It’s Official

by Maria Theresa Maggi on June 16, 2014


Just a quick post to let you know, dear readers, because of all your well wishes, which carried me through the process–as of the evening of June 16, it’s official: my little blue house at 312 South Asbury is zoned R4. Here it is in the sweet evening light, looking, well, “residential”!!  And thanks to me, the yellow one across the street is now R4 too. No more half in, half out of motor business.

A surprise bonus: one of the councilmen persisted in finding a process to pursue a refund for the rezoning fee I paid, since he didn’t feel it was fair I should have to pay to correct an old city mistake. This “irregular” notion will be heard at the next Finance Committee Meeting and from there may make its way back to the Council in the form of a motion. . .whatever the outcome, you sure could have knocked me over with a feather, and I sure appreciate the thought. . .blessings all around!

The moving will commence in just a few days. In between old and new internet service, I may be scarce for a bit. But I’ll be back. . .and blogging from my new home.

This little blue one has been so very good to me, my son, our family, our friends. I feel honored to give it this most important of going away presents. Here’s to its next 117 years. . .

Maria (moonwatcher)


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1 Veronique June 17, 2014 at 8:27 am

Whoohooo! Congratulations!!! What beautiful parting gift to this incredible house!! It’s obviously a tough cookie, since it has been standing for a long time and through thick and thin. Not surprisingly, it’s been the place for healing. The house had wisdom in its bones. But you’re on your way now and don’t need it anymore. Your new house will bring you something new, fitting to your growing health.
As for the bonus, the costs you might get back… you know, we have a saying in Dutch: wie goed doet, goed ontmoet. Translated it’s something like: who good deed does, good deed meets.
You deserve it, and maybe the man at the council deserves to get this for you. He probably felt a lot happier already, simply by trying. That’s what helping someone does. 🙂
Congratulations again. I’m happy for you and happy for the house. and have a “good move” with as little stress as possible (if such a thing exists) 🙂


2 moonwatcher June 17, 2014 at 9:03 am

Hi Veronique! Thank you for these beautiful sentiments about the house–they really touched me. I love the Dutch saying you quoted, and couldn’t agree more. I wrote this Councilman a thank you and told him whatever the outcome, his effort was the true gift. Thanks for your happiness–it’s contagious, and that’s just lovely–and also the best wishes for the move. xo


3 Veronica June 17, 2014 at 8:55 am

Congratulations!! I’m so glad it all worked out, and you might get the fees back! Best of luck during the final stage of the move, I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for you. Maybe you’ll get out the shopping cart again? 😉


4 moonwatcher June 17, 2014 at 9:05 am

Thanks Veronica!–I think getting the fees back is a long shot, but it’s really nice this guy thought I should get a refund. Thanks for the good wishes. You made me laugh out loud about the shopping cart–alas, I think it’s docked (maybe at the landfill?) for good. . .which is probably better for my overall stamina in the long run. . LOL xo


5 Kiwi Fan June 18, 2014 at 10:07 pm

Dear Maria, Congratulations on winning the re-zoning of your dear little old blue house, the house we all feel we know well through your delightful, moving and encouraging posts – the busy kitchen bench, the cosy fireplace, your productive back garden (and source of much healing) and the front yard with its autumn leaves. Best wishes for the move into your new home, another welcoming house full of character – I can see you sitting on the veranda soaking in some soul-nourishing relaxing moments with Romeo (I have a daughter called Juliet who loves dogs!).

Sorry you haven’t heard from down-under for a while. It’s getting colder now, but today has been a stunning and uplifting wintry day and I can now see our mirror-like harbour reflecting beautiful pink tinges of the evening sky. I still regularly read and enjoy your columns, so please continue! Take care and all the best for taking that next step into your future!

Kiwi Fan xx


6 moonwatcher June 19, 2014 at 10:36 pm

Dear Kiwi Fan, thank you so much for this beautiful comment. It helps me keep my memories intact as we dismantle one household and set up another. I am so happy to know you are out there readying with such loving attention. I loved the image of the harbor reflecting the ping tinges of sky, and knowing you have a a duaghter called Juliet who loves dogs! xo


7 Danielle June 20, 2014 at 7:36 pm

Nice! I am happy for you. How nice a refund would be for the fee you paid.

Your new house is so darned cute!


8 moonwatcher June 25, 2014 at 4:07 pm

Thank you, Danielle! 🙂


9 Ellen June 22, 2014 at 1:22 pm

I am looking forward to hearing how you turn your new house into your new home! Hope you and Romeo are having a great time exploring the possibilities.


10 moonwatcher June 25, 2014 at 4:09 pm

Thanks, Ellen! Things are coming along very nicely in the getting set up department. I am having problems getting my internet and e-mail all set up and functioning smoothly, though. Patience is required. More on all the settling in later. xo


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