We moved to the boondocks!

I live in my own little world

So our live-in-the-sky experiment came to an end yesterday. It lasted 2 years and 3 months. For the first few months it was kind of neat to live high up but then the 45 stairs to get to the front door became burdensome. Sunrises from the home office were spectacular.

Sunrise in La Mesa, California

Sadly, though, there was no wildlife 50 feet up in the sky—no lizards, no snakes, no spiders, no bugs, no birds. Well, alright, one mourning dove did come to visit us in the 27 months we lived there.

Our new homeOur new home is in the boondocks, which is kind of funny since the city of La Mesa had 60,00o people crammed into 9.1 square miles. Out here in the boondocks, we live in El Cajon (ka-hone), a city of 104,000 crammed into 14.48 square miles. So the population density actually is greater in El Cajon, 7,163 people per square mile, versus La Mesa’s 6,592.

Maybe it’s the outskirts, where we lived and live, that is the difference. A-ha! (not the group). Google Maps indicates that we don’t even live in El Cajon. That’s simply the post office that delivers our mail. Google Maps indicates that we live in Winter Gardens, which is a census-designated place in San Diego County. In other words, an unincorporated area. In other words, THE BOONDOCKS!

The Boondocks

We’re at the end of a street, not a true cul-de-sac, but we only have one neighbor. The other three sides are hills. At night it is quiet quiet quiet. We kind of like it since the street we lived on in La Mesa was noisy noisy noisy, even with dual-pane windows. We also have a nice oversized 2-car garage. We haven’t had a nice garage since March 2007.

I don’t know who loves it best out here, me or Zoey the Cool Cat (ZCC). The old place was 684 square feet (we downsized too much) and the new place is 1,440 square feet. Our largest home was 3,984 square feet on 1.83 acres of land, too big for just two people. This new place feels just right for the queen and her staff of two.

ZCC has 14 low-sill windows where she can watch all the wildlife, and after 11 days here (hmmm, same number of days that Scaramucci was employed by Twitler………), she knows where the sunny spots are, the sunny windows, and, of course, the wildlife. There’s a difference between dawn, day, and dusk wildlife, so she has to go to different windows. There are a few billion rabbits, another billion ground squirrels, only a million fence lizards, and then birds of all types, with ravens and raptors prevailing. Sometimes the ground squirrels come to see ZCC.

Following are some pictures of the wildlife and, of course, the queen adjusting to her new palace. It’s all about the queen….

Common garden wolf spider found its way inside.
It was returned to the outside where it could become food for….Common garden wolf spider

….California quail, the state bird.

I built a cat box for ZCC whereby she can go through a cat door
in the window and sit outside while still being protected.
This ground squirrel came up to see ZCC in her cat box,
which is the blurred white in the lower right.
They are just a couple of feet from each other.
Ground squirrelZCC helping me put together our new desks,
although she’s more interested in the tennis match
on our new 49″ 4K TV than she is actually helping me.Zoey the Cool Cat

ZCC exploring the new digs.
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ZCC helping me populate the bookshelves.
Zoey the Cool Cat

Like any cat, ZCC likes to help unpack things.
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Once all the work is done, of course, one has to sleep,
and ZCC has lots of options for that vital task.
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32 thoughts on “We moved to the boondocks!

    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      She was absolutely motionless, focused solely on the squirrel. I have never seen her completely motionless before. All the wildlife viewing gives her mental stimulation and really seems to wear her out.

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  1. philosophermouseofthehedge

    Somehow I feel better with y’all out there then where you were. Quiet too. Location and it’s sounds seems perfect. (And I know what you mean by downsizing too much – we did and want to move despite the effort involved.)
    Congrats and well done. (Love ZCC in the book case.)

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      The last two times we moved we used the same moving company. They understand grand pianos, how to take them apart, how to wrap them, how to move them, how to put them back together. They bring 4 people but we pay the higher rate for piano movers, $187 an hour. For that price, they also pack boxes, move them, etc. No. I’m not paying people $187 an hour to pack boxes. So Jim & I still wound up doing a lot of moving ourselves. I’m hoping that, at the age of 62, this is my last move…………..

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      1. philosophermouseofthehedge

        Old than you, but we can pack boxes and move some of the stuff ourselves, too. (But driving the truck is done across states, I think. We usually pay 4 guys to load and unload, but we’ve driven…the last truck could have been better. ) If we’re going to make one more move, it better be soon. And it better not be in summer – you know what it’s like here. (Actually we’re watching a house in foreclosure with a water view…I might budge from here for that…)
        I do think you are landing in a better spot – closer to nature and what is real.
        Fingers crossed it ll goes well and easy

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  2. acflory

    Sorry, lost my pity comment thanks to WP deciding I wasn’t logged in. -sigh- The new house looks great and Zoey looks happy. What more could you ask for? Happy moving in day. 🙂

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      True. The definition of “boondocks” is different in different places. Your comment reminds me of my senior prom. Drinking age was 18, and I was 18. However, our county was dry, so we had to drive to the next county to buy alcohol. The closest city in the next county was 20 miles away.

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  3. TextileRanger

    Your new home and surroundings look great, and I hope you feel settled in soon. You have the round coffee table I always wanted — I would see it in a TV show or magazine ad for something else, and I could never find it in real life! Now I have downsized too and don’t have room for it even if I could find it! I’m glad someone was able to locate it, though. 🙂

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      A couple of years ago I was needing a new coffee table. I wanted a round one, preferable with glass. Jim & I must have gone to a gazillion stores before we found a round one with glass. Even wood round ones, though, are difficult to find.

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