The Winter and Spring

Hi folks.  I'm sorry for not posting any updates in a while.  My last entry was from Austin, Texas back in December, shortly after I visited the sixteenth and final extreme compass point of the contiguous United States, located in Everglades National Park in Florida.  After saying goodbye to my dear, old friend Joan and leaving Austin in mid-December, I drove back to the Northwest where I hoped to spend Christmas with my sister, Doti, in Bellingham, Washington, north of Seattle.  It was a quick drive and I did it in only four days, at 600 miles a day.  When I arrived in the Northwest shortly before Christmas, though, Doti wasn’t doing well.  Her health continued to deteriorate through January and, sadly, she passed away in late January. 

I created a new section of my website devoted to my sister Doti, if you’d like to read about her.  I was thinking about creating a website dedicated to her and posting those stories there, but decided instead to incorporate her section into this website.  When I have some time one of these days (or months?), I’m going to consolidate all my various websites and put them into my DelsJourney.com website (the one that started it all!), but first I need to convert DelsJourney.com from the older Microsoft FrontPage format into Joomla, a more contemporary web format.  Considering the thousands of photos and hundreds of pages I’ve posted on DelsJourney since 2001, I figure that conversion task will take me a few hundred hours, which is why I haven’t done it yet.  But enough technical talk, huh?

Getting back to the situation here at my parent's house:  it’s been an interesting, busy, and at times challenging, winter and spring in Bellingham, a city that’s been my “home away from home” for the past 25 years.  I spent December and January with my sister Doti before she passed away; February contacting her friends and cleaning out her house; March distributing her possessions and writing her tribute webpages; and April working on my parent’s house, getting it ready to be sold.  My parent’s house sold in late April, so I’ve been spending May packing up and getting ready to head back to Portland, where I plan to start looking for another job in GIS (i.e., computer mapping).  My parents died several years ago, but their house is still full of good memories of them – and of Doti, who lived here for 15 years after they died – so I’m going to be sad to say goodbye to this wonderful place. 

Though it’s been a challenging winter, first losing Doti and then selling my parent’s house, it’s also been fulfilling in a poignant way and I wouldn’t have wanted to be anywhere else.  I left on my trip around America in May 2016, almost exactly one year ago, and I’ve had an interesting adventure, to say the least.  But now I’m looking forward to returning to Portland.  It'll be nice to get home.

 

Spending the Winter and Spring in Bellingham