7 days...

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It's our first snow, besides a few little snowflakes here & there. It's cold today with a brisk -13c showing right now with the windchill. It's not quite 9:00am yet and it's still not bright out... soon I hope as I really need to 'wake up'. I have zero plans of leaving the house today and plan on staying inside where it's warm & toasty! Today there will be more packing done! Surprise, surprise!

My fabric cupboard & my sewing machine are the last 2 things in my sewing room to be packed. My wrist has been absolutely killing me, so I'm back to wearing my brace non-stop. I don't really have time to "rest" because everything needs done, so today I'll finish that up. Most of the basement has been packed up, but I'd like to have that 100% done today, including all of Mya's barbie stuff.

I need to sort through & pack up my clothing still, but Dh works every night right up until the movers arrive so I'm going to have to try to get in there one day before he goes to bed in the morning. I need to help the girls sort through their clothes and just leave out what we'll be bringing with us in our carry ons and checked bags. I'm really just sort of flying by the seat of my pants right now truth be told. We don't have nearly as much to pack this time as we did last time since we donated/sold/got rid of so much, so that's a nice treat!

We do have one box of items collected to donate so far, and I think we're going to try to sell the coffee table set I purchased before we leave (I hate it, I want a big ottoman instead) and I'm debating on whether or not we bring the futon with us. I don't think we're going to have room for it in the new house. The older I get, the more minimal I really like things to be. Clutter stresses me out and I don't like "stuff" on surfaces, or shoved in closets, or in piles, etc... I don't want crowded rooms or furniture we won't use. "Just Enough" is what I strive for.

Switching gears, yesterday I totally changed my mind on what to give my oldest son for Christmas (yes, I still buy for my 23 yr old, and I probably always will) so I placed a couple of online orders to be delivered to him, which will make things easier on my end. And I really wanted to surprise him as he always says he "doesn't need anything" or just wants $ for computer stuff... lol! But, I had an epiphany yesterday after seeing something online and speaking to his best friend. So I went for surprises this year and it's next to impossible to surprise this kid! I have one gift here for him, (which he asked for) and the other 2 he'll receive at his house. I can't wait to see him again, it's been 4 long months and I have hated being away for so long. He knows how much I love his clean cut look so went out yesterday and got a haircut for when I see him! He's such a sweetheart!

I need to pick up a gift card for my Father-in-law and Christmas is done. Wrapping will hopefully be done today as we're having an early Christmas here for the kids, and we'll call it a day. I feel like we're totally bypassing Christmas this year honestly, it's kind of crazy that we're actually moving home *ON* Christmas Day, but I just want and need to be back home with my family & friends. There is absolutely nothing I want more this year than to feel like I belong & fit in again, with the love & support of my people! It's really tough when you really have nobody to rely on or to help out in an emergency. Especially when you're living somewhere which lacks medical care! I want my "village" back!

I remember last time Mya got really sick with pneumonia & croup, I had such amazing support & help!

  • A local friend whom I had met through blogging brought us to the ER late one night.
  • Another local friend home I had met through blogging brought Mya over a huge stash of freezies from her freezer because she was dehydrated and wouldn't drink anything.
  • My sons best friend ran literally ALL OVER THE CITY looking for freezies for Mya.
  • My mom picked us up from the ER at a crazy time when she had to work the next morning still.
  • My best friend who doesn't even live in London always asks me "Do you need anything? Do you need to go anywhere or do you need me to pick anything up?" Even though it would not be easy or convenient for her to do this, I know she would for me!

Thankfully her immune system has improved soo very much since she used to get soo sick, but It's just really wonderful to have people on your side that you know you can count on, day & night! I miss that so very much! This is why I need be *home* once again.

On that note, I need to get moving... thanks for peeking in, have a wonderful day!