the long wait for the next Haunting Danielle book. I typically release four Haunting Danielle books a year, but the last couple have been spaced farther apart, and the next one won’t be released until the latter part of January. Why? my readers ask.

The answer is simple. Life has been giving me other demands I need to deal with, which have been taking a great deal of my time. One is my 93-year-old mother, who lives with us. Mom suffered a stroke the end of 2019. Since then, she has been diagnosed with vascular dementia, and I’ve become her full-time caregiver.

But Mom is not the reason for the date of my next release. While she is a contributing factor, there are other issues at play.

First, we are moving—leaving our home of some 17 years in Arizona and heading to Oregon, to be closer to our son and his wife—and closer to an airport which will make visits with our daughter and her family much easier. Plus, I will be closer to Walt and Danielle.

Next week Mom will be going to my sister’s house in Morro Bay, California, where she will be staying for a month, until we get settled in our new home. Then my sister will be driving Mom up to us.  The movers are arriving around September 7th, and after they pack up the house, Don and I, along with the pups, Danny and Lily, will be heading for our new home in Oregon in our motorhome.

To make things more exciting—we have never seen the place in person. Crazy, right? Yet our son and daughter-in-law have seen it, and the Realtor who helped us is a childhood friend of mine. We realized if we wanted to make this move, it would be impossible to go property hunting so far away, during a pandemic and with my mother.

Another reason I must push the next book out farther—I need a knee replacement. Several months ago, I went to the doctor to check on my knee, which kept going out. He told me I need a new one.  My husband had a knee replacement, so I am aware of what I’m facing, along with the time involved. 

It was impossible to get the knee done before our move, so I got the injections to hold me over until surgery. At first, they seem to work great, but recently, my knee goes into this spasm-like Charlie horse thing, where it seems to take on a painful life of its own and tries to jump off my leg.  It usually happens when I am in bed and turn wrong. 

Anyway, what this all means, after we get settled in our new home, arrange Mom’s room and move her here, I need to find an orthopedic surgeon in Oregon and see about that knee. When I get all that done, I can focus on my next Haunting Danielle book. And while I won’t be getting the book out until January, it doesn’t mean I haven’t started working on it; I have.

We’ve some hectic weeks ahead of us. There are stacks of filled cardboard boxes in every room (see above photo). This morning the shredder arrives and will be destroying some twenty boxes of old documents and receipts. We’ve already donated numerous boxes of items to the Hospice gift shop, and we still have some furniture to donate and get moved. 

In the meantime, I am thrilled with the positive reception I have received over my recent release, The Ghost and the Birthday Boy. Each time I put out a new book I fear my readers might tell me, “Okay Bobbi, time for you to wrap this up, it is getting stale.” But so far that hasn’t happened, and you have no idea how positive reviews inspire my creativity and desire to write. I love working on this series, and I hope living not far from Walt and Danielle will give me more inspiration and story ideas.

Stay safe everyone! 

The Ghost and the Birthday Boy

The 28th book in the Haunting Danielle series, The Ghost and the Birthday Boy, goes live in less than two weeks. The audiobook for Book 27, The Ghost and the Mountain Man, is now available.

I haven’t had much time to spend on social media recently. Being my 93-year-old mother’s full-time caregiver, along with working on my current Haunting Danielle book, takes most of my time these days. 

However, Haunting Danielle is helping me care for Mom. She is listening to the audiobooks (for the second time) and just finished listening to The Ghost Who Dream Hopped. Mom tells me listening to the books is a wonderful way to escape, and she absolutely adores Romy Nordlinger’s narration of the series. What I found amusing, Mom thought a group of people narrated the series. She was shocked to learn Romy Nordlinger does all those wonderful voices.