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Beyond Control

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The lesson I am being given the opportunity to absorb this week involves the concept of accepting things that are beyond my control. I can lure a raccoon to my trap but I can’t force it to step inside.

That’s one version. There is another that is having a much greater impact on my sensibilities. We just learned that the 20-acre plot adjacent to ours along the northern length was sold by foreclosure this month.

So many questions. How come we failed to discover anything about the situation in advance?

I have subsequently stumbled onto a document that reveals the judgment of foreclosure was entered in early April. The notice of foreclosure sale was drafted in May. The public auction sale at the front entrance of the Pierce County Courthouse was scheduled for July 6th at 9:00 a.m.

Did the property sell?

Who might the new owner(s) be?

Might they plan to build a home on the otherwise forested and cultivated acres?

Could we be at risk of losing our precious natural forest boundary that provides a priceless level of privacy?

I have half-seriously pondered many times how special it would be to purchase the forested acres that surround our rectangle of land on two sides, but never imagined it would be feasible.

To find out now that there was an opportunity I failed to notice is something of a gut punch.

If it was purchased successfully, what happens next is largely out of my control.

I’ll imagine that the new owners will strive to drive off the fox that we think lives in those woods and will be prudent about controlling the raccoon population that probably includes the smart one who seems to know all too well to not fall for my baiting tricks.

If they decide to build a house, I will visualize it being located up on the high ground where I’m sure the cultivated fields offer many prime options. That would be well out of sight from our house so that we wouldn’t be a bother to them, you know.

I plan to do more sleuthing to learn if the sale was recorded, and when/where details were, or will be, made public.

I have no idea what the lag time might be for land record details to be posted online, but nothing new is currently showing at the online land records portal on the county web site.

Meanwhile, a third thing that is now painfully obvious for being out of my control is wild predation on our attempts to free range chickens. I do believe, certainly based on our opinions as of last night, we are done trying. Around dinner time, we lost 22 of our 25 birds.

Sorry, David.

Since Cyndie said this time she has had it for good, I suggested we give you the three survivors.

She said, “They won’t last that long.”

I can’t argue with that assessment.

She did say that you can take our bags of chicken feed, variety of feeders, and multiple waterers.

I’ve seen her change her mind before, but this time I am ready to lobby strongly that she not start over another time.

However, history reveals this as another thing that is beyond my control: Countering her amazing ability to recover enough to regain her glimmer of hope after the immediate pain of the loss eventually eases.

For now, it feels like neither of us wants to repeat this highly unsettling routine one more time.



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  1. Awww….so sorry, John. I can’t imagine how much that hurt.
    Sending luck about the purchase…maybe it was an investor who will look to sell it…


    August 3, 2021 at 5:54 pm

    • Thanks, Lorrie. We are still awaiting public release of information on who the purchaser is.


      August 3, 2021 at 9:10 pm

      • It really is too bad they didn’t notify you being that it borders your property 😔 But…I know that everything will work out exactly the way it is supposed to…so hang in there!
        Stay well


        August 4, 2021 at 7:56 am

  2. Oh, I’m so sorry about the chickens! What a devastating loss all at once. Hugs to you both. ♥️


    July 17, 2021 at 8:03 am

  3. the power of mother nature making our decisions for us

    David R Hays

    July 16, 2021 at 2:59 am

  4. Hi John: things seem somewhat weighted against you just now. Technically, as is the case here, adjacent property owners are supposed to get first bid on land bordering on theirs, which is put up for sale. We had a similar case here – so much for what is legal unless you want to weigh in with a lot of money in court. And so you pay the price on all fronts and good sense goes out the window. It is the sad tale of our times. And so you are left with the vision of what might have been. I sympathise with your loss but still hope you can discover a way to get beyond this. Indeed, maybe you can work together with the new owners, who would wish to do better than the previous ones.

    Ian Rowcliffe

    July 15, 2021 at 9:38 am

  5. 😩 I’m so sorry…


    July 15, 2021 at 7:50 am

    • Thanks, Mary. Truly heart wrenching to lose so many at one time, and they were still so young!


      July 15, 2021 at 8:05 am

      • Yes, it is difficult to even read about, let alone experience first hand. We are always being challenged, aren’t we? I know you both did your utmost, so you can’t let such things take you down, terribly sad though they are. Stay strong, John: you make all the difference no matter what! Certainly, I still sense your work and encouragement here on the other side of the world. I growing reminder of all that IS possible. As they say, the impossible takes a little longer:-)

        Ian Rowcliffe

        July 16, 2021 at 3:20 am

      • This warms my heart, Ian. Thank you for your words of support! I feel you presence in my life every day.


        July 16, 2021 at 8:34 am

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