I admit it — before I closed my office and retired to Wenatchee, I was a clothes horse. I was difficult to fit because I was shorter than the average American woman, so when I found a good quality suit with a basic design and a little flair, I’d use it until it wore out. I’d also choose one or two accessories per year, to try to stay fashionable. I wore high-heeled shoes comfortably until I noticed a younger client wearing flats. “Is that because you prefer flats, or because ...
Dr. Mark Crawford and his wife Lee surprised me by driving to my former office in the Seattle area in a full-sized Ford pickup with all-wheel drive and a canopy. Dr. Crawford worked in a laboratory, his wife worked in a mall, and each commuted to work in heavy Seattle traffic. They were ecologically conscious. Their truck was not.
When we moved to Wenatchee I looked forward to planting a garden. I got plenty of great local advice. “You can grow anything, but don’t plant shrubs under the eaves. The snow falls of the roof and crushes them,” a former wet-sider warned us. The Master Gardeners at the farmer’s market coached us, “Kill off your lawn. Keep your compost damp. Don’t spray bugs that look like flies because some are really bees.”