Once upon a time, 14 years ago to be precise, a Country Mouse moved to the big city, and began to look for a home.
This was before the widespread use of craigslist, mind you, and the way it was done was to register at a rental office. Such an office contained dozens of three ring binders, four listings to a page, and home seekers were doomed to spend hours flipping through the books. If you couldn’t find what you were looking for, you came back the next day. And the next. And the next.
This particular little Country Mouse was also working as a barista at a coffee kiosk owned by terribly uncaring trolls. Miserable amongst the coffee grinds and feeling doomed to couch surfing, she knew there was only one thing left to do. She had to get magical.
The little coffee kiosk cleverly advertised to the strolling sidewalks by tying balloons to a sandwich board. One early morning, Country Mouse volunteered for balloon duty….little did the others know she had a sharpie hidden in her pocket.
That day, as hundreds of customers passed by, they often stopped to read a special message scrawled on the balloons. It said,
“Mary loves her new home!”
As each person mused over this simple sentence, it was sent into the atmosphere where suddenly a great flurry took place. Amongst a shuffling of celestial papers and the thwump of stamps of approval, obstacles were immediately removed and a shining path laid itself at the feet of the Country Mouse.
The very next day, our rodential protagonist found herself at the bottom of a flight of steep steps. Carrying a sunflower as an offering, she rang the doorbell…
…and the rest, as they say, is history. Mouse found herself in a newly refurbished edwardian, with shining hardwood floors, tall ceilings, plentiful windows and a spectacular view overlooking downtown. In the distance was the Bay Bridge, the traffic flowing over like the water in the rivers from the country. Little did Mouse know that this would be her home for a major portion of her adulthood.
One day, 14 years later, the wind changed, and Mouse knew it was finally time to go. There was another home calling her, a piece of land with a magical cabin, that was lonely and wanted a family. Wanted someone to give it trees and feed its birds and to grow bright flowers. Wanted the touch of small elfin hands, to hear the early morning squeals of life enthusiastic.
Can you help Mouse and her family? See the pictures below, and imagine Mouse….NO, imagine ME. Imagine Mary and Jeff and Fern and Leonithas and Leo and in a new home that reminds us all of how synchronicity and good fortune and magic can still smile down, even in the hardest of times.
(And because being specific really helps, we are looking in the North Bay, $1300 a month or less, 2 bedrooms, open space, funky, garden and space for chickens and bees, rivercreeklake, good township, good neighbors, magic magic magic, to live in and thrive for at least two years, maybe more if it feels like HOME.. A resident owl is good too.. For November 1st, at the earliest).
There is still time to sign up for the Bioregional Swap! I am giddy at how many folks have already signed on…I’ll have to think of a way for all the mail goodness to be shared, perhaps a list of links to all participating blogs. Partners will be announced this Friday!
Which, by the way, will be the next time I post. I will be on hiatus until then, working hard to meet a few deadlines. Xo.