What if we ever needed…3/4 of an Inch

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

Last Dance with Mary Jane

The shippers got the moving truck back to our house around 3:30 yesterday afternoon. I almost cried when they left. Our house is empty, except for the life raft (air mattress) in the bedroom and it  echos. Jeff can no longer mutter under his breath on the other side of the house without me hearing … Continue reading Last Dance with Mary Jane

The Grief of Goodbye

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

Down to the Dregs

We are down to just what we want to keep. The boxes and the couch. The two bikes. And our 5 checked bags and two carry-ons. The Garage Sale worked and the dump runs and donations to Habitat for Humanity are complete. We were making food the other night  - I won't call it dinner, … Continue reading Down to the Dregs

Talking vs. Communicating

Communication and understanding are the key to a happy life. I know this from the harsh reality of experience, as I've not always been the best at either of these. I guess time grants you wisdom and perspective - if you decide to pay attention. In thinking of our preparation for moving to Spain, we … Continue reading Talking vs. Communicating

Camping in your own Backyard

When my kids were small, we would set up a tent in the backyard, or even the family room (if it was cold outside) and we would get out the sleeping bags and 'camp'. They loved it - all cozy in the tent with just the things we needed to survive an overnight - complete … Continue reading Camping in your own Backyard

The Review

Today, I woke up bone tired. It could be the fact that we're now sleeping on an air mattress, but we've been going for days, and I needed coffee. So I made a café con leche from the precious beans I have left, and I reviewed the list I made back in September of all … Continue reading The Review

And She’s Rounding the Corner

We have officially entered the home stretch for all this visa falderal. We flew back from my parents house just now, and what was in the mail box? Oh yeah. Our Apostillized FBI background checks, with the official stamps and all the whoozy-whatsits, was waiting for us in the mail box. What? With a pending … Continue reading And She’s Rounding the Corner

Dancing in the Rain

As humans, we've survived because we have been able to evolve and adapt. The people on this planet today - all of us - are a result of DNA that has been resilient enough to make small changes, allowing us to survive long enough to procreate or at least, not get eaten by a sabretooth … Continue reading Dancing in the Rain

The Devil and the Details

We were at the airport at 5am this morning. Emilie is back at school, so I'm getting down to less trendy concerns. Putting all this together has become a puzzle. And the pieces like to change shape as we go. Making for some interesting days. I'll confirm my overseas shipper on Monday and arrange to … Continue reading The Devil and the Details