Hell froze over today. Well, since it's so bloody hot and humid I sort of wish it actually did, but our stuff ARRIVED at 1pm today. It actually came with a phone call and three guys who could not have been nicer. I paid for their lunch afterwards. I'm not a person who has ever … Continue reading What if we ever needed…3/4 of an Inch
We arrived in Dijon! It was a rather long ride from Strasbourg but we did it. We rode thru the picturesque town of Colmar, 'Little Venice' they call it, with their canals and centuries-old architecture. We had a long way to go so we set off to go over the nearby mountains through a National … Continue reading Viva la France
Ok - My international shippers are giving me acid reflux. They gave me the estimated window for picking up our stuff about a month ago. Promising to refine the estimate to an actual day, and then further to an actual time. I have neither in my possession right now. I have emailed repeatedly. I'm trying … Continue reading Moving Voo Doo
There are points in life - graduations, kids going off to college - where we both celebrate and we mourn. We buy cards and gifts and we cheer. And then we cry tears of joy and loss as we see the back side of our children or grandchildren, as they go off to new horizons, … Continue reading The Grief of Goodbye
Just heard - we are good to go. Its a little surreal. If we hadn't had to provide one more month of financial statements, it would have taken only 3 days. I love the Spanish Consulate in Los Angeles. Crazy! After all that - it was quick and painless. It's strange. Thinking back, when we … Continue reading Visa Approved!!
We're just waiting now. Checking email throughout the day to see if the 'We like you, come to Spain' email is waiting for us. Now I'm doing the housekeeping of sweeping up all the little things. Funny, I thought the list was almost done, but the closer we get I keep adding one thing here, … Continue reading Day 8 – Visa Watch
Yesterday, I sat near our open front door and waited all day for the overnight package from our translator so I could turn around and send it to the Spanish Consulate. Our mail carrier is flakey - a looong history of creatively avoiding bringing packages to our door and just leaving the 'Sorry we missed … Continue reading Check, Check, Check
Jeff says it's stress and that I ran myself down. I don't know if it's that or what - but I have the flu again. Started yesterday and now I'm in the fever and chills phase. Cold then Hot then Cold again. Maybe it's that we went through three climate zones in 48 hours, each … Continue reading You’ll come and visit, right?
We've spent months and months getting everything ready and today, we drive towards LA. On the way, we'll stop off in Palm Springs for an overnight with dear friends, and then it's on to LaLa land to spend, probably a sleepless night in great anticipation. Monday morning we have 2 meetings at the Spanish consulate … Continue reading The Wind at our Backs
When our children were growing up, we tried to instill a sense of gratitude in their character. They had things I couldn't dream of when I was a kid. So I'm not sure I was always successful in making sure they understood how hard we worked to provide for them. Over the years, we've amassed … Continue reading Grateful for Letting Go