Shirl Mendonca: Many reasons to live in the area |

Shirl Mendonca: Many reasons to live in the area

This month marks my sixth year in Nevada County and Lake Wildwood.

When I reflect on living in this remarkable area, I am reminded that it is the little things that make up a contented and rewarding day-to-day existence that brings true happiness. With that in mind, I want to share some of the things that make me feel truly blessed to live in Nevada County and in Lake Wildwood.

First, the people are incredibly generous and caring. Coming from the fast pace of both the Bay Area and New York City, it was refreshing to slow down for a friendly hello or a neighborly chat while walking the dog or picking up the morning paper; it was something I remembered from my childhood in rural Tulare County. And it was easy to get to know my neighbors just by being out and about. As a single mom, they all embraced my son and made him feel right at home. Even now that he is 19 and off at college, friends and neighbors look after him whenever he is home. That is the kind of community I had always dreamed about.

Second is the incredible beauty of the area which is a spiritual gift to me every single day. How can you not be grateful when you live in an area that is alive with natural abundance? And what could be better than starting the day out kayaking on a beautiful lake?

Third are the day to day conveniences that always come with a smile … and sometimes a free brownie. June’s deli, across the street from LWW, is like comfort food. It’s a great place for morning coffee, a fresh pastry and a place to catch up with friends. The warmth of that deli is the closest thing I have to being in my grandma’s kitchen 50 years ago.

And the daily food options are endless with numerous “at home” dinner events and potluck gatherings. I am blessed with many friends that are good cooks. Otherwise, the spicier the better and I love the Indian and Thai restaurants we have here in the county. Beyond that, what could be better than the LWW Clubhouse for a good meal or a glass of wine out on the deck overlooking the golf course?

Finally, there are the people who go out of their way to make life’s daily challenges seem to disappear. People like JP Carius and Elmer Fairbanks who help me with my never ending boat questions. And Dave at Dr. Dent who makes my son’s car dings magically disappear at a price I can afford. And Richard Lang who happily answers “late-nite” questions about dead car batteries and oil leaks. I could go on and on.

At this 6th year anniversary, I can only count my blessings and be thankful that I have had the good fortune to meet so many of you.


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