Weather: Today we had our first snow, big fluffy, beautiful white snowflakes that stayed on the ground for an hour or two then melted again. Tomorrow it's telling me sunshine, and I hope we get lots of it, dull, dreary days seem to drag on and it's to be motivated when it's overcast all day. The next two weeks look to be fairly mild, in the 4-7c temperature range mostly. Not bad at all for mid December overall !!
Packing: Last night I packed 3 boxes from my sewing room and today 2 boxes were packed from the basement. Five boxes in total, it's a start. 19 days & counting at this point, and because we minimized so much from our last move, we really don't have a lot to pack. Tomorrow I'll probably go through my clothing and pack up a box, leaving out a handful of outfits and a couple pairs of pjs. I think we can pack some stuff from the kitchen as well, but we're pretty minimal in that department. I hate kitchen clutter and extra dishes so we really only have what we need & use. We do have an abundance of coffee mugs though... probably 15 of mine (mostly gifts from you know who you are) plus a set of 8 that came with our Corelle dishes. I'll probably donate those mugs...
Moving Progress: So far I have set up service for our home phone & internet, we went with TekSavvy as I'm trying to avoid Rogers & Bell (I've had enough of them to last a lifetime), I have Union Gas & London Hydro in our name for January and I've stop service for everything here, except Dh's cell phone which he needs to do. I need to call our life insurance guy to change addresses, and figure out what we're supposed to do with our health cards. We never ended up applying for Nova Scotia health cards so I think all should be well with our Ontario cards, but I'll call just to confirm. I need to set up mail forward again with Canada Post as well.
Christmas: I am 100% done my Christmas shopping! Yay me! We've decided to have an early Christmas this year, so the kids will probably open gifts a few days before the movers come and Mya wrote a letter to Santa letting him know that we were moving, so perhaps he'll make a special early trip as well. Most of their gifts will have to be packed, but this way they can choose to keep one gift out to bring on the flight with us. Tonight I sent my World Vision sponsor kids extra $$$ for Christmas so that's taken care of as well. One of them the $$$ goes directly for his needs, and for the other (our girl) the gift goes for a community gift. We receive an update in the New Year as to how the $$ was spent and it's honestly something I really look forward to every year!
New House: Not sure if i've said much about the new house, but I'm really excited! It's larger with 5 bedrooms, which means the kids each get their own bedroom and I get my own sewing room! Yay me!! Very excited that I won't have to take over the living room or dining room in this house. We haven't seen it in person yet (obviously) but my mom & sister have seen it and said it's very nice and that I'll be very happy! It's on a quiet street and very close to Mya's best friends once again! So she, and them, are over the moon excited to have her back again! It's convenient to grocery store, Canada Post, variety store (that's one thing that I haven't seen out here, variety shops!), Goodwill (a nice one! Yay!), pharmacy, etc... and easy for public transit as well. I'm excited to settle in and make it ours.
Finances: Tis' the season for finances to suck. Especially with a cross country move. Money is going out far faster than it's coming in unfortunately. Our moving fund is going to take a huge hit once we pay for first months rent (last has already been paid) & our moving truck, so I'm trying to sew my heart out and keep RTS (Ready to Ship) items flowing. I'm tucking every single penny into our moving fund in hopes that it'll cover everything it needs to. Thankfully I had excellent credit with London Hydro and Union Gas so I didn't have to pay a security deposit to get service back again. Just a small $35.00 fee with each, which every single customer has to pay regardless. I can't think of any other fee's we'll have to pay, except for mail forward, so God willing our moving fund is substantial enough to get through this move!
Stress/Happiness Level: Since we made the decision to move back to London and secured the house my stress level is a million times better. I feel like *myself* for the first time in many months. Just knowing that in less than three weeks I'll get to see my son, my sister, my mom, my best friend, etc.. makes me sooo happy and grateful. Even with the stress of finances, I'm so grateful and happy to be going home. My entire attitude has changed and I haven't been crying, I don't feel depressed, I don't pray for bedtime at 7pm (well, sometimes.. haha), it's just better now all around. Being lonely, feeling isolated, heart-broken and so stressed out had taken it's toll on me emotionally & physically, but with everything falling into place as it is, I just can't explain how relieved I feel.
On that note... I'm off to get Miss Mya into bed, put on my pj's and work on some hand-stitching! Have a wonderful night! Thanks for stopping by!
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