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Thursday, March 12, 2015

To New Beginnings.....

"Going Home and Lovin' It"
Our life paths open many doors for us as we travel along and it's up to us whether to acknowledge and go through that door or not.  Over the past year many such doors have presented themselves to Dan and I and we finally went through one and found amazing possibilities on the other side. 
As many of you know Dan has been struggling with some serious health issues that resulted in him having to take an early retirement.  With this came the realization that we will no longer have health insurance for a year because we are both 64 and Medicare doesn't kick in till we are 65.   Researching options here in Virginia presented us with nothing so we began to evaluate our options which of course were limited.  The one that made the most sense was to go home to the west coast.  Washington state provided us with a health insurance option and a wonderful new place to live....but the best part is it will be closer to family and life long friends.  The perk that I didn't expect is that so many of my artist friends live in this beautiful state and I will still be a part of that "art" community that I love so much!  I just found out that by dearest friend Johanna Parker's parents will be practically neighbors so Johanna and I are thrilled that we will be seeing each other in the near future.
Since I've never been one that minded change I'm very excited with what this new adventure will hold for both Dan and I.  I'll continue to travel to Michigan every year to be a part of  the "Ghoultide Gathering" and this will give me the opportunity to see old friends, make new ones and get some much needed family time since our daughter and her family only live 45 minutes from Ghoultide.  
Virginia has been good to Dan and I and we'll be leaving some wonderful friends behind but they will know that our door in Washington will always be open for a visit and since Seattle is one of my favorites places I can give everyone a great tour.  
An added bonus to our move is that Dan will be back in the environment he has loved and helped nurture....the great Northwest Mountains with their rivers and streams.  Being an avid flyfisherman and having fished the entire west coast, he is thrilled to be going home to catch and release the entire state of Washington!  He's even toying with writing again, having been published many times in the past,  this will be a good thing!  So many possibilities to keep us young and excited about life.   Now, I have to figure out a way of cramming 42 years of stuff into a one bedroom home....it's like trying to cram an elephant into a thimble!  Eeeeek!


Romona said...

Congrats on the move Pam. I live just across the border in Sidney BC, so I know what you mean about the area. It's beautiful and welcoming and I would never move from here. It's a very healing environment for sure, and I'm thinking Dan will be feeling so much better in no time after you're settled. I wish you well getting packed up and moved.

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Wishing you safe journeys Pam as you and Dan head out to the West Coast, it sounds as if this was meant to be! Positive thoughts being sent that your move goes smoothly and that the fish will be biting when Dan hits the beautiful rivers and streams of the Pacific Northwest!

krayolakris said...

So exciting for you! Best wishes for a safe journey and much happiness in your new/old environs.

Wendy @ Ravenwood Whimzies said...

Wishing you well in your new move! My hubby is originally from Idaho, and most of his family is still there (Coeur d'Alene). He'd love to move back there, but my family and our kids are here in central NY. I love the wide open space, farms and hills.

Carol Roll said...

Wishing you all the best in your new chapter.

Lady Locust said...

Welcome back! I'm just a neighbor to the south (in Oregon.) Hubby caught 3 this last weekend & was thrilled - also a fly fisherman.

Lady Locust said...

Welcome back! I'm just a neighbor to the south (in Oregon.) Hubby caught 3 this last weekend & was thrilled - also a fly fisherman.

Susan Boucher said...

I'm so happy for you and Dan, Pamela. That's a big move with much change but change is good! I have a sister in Salem Oregon that I visit and maybe with some luck, I'll one day, get a chance to see you and your shop.
Careful now!
Aloha, Susan

Susan Krichbaum said...

Sounds like this is a great move for you and Dan. I foresee improved health as he relaxes with his fly pole. Enjoy the journey.