Update from Los Angeles
Well, to say it’s been a while would be an understatement! The Dahl family has had a lot happen since I had to set writing to the side for a bit. I’ve done a semi-decent job keeping up on Instagram so if you follow me on there, you’ve been able to see a little of our journey. I’m going to give you a brief update on what has been going on, and in the near future, I’ll do some more blogs expounding on some of the details… like getting a dairy cow!
The Big Move
In December of 2017, we moved to Los Angeles. I swore I’d never live in a big city. I really don’t even know how to parallel park, and I haven’t lived in a neighborhood since I was 7 years old. Yikes! But God very clearly showed us (that will be a good blog for another day) that we were to move to LA. We ended up renting a house just outside LA in Agoura Hills. We live on a street where almost everyone owns between 2-40 acres. For us, it’s heaven. We are 15 minutes from Malibu beach and we are situated right in the middle of the Santa Monica Mountains. We have friends from the city drive out for dinner and they all say, “We can’t believe you have this, and you are barely outside LA.”
We are on a 2.5-acre horse farm. We just rent the house and yard, but our side yard was big enough for us to get a dairy cow. I also rent a small paddock for my horse, Gus. When we moved from Redding, a good friend of ours bought our house so we left our 30 chickens and 2 cats (everyone kept saying coyotes were ruthless in LA) with him and his family. My best friend took our two goats. We brought 3 dogs and 2 horses. Sadly, my oldest horse, Abby, caught pneumonia on the drive down to LA, and she died 8 days after we arrived. It was super hard and sad for me. She was my first “driving” horse, and she was literally perfect. She taught me all I know about farming with horses.
We did a tiny garden this summer, but because we are renting, we didn’t want to put a ton of time into making a really nice garden. The same goes for chickens. Both Seth and I are tired of building chicken coops and then moving (we’ve been in 5 houses in 3 years) so we decided to wait and do chickens once we settle down a bit more.
We have no idea what’s in store for us as far as housing goes. It is expensive here! Well, it’s at least significantly more expensive than Redding was. We are tossing around the idea of trying to get some raw land and buy a 34’ Airstream to live in. The nice thing about LA is the weather. If we had a huge deck and good outdoor living space, an Airstream could actually work. We’ve worked hard to have zero debt. And although we are okay with a mortgage, every house in the area we want to live in is above our price range right now.
Hmm… what else?
I LOVE the healthy choices in LA. I’ve found a holistic dentist and pediatrician for the kids. I told my husband, Seth, the move was worth it just for that. I’ve never had doctors who are on the same page as me so it feels amazing to be supported and helped by doctors who have the same health values as I do.
The weather is amazing here. I love seasons so I was a bit worried I wouldn’t like the lack of seasons here, but there are a ton of microclimates here. So the weather in one area is totally different from 10-15 minutes down the road. Our canyon is more extreme. We get hotter in summer and colder in winter. Which I like. Makes it feel more like real seasons. But I am definitely appreciating the upper 80’s and low 90’s this summer as opposed to the 110s in Redding!
On the horse farm we live on, there are 18 stalls! Our landlord bought it at auction and has put in a ton of work to fix it all up. Right now, we have 5 horses which are plenty for me. I take care of them and work off my horse’s board. It’s a great trade but time-consuming. My kids love barns. All around the barns is concrete. My kids have only ever had gravel driveways so they are loving all the space to ride bikes and scooters.
Okay, that’s a good update for now! I’m hoping to get back into blogging a bit more. I am doing one-on-one clean living consultations, which has been fun. I’ve done some at homes here in LA and some on Skype. I go room to room with clients and we talk through how they can detox their home and get chemicals out. People are always surprised at how many places toxins are sneaking into our homes. If you are interested, you can shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Until next time!