“Hiking in the Olympic Mountains”
Carol and her husband, Pete, moved to Port Townsend from Salem, Oregon 7 years ago. They have three fur-babies (one dog and two cats) and Carol is the mother of two, now adult, sons. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years but decided to get her masters degree in counseling when her
youngest son was in high school. She become a child and family therapist, eventually specializing in working with hard to place children who have neurological challenges. While employed, her passion was educating doctors, parents, teachers and other caregivers about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.
Carol will tell you that her craziest work stories are either from her years teaching at various jails and prisons in Oregon, or from the 6 months she spent as a psychiatric screener, evaluating patients for dangerousness to themselves or
others. As a cognitive therapist, Carol taught adults to be mindful of their thoughts; she believes that the three keys to living a happy life are: working on accepting what you cannot control, looking for ways to be optimistic, and practicing gratitude.
Life in Port Townsend has proven to be relaxing in contrast to Carol and Pete’s life in Salem. They are both officially retired now and Carol enjoys spending all her free time playing Pickleball, kayaking, taking digital photographs of wildlife and making photo-art, dancing to live music on the dock, playing ping pong at the Pour House, sharing a bottle of wine outdoors at Marrowstone Vineyards or next to the fire pit at the PT Winery, going out to eat anywhere so she doesn’t have to cook, perusing art galleries and secondhand stores, going hiking and taking road trips. Carol would like to travel more and has a goal of visiting every US state. England, Scotland and
New Zealand are also on her growing wishlist of travel destinations. She recently bought an older RV and has become obsessed with fixing it up and learning how everything works.
Carol says she occasionally pinches herself because she feels so fortunate to be living her retirement years in Port Townsend. After living most of her life in Oregon, It did take a couple of years for Washington to feel like home to her, but now she
can’t imagine living anywhere but on the shores of the Salish Sea. Learning to play pickleball in Port Townsend has made living a good life even better! She has become friends with fellow picklers and she believes that playing pickleball provides just the right combination of fun, competition and exercise. Carol tries to play pickleball two to three times a week (both indoors and outside) and is looking forward to attending
a pickleball camp next month in Spokane.
“ Carol and Her Dog, Finn, at Fort Worden”
“Self Portrait Photo-Art”
Joel with his coho salmon caught out of Seiku, Washington
Joel grew up in Great Falls, Montana, with a fishing rod in one hand and a shotgun in the other. His father was an amateur archaeologist and my experiences with him exploring remnants of the lives of ancient people eventually led him to a 30-year career as an archaeologist and university professor at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah. Joel loved his work and his students and continue a modest level of involvement in the discipline. His career focused on exploring the pre-European history of the arid west (Utah, Arizona, Nevada) for the most part, although he also pursued projects in Western Samoa and Jordan.
Joel working with a student in Petra, Jordan.
In 1978 I met and married Joyce Athay, who was raised in Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington. We were blessed with three children, a boy, David, and two girls, Jean and Renae. And they have reciprocated those blessings by producing nine grandchildren. Joyce worked as a writer and editor at BYU. We are both active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons).
As noted, Joyce is from the Northwest and her love of the area and her family resulted in spending vacation time at Cannon Beach and Seaside, Oregon, as well as the Olympic Peninsula. With our kids raised and retirement fast approaching, we made a decision to buy a place to build in the Port Townsend area. We now have a beautiful home in Cape George and my amazing wife opened her dream shop, World’s End, in 2013. Her shop continues to thrive.
My days are full with time divided among fishing, gardening, writing, helping Joyce in various shop-related tasks, and playing the guitar. I return to my Montana homeland on occasion to spend time with my brother and his family and do a little fishing and hunting. I am involved in the East Jefferson Chapter of the Puget Sound Anglers group who are advocates for sustainable fishing in the Strait and Puget Sound. And I serve occasionally on our Cape George HOA Board.
And, oh yes, I love to play pickleball! It provides a way to pursue my love of racquet sports, and I truly enjoy the exercise and many friends on the court.
Janetski family gathering at Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park.
Meet Club Members, Eric and Susan Seder
Photo taken in Peru
Eric and Susan Seder met on a blind date in San Francisco while he was living in New York and she was living in Boise, Idaho. The rest, as they say, is history. They ended up spending two decades in the Bay Area and raising two children, their daughter, Hayden, and their son, Anton. It was probably foreseeable that since Eric was an investment banker and Susan owned a brand new restaurant when they met, they would eventually wind up owning and running an interior design and retail store in Sun Valley, Idaho. They built a pretty decent business, largely serving the needs of the rich and famous, a great many of whom have one of their homes there. But while it is nice to have clients with taste and resources, it can also lead to being pushed and pulled too hard and in too many directions.
So, when it came time to think about retirement, they decided to look for some place that was a little more laid back and was near Olympia, where Anton lives with his wife, Shelly and daughter, Golden, who is known to all as Gogo (she is 4 years old now). Port Townsend seemed just right. It also had a newly formed Pickleball Club, which Eric found to be appealing (Susan did not yet play). So, in 2019 they sold the business and their house, loaded up the truck and moved to PT. At the time there were very few houses on the market, so they foolishly bought a long-neglected tear down prospect built in 1888 and commenced refurbishing it. The following two years were too painful to describe in a family newsletter, but if you’ve seen the movie “The Money Pit”, it was something like that but without any of the comedy.
But, while struggling through this, Susan took up Pickleball and they both managed to take off the toolbelt and pick up the paddle to play fairly often. They are both extremely appreciative of the opportunity that Pickleball presented for making friends in this wonderful community despite the general Covid-induced isolation everyone was going through.
They both love to travel, ski, hike, read and play pickleball. Susan is a jigsaw puzzle fanatic and also a constant gardener and, in fact, three of her gardens were on the Garden Tour in Sun Valley. Eric is into cooking, crosswords and building things because he didn’t learn his lesson from the Money Pit experience. Eric currently serves on the board as Director of Facilities.
Photo taken in beautiful Nepal.
We want to give a big thank you to our volunteer Stan Jonasson for taking leadership overseeing the Saturday Socials at the high school courts. Stan has been involved since PTPC's beginning; he sat on the board as member at large. You will always find Stan with a smile and being helpful in some way or another. He has a great love for the game of pickleball and we are truly thankful for all he does. It's volunteers like him and others that help make our club successful. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Susan Green at firstname.lastname@example.org have a handful of areas to be filled. (Photo taken by Lynn Pierle).
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