May/14/2009, Burlington Ontario
Above is a photo of Steve slumping down onto a chair, while Heather arrives with another load from her car.
Today, we awoke to the knock of the building team...could you come back in a half an hour...
We spent another day running around, picking up alternators, hardware, batteries etc. etc...
We also had a hurried visit with mum. A 5:30 pm oil change appointment in Mississauga then back to Burlington...no worries, but I'm never going to get to visit with my friends from Aquafit...and I brought my bathing suit and everything...boo..hoo..
May/13/2009, Burlington Ontario
Today Mike, Steve and I cleaned while waiting for the movers to arrive. The builder had been in the night before and fixed most items on our list. Today we saw the electricians, the wallboard in one wall was redone and the painter was in to re-do some trim. On our list we noticed a few tiles out of line in the master en-suite shower stall and today the builder's rep. came by to inform Mike that they were not happy with the tile work in the master bathroom en-suite and had decided to re-do it (the whole shower stall!). I couldn't believe it! Note to self: make sure you deal with a good builder~
More photo's attached in photo gallery.
It has been 2 weeks since we successfully moved out of our home in Waterdown. For me personally, it's been an emotional week of goodbyes. You may hate me when I say this, but I really loved my job and hated to leave behind all my co-workers, clients and participants. As an Aquafit Instructor you would not think this possible, however, I had to keep a stiff upper lip as each group pulled together a surprise "coffee pot luck dessert table" and lavished me with cards, gifts, well wishes, compliments and praises for a job well done... it is unreal for me to think that I won't be on deck anymore. Nine years as an Instructor. . I thought at that time, I was changing my life drastically.. ha!
Thank you all for making the last nine years so enjoyable and being such a huge part of my life! Because of you, I have grown so much in so many ways. Check out the Photo Gallery for more pics.
March/16/2009, Waterdown, Ontario
Me...I'm still packing.
We've only been in this house for 4 years. We downsized in June 2005, from what I still refer to as "home", where we resided for 18 years. It was there that we raised the kids, made life-long friends, enjoyed the challenge of renovating and the art of entertaining. As a family we skied, sailed, camped, canoed, kayaked, golfed, volunteered, worked and lived a full life. Burlington became our home.
We've been packing for months now. We have decided not to pay for storage of our stuff. Steve met a couple who owned a very large motor home. He said he made his living from owning a storage facility. He mentioned that when his wife and he decided to travel, they sold everything. According to him (and others that we've spoken too since), people tend to store their possessions for years, only to come back home and then throw it away. We are mostly giving all of our (newly bought) furniture and most items from this house to our son. He will finally get into his condo in May (which was supposed to be finished last October). The rest of our "stuff" that is worthy of the time spent to pack it into a box and cart it to a basement will reside there until we return. Oddly, there have been many trips to the Re-Use Center and Value Village. I hope we find good "stuff" in Value Village when we come back to Canada ... whenever that is.
Back to packing.
March/16/2009, Waterdown, Ontario
Above (Steve still dreaming).
Friday, March 20th 2009 is getting closer and you should see the place. Steve has maps and charts strewn from one end of the great room to the other. Today another package from Nautical Mind arrived and it's like Christmas to Steve. He figures it's going to cost us about $1600 in maps, guide books, and Navionic charts alone just to make our way to the Bahamas (and Panama). That's not my concern... I'm rather flabbergasted that I am supposed to read all this stuff, enough to make sense of it all and not ride up on a coral reef or get run down in a shipping lane.
Steve has always found (made) time to read. When he was at work, he constantly read blogs like this site- favorites Cruising with Osprey and Ithaka - and for years he has sailed along with them. It's amazing what he can remember. I will be trying to catch up when on the waters of Georgian Bay this summer . .can't wait!