It seems likely that the only folks who will ever read this have it set up so they get a notice when I post, but I’m back. :)
Looking back, I see that I have posted more recently than I remembered. That’s good. But life since November has been a whirlwind of cleaning, packing, and (hardest of all) paring down our possessions to what we really have to keep.
I am a bit of a packrat, so I had tonnes of treasures socked away in every corner of this 1700 sq ft house. Since we have to pay for every ounce we carry across, that had to be winnowed for the most important treasures. Since wood has to be funmigated before entry, it seemed wisest to get rid of it. (That means the furniture has to be replaced.) Since glass, ceramic, and crystal are fragile and likeliest to break enroute, I mostly passed that along, too. (Some things, like wedding gifts and dishes, I am taking my chances with.)
So now, virtually everything we are taking, but don’t need day to day, is packed up and stacked out of the way and the house is for sale. The stuff we actually need day to day looks pretty sparse and the place no longer feels like home…though it is a lot easier to keep it sparkling so we can show it on 30 minutes notice. (If only my lovely boys remembered that that was the goal. We can show on the weekend or on Monday morning, but by Wednesday we need way more notice. *sigh* Oh well, we have only had one viewing, which is what we expected. The house is priced very high for the area. But that’s what we owe the bank, and the bank isn’t feeling cooperative. They don’t see any reason we can’t just stay put and keep paying the mortgage.
One reason that it has become urgent also changes the plan in Australia completely. Rod has had three strokes in the last 18 months. He now drags his left side and has serious trouble speaking and writing. The odds of his being able to work are slim and we have to get him home asap. He has had his heart and circulatory system inspected and that isn’t where the problem is. His blood vessels are clear as a whistle and his heart is strong. He had a treatment to repair the damage he did to his neck and head 20 years ago, and he has been functioning better since then, but it hasn’t really resolved the issue the way we had hoped it would. Has it reduced the chances of another stroke? We hope so. But we really don’t know. We do know, my baby needs to be home, asap. He isn’t one to complain or show it in social situaitons, but the strokes have really made a mess of his self image and his confidence.
Another really important reason we have to get home – there are important members of the family we haven’t met yet! Michael married his lovely bride, Nessie, on the 9th of July. We haven’t met Nessie, yet and we can’t wait to.
We also haven’t met Joel and Makita’s sons Rhazel and Rodney – and now they have another on the way around the beginning of the new year! So exciting!
The plan for the trip is shaping up nicely. My official retirement date is 19 December, and we now think that our departure date is around 1 February. That gives us time to find a shipper and wrap things up here, after my visa application is approved. It could all move faster, but pushing to make it that would be very rushed. I have had enougha ll work and no play these last few months. :p
In one of my more recent posts – January, I think — I mentioned that we were going to go for a more strict interpretation of paleo. We did that, and it “worked so well” (at reducing my apetite) that I started to eat later and later in the morning. I am never hungry in the morning, but I was getting to 1 or 2 pm before I wanted more than my coffee on many days. I noticed that my trousers were getting more snug, but I put it down to the fact that I hadn’t had the energy to walk as much as usual (which I blamed on the Augean Project at home). However I had the chance to test my blood sugar a few weeks back and was alarmed to find that it was high forst thing in the morning and went *higher* as the day wore on even with no food!
That made no sense to me because I never had symptoms of hypoglycemia. However I did some research and discovered that fasting has that effect on two groups of people. People who already have pancreatic dysfunction (me!) and women, especially post menopause (again, me!). So…Rod has again started making “breakfast cookies” so I can have one with my coffee. It makes me hungry all day, but evidently that’s better than not being hungry. Oddly enough, I now have the energy to walk again! Oh well.
When Rod’s choir and Jack’s Sunday school quit for the summer, Rod started taking Jack to karate. That meant that I have not been sitting somewhere that I couldn’t be packing or cleaning, and so my studies have stalled – probably also for the summer. That and crafting have been on a back burner for quite a while. And now it looks like my first order of business once we are in Australia will be to find a job, so I don’t know when I will pick them up seriosuly again. Oh well, the piecemeal I had been doing can resume once Choir and Sunday school start up again.
Well, while I haven’t been studying or blogging, I have managed to have *some* fun. I have started making our own saurkraut. That came out so well that after my second batch, I decided to try dill pickles. It’s easy, so I hope it works out. Real fermented pickles at the store are super expensive and I can’t have the cheap ones because most are pickled in corn vinegar.
Ahh, well. I hope to do this every weekend now that packing and cleaning are essentially done. Have a great weekend!