August 30, 2005

One last look

Before we left Toronto I took a few pictures of the empty rooms, just to prove that we really had done what some people (including me!) thought was impossible – pack (almost) all the stuff in the house. So, just for the record, here’s the evidence.

An empty back room (known to our friends as “the Ugly Room”, and for good reason!)

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The nearly empty living room

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The completely empty study

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For the few days in which all we had access to was what we could pack into one small car, I felt remarkably free and easy – unencumbered by stuff. Of course, that also meant going without things like a tea kettle and chairs… there are reasons we own all that stuff!

PS: Thanks for all the good wishes and welcomes! I’ll reply to everyone soon, but the continuing absence of my own computer makes emailing remarkably irritating.

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August 29, 2005

We made it!

The epic journey has been successfully completed, and we’re here in Sackville, New Brunswick. 1700 km in 2 days, with our poor Tigger miserable the whole way. Dosing him with Gravol helped, though – he was much calmer than he normally is on car trips. Or it might have been pure exhaustion – Friday we were driving 12 hours straight, with only a couple of 15-20 min breaks for McDonald’s along the way. Saturday’s trip from Riviere-du-Loup to Sackville, 7 hours, seemed like nothing at all in comparison.

Right now I’m composing this entry on Mark’s laptop, while sitting on a camping mattress in our empty house. Our stuff won’t arrive until tomorrow at the earliest, so we don’t even have a chair to sit on. Of course, by the time I post this entry it will already be outdated, since we don’t have a phone line yet and so I can’t get online until tomorrow (Monday).

I’ll post some pictures of the new house (which is charming and lovely) soon. For now I just wanted to let everyone know that we’d arrived safe and sound, and we’re settling in as fast as we can!

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August 18, 2005

Goodbyes

The sad part about moving to Sackville is of course saying goodbye to all our friends here. It feels like the last two weeks (or more) have been a series of farewells. Last night was my last chance to go to the SnB at Lettuce Knits, and so I said goodbye to all the wonderful women down there. I know I’ll keep in touch with many of them through my blog and email, but it just won’t be the same as hanging out with them all and feeling part of a lovely, warm, and funny community. Sigh.

But the sting of parting was lessened somewhat by a wonderful gift from Dani, whose picture of the two of us I’ve shamelessly stolen from her site:

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She decided I needed something to remember Ontario by, and so gave me two luscious skeins of Koigu (and an Aero Caramel just in case New Brunswick doesn’t have the fancy candy):

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I’ve actually never knitted with Koigu, so I’m very excited. As you can see, I took advantage of Lettuce Knits’ facilities one last time and wound the skeins into balls, so that they’re ready for knitting at a moment’s notice. I may not be able to hold out very long! Thanks again, Dani — you’re so sweet!

And finally, just to give you a taste of what’s been occupying most of my time recently, here’s a couple of shots of the current state of our house:

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Fun, fun, fun!

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August 12, 2005

Hello?

Sorry for the long absence. I’ve been a bit busy — well, quite busy — with packing and the numerous odd jobs that need to be done to transfer us as a household to Sackville. I also haven’t been knitting all that much — as I said, I’ve been busy, and that’s led to tiredness, and it’s also been hot and humid alot of the time. I’m sure I’ll start feeling more like knitting when we’ve moved and it cools down.

I have been working on my cardigan, though — not that it’s in my sidebar WIP list, of course, I haven’t updated that in a while. Maybe I’ll try to get a picture of it soon — or of the mountains of boxes that are starting to pile up around our house. They’re rather impressive in a scary sort of way…

Anyway, I’m still reading other blogs, I just might not post very often until we’ve moved. But I do promise to keep blogging in our new home — after all, it’ll be a major point of contact between me and the outside world!

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