The Nitty Gritty
The Happening of Our Daily Lives
The Nitty Gritty
The Happening of Our Daily Lives
Life is always changing. Sometimes it's only subtle shifting as we transition into and through different stages of our life. Whatever the magnitude though, change happens.
This is where we currently find ourselves.
For starters, we thought our adult son was settled on the west coast of Canada.
Ya... Not so fast!
It turns out a shift was in place and he's now heading back, to not only our province, but our city! His industry is competitive with not an over abundance of jobs, so he has to be willing to move where the jobs are. Turns out there was a great opportunity for him here. Bonus! It will be the first time in almost nine years our whole family has lived in the same province and city.
Our daughter is getting married in a few months and will obviously be moving out. She had a rough go of it too -- schooling, starting her career etc. and has been wanting to go on a vacation forever. Turns out our son had some time between his jobs so the two of them have headed to Australia!
I'm so jealous! his has always been on my bucket list! Maybe next year!
Not all is lost though -- hubby and I are heading out too -- any guesses where? We are so excited! Some place warm, tropical which has also has been on my bucket list forever. More to come on this... stay tuned :)
We are still trying to work out our permanent living arrangements. Kids moving back home short-term until the job situation is more clear and until some place else can be found, kids getting married and moving out, kids working out their career choices, travelling and decisions on where we all want to live. To complicate it, the price of housing in the area we want to move to is outrageous. We found some gorgeous homes, reasonably priced, in a different part of our province but far away from our immediate and extended families. Sigh. Right now it's all jumbled up but hoping things fall into place shortly.
So it appears, many changes are on the horizon for us!
I've had a few inquiries to see if we're still here.
The good news is, yes we are!
The even better news is, I am reviving this old blog and plan on posting more often !! (although, I realize I wouldn't have to post too much in order to be more active than I have. Hoping to change this - promise!!)
Lots of changes going on with us -- more of which I will update in future posts.
Empty nesters, not-so-empty-nesters, changes and plans, plans and changes -- ei yi yi yi yi!
Confused? Well...stay tuned as we work through bringing some order to things!
Being closer to family was one of the main reasons we moved here. While we are still a few hours away from them, it sure beats the several days away from them like we were in our other locale.
My dad is 90 now and starting to face a few challenges. He is still sharp as a tack mentally, but has difficulty seeing and needs a cane to walk. His wife (my step-mom) is currently in the hospital waiting for a spot in a nursing home to open up so my dad is on his own in their apartment.
It's challenging balancing my father's needs from afar while still addressing my family's needs. This was the case this weekend as I knew our kids wanted to spend Father's Day with their Father and I wanted to spend time with my father. Distance and work schedules always make it next to impossible to all get together.
Mr. and I decided we'd spend a couple of days with my dad and then be back here so our kids could spend Father's Day with their dad. Friday morning, hubby and I were on the road by 6 am heading off to my dad's. We spent all day Friday and Saturday with him, visiting, going out for dinners, stopping for coffee and lots of drives . One such drive took us to his old family farm (it was my grandfather's farm, my dad was born in the house and lived there until he was 77). He was so pleased to look around the barnyard at the barn and other buildings, to see all the changes and improvements the new owners have made. It really touched him on a deep level.
It was an enjoyable couple of days and I could tell he really enjoyed our visit. After supper on Saturday, we said our good-byes (why are they always so difficult??) and headed for home. We made it in time to sleep in our own beds and for the kids to spend Father's day with their dad. Neither of them had to work (which is rare, both in the fact they didn't have to work but also that they both had the same day off -- Bonus!)
We spent the day hanging out with each other, first by going to church together, then home for pizza, garlic fingers and presents. Mr. had a lot of phone calls (from his sisters and our older son) . All in all a nice day and a great weekend.
It was wonderful to spend time with both Fathers in our family. I am fortunate to still have my dad at age 90 and our kids have been blessed with a great dad. It's great to be able to honour both of them!
Happy Father's Day!