Sunday, March 10, 2013

Tick Tock

Taken at Cowichan Bay BC

What a week.  Monday evening I flew to Edmonton, landed at 1am Tuesday morning, rented a car, drove to our home in Sherwood Park, packed up a full suitcase in anticipation of clearing the house out next month, got 3 hrs sleep, drove to Vegreville to pick up my Mother-in-law, and drove back to the airport for a 1pm flight Tuesday.  Hubby was left to fulfill some business appointments that could not be broken.  Fortunately he was able to adjust his schedule so Wednesday the three of us spent six hours on the road (3 each way) to Victoria for the funeral of hubby's Great Aunt.  Finally Thursday we relaxed and showed my Mother-in-law our new home and town.  She is not afraid of flying but is deathly afraid of flying by herself - it is the process that terrifies her from checkin to security.  On her way back I cleared security with her and watched her walk up the stairs onto the plane-the only part she had to do on her own was the flight and getting off the plane to baggage where my stepson was waiting to drive her home.  Fortunately everything went as planned.  She is back in Alberta safe and sound and I am recovering from exhaustion.

It was extremely fortunate that I had just deep cleaned the house and bought groceries - you never know when your Mother-in-law will be an unexpected guest!

Now we wait for the conditions to come off the sale of our home - Thursday March 14th is the deadline and we are waiting not very patiently - tick tock tick tock.  They did their home inspection today and we know the sale of their house went through which was one of their conditions. 

If the sale does go through there are all sorts of things to be done - book flights, clean out the house, move step-son, disconnect utilities.  Hubby is already making a list of all the things we agreed to do and our new home when the Alberta house sold like build a shed and get a hot-tub.  Our new home is half the cost of the Alberta home but we are doing some upgrades to make it suit our new lifestyle - as we intend to be in it until too old to take care of ourselves (*do you think hubby planned it out to marry a wife 8 yrs his Jr?).

Thanks to everyone's kind words regarding the loss of hubby's 99 yr old Aunt.  We should be so lucky to live a long and prosperous life like hers.  The funeral was a celebration of life and I heard many wonderful stories - even met some more of hubby's cousins who we will likely see again as they only live 45 minutes from our home.

In the mean time, I have the travel bug - dreaming of exotic/tropical/historic places.  I have been doing some armchair traveling via the blog world - spent some downtime this weekend reading on Mexico, RV travels, and Europe.  I see travel in our future - this time just a little bit different as we get to come home to paradise afterwards!

Did I mention we will be mortgage free - 3rd times a charm - for the LAST time!!


  1. So sorry to hear about your aunt. I was at a funeral last summer where people shared wonderful stories. I didn't even know the person and I cried a river. It was sad, yet uplifting at the same time and it made me want to be a better person.
    I'm so happy for you that things are working out. I know what you mean by "not very patiently" waiting. It's torture, but hopefully things will fall into place. Fingers crossed.

    1. I had only met Mary twice but she was more like a Mother to my Mother-in-law than a sister so it was pretty tough on her. She was very grateful I flew out to retrieve her.

  2. Whew. Big week. Deep breaths. Looking forward to your next post.

  3. I'm so sorry about your husband's aunt.
    You are crazy busy. What a rush to get it all done! You seem to be handling it all so well. I would be a nervous wreck! I'm just not good when the schedule is crazy.