Washington is more wonderful than we had anticipated. Towering alpine forests, profuse wild flowers, clear rivers, and blue skies–that is between rain showers–make the state irresistibe. Most days we catch glimpses of snow covered mountains. Mysterious dark waters lie between green hills.
Paradise has challenges, though. Kit and I are having trouble getting a home. It’s not a matter of money. We’ve lost seven wonderful houses that we could afford, but sold before we could react. One great place was on the market less than 24 hours. We’re finding longer lasting properties and lower prices in the vicinity of a majestic mountain they call Saint Helens. I can’t figure out why.
We are definitely fish-out-of-water in this real estate market. But, as you may know, putting characters in fish-out-of-water situations is an underlying theme in all our novels. Maybe I’ll be able to write with more feeling now.
For now, we’re living in an inexpensive hotel. For Covid 19 safety, Kit brought a jug of bleach from Arkansas to scrub every touchable surface before moving in. We don’t allow hotel staff inside the room. Internet safety was another concern. I setup Kit’s cell phone to act as a modem allowing us to computer access our finances without fear of unsecured wireless piracy.
This is the adventure we had sought. Please stay tuned.