Thursday, May 1, 2014

Alrighty Then...

As some of you know, we've been preparing for a big move some 2200 kms away from here.

A move of that nature with kids, dogs, a cat and a whole lot of stuff is not something you can get done in a weekend, so I've been working like a busy little beaver trying to get the house ready to be appraised and sold, as well as looking at places in our new town, trying to plan a house-hunting trip and keeping in contact with the new school board to ensure my special needs child doesn't get lost in the shuffle. RB has been wildly unsettled by this whole experience, so there's been a lot to deal with at this end too. This week alone, I made 7 trips to the dump and took one full carload to Value Village. I discovered that the best way to clean baseboards and white moldings is with a Magic Eraser (I can be environmentally conscious once I'm settled in my new home!), and that there really is no particularly effective way to get the smell of old cat pee out of things like carpet or unfinished wood (groan!). In short, I have kept myself very, very busy these past few weeks. I haven't eaten or slept enough, and frankly I miss TV and wine!

So you can imagine my surprise when, after losing hours and hours and hours of my life trying to make this crazy house a place someone might want to buy, the Captain called me from his course in New Brunswick and broke some rather disconcerting news. His posting has been cancelled! He is apparently needed for the same general position he was taking in Petawawa right here at home.

I'm not entirely sure why it took our military this long to figure that out, but it sounds like this year, there are a whole lot of other families going through the same thing. So apparently messing us around like this wasn't personal. But frankly, I'd still like to kick someone's ass.

So my spring cleaning is done, and I'm settling in for another two or three Manitoba winters at least. Ontario friends, we will get there eventually! In the meantime, I'm putting on my sweats and catching up on some TV. With a large glass of wine.

10 comments:

Frostbite and Sunburn said...

Disconcerting indeed! With a lovely clean-baseboard upside! Hard to be at the whim of someone else, especially a big government machine. So good news and bad - nice to not have to rush around a like a lunatic, but I don't envy you more Manitoba winters. Look forward to summer now.

Tricky Nag said...

How fabulous to have a decluttered and clean house!! I'm a bt envious.
Enjoy the wine, you totally deserve it.

glendabrooks.blogspot.com said...

A much needed glass of wine I suppose. I was never subjected to the military so I have been very lucky I guess. Hope your son is settling now and that life can get back to normal for a while!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Well! Isn't that just like the military, eh? But on the upside, now you have a clean house and did some major decluttering -- that's always good. And don't worry -- you can handle a few more Manitoba winters. I survived 40 of them! Before moving to even more balmy Edmonton, LOL.

Kelly Sheehy said...

Oh no! Are you feeling more disappointed or more relieved? Enjoy your quiet time in your nice clean home!

Janine said...

I would want to kick some serious butt too!!! Yikes!
Sounds like a fishbowl of wine might be in order!!
At least you have a clean house!!

Room with a view said...

Oh boy, I think I'd blow a fuse too! But enjoy your WHOLE BOTTLE of wine and the clean house! :-)

Dimple said...

Well--I think looking on the up side of this is by far the best thing you can do. A good decluttering and house cleaning done, and time to settle back and relax! Yay!

Karen said...

Been there and done that! Our posting was with another gov't group though. We were told a fully furnished home would be provided at our destination (hubby's new workplace). As we were starving students in our previous life, we had crap furniture and a few wedding gifts, so we elected to haul it all to the curb. The day before we were about to drive to WAY NORTHERN ONTARIO, hubby was notified that he would be doing the same job in nearby North Bay. What a nightmare, a young baby, another in the belly and no furniture. We enjoyed that torture so much that hubby went on to become a career military man.
Enjoy your spotless house, with kids and pets we know it won't stay that way for long, right? (Be thankful it isn't a PMQ!)

Jeffery Ramsey said...

May was quite a busy month for you. It’s not surprising, because both house hunting and selling can be very challenging and headache-inducing. I hope you had someone to help you, like a realtor or a friend who is very knowledgeable when it comes to real estate, just to lessen the stress. How is it, btw?

Jeffery Ramsey @ InnerCityYYC