Sunday, July 1, 2012

Canada Day 2012

But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep. – Robert Frost

National holidays are times to reflect. Decide what's important to you and focus
on it. This is a view that's very important to me. Where Henry is standing is where
we stood and were married 2 years ago. The view is the Atlantic Ocean.
Today we celebrate Canada’s 145th birthday. Where has the time gone?

Now I don’t mean “where has the 145 years gone” but where is 2012 going? It seems like only yesterday we were gearing up for the Victoria Day holiday (May 24). We’re now officially at the halfway mark. Before we know it the summer will have whizzed by.

Now that is not a good thing, for the usual reasons, but also because we are gearing up for a big house sale and a move to the countryside this summer. We’ve been furiously trying to do things to the house that we should have done but just “lived with” before.

It’s easy to say “there’s always tomorrow” when you don’t plan on going anywhere. That’s not the case now. Stuff must be done. I want this house sold.

We have yet to go on the market but hopefully we will sell quickly. It’s more than a bit difficult to do interesting posts (or posts at all) when you have multiple other tasks to do that are not very interesting… from my blog’s standpoint.

This is the fancy table where we signed and witnessed
the legal papers for our marriage. No expensive setting, no
throng of people. It's what you feel, not what you have, that
makes for a happy, worthwhile life. It only took me 50 years...
I’m looking forward to having this “period” over so I can concentrate on interesting posts again. My focus will be able to shift when we go on the market, and then after we buy and move.

It seems now it’s all painting, primping, preening and scheduling the occasional workman. I have two sets of workers coming to the house this week, and in the past month had a few in as well. The old gal is starting to shine.

It will be nice to settle somewhere and begin to live again.

Actually the reason we’re moving is kind of tied into celebrations like Canada Day. It’s these holidays when we think of family and friends and what is important in life. I wasn’t thinking that way for quite a while.

It has become apparent I have been putting life “on hold.” My house in the city was purchased as a home and investment in retirement, which is a long way off yet.

But I have been putting living on hold waiting for the day to cash it in. That was wrong headed, in so many ways.

That’s why we’re moving to the country. Better quality of life, cheaper living expenses, and a whole new locale for me to discover and write about.

It’s funny. We’ve been looking at places off and on, and when one leaves the city “proper” your mindset changes. We’re both originally from the country and know what a change to living where things are less complicated can do for your mind and spirit.

I’m excited for the future I soon will be experiencing, but also freaked out by the number of tasks yet to do before we get a “For Sale” sign on the front lawn.

Where has the time gone? Will it stretch long for me so I can get done what I need? I hope so.

I need all the time I can get. And in saying that, I had better get busy... The sun is shining.


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