My driving desire to move from Alaska has reared it’s head again. Actually the desire never goes away it just fades as I deal with life and my loves (read: my family). My loves have finally showed signs of wanting to move to the same location that I have been newly interested in. That location? Vancouver’ish Washington.
Why Vancouver? Well my Da turned me on to it originally in telling me it was a neat place to live and close to lots to do. Although I worry about the rainy’ness of the whole area, I believe it will be tolerable coming from an Alaskan girl that is severely sick of the snow and darkness of the winters. Not only does the weather depress me, there is no real Halloween season. People attempt to decorate their yards and houses, have parties, go to Bars with their costume contests… and then there are the feeble haunted houses that we have here, with the exception of one, which is out in the Valley. Not to mention our seasons, our Fall lasts about 2 weeks, not to mention our Spring, we basically have winter and not winter.
Then we have the cost of everything up here. Shipping is through the roof and so is airfare, so not only are you stuck if you are on a tight budget, you can’t order things that may be cheaper online due to the shipping sending the total over the top.
So back to Vancouver… The one thing that really scares me is finding a job. We have talked about staying within commuting distance of Vancouver for that reason. Maybe I should back up a bit. We are looking for a 4+ bedroom house with at least 2 bathrooms, 3 car garage but 2 will do if it has a shop on the property. The shop part is extremely important to all of us. Dad and I want to use it as a shop and mom wants it so that we have all of our tools out of the way, heh! My dad loves working with his hands and needs a place he can spread stuff out and not have to worry about not having the car in the garage for the winter. I don’t have a garage or a shop, so its another factor in me wanting a new house.
If you haven’t guessed already, yes, I will be living with my parents. I’m 43 and single so until I become unsingle there shouldn’t be any issues with it…except I am use to being alone and need my ‘me’ space. It will help all of us financially and since they will both be retired by the time we are ready to move in, it should be a huge help. I should be able to save money, finally and they won’t have to tighten their belts as much. If I sound like I’m trying to make excuses or convince myself that living with them is a good idea… I am. I’ve lived on my own, by myself, for 10 years now and it is rather nice.
It will be a huge change and adjustment but I am more than ready and actually very excited. My parents? I believe they are still in the total dread phase of leaving Alaska, but I don’t understand their love of the place. Yeah the dividends are nice, the money that we get in a yearly check for being an Alaskan Resident, it’s roughly around $1000 a year. It’s free money but you have to pay taxes on it. ::: rolls eyes ::: I think we can save more money than that by being in the lower 48.
Vancouver… besides the house type/style we would also like 3+ acres. I don’t think we need over 20 acres unless it is treed and we don’t have to mow a field. We would like to buy 40 acres and subdivide it for 3 plots. One for the Parental Units, one for the brother and one for me. The 40 acre thing will have to wait I think. We are all relying on the sale of our homes, three total, to be able to buy our homes down there. Having said the plot size, yes, that puts us out of the city and into a rural area. Battle Ground is one area I have been heavily searching. Clark County property taxes are a bit high but with that comes better utility’s, roads, fire coverage, etc.
::: Sigh ::: I’m rambling. Wee bit on the tired side so forgive the blathering. I miss this blogging thing and haven’t done much spooky searching on the interwebs in awhile, so I haven’t had much to post about.
The short of it… if any readers know the area please give me your input. I have lived in Alaska my whole adult life and most of my childhood (I was born here but left for about 7 years) and because of that I’m oblivious to some things the lower 48 is quite used to. Examples: Fleas, Termites, Snakes, poisonous Spiders, Ants,Racoons, coyotes, and on and on… We just worry about Moose and Bears in the city, we don’t even have to worry about our mosquito’s having West Nile.
Help a girl out and give me some advice about Southwestern Washington.
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