Saying Goodbye

Saturday, July 11, 2015

I mentioned in one of my last posts how hard goodbyes are for me. I guess they end up being particularly hard if you never expected them to be. If anyone told the Mariah that existed two years ago that she would be all torn up over leaving Olympia, well, she would have laughed in your face. Truth was I spent a lot of my time hating that town. I hated the weather, the hipsters, the fact that it wasn't Arizona...but then somewhere along the way I grew to love it. It was probably around the time I started making truly great friends, got a boyfriend, and became honestly overwhelmingly happy. It sounds cheesy, but my friend posted a very poignant quote on Facebook awhile ago that really struck me, "You get a strange feeling when you're about to leave a place, like you'll not only miss the people you love but you'll miss the person you are now at this time and this place, because you'll never be this way ever again."

This was the first ever place Michael and I shared just to ourselves. The place where we got our first dog or made our first trip to the laundromat. I guess I just really started to see it as home, our home. So I wanted to share some photos of it with you. The cabin, the yard, the lake. Here's a little slice of my idea of heaven. I hope you enjoy these photos even half as much as I enjoyed living there.










I think one of the things that makes me the saddest about leaving is knowing that no one will get to stay in this gorgeous place again as we knew it. The new landlord is renovating all the homes on the property and making them completely bland. There was a smaller cabin next to us which used to look like ours until he got his hands on it. Now it is all shades of woodsy beige, like a stereo-typical suburban home mixed with a cliché pacific northwest cabin. Taupe tile, light wood cabinetry, red accents...no personality. He also started tearing down some of the woods blocking the view to the lake, destroying who knows how many bird's homes and bullfrog's habitats. Then, right before we left, he hired a bunch of men to start ripping out all the blackberry bushes that line the property and he might as well have started ripping out my heart. I baked so many amazing things with my limitless supply of summer blackberries last year! I think he is so worried about charging more rent that he is going to take away all that made the place so special and unique. I suppose that's none of my business now either way. 

8 comments:

  1. Ohh this makes me so sad! I LIVE for character in houses, and I want to punch anyone who purposely removes it. I guess I need to catch up on your posts because I completely missed the fact that you're moving... <3

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    1. Right? He could definitely use a punch to the face! Look at this place!
      And no worries, I am so behind on reading any blog posts that I have missed anything within the last few months. I am a terrible blog reader. And then when I finally decide to catch up, I try to read them all in one day and end up hating it and myself. Yep.
      ♡Mariah Alysz

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  2. It is always so sad to say goodbye to a place that has so many memories. I had to do that a few years ago with my family's home when my grandma passed away, I took tons of pictures to have a snapshot and be able to always remember just like it was because I knew the new owners had plans to change the house. Very sad to read about what the landlord is already doing to the lands and the plans for your home. Wish you guys the best in the new adventures, always that bittersweet feeling when saying goodbyes, new exciting things and wonderful memories will be built on top.

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    1. Yes! All of this is so true! Thank you so much for reading and for your comment. I am definitely excited to share the new things to come!
      ♡Mariah Alysz

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  3. NO!!! That is such a sad tale to hear!! I think your home is adorably eccentric - it's a shame not everyone can appreciate that!!

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    1. Exactly! It was perfect the way it was, minus the mice in the walls! (Oh yeah, that was gross) But I loved it so much. I guess I just hope that some time in the future I get to live in a place just as quirky, minus the mice.
      ♡Mariah Alysz

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  4. What a gorgeous place, sorry to hear about it...
    You have a lovely blog, best wishes from Italy!

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    1. Ooooo Italy! Hello there!
      I am excited to move on to bigger and better things with my man, but that cabin will always have a piece of my heart.
      ♡Mariah Alysz

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