I'm a 50-something year old transplanted California woman, who's living and loving in the wonderful "Land Down Under". I'm "MOM" to 3 and although my oldest and youngest have passed before me, God in his infinite wisdom has not only given me the strength to survive the loss, he's also given me one of the best son's anyone could hope for.
Without him and God's grace, I doubt I would have ever gotten as far as I have, so I have to credit both of them... Because without them in my life, I wouldn't be who I am today.
I've been truly blessed.
Ayup... I'm packing my bags here, because I"M COMING HOME!! Well, not for good at this 'exact' point in time, but we are going 'home' for a few short weeks in May, to get details and finances sorted out, prior to me getting home for good - hopefully by mid-to late summer. The house here is ready to put on the market (except for replacing that damn vomit-pink pedestal sink in the bathroom) and all the mess and clutter from months of carpentry and painting is well and truly done and dusted. My stuff has been (mostly) sorted through, tossed out, set aside for the Salvation Army, given away to friends or sold... and I'm kind of enjoying this 'clutter-free' existence!
In the past, when we've gone home we've only worried about taking a small-ish carry on bag each... but this time we're taking the small bags plus two huge 70 lb bags as well. Stuffed with things that I want to keep and think at this point, that can't live without... but Lord knows what the airport security people are going to think of some of it! Wind chimes and photos, bird feeders and linens & laces, and even a couple of ancient and well-loved cast iron skillets. Oh... and a book or two that I just can't bear to part with. And my cookbooks... And that cool vegetable peeler that's shaped like a carrot... the one with the cushy orange handle. And... and... well heck... whatever else I can fit in the suitcases!
I thought at one point that I would find a moving company to move most of my stuff, but as my son pointed out, with the exhorbitant cost of shipping, I can buy "new furniture" cheaper over there, and then fill in the gaps with garage and yard sale finds.. And that will also give me the pleasure of picking out 'new stuff' as well - something I haven't been able to afford to do, in all the years I've been here!
I just want to get this all over and done with, so I can settle down and start living my life again... instead of feeling like I'm on a never ending roller coaster. Leaving The Old Guy is going to be one of the hardest things about it all, but I have his sworn promise that he'll be coming over a couple of times a year for a month or two at a time.
And if he doesn't, I'll be coming back to whoop his arse...