March 14-21st ~ Whidbey Island, Washington
We just returned from a short visit to see my little sister and brother-in-law on Whidbey Island which is in the north-west part of Washington State, not far from the Canadian Border. On the flight north, we noticed the higher than normal snow fall this year. It is a welcome relief and we remain optimistic that our current drought will be eased this spring with the melt off.
As are many of our friends, we are at the age where our parents have recently passed, or are at a stage where it is no longer safe for them to live alone. Last fall they made the decision that Mark’s mother, Ellen, would move into their home.
Even under the best of situations, the changed dynamics can by challenging at times, and all families need an occasional break. Tim and I volunteered to stay with Ellen so that they could take a mini vacation to drive up to Victoria, BC.
Ellen asked me if Tim and I were there to visit my sister, or to baby sit with her. I let her know that it was a little of both 🙂
One of the highlights of our visit to see them is the magnificent views they have. Sitting high up on a cliff, with huge windows from the living room, dining room, kitchen, loft and master bedroom, they get to enjoy a breathtaking panorama.
We must have brought some California sunshine with us, as we were treated to a couple of days of lovely weather – especially being March! We did not miss the opportunity to get outside and take a nice walk at Deception Pass State Park.
Our final night was spent in Bellingham for a very short visit with, Alecia, a dear friend from high school, and her husband Stefan. Shame on me, no photos were taken. They recently moved into a beautiful new home that they lovingly designed and had built. Not only did they open their home to us, but even got up quite early the next morning to drive us to the airport. Much appreciated!
Ellie Mae got picked up from the RV dealership upon our return to Los Angeles. I’m still grumbling that it took a month and several items were not repaired. It is a good thing that Tim has the patience of Job and worked through most of the issues with them. We are looking forward to many miles of road trips in the near future.
But FIRST, we have our next Gate 1 tour that departs on April 4th to Copper Canyon, Mexico…
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful for the special relationship and bond I have with my sister. We are probably rather unusual, as I can honestly say over the years I can only remember once having harsh words, and it was my doing. I was probably a teenager at the time, and as I recall, we had been assigned some housekeeping chores to be done by our mother. I raised my voice in a harsh manner (don’t even remember the specifics), but I think it was a criticism, and it hurt her feelings. Then of course I felt horrible, shed a few tears myself, and that is the one and only time in our 60+ years of being siblings that has ever happened.