French Sabbatical

My family's year in France…

Day 183 (30 December 2010) – Dorothy!

Pictured on the right in this photo is Dorothy, our incredible next door neighbor in Seattle. We credit Dorothy for the fact that we are living in that house (when we are living in Seattle, of course). When we bought it in 1998, it was a “for sale by owner” and the owner wasn’t present. We had it shown to us by Dorothy. Now 1998 was a crazy time for real estate, especially in Seattle. People were offering more than the asking price on houses, and getting into bidding wars with others. We made our best offer, even stretching a bit, and were thrilled when our offer was accepted. Then we later learned that someone had offered a little bit more. Why was our offer accepted? Dorothy recommended us. Thank you, Dorothy!

Just a few minutes ago we finished a Skype session with Dorothy, courtesy of another of our incredible neighbors, Janet, pictured on the left. We wanted to wish Dorothy a happy birthday, given she turns 92 tomorrow. Yes, 92. And she still lives by herself and is a capable daylight driver. She is also incredibly sharp. She told us today the story of a relative who had died at 90 by falling into a mill pond, remembering how old 90 seemed at the time. Today she said, “Oh, 90. That is so young.”

So meet Dorothy, young at 92.

December 30, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized |


  1. How wonderful that you could Skype with Dorothy.

    Comment by Granny | December 31, 2010 | Reply

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