Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Yep, it's hot

I just downloaded this temperature forecast from Wunderground for today across the US. The reds are 90s, and the lighter colors in the middle are 100s and 110s. Yikes! In Boulder where I used to live, it shows 90s and 100s. But if you look in the upper left-hand corner of this picture, almost to the border and above Puget Sound, you'll see that it will be in the 60s here in Bellingham. (We are 18 miles from the border, on the coast.) Washington state gets hot sometimes, but usually on the other side of the Cascades. See that yellow vertical line? That's where those mountains are; I can see them from my front window.

Our tradeoff? Rain. The wettest city in the country is here in Washington state, Quillayute. See the list below of the top ten wettest cities in the United States:
1) Quillayute, Washington State - - 105"
2) Highlands, North Carolina - - 86"
3) Astoria, Oregon - - 66"
4) Tallahassee, Florida - - 65"
5) Mobile, Alabama - - 64"
6) Pensacola, Florida - - 63"
7) New Orleans, Louisiana - - 62"
8) Baton Rouge, Louisiana - - 61"
9) West Palm Beach, Florida - - 60"
10) Meridian, Mississippi - - 57"
Quillayute is on the Olympic Peninsula, that little finger sticking up on the left side of the state. But, as you can see, Florida is a lot wetter than we are: Bellingham's average annual rainfall is 35 inches, so you can see it's a LOT wetter in other parts of the country.

I was just amazed when we decided to move here and began to study the area. Our decision to retire on the west coast meant an excursion out west (which we made in the summer of 2006) and learning something about the lore. Lots of Indian tribes live here; there are reservations everywhere (and, consequently, casinos). We love the climate and the proximity of two large cities, Seattle (85 miles south) and Vancouver, BC (30 miles north). Bellingham has a college (Western Washington University) and a small-town feel.

Check out the Wikipedia page about the state of Washington, for more information about our chosen home. My husband decided to come up here in February 2008 to find our first "jumping-off place" to our retired life, and he found an apartment that so far has been wonderful. It's a small 24-unit complex on three acres. The people in the home behind us planted organic garlic last spring and I get to see the wildlife around here digging it up (the non-human kind).

I started this post to affirm what many of my fellow bloggers have been saying: it's hot out there. But I also wanted to say, with all my heart, thank you to all who responded to my last post with ideas about how to increase traffic. I added my followers to my page, now that I have a respectable 6 instead of 3 (one of whom was my husband). I also added a counter and I now know that, even if people are not leaving comments, a fair number of people do come here to see what I might have to say.

One thing I know: we are a talented bunch, we bloggers, and I am constantly impressed with the twists and turns of daily life out there. I especially like to learn about history, birds, and to remember what it was like to have small children around (and with a sense of humor at that!). Even though I had two children, one died as an infant, and the other died in 2002 while serving in the Army. He left me no grandchildren, so I am now looking at your pictures and hearing stories that fill a void I didn't even know I had.

My heart is full. Oh, and one more thing: if any of you have a Facebook page, let me know so we can become friends!


  1. Yes, I'm on Facebook and MySpace, although mostly just to check in on some friends. There's a link on my blog sites.

    Also, check out the map at the bottom of my pages. Some people have the spinning globe one. It shows what cities your visitors come from. I am tracking them on a spreadsheet (until it becomes too much work) and have collected almost 200 US cities inover 40 states, and 93 foreign cities representing 37 countries! You'll be surprised where your visitors are coming from!

  2. Oh, almost forgot... You're convincing me that I need to move! Tell me more about your winters and autumns...

  3. Hello DJan, loved your map! Lots of pretty colours. As I write this, we have 84.2 as temperature outside. I looked at Wimbledon on TV just now, and they are having 24 deg. C, that's wonderful, comfortable and sunny and as it's five hours ahead, it is evening sunshine, which is even better. I can't go outside here. It's too hot for me and I feel like a prisoner.
    Yes, I'm on Facebook under the name Stella Jones.
    I'm glad you like your retirement home. It looks like you're on the ground floor, from the picture. Is that right?
    Blessings, Star

  4. We are so happy to have you a part of our little blogging community! It is actually a cool morning here. Hot if we go "down the hill", though. I love the Olympic Peninsula - we took a vacation last fall through that area, BC, and into Alberta, Canada. I want to retire near Portland, OR. Love the Pacific Northwest!

    I am so sorry about your losses. Blessings.


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