Changes Underway

By: PugetSoundPost , 3:16 PM GMT on August 13, 2014

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August 13, 8:15 AM

Today is a good day to write about the next phase of things, as it is a very different day here than we have had in a long while. A heavy overcast is overhead, and it really rained during the night. In about six hours we received .80” rain. Only two days ago it was 99 degrees here. Yesterday dropped to 82 (only because the sun broke out for awhile in the afternoon, the rest of the day was cooler than that and cloudy) and then that rain overnight and much cooler today. Rain showers are set to continue today and maybe into tomorrow as well. And looking further ahead in the forecast, it will get drier, but I don’t see even any more 80’s forecast (although we could easily end up there here at home) and it is the 70’s that are spread across the next week. We haven’t had 70’s forecast for a very long time, or not so consistently. We have been so hot all summer that hearing this makes it sound like winter is pulling in, but the weather guys say we are getting back down more to “normal” temps. To borrow from BriarCraft’s current blog idea, things are changing around here. As I commented over there, I usually look for the change in seasons to begin around mid August, and that is just where we are at. It seems that most years right around this time we do have a day of soaking rain. So this is not unusual, but it does begin to signal an underway shift. The change this year has been jarring for me – 99 on Monday and now this on Wednesday.

Other changes are about to occur as well. In less than two weeks (Aug 24, actually) Mr PSP, our youngest daughter, and myself will set off in our older daughter’s car to drive from here to Maryland! She is making the move. What a change this will be for us. She has lived with or very near us “forever”. Now it is time to say “good-bye”. Her husband is already there. He finished his Air Force officer training at the beginning of August and went on to Maryland, where he has already started medical school. And he has found them a place to live – an apartment in a high rise building. Very different! Our daughter finishes her nursing job here tomorrow and then next week movers will come and pack up their apartment here. They could ship the car too, but she decided she wanted to drive it across the country and make a road trip out of it, so we will go along with her. I think it will be good to have that time on the road with her and also to actually see where they will be and what it is like. That visual will be good for us to have. I am sure we will go back to visit, but when will that be? Not so easy to take that trek very often.

We have driven across the country, coast-to-coast, and back again, once before. That was one of our big road trips when the kids were much younger. So we do have experience. This trip will be four of us in a pretty little car, crammed in. That will be a new experience. We will do a little sightseeing along the way, but mainly the goal is to just get back there. My daughter and her husband will have been apart for two months by then and there is plenty to do once there for them to get settled. I hope we can be of some help in that process, but it all depends on when the moving truck arrives. We plan to take about two weeks total to be gone, although our younger daughter may fly home sooner.

So all in all, change is underway in many ways. Nothing stays static and summer doesn’t last forever; certainly not here. New phases are here.

Here are a few highlights from July that I didn’t get posted earlier:

Average High Temp: 83
Average Low Temp: 56
High Temperature: 95 (recorded twice)
Days of 90+ degrees: 8
Days of highs less than 80: 5
Wettest Day: July 23 (.91”)
Days of Measurable Precipitation: 6

Total Rain for July: 1.22”

August 13
Sunrise: 6:01 AM --- Sunset: 8:24 PM (PDT)
(losing 3 min, 4 sec tomorrow)

Here is a little summer color of zinnias to brighten up this blog and remind us that summer is not gone yet:


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10. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
3:30 PM GMT on September 12, 2014
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9. WatchinTheSky
7:33 PM GMT on August 29, 2014
A lot of highway, for sure! Safe and sound is good :) have fun!
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8. calpoppy
6:29 PM GMT on August 29, 2014
That is great you have arrived!!! Have a wonderful time with daughter and her husband!!!
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7. PugetSoundPost
5:38 AM GMT on August 29, 2014
We made it! We arrived at our hotel close to midnight Thursday night, safe and sound! Here we are in Bethesda, Maryland! We had a good trip and saw a lot of places; and a lot of highway. :) Hopefully soon I can expand on it a bit more.
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6. calpoppy
3:49 PM GMT on August 23, 2014
Have a great trip!!! Take lots of tissue for when you have to leave your daughter ;)
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5. PugetSoundPost
2:42 PM GMT on August 23, 2014
Hi All! Off onto the highway today, heading EAST. Maryland, here we come!
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4. JanesVacation
5:07 PM GMT on August 15, 2014
Hi PSP, your zinnias are so pretty and they make me realize that mine aren't looking as nice and full this summer. (That's because you west coasters have stolen our hot summer weather!!!) It's OK, it hasn't been that bad...but a record low this morning of 47F was more than unusual for August.

I hope you all have a safe trip filled with lots of good memories on your drive east. It sounds like your daughter will have a wonderful reunion with her husband and you will enjoy seeing her new location. I have a ton of experience saying good-bye to my daughter. It gets easier since we have Skype and other forms of communication that were not available when she first left home. It is also easier now that she has a husband who loves her and cares for her. In the "old days" she relied on us from afar. That was difficult. Hopefully, you'll grab your camera and show us your road trip!
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3. calpoppy
3:49 PM GMT on August 15, 2014
Time for her to go, sad but good for them for going after a dream! How fun to be able to enjoy your family on the drive out there, an adventure for you all. Take plenty of kleenix, if you are like me you will need it :)) I hope that you have good weather going across the country. Seems so many places are being flooded out, the less rain we get in Cali the more rain everyone else gets!

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2. PugetSoundPost
5:14 AM GMT on August 14, 2014
Hi WTS! Yes, the deck project will unfortunately end up on hold, again. I think we will do some smaller work on it this weekend, but apparently we're not raising one of the big beams that is the next big thing to do. Mr. PSP doesn't want to leave it balancing precariously (since we likely would not have enough time to really finish that particular piece completely) while we are gone. I do hope to do a travel blog out of it. Perhaps some can be done "on the road", but no huge promises on that. Sometimes that has proven harder to do than expected.
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1. WatchinTheSky
3:04 AM GMT on August 14, 2014
Hi! First! Several people are doing new blogs today!
You ARE seeing big changes, both in weather and family. I'm sure we will see some changes here, sometime, maybe ;)

That's a big family change, having a daughter who's always been close now moving all the way across a big country. But that what kids do sometimes! Should be a fun trip moving her there and may be comforting getting familiar with where her new roots will be!

Sounds like it could lead to a travel blog?

Patio on back burner for a while?
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