At Long Last

Finally, finally, after months and months in an excruciating approval process, i got word this afternoon that i’ve been accepted as a tenant in an old folks home in San Francisco.  I move on 7 August to a spacious one-bedroom apartment there.

And OK, it’s not exactly an old folks home but rather housing for low-income seniors at the southwestern foot of Bernal Heights.  It’s a great neighborhood, totally middle class, and dotted with excellent but affordable restaurants.  Not to mention being a stone fruit’s throw from the Alemany Farmers’ Market and well within range of my other favorite farmers’ markets.  And finally, excellent weather since it’s not in a fog belt.

So now i’ll be back in San Francisco where almost all my friends, markets, etc. are.

Will i be in heaven or what?

The downside is that now i’ll have to start taking better care of myself and exercising more caution.  I mean, we don’t want a bitter irony as in “poor thing had been back for only three months when….”

Meanwhile, one of the things i’ll miss in Petaluma – the old mills.  This one is at the Washington St. bridge.

Petaluma mill


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  1. Carol Sundell
    Posted 18 July 2017 at 19:13 | Permalink

    Hip, hip, hooray! Can’t wait for your return…do you need any help? Just say the word…. xocarol

    • Posted 24 November 2017 at 07:18 | Permalink

      I’ll call as soon as i get back so we can set up a lunch.

  2. andrew faulk
    Posted 20 July 2017 at 13:45 | Permalink

    I am thrilled for you! And for me! I’m so GLAD it worked out!

  3. Rick C.
    Posted 24 July 2017 at 14:15 | Permalink

    Congrats, Matte! Looks like a great location.

  4. David Queen
    Posted 26 July 2017 at 23:46 | Permalink


    I am personally thrilled that you are moving back to SF. It just didn’t seem to be the same City without you (no offense, Petaluma).

    I haven’t been back to SF in almost 12 years. Here’s hoping you’re settled in and re-acclimated in few months.
    I need a dim sum fix.

    Good luck (I hate moving, I did it twice in the last 8 years ).

    All the best,

    • Posted 24 November 2017 at 07:09 | Permalink

      Omigod! A voice from my past! Delighted to hear from you, and yes, it’s great to be living in SF again. I look forward to seeing you on your next visit, whenever that may be.

  5. laverne
    Posted 27 July 2017 at 18:09 | Permalink

    Tell me more about old mills. Glad you’re back “home.

    • Posted 24 November 2017 at 07:05 | Permalink

      Sigh. I took lots of photos of the old mills when i lived in Petaluma, but i should have done a post devoted to them. In its heyday, Petaluma was the breadbasket of San Francisco and milled much of the flour used in the city from grain grown around Petaluma and points north. Two or three of the mills are still operating.

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