A Second Opinion: Moving Part III

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Horses pulling old wagon at the Round-up Western Ho Parade in Pendleton, Oregon,
famous for its Round-up Rodeo, and where our new home will be come August 


by Mary Foran


Well, we found another house, 210 miles to the East of Portland in Pendleton, Oregon, famous for its Round-up Rodeo and its woolen mills.

Pendleton’s defining monument

The house is a cliff-sider with two decks and a spectacular view of the valley and the town. It has four bedrooms and two bathrooms and a large kitchen and dining room and a large living room with a gas wood stove for the winters which are sure to be cold and harsh.

The house has a large living room and a spectacular view of the valley

Summers are very, very hot and fans whirl in each room and luckily there is central air conditioning.

The property taxes are less than half of what we have been paying so that is a plus and there is a double garage for our vehicles.

I’m already signed up with doctors, and I know where the grocery store is, and a discount tire store for winter tires. They don’t plow the streets in the winter I’ve been told.

Steakhouse, leather goods store and other businesses downtown Pembleton

We’re still packing last-minute items and move in the first week of August. The movers are going to have a tough time of it if my predictions are correct. Forty years of paraphernalia is not easy to move. And relocate.

I’m still a little hesitant about the move, but the die is cast and the house is waiting for us to move in.

I’ll be offline in the meantime until I can hook up the internet again, so this will be my last entry for a while.

At least I know where I’ll be living and I won’t be a homeless waif like I thought I might be.

“I won’t be a homeless waif”

We are so lucky; it’s been a miracle to find such a reasonable house in a nice neighborhood in a smaller town than Portland, which had gone downhill over the years. Downtown businesses are still boarded up due to the rioting, and the homeless population has proliferated. And taxes are on the rise.

“We got out just in time”

We got out just in time.



See “Moving Parts I & II


Images (generic)
Featured image/Mark Ludwick, CC BY-ND2.0 via Flickr
Pendleton Round-up/Amy Meredith, CC BY-ND2.0 via Flickr
Living room/Tung Nguyen from Pixabay
Downtown Pendleton/Joe Mabel, CC BY-SA3.0 via Wikimedia Commons
Homeless/Mohamed Hassan from Pixabay
Moving/Mohamed Hassan from Pixabay