Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The End Here

This is it.  This is my last full day in Edmonton.  Mom arrives this evening, we'll spend the night in a motel, then leave in the morning.  I've got a few last things to do - one more trip to Goodwill, one more box to mail, cleaning my apartment - but I'm mostly ready to go and should be all wrapped up by the time I pick up Mom at the airport.

It's kind of hard to believe that my time here is done.  I'm a wee bit sad and a little anxious, but mostly I'm just ready to get going.  I'm ready to get on with my life.  I thought moving up here and marrying XM was the "start" of my life.  I was wrong.  I hope this is the start of something good.  Something better.

Please pray that we have a safe journey.  See you all on the other side.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Dirty Trees

I made my quick trip to Jasper last week.  I didn't have the best weather, but it was still great to spend a little time there.  I'm really going to miss it.

I saw these two trees at Maligne Canyon.  Am I the only one that thinks that these trees look like they're getting it on?


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Monday, May 13, 2013

Leaving a touchstone

I'm leaving in the morning to go to the mountains for one last quick trip.  I'm having to watch my funds right now, so I'm only going for one night.  Fortunately I was able to cash in on some air miles points for a (reputable) motel gift card, so I only have to pay for food and gas.  


I'm excited about going because, as you all know, I love going to the Canadian Rockies more than I can even properly express.  LOVE IT!!!

But I'm also sad.  This is my last trip there until... who knows when.  I feel like I'm going to say good-bye to an old, dear friend without knowing when I'll be able to see them again.  It brings tears to my eyes just typing this, just as I cry a little every time I think about being there for the last time for a long time.  Maybe ever, although I certainly hope not.

I kind of feel like the mountains have been a touchstone for the journey that my life has taken over the last several years.  It's a special place anyway, but it means so much to me personally.  It's hard to leave it behind.

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Wednesday, May 08, 2013

I'm not allowed to forget Canada

Last week I got together with some of the ladies that I used to knit with weekly.  It's been nearly a year since we got together regularly, and this is only the second or third time that I've seen them in the course of that year.  Of course, I wanted to hang out with them one more time before I left.  They knew beforehand of my plan to move, although they didn't know any of the details, but they gave me some gifts to make sure that wherever I go, and especially if I'm knitting, people know where I've been living for the last six years!




Isn't that fun?  Canadian flag, candy in Canadian wrappers, red Handmaiden Rumple yarn, Canadian flag headphone set, a Canada carrying case (complete with mini-scissors, stitch markers, and crochet hook), a Canada pencil with a moose on top, and a Canada knitting project bag!!  Not pictured here is the CD that one of the ladies made of songs by all Canadian artists!  Isn't that awesome?  One of the ladies also gave me a really nice project bag that's a little bigger and can fold up.  I didn't include it in the photo just because it's not Canada themed, but it's a really nice bag.  I was so touched that they would do any of this for me.  Even though I haven't seen them much this past year, I'm still going to miss these ladies.  I always had so much fun with them.

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