Monday, January 1, 2007

Friends and Family !! thank you all for coming!!!

Happy New Year... wow 2007 ... I'm so blessed and happy to be here typing from my office in a 100+ year old farm house in Oregon.... it's been a hell of a year 2006... we sold our home and Roisin's too … moved far to many times ... lived apart from my husband too much as he took care of his mom and got up to Oregon ... got a new dog and a horse… bought a farm which is a VERY long tale that I'm happy to just forget now that we are here and started a new chapter of our lives... here we are happy, humbled, excited and dreaming big...

we have just said good bye to Boothie my old studio mate from Napa and her fabulous beau Aaron.. it was a nice visit and a great way to ring in 2007 thanks for coming guys! ...

So we have bought the farm and here we sit after an amazing holiday and so much love and visits from friends and family!!! I really can't believe how many of you have already come to visit us it's pretty overwhelming!!!

The move into our New home was full ...mostly of love....we closed on November 1st and I spent a solid month with the help of 3 fabulous women cleaning painting every inch of our new home.. thanks Jake, Anna and Hope...


Then right after turkey day we drove to Napa and with an absoultly heroic effort by Kim and Scott who hosted us down there we got all our CRAP out of California... and amazingly Kim and Scott offered to help us by driving one of our laden vehicles up with us.. that was some kind of crazy love... and after 15 hours of driving (you can only go so fast with that much crap) we arrived passed out and got up the next day to unload everything!!!... wow thank you Kim and Scott!!! you guys are amazing!!!

the laiden load Oregon bound .... and kim and scott under thier tree

Then 3 days later June and Nancy arrive for a great visit for 4 days we also got a super fun visit ... and sent June home with one of our 100's of trees : ) we also had a visit from ty and her two amazing boys and the news of the new bun in the oven!!... congrats Ty




Ty and Walter being welcomed by Clementine















Brian giving trumpet lessons to Sam and the dinner table thanks to Brian as always!


Then we have two weeks till the big holiday and in the middle of that we lose power for 6 days!! that was exciting.. see power story : ) then Michael and Haley, erica haley's mom, Joseph and Chi and Mary and Sir Owen de Papier (the short) : ) and Roisin... all warmed our home!!! it was an amazing Christmas visit... and in spirit we had all mary bee and mom and dad via some pretty stocked Christmas boxes!!! thank you all for my extra 5 pounds...




Then Porter came for a weekend visit just before new years for a nice mellow visit : )

intermixed with these visit's where a few dinner and overnight guests who came out too share hike around with us... Matt our great friend from Portland who is making some pretty bitchin' wine : ) has gotten my husband pretty darn drunk ... and Bill on a few occasions who you may remember from the wedding he was the one who made it all legal and stuff! and Rob!! who just so happens to know some of our "neighbors" he's actually related to them.. what are the odds? : ) ... and Eric Page who also is new to Portland from Napa... super fine to see him!...

I'm so warmed by all you guys coming all this way to see Brain and I I do hope you all come again soon so I can put you all to work... : )






























these last three photos are thanks to Porter's good picture takin' .











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4 comments:

jayejaye said...

Hey Clare!!!! A great site! I hope you are able to keep it up...and i love that you are on a farm!!! seems fitting (in a good way). And your painted pony is gorgeous!! we are hoping to have a horse by the end of 2007...we'll see! We heat our house by wood and live off a well also, but on a much smaller scale than you and in NC where it's much more WARM! I love the pix and think i saw Mike and Joseph in one of them? Good to see them!
anyway, i'll shoot you an e-mail as well...
love and peace
Jaye (pierce!)

Clare Carver said...

thanks for the visit Jaye!! you'll have to keeo me in the loop on the horse search!!.. xoxo c

Maura said...

Hi Clare! Haven't seen you in years but had to comment on your blog! So very cool that you are living on a farm in Oregon and that you have your own horse..I remember that you loved to ride...and It's great to hear that you have put your art talents to good use...you were always amazing even when sketching on bus C!!! Good luck with your newest adventure and be safe in Oregon! Maura Gaffney

Clare Carver said...

wow Maura ..blast from the past : ) thanks for the visit!! you still in philly?...