Friday, June 16, 2017

What Do They Here?

"But these are all landsmen; of week days pent up in lath and plaster─tied to counters, nailed to benches, clinched to desks. How then is this? Are the green fields gone? What do they here?"
- Herman Melville, 1851, Moby Dick, p. 13

Could we not add, in 2017, transfixed by televisions, glued to computers, plugged into AC/DC, moving things endlessly, wrapped in chores, ... "What do they here?"

So, what we are doing here is moving into our home in Vancouver, Washington. Our realtor gave us the keys to the house today.  

Living in a nice home, in an established neighborhood, will be one foundation of our upcoming experiences and adventures.  

Lots of family have volunteered to help us move.  I've hired movers to transport our stored belongings from Red Bluff to Vancouver.  We will hire other people as needed to help us move into the house.  

Personally, with my left arm, I cannot lift objects over ten pounds, push or pull vigorously, or lift my elbow above my shoulder.  These restrictions, because of my recent 6/6 heart pacemaker implant, will last until July 10th or later as needed.  I seem to be doing fairly well thus far.


Vancouver, Washington, Northwest USA is located in the Columbia River Valley. The general area has variety of many big plants: evergreens and deciduous trees, ornamentals, shrubs, broad leafs, pines, firs, spruces, cedars.  Trees are everywhere here in the "Evergreen State."  This is quite a dramatic contrast with the North Sacramento Valley orchards and farms where we lived for the last 19 years.  For anything to live in Red Bluff, we needed irrigation for seven months of the year.   

Annual Rainfall (Average) in places we have lived:

Los Angeles, California        14.93 inches 

Red Bluff, California            24.52 inches

Biloxi, Mississippi                64.89 inches 

Vancouver, Washington        39.30 inches

Alexandria, Indiana             41.00 inches


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