Say Wha…???

It’s time to pack my bags and close up shop.

Yes, you read that correctly. I’m going to shut things down here. There’s an entire household that needs packing and moving. My husband is retiring and we’re headed back across the country to our home state of Washington.

Say WA

That was the tourism slogan back in 2006. No, they didn’t ask me.   I prefer to say The Evergreen State.

I’ve had a lot of people ask me why we are moving. Cost of living is one reason. Every time friends here in Northern Virginia ask us to stay, I ask if they are offering to pay half our mortgage. That pretty much ends the conversation!
Another reason for going is family. Nearly all of our extended family lives in Washington, and my mother’s illness and death solidified the desire to be closer.  My two oldest boys have chosen to attend college there and seeing your kids once in 9 months is too long to be apart at this stage of the game — at least according to this mama!  Of course, the weather is a factor. I can’t get away from this hot, humid summer fast enough! And finally, throughout my husband’s career, Washington State has remained home to us. We grew up there, we attended college there, we met and married there. Two of our children were born there. We have kept our residency status with our driver licenses and our absentee voting ballots. We even managed to be posted there twice during the past 21 years.

But if you need more reasons, I’ll try to help you with a few images:

This lovely photograph of the famous 14,410 foot peak was taken by a family friend.

And it’s not just  Mt. Rainier that is so wonderful. Washington is full of mountains, with two mountain ranges (Cascade and Olympic). Here are the Olympic Mountains over Puget Sound at dusk.
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Puget Sound is nice, but there’s more than just salt water. Washington has over 8,000 lakes and ponds. The Columbia River powers the region with several hydroelectric dams, the most famous one being the Grand Coulee Dam. If you don’t already know about it, go ahead and click the link and be amazed!

But maybe you don’t like water or glacier-covered peaks. Would you like a volcano? Mt. St. Helens erupted on May 18, 1980 (she was a pain in the ash, as they say) and has been politely burping and letting off steam ever since.
And of course there is plenty of hiking and camping to be enjoyed.

I will return to blogging, although perhaps not in this particular spot in the internet. I’ve got some changes in mind but they aren’t quite ready for publication. Please keep me in your reader/feed or somehow on your radar. I’ll post the new link when I get my act together again.
I will be back in some form or other, hopefully by September, and I’ll be blogging from this place:


23 responses to “Say Wha…???

  1. I hope that you have a safe and happy move. I look so forward to your return. 🙂

  2. I’ve been thinking about you. Hope your trip “home” is safe and stress free. Looking forward to hearing about your new adventures.

  3. Congratulations!!! My husband and i DREAM of making the move out to WA- it was perfect! happy packing!!!

  4. I will miss you Karen! But it´s totally understandable. All the best for you move and all the packing and unpacking!!
    I love the look of your new house!

  5. Well this Washington woman says, “Come on home and stay a while!”

  6. I will patiently await your return 🙂 But I’ll see you around, here and there 🙂 Lovely new home!!!

  7. Can’t wait to have you close by — well nearer to us anyway. I love the photo of the house. Will you miss the exercise traveling up and down the stairs? Prayers from me for a safe journey home!

  8. I am looking forward to the new blog. Wishing you a peaceful and happy return to the state you love so much.

  9. Jealous! Washington is gorgeous and the summers are to die for (speaking from a fellow humidity sufferer). It sounds like you’re on a great, new exciting spot in your life and congrats on the new house! I’ll be putting you in my feed reader. Have been reading some of your stuff and am sad I didn’t come over here sooner. Let us know when you’re ready to blog again!

  10. I hope this doesn’t mean you’ll quit visiting! Washington is indeed a beautiful place–I’m sure you’ll be very happy there.

  11. my first thought was ..hey you’ll be closer to mrs g..!!…seriously, it sounds like a wonderful thing to feel like you are finally moving home. look forward to hearing from you once you are settled.

  12. Best wishes. Waiting patie tly for the new you!

  13. I’ll be sure to keep you in my Reader-now that you’re moving to Washington State, there might even be a chance that I’d be able to visit you, the next time I go to Vancouver!
    Hope your move goes smoothly!

  14. I’m very happy for you, KC. I wish you a safe trip. Your new home looks lovely. I’ll certainly miss you but look forward to hearing about your new haunts .. both the domicile and the blog. Keep well, my friend. Hugs.

  15. I will miss your posts, but, I am glad that you are moving closer. We may actually get to meet one day 😉 I wish you a safe & easy move and look forward to the new blog. I like the looks of the new house too.

  16. I will miss you here, but you are not going to get rid of me that easily. Good luck on your move. I know there is a lot of work ahead of you, but once you are settled it will be all worth it.

  17. Good luck to you! I’ll be waiting for your return.

  18. Beautiful new place! Washington sounds wonderful. (Visit Forks for me and get a picture of y’all there? Just for wee’lil’ol FW?? You know, ‘cuz I’m such a Twilight fan) 😀

    Looking forward to reading you in September and good luck with the move!!!

  19. Wow!! Big changes! You are right about the weather. And how nice to be in spitting distance of the mountains. Good luck to your boys, too.

    Are you going to be in Western Washington, or east of the mountains?

    I wish I could go back to WA myself, often. And you’ll be closer to Mrs. G!!

    Do come back and blog – I miss you already!

  20. best of luck to you all, with the move and the settling in (although it sounds like that won’t take any effort at all!). we’ll miss you until you pop back up again.

  21. Good luck with the move. Please do let me know where you will blogging from on the Internet once you get on your feet.

    Hugs and all good things to you!

  22. Good luck with the move and settling in to your new home.

  23. The best of luck to you in your move. How exciting! Washington is GORGEOUS, no one would have to convince me to pack up and move there.