The last few weeks have been a storm of change. As a nation, we are watching the civil liberties crisis in the States with great concern and, too often, in horror. Demands for change stateside are undeniable and strong – perhaps strong enough to actually make people listen. Not just in the U.S. but in Canada too. Listening has to happen at all levels and, yes, that may mean some uncomfortable realizations. But hopefully it will also result in positive actions taken.
The new normal we are experiencing with the pandemic has also caused uneasiness and change. We are all, in some way, absorbing our evolving environment and adapting. Some days are hard and other days, maybe not so hard. One day at a time.
For Mike and I personally, it feels like we have been on a fast-moving highway but constantly taking the offramps and onramps as we check things off our giant “get it done now” list. In addition to our boat commissioning work, we are finishing off our antifouling boat project (at the painting stage – yes!), we moved to Trenton and, finally, we sold one of our cars. Each of these events on their own would keep us busy but since they are all happening at once, we find our days very full and very tiring.
The move to Trenton went as expected – a few days of packing and unpacking that went almost without a hitch. We were thrilled that all of our stuff fit in one high top van and two cars. We have been downsizing for several years so this felt like a win 😊. The only hitch happened on the day of our move. Packing the van took longer than expected, and in the rush to just “get going”, we forgot to leave the garage door opener for the new tenants (crap!). We had made it as far as Brockville when we realized it so this meant a 45-minute drive back to Ottawa to drop it off, a very long 1 ½ hour drive detour to an already long drive to Trenton at the end of a long day of packing. Sigh.
The last week has been a combination of settling into our new home (new routines, new spaces) and driving to the boat to ready it for launch. As the boat is still in Iroquois but we are now in Trenton, this is now a 2 hour drive each way. Yes, the days are long, but we are pretty happy with our progress on our antifouling boat project. And, we are also very blessed to have such a comfortable and beautiful home to stay in while we ready the boat for launch. Yes, there is lots of change but there is also stability. We stay connected with friends and family (so necessary and calming), plus Wild Horses is still Wild Horses (our touchstone!) and we can’t wait until she hits the water.
Victoria is a hiker, dog-lover, blog writer and planner extraordinaire. Oh, yeah and she is kind of fond of living on a boat.