The last week has passed in a blur. On Sunday Kay and I headed up to Barrie, our new home, since we had an appointment with or lawyer early Monday to close the sale of our new house. We travelled in convoy, me leading the way in Appa the Volksbison, our 1985 VW Westfalia which behaved beautifully thanks to a new water pump. Money well spent, as there are many hills on the roads north to Barrie, and Appa behaved well climbing each of them. Sunday we stayed at a KOA, which is a very mainstream, family friendly campground. Well, calling it camping is a bit of a stretch when there is a pizza parlour and video games centre in the heart of the campground, but it was cheerful, cheap and convenient.
Stuff with lawyers and real estate always leaves my stomach in knots, and we had some last minute drama on Monday verifying that the insurance for the new house was in place, but by 5pm, on Madame Padre’s birthday no less, we walked through the door of our new house. Am I a classy guy for buying my wife a new house as a birthday present, or what? Madame P wanted some painting done before the furniture arrived, since two of the bedrooms were done in garish orange and blue colours, as is the fashion for children’s bedrooms these days. These bedrooms are to be repurposed as studies/offices, so we wanted to get that done before they were full of books and bookcases and thus much harder to paint.
Parked in our backyard, Appa was our bedroom for the two days we painted. One of the blessings of a slightly older house is the larger lot and mature trees. Lots of trees. All of Kay’s talents as a shade gardener will be called on.
We also had a chance to visit the regional hospital while in Barrie, and get Madame registered with the cancer centre. We are very impressed at how quickly her file is being handled now. She has a CT scan to schedule sometime next week, and a visit with her new oncologist at the end of the month. Thank you all for your kind wishes, emails, and prayers, they are much appreciated and we are better for them.
Then back to Kitchener on Wednesday night. The packers, two young women and a man, arrived on our doorstep Wednesday morning and worked through the day. Here is the sad sight of my wargames room and painting bench, all packed uo and ready to load on the truck.
Even though it was a big space, it was dark and I won’t miss it. I am trading space for light, as the new games room has glorious fluorescent lamps. It will be heaven.
Most of those boxes are full of my wargames stuff. It’s an alarming amount of kit, as Madame occasionally remarks, apropos of nothing.
Madame bids farewell to the moving van, which was loaded and driving off by noon today.
By early afternoon tomorrow we will have finished cleaning the house and loading some of Kay's plants, and we will be on the way. Truck arrives at the new place on Monday morning and I report to my new job on Wednesday. Busy times ahead.
Tonight we are in a hotel, and we went to see Terminator Genisys. We both enjoyed watching a 68 year old Arnold S do the robot schtick, but found the banging and smashing around to be a bit tiresome, and the time travel stuff makes my head hurt.