It’s been a long time since I posted, and I’m just beginning to resume visits to my friends’ blogs. I’ve missed everyone so much and am glad to be back. To celebrate my return my blog has a new look – I’m using the new 2013 Theme with an updated graphic that is light and fresh and airy; I hope you like it as much as I do!
It will take awhile to get back into the groove and I’ll be keeping a more relaxed schedule from now on, so please bear with me … I’m hoping to blog twice a week, probably on Tuesdays and Thursdays, if I’m able (and have something worthwhile to say) . . . I’ll be working on the Poetry Corner for AWESOME Online Magazine again in May and then every second month following – and I’m looking forward to getting back to work on my novel, “Forgetting Yesterday”!
The move to Vernon, British Columbia, went well but was not without some unique challenges. My best friend, Aleta, arrived in Castlegar on April 1st to help me finish up my packing and run last-minute errands. Moving day was postponed to Thursday, as the Sunday before (on Easter Sunday) there was a fire at the new apartment building … good grief, I’m so glad I’m not superstitious! Luckily the fire was contained to 3 apartments and the hallway on the other side of the building; and while all the tenants were evacuated, they were allowed to move back in on the Thursday. We got the keys late Thursday and began moving my stuff in on Friday. My phone and internet service had to wait almost another full week because I was late moving in and missed the appointment . . . and my spine was misbehaving terribly throughout the entire time.
Oh, and Aleta packed the ENTIRE TRAILER by HERSELF (do you hear that, guys? My girlfriend is 6 feet and very fit and strong – and will be 60 next week!! She’s totally amazing!!) She did a great job and I was really impressed – especially since my disabilities prevented me from helping with much of anything.
Without Aleta’s help – packing, driving, cleaning the new apartment, unloading with the help of my brother and a couple of his friends, replacing furniture that I needed in the new place, buying groceries – and generally taking care of me throughout the entire process; this move would never have happened. She had Annie groomed, drove me to appointments to get BC PhotoID that I need before I can open a new bank account, and countless other details we never think about until we need to do something. I owe her so much, on so many levels . . . in fact, the other day I wrote a poem I’ve dedicated to my “best friend” to honour her and our friendship, called The Power of Friendship, and it’s going to be part of my new Essence of Woman Poetry Collection. You can find it here.
By the time Aleta went home, she’d been with me for just over 3 weeks – we worked so hard trying to get as much unpacked and put into place as possible, so that anything I was left with would be only what I could handle by myself (mostly office/desk/computer stuff). And wouldn’t you know it, a couple of days before she left, Aleta caught a virus (and literally dragged herself through that last stretch) . . . which I promptly came down with the day after she’d gone! Murphy hadn’t finished with us, but I’m sure glad he waited until we were almost done.
So now I’m down to about 4 boxes left to unpack at a more leisurely pace; my new home is lovely – comfortable, safe, clean and cozy, and I love it. I already have a new doctor lined up and my first appointment on Tuesday morning. But except for the new poem, I haven’t really written anything for over a month – I’ve really missed that, and it’s time to get back to writing now. And catching up on your blog posts, too!
Wishing all my friends a wonderful weekend – see you soon!
Love and hugs, Julie ♥