I recently returned from an 8 day trip to Seattle. In that time, we received a whopping one day of sunshine — and that was in the afternoon. The winters haven’t changed there.
I managed to take a picture of Mount Pilchuck while the sun peeked out. Fog and rain. Fog and rain. That seemed to be the weather of the day most of the time.
The one huge difference I noticed while in Seattle? My eyes and skin were no longer dry. My hands were so soft — really really soft — and I did not need to use my Systane lubricating eye drops.
The day after I arrived in Minnesota, my eyes became extremely dry again and my hands are — well, rough. Â That’s how dry Minnesota is in the winter time. The difference is quite incredible.
The friend I have in Seattle (the primary reason for my visits there) is still on hospice. The first couple of times I saw her she remembered me but she remembered my husband a lot more. He used to do her weekly grocery for her.
She is still “counting” — 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 then 10, 20, 30, 40, 50. Over and over she counts as she measures out a blanket that she holds in her hand. I’m pretty sure the reason she counts is because she used to quilt by hand.
My friend is a twin and her sister died of Alzheimer’s many years ago. I’m really surprised that she is 84 1/2 already. Â Besides her dementia, she is losing weight but seems to be in pretty good health otherwise.
Overall, it was a good trip. Friends ask if we will ever move back to Seattle. I’ll never say never to that idea although, I will say that we will not retire in Minnesota. It’s simply too much work in the winter with all the snow and cold.
Now — back to learning how to sew/quilt and trying some new recipes.