After an Absence …

I haven’t posted for a couple of months!  I’ll bring you up to date on why I’ve had such a quiet blog presence lately.  (My subsequent post will be fiber-related.  I promise.)

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco, CA

After two years in limbo, early this year we decided we had to step up our house hunting in the Pacific Northwest.  We left the San Francisco Bay Area two years ago, settling first in the fiber arts rich area of Portland, Oregon and began house hunting.  The problem we encountered was finding a new house that was both reasonably priced and, important for two retirees, single level.  Due to strict density regulations of Portland’s urban growth plan, every house we saw in the greater Portland area was two or three levels high with very small footprints, resembling the little plastic houses that come with the “Monopoly” board game.

Portland, OR

Portland, OR

(I have to wonder how the restrictions comply with U.S. laws that forbid housing discrimination.  Almost all of the two-level houses had all bedrooms and sometimes the utility room on the second floor, and the first floor of most of the three level houses was taken up by a garage.  These houses automatically exclude people with mobility impairment and anyone who is concerned with aging knee joints.  While the intent of the growth restrictions of the Greater Portland area are probably not discriminatory, their effects certainly are.)

Eugene, OR

Deciding against the Portland area, we packed up again and moved south to Eugene, Oregon (home of the University of Oregon), a city I enjoyed living 20 years earlier.  It is still a nice city, but we ultimately decided we needed to live closer to a large city with an international airport.


Downtown Vancouver, WA

We next cast our eyes back north and across the Columbia River to the Vancouver, Washington area – about 2.5 hours’ drive north from Eugene.  As we didn’t want to pack up and head north to lease another dwelling before buying, for the last several months we’ve been driving to Vancouver, spending days touring new houses and meeting builders with our realtor, Marcus Saxon (who not only was committed to finding us a house in an area where we would be happy, but clearly had the proverbial patience of a saint), and then driving another 2.5 hours home.  (Exhausting.)

Vancouver … new houses are being snatched up (both both U.S. and foreign buyers), which, of course, encourages the builders to raise prices.  We saw prices go up $30-50,000 in a few months.  We didn’t like the “quick buy now before it’s too late” feeling we were getting from sellers (not from our realtor).


Near Battle Ground, WA

BattleGround2Lo and behold, our realtor took us to a small city slightly north and east of Vancouver called Battle Ground.  We liked the city, and we really liked the houses of the builder he recommended.  Voila!  So papers signed, we now wait for the house to be built.  In the interim, while we selected the floor plan, we now face so many other choices, including (but not limited to):   counter tops, sinks, hardware, cabinets, shower designs, tiles, flooring, windows, doors, paint colors (both exterior and interior), landscaping, appliances, and window coverings.


(Not us)

This will be my 30th move (give or take) in my life.  While moving doesn’t get easier as we age, we’re certainly looking forward to unpacking our belongings!

My daughter and her family will be coming up to spend the week of Thanksgiving with us.  Dare I tell them what MovingPicthey’ll be doing before dinner?  (Pics source  here and here)  And did I happen to mention my son-in-law is a landscape architect?!

MtStHelensI’m know they won’t mind helping.  Thor and I will help them by getting out of their way.  Maybe we can take the grandchildren to visit nearby Mt. St. Helens.  🙂

Next post:  Tweeds



About sweatyknitter

Fiber art devotee, author, and amateur artisan bread baker.
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19 Responses to After an Absence …

  1. salpal1 says:

    that they were!


  2. I couldn’t get Thor to agree to a sea side shanty … the constant roar of the surf would drive him nuts. 🙂

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  3. Most of my moving has been on the west coast of the US, between San Francisco and Portland. And I agree … it will be “home” once I start baking and set up my loom! 🙂


  4. My grandmother’s house had steps to the the front door and a full basement accessible not just at ground level from the outside but by steps from the front hallway … our grandmothers were hardy women!


  5. Yes – and what a combo! Both gorgeous and fiber (not the dietary kind) rich! 🙂

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  6. Rebecca says:

    Oh gosh, I had not realised just quite how long you have been unsettled and what a task it has been to find a house to call home. Americans seems to move states much more frequently than Australians do and I think I had always assumed it must be an easier thing to do in the US. But clearly it is as arduous, exhausting and time consuming as here. I hope the next bit is smooth and swift. There is bread and yarn to be made in a new home!


  7. writeknit says:

    I was wondering where you were 🙂 Glad to hear you found a spot to call your own. I hate moving – we’ve lived in 1 apartment and 2 houses in our 40 years of marriage! I don’t ever want to move again. Unless it is some seaside shanty…


  8. salpal1 says:

    that sounds like an exhausting undertaking – but now much of the driving back and forth is done – until it is time to check on house progress, that is! Try to have FUN choosing everything and don’t let it overwhelm you. I am excited that you two will finally be settled in such a nice area, and be able to unpack everything and get settled.

    I agree with you that house designers are not thinking about aging in place when they build some of these homes. When we built our house, we insisted all the important things be on the first floor. We don’t HAVE to go upstairs for anything – craft room and office and library are up there. Yet I remember my dear grandmother, who lived in a house where all bedrooms and the bathroom were upstairs, and she managed that fine for more than100 years. She said she could because she did. Hmmm.


  9. The constant moving wasn’t so bad when I was younger, but it gets harder with age!


  10. It [everything related to the build! move and unpacking!] won’t be over until the fall, but I plan on writing posts in the interim!


  11. lagrancostanza says:

    Congratulations! I’m glad you finally found such a great location, and are going to be able to live in a house that suits your needs. The constant moving sounds exhausting!


  12. Oh dear, an exhausting few months, thankfully with a happy ending! Settle well and knit/ write lot’s when you are done unpacking!


  13. Thank you! I am looking forward to feeling settled. The house hunting part was arduous!

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  14. Yes indeed … Cricketing over fresh sourdough bread, cheese and coffee!


  15. It has but rather distracting!


  16. Belinda O says:

    I lived in Portland years ago, and still have friends in Portland, Eugene and Vancouver. All of it’s beautiful and oh yes, fiber-rich!


  17. Congratulations!! Wonderful news that you’ll be finally in a location that looks beautiful and in a house that will be exactly to your liking – well done! I’m hoping husband and I can find the right house in the right location as well.


  18. Marit says:

    I’m so excited for your move! We’ll be neighbors. Happy cricketing!!! YAY!


  19. Susan McKee-Nugent says:

    That is a nice encapsulation of events. Interesting history re the name…


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