How this all got started

I have lived in Texas for more than 30 years. I am from Michigan, and Texas’s climate is not my favorite. When I first moved here, I thought I would stay here five years, tops. To make matters worse, it has gotten significantly hotter in Texas since I originally moved here.

I always thought I’d retire farther north, but when my husband (also from Michigan) and I got married, he stated a preference never to have to shovel snow again. So, we bought retirement property in the Davis Mountains in far west Texas. But as each summer got hotter and hotter, I started to wonder whether it was a good idea to retire in a desert.

My family at the reunion

Coincidentally, some of both of our families now live in the Pacific Northwest. Since most of my family is somewhere on the West Coast, we started having family reunions in Washington. My niece has a home in the countryside of Southern Washington, about an hour from Portland, OR.

Four years ago, we went to the first reunion. My husband and I got up early on the first day and started wandering in the large garden my niece has planted. Chickens were clucking to our left, and a bee hive was humming to our right. There were two aisles of ripe raspberries. The property is lush, a green lawn surrounded by forests, with blackberries and blueberries growing along the edges. I looked around at the thriving veggies and ate a few raspberries and said to my husband, “This is like paradise.”

Then my niece’s husband mentioned that a short distance away was a house for sale. Well, we ended up buying it, and we have been renting it out for four years. Now, if we can only get going, I am almost ready to retire. I can retire in October, and we can leave any time after we sell our house in Texas. But the catch is, I can’t retire until we sell the house.


11 thoughts on “How this all got started”

      1. Did you drink that Dow water? 😀 I remember when my brother was a wrestler and the Mt. Pleasant team would compete against Midland, the Midland boys were always enormous and had facial hair!


      2. No choice about the water. I remember complaining to my dad about the smell (of course he was a Dow employee–almost everyone was), and he said, “That’s the smell of money.” Aargh! Maybe the Midland boys were taking steroids.

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    1. And BTW, I’ve been back to Michigan in August and thought it was heaven. When I lived there, I thought it was hot in the summer. Guess what. It’s not! Not compared to more than a month in the 100’s routinely in the summer.

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      1. Ewwwww…. I live in Indiana now, but I will be going back for a family reunion this weekend! I will wave hello at Midland for you 🙂 Indiana weather is a lot like Michigan’s, except I’m totally downwind from Chicago, so all the pollution makes the air pretty gross here. I never had allergies before I moved to IN. Also, there are days when it’s hot enough + pollution that you’re not supposed to go outside if you are old, a baby, have allergies, or asthma.


      2. You say it’s from Chicago, but it may be from Gary! Oh, dear, that’s a lot of pollution. We probably had that much when I was a kid in Midland, but of course back then they didn’t know about that stuff. Have fun at your reunion!

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