Thursday, September 23, 2010

Two Weeks and Counting!

In a very strange place emotionally at the moment. Basically got too much time on my hands, but too much stuff spinning around in my head. On the one hand I wish I was in France and could get on with my new life, but on the other hand not wanting to say goodbye to friends and of course, family!

I have been babysitting Annika as much as possible and I am having her overnight on Friday, maybe for the last time for quite a while. I keep looking at the Pack'n'Play (portable cot) and thinking should I fold it up and hand it back, and I guess after the weekend I will. Another milestone. Just writing about it makes me tearful.
Annika and her pal, Ralph ....""aaaww walph"
I have done pretty much as much packing as it is possible to do until the last minute, I mean - I still have to function. However in an effort to save money - and because I am not exactly rushed off my feet at the moment, I am - with a little help - loading up a truck with our bits and pieces, and a few items of furniture I cannot part with, and all my garden "stuff" and driving it to the shipping warehouse somewhere in Toronto a week tomorrow and then I will drive the truck all the way back, probably a 3 - 4 hour round trip allowing for unpacking. On the following Monday I will drive our car, with daughter following, all the way to the warehouse and my daughter will drive me back. I will then have to function with the absolute minimum - one couch, one airbed, one TV, and few dishes etc. until the Thursday when I fly. Fun eh?

Between now and then I have various "last" lunches, coffees and dinners with various friends. Also doing quite a bit of knitting and reading. Have been totally addicted to the Stieg Larsson books and am currently on the last of the trilogy. Also found another good author who I have enjoyed, Kate Atkinson, just in case anyone wants a recommendation.

On my last weekend it is my youngest's 18th birthday - one of the reasons why I haven't gone sooner. So all in all a very emotional couple of weeks on the horizon. I just keep telling myself I''ll be back at Christmas.......

PS: Youngest son seems to be settling in well at college and making friends. That is a big weight off my mind.


Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

It may be heart wrenching at the moment but you have so much to look forward to.

I am looking forward to Nigel's arrival on the 14th, but not to the drive back to the UK on the 16th. I find leaving here for winter more and more difficult, but we just cannot afford to keep two houses heated, and it would not be fair on Nigel for me to disappear for more than 6 months. He is very good about letting me come here for the whole of summer as it is not easy for him. Working and doing everything at home. Diane

Living the Dream said...

Oh how I know what you are feeling right now but of course the distance for us isn't so bad, we are able to come back and see the family quite often. Having said that we are living with them at the moment, while Richard is recovering, and that isn't easy either. Perhaps we never truly have what we want. You have health, family, a beautiful home which you are having fun with. That's the way I have to look at it. Take care, you never know, we may meet in France one day