Friday, July 10, 2015

Packed and On the Move

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.




  1. No doubt you are a classy guy to buy your wife a new house for her birthday!
    The new homestead looks perfectly situated for a large picnic.
    Looking forward to seeing the game room back in operation.

    Enjoy your new deployment and take care of Mrs. P!

  2. That's class Michael! That's a lot of gaming kit more than I I think. Enjoy Kay's new home.

  3. Now look here, you will give us chaps a bad name if word gets out that you are gifting houses as Birthday presents - they'll all want one! Delighted to hear that the move is progressing well, best of luck to you both.

  4. That is a lovely garden! Hope the rest of the move has gone smoothly!

  5. Congrats on the new house! I hope all your stuff arrives in good shape and you'll be back to gaming soon. Lovely garden by the way - when we moved, we sadly lost our balcony, so no more space for K.'s plants...

  6. Glad to hear that the move is going well and that your good wife will be well taken care of. That's one big removal van.

  7. Good luck with the move Michael - Bet you cant wait to get the new room up and running.
    But not before you get the list of jobs done from Mrs P's first.... :-)
    Best wishes.

  8. I hope your move goes smoothly and wish you both well in your new home :)

  9. Good luck, all the way around. A new posting, new doctors, new gaming opportunities. Trying times. Perhaps you should talk to the Chaplain.

    Don't forget to have your prizes from those blog competitions sent to the new address.

  10. Good luck and fingers crossed for minimal breakages!

  11. All the best two you and dear Madame P. in the new house!

  12. It is only fair that a man who buys his wife a house with a nice garden for her birthday gets a well lit war games room in that house.
    Madame Padre (Madre?) Petersen is in my thoughts, I hope all goes well for her with the scans and treatment.

  13. Belated birthday wishes to the good lady Kay! A house as a gift is setting the bar high for how she'll reciprocate when your own birthday next comes around.

    My own wife was looking over my shoulder as I read this and made mention of "how nice it would be to have a yard with such old large trees". So thanks for that...

    Good luck with the move!

  14. Little late but I hope your move goes as smooth as possible! Good luck in your new home.

  15. Best wishes to you both (with an extra helping for Kay)!

  16. I hope all goes well - especially for Mme Padre.


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