We watched Charlie Brown's Christmas Special last week, and I realized that likely it was only us adults watching it as it is almost 50 years old now and most kids can't relate to it anymore. That is okay, some of us need shows like that to get us into the Christmas spirit. It worked for us. Life has been a wee bit crazy this month and is only getting more crazy from here on out.
I have some news, that I am almost afraid to share here in case it doesn't go through. All I wanted for Christmas this year was for my Mom's house to sell so she could move and be near us as she has an empty condo waiting for her to move into two blocks from our home. That plus my Alberta Mother-in-law's health to get sorted and her into assisted living but that is another story for a later date.
My Mom's old home is two hours away each direction. Well, on Saturday, a real estate offer was made and accepted. Things are moving very quickly as the new owners wish to take possession by December 30th - which might even be moved up by a week if we can get Mom moved out in time. The "conditions of sale" which are the final hurdle in the deal are set to come off Friday. It looks like I am getting my wish!
So this Friday afternoon I am making almost the last trek for two days of mad packing, so she can move in 8 days time - hopefully around the 18th. She is hiring movers but there is still loads to be done to make it all happen so fast. She is stressed but happy as we were just talking last weekend how wouldn't it be nice if she could move by Christmas but that appeared to be a pipe dream.
So, I have decided it is okay if no cookies are baked this month and if my Christmas cards go out late (hopefully this week) and if we leave some shopping to the last minute - which we never normally do. My Mom was originally going to come visit us for Christmas celebration the weekend of the 21st as we are flying out of town for Christmas. Instead she might actually be in her new home and can walk over if she wants to. Life can change at the drop of a hat, for good and for bad. Something to think about this season...