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Another year is gone

Where does the time go?  This morning, I was sitting at my desk in my house in California (no, I haven’t moved to Washington yet), reading the news, just as I routinely do each morning.  My cat was shifting from my lap to a folding chair, which I use as a foot stool, and back again.  I had my cup of tea.  The sun was shining brightly.  This is not Washington weather.  For the past week and a half, I have been wearing shorts and sandals.  It has been over 80ºF during the days and the only thing that brings to mind fall and winter are the leaves on the ground.  This is clearly not Washington.

It’s been just over a year since my last post.  Donald Trump is still president.  All I can say is the wheels of justice sure turn slowly.  The political climate over the past year has made it difficult for me to read the news.  It’s so hard to find an article that I want to read.

Last December, I broke from tradition, left my family behind, and traveled to Anacortes, WA, by myself, for Christmas.  It turned out to be one of the best Christmas holidays I’ve had in a long time.  After I arrived at Seatac Airport and picked up my rental car, I drove north.  When I reached Everett, WA, it started snowing.  That was the first moment in many years where I really felt like it was Christmas.  I know I had a huge grin on my face.

After the start of 2017, I made 4 trips to my adopted home.  One thing for certain is that I have not tired of visiting Anacortes.  The downside has been that, during each of my trips, I stay somewhere that isn’t mine.  It’s just a place that belongs to someone else and I get to use it.  It has now been 4 years since the time I thought I was moving to Anacortes.  Time has not changed my desire to move there.

Unfortunately, time tends to get away from us if we’re not careful.  I turned 60 years old this year.  Previous birthday milestones had little effect on me.  Turning 60 was a bit different.  All of a sudden, I’m looking at the fact that 3/4 of my life has passed.  The longer I continue to live in California, the more I feel like I am wasting precious time.

On the plus side, I have 2 trips to the Pacific Northwest for December.  The first week of December, I will travel to Vancouver Island to see the Christmas lights at Buchart Gardens.  Then I will be traveling to Anacortes again for Christmas.  I am very much looking forward to getting back north next weekend.  The last time I was there was mid-August and I am seriously homesick.