Love at First Bite

I am covered in mosquito bites. They are on my arms, legs, hands and feet. The worst one is on my stomach – it is itching like crazy right now and I’m trying not to scratch. The mosquito bites are my fault since I keep the doors open when I’m at home. The downside is when I get into bed at night… I can hear them buzzing around in my room. Of course the doors are closed by then but it’s too late. Occasionally I get lucky and I can smack one while he (she?) is feasting on my blood but I still end up with a bite.

Of course I could avoid all of this by keeping the doors closed but that would be far worse. I like having fresh air blowing through the house – it’s much more preferable to having the A/C on all the time. In addition, Juno can go outside anytime he wants. There is a doggie door already installed but Juno has shown very little interest in it thus far. But once things start to cool down, he’s not going to have much say in the matter. Here’s a picture of Juno relaxing in the bay window that looks out to the front yard:

Truth be told, the mosquitos are a small price to pay for getting to live in Bend. It’s been nearly two weeks since I moved in and I absolutely love it. My agent Shelley dropped by an amazing goodie basket last week and I’ve been slowly making my way through all the treats:

I would like to specifically call out the Parmesan Jalapeño Artichoke dip… this stuff is just lethal and I mean that in the best way. I’m already on my second container since I’ve been eating it for lunch, dinner and the occasional snack. And the Central Oregon tea towel is right next to my Oakland towel:

The house is slowly coming together and with the pandemic, the timing couldn’t be better for “nesting.” The guest bedroom is ready, as is the music room (my piano was delivered last weekend!). It turns out the range is total garbage and the temperature was off by 40 degrees so that’s being replaced. Until then, I have to buy bread (ugh). I have ordered dining room furniture as well as bedroom furniture but it’ll be a couple of months before it all shows up. Until then, I’m using a little bistro set in my dining room and I’ve got plastic bins with my clothes scattered around the bedroom. It’s all fine.

But the thing that has made settling in here so easy has without a doubt been the people. I’ve met a few of my neighbors and they are all so friendly. I’ve had several tradespeople over – locksmith, plumber, internet installation, handyman, etc etc – and all of them could not have been nicer. I had a guy over yesterday to look at one of my casement windows that looks like a rabid raccoon attacked it and when he told me he couldn’t repair it, I apologized for wasting his time. His response was “That’s okay – I like helping people.” So yeah, the people here are awesome. Maybe this will rub off on me and I’ll be nicer. Only time will tell…

Oh! And a quick update on the deer from my previous post. It turns out that there’s a little family that hangs out on around here. Three adults and two fawns. When Juno and I were out for our evening stroll the other night, two of the adults were hanging out across the street. I held Juno in my arms and one of the deer approached us – at one point, he was about three feet away from us. But Juno got excited and the deer backed off. It was pretty awesome though – just one more reason why I love Bend.

My next post will be about the Bend logo and my adventures in finding a landscaper. Until then, stay safe!

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