Gentle On My Mind

This is Deputy Digby Pancake.  Isn’t is amazing how much you appreciate something or someone when you are about to leave?

It’s knowin’ that your door is always open
And your path is free to walk
That makes me tend to leave my sleepin’ bag
Rolled up and stashed behind your couch

For us, the past few months here in Bodega Bay have been some of the best we have ever had.  The birds, the history, and especially the people made us feel welcome and at home.   There was lots and lots of good food, which is always a plus.  And although we have traveled more miles than Christopher Columbus did, it seemed all of our paths led us right here to rest a bit.  It was a long path for sure.

But next week? It looks like we are going to be starting up this Big Blue Treat Wagon again to hit the road back to that Florida place and Amelia Island.

When I walk along some railroad track and find
That you’re movin’ on the back roads
By the rivers of my memory
And for hours you’re just gentle on my mind


It seems a little overwhelming to our family that we have to travel so far again.  In some ways, it is exciting and we know that the paths back there could lead us to wonderful things.  But leaving here again is a lot to bear in some ways, because it is just so wonderful.  It is about as hard to do as Sheriff Brickle tearing himself away from looking in the mirror.  And that’s real hard.


But even though there will be some sadness in leaving here, we won’t let it cloud the wonderful memories we will always cherish of a time when we could say that we lived in Bodega Bay.  Doesn’t that sound nice?  We lived in Bodega Bay.  We truly lived.

Tears of joy might stain my face
And the summer sun might burn me till I’m blind
But not to where I cannot see
You walkin’ on the back roads
By the rivers flowin’ gentle on my mind

We didn’t plan to stay here as long as we did, but maybe that was part of our journey.  Yes, we are a bit sad about the little house that wasn’t to be ours right now.  But we understand why the family wanted to keep it for themselves that own it.

But guess what? There may be another little house just waiting for us somewhere else.  And we can’t let any sadness overtake us.  Because that will not let us see what could be waiting.



All of this week, there have been neighbors trying to help us, there have been birds giving us encouragement, and we have had to listen to our inner voices telling us that we may need to move on.  So we listened.  And now we plan to do so despite missing our friends here.

It’s not clingin’ to the rocks and ivy
Planted on their columns now that bind me
Or something that somebody said because
They thought we fit together walkin’

The truth is, and as a Deputy, I always tell the truth, if we are headed back to that Florida place and something here turns up, well, we will turn right back around.  But we can’t afford to sit here for much longer.  As Deputy, that takes away from my pancake money.  And we can’t have that, now can we?

Despite the sadness of saying goodbye, the memories hold much more depth for us.  Even me, and I am not so deep.  We found our laziness here by just looking at the ocean for hours.  We visited “our beach” every night, we had our routine, and it felt so, so good to have some routine.  But there is a lot to being on the road too, and we have to look at the positive of new trails again, seeing some things we may have missed before, and getting back to that Florida sunshiney. When we think of leaving Bodega Bay, we won’t be sad.  We will prefer for it to be gentle on our mind.

We plan to make the most of our last days here, and then?  We are going to celebrate hitting the road.  Our destination this time?  A yard for Brickle and I.  A place for Girl Person to make yummy food for us all and to grow it.  And a place for Boy Person to make stuff out of junk.  As you can see, our aspirations aren’t that complicated.  And isn’t that how life is too?  We try to make things more complicated than they are.  Finding happiness isn’t dependent on one house, or one state or one person.  Happiness is dependent on us.  Ourselves.  So let’s be happy that our time here in Bodega Bay and Sonoma County was all we hoped for, even with the fires.  Because we felt we were needed here.  And we would not change one thing.

Through cupped hands ’round a tin can
I pretend to hold you to my breast and find
That you’re waitin’ from the back roads
By the rivers of my memory
Ever smilin’, ever gentle on my mind

-Deputy Digby Pancake

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7 thoughts on “Gentle On My Mind

  1. Rose Runge

    John Hartford’s song always makes me sort of sad but if you read his life story you’ll see that it paved the way to his happiness. Just plan on going back and keep in touch with the real estate people. No doors are ever closed. Love you guys. Be safe.

  2. Jacqueline

    I’m very proud of you all for taking in the special and beauty of the time you all spent there and making the difficult decision. And you’ll want to travel before bad weather hits, so hopefully you’ll have good travel conditions. AND like you said, if you get back to FL and something opens up back in CA, YAY!!!!!! I love you all, lovely blog, enjoy your weekend, family!!! xoxoxo <3 <3 <3 <3

  3. Vicki Logan currier

    Morning many blessings you all will find the right place but just remember you all are together and that’s what a home is

  4. Novella Harlin

    I love and look forward to reading your posts. What an awesome life you and your beautiful dogs have. Free as the blackbird and maybe there is another red house in your future. Happy trails and safety for y’all in your journey.

  5. Karen Hampton

    Good Morning, loves. I love that perfect Glen Campbell Song. It is a very profound message. You may be leaving the ‘sunset coast’ + headed for the ‘sunrise coast’.. not a bad thing….seeing things once again in the bright, clean light of dawn. New day, new opportunities. And more wise birds. If it’s Amelia Island, remember, Amelia Earhart… She chartered her own course, accomplished much & I personally believe SURVIVED & made the best out of her circumstances. Not unlike ‘our’ beloved, STRONGER THAN SHE THINKS, Girl Person!!! And, boy person needs to be near an underwear store, but watch those Pelicans, they can fit a BUNCH of undies in their mouths/beaks/gullets!!! Love from ‘Grammy’🍷💗☮️🐬🐚🌴🥞🏖️🌅

  6. Did you ever check with the town hall to see who owned the little red house. They should be able to tell you it all could be abandoned. They would have that information.

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