Ooops, oh my great forum friends, you all make me laugh, bringing that sweet smile to my face. It is a good thing.
I don't want to talk about me, I don't really like to do that, or be the centre of attention, but I think that some clarification needs to be set in place here. Now John, (Johnnybigfish) this is especially for you, and clarification of whom I am speaking to. As there are two Brians, there are Johns (several).
The move will be a wonderful and wholesome thing. Do not worry or fear for me. Yes, we have spent a good part of our life working our land, creating this little piece of beauty, hard work, but work from the depths of our souls, making it something that we wanted it to be. It is time to move on.
The move has been in our minds for quite some time now. You all know how important my children and family are to me. Several years ago my oldest Daughter moved from our area to a bit further north, on the map, it is known as Kelowna. We visit them frequently. It is a long trip, about 4 hours to drive....but we do that with zest and love. We have thought that one day it would be nice to be closer to them, and more sunshine, but no thoughts about a move had really come to the forefront of life, yet.....
Our youngest Daughter, along with her Husband and my two Grandsons, have lived on our property for the past 6 years. In that mobile home that my Husband created a beautiful addition to. It is quite a large structure. You will recall me speaking of this, or you may not. For the past 6 years I have had the joys of having my Daughter, her Husband and my two Grandsons only a whisper away. Due to both the parents working, these children for all these years have been one of my projects for those early mornings, along with the foster children, hee, hee. When these two boys awake, they come to our house, get into our great big bed, watch TV before they head off to school -- and get treated like little kings -- they are my little kings.... They get their breakfast in bed (and have for 6 years), they have their school lunches made for them, and then kicked out the door with a great big fat kiss and a hug, to begin that same routine the following day. The foster boys get a good breakfast, but it is not quite the same Gramma touch as my Grandsons have received, that is a given, and for very obvious reasons. It has been that way for so long, I can hardly remember what it was like before they moved "back home". Oh dear, I am ramblin', but I must ramble to fully impart what is going on in my life.
Now where was I? Right. The real reason for our move. Our youngest gal has been visiting her Sister over the years too, spending lots of time at their place, she has always wanted to move up to horse country with her Sister. They are both event girls....they love to ride, show, and play on their steeds. My oldest gal as really got deep into barrel racing, buffalo chasing, gymkannas, and all the western horsey type stuff that is done up there near to where she lives in the wild, wild west. She has a 6 horse trailer that she trailers her horses all over blazes back acre to do these horsey events. My youngest gal has caught this fever and wants to be that cowgirl too. Each time she has visited her big Sister, the more and more she has wanted to be closer to her so that they can have that fun all the time, playing as Sister's do.
The last time that my youngest gal and her family went to visit my oldest Daughter, a colleague of her Husband offered a job to my youngest gal's Husband, one that is more in pay than the job that he currently works. Well. That was it. Her dream had come true. There was every reason in the world now to move up to be near to her Sister, and those thoughts of moving were set into motion.
Now, many of us have moved over the years. We know what that fever is like when something is set to motion. Decisions are made and then the forward thinking is the only way to go. The move is happening. My Daughter's and their families will live with each other until a new home can be found, which should not take too long.
So that leaves me and my Husband behind here. Whah, whah, whah, sorry, I can't be left behind. I need my family. I began to think, honestly and truly, what is life all about. Happiness. Right? Well, I would not be happy with all my children and their progeny so far away that it would take me hours and hours to visit all of them. So, why would I do that? Why would I do something that would make me unhappy. That makes absolutely no sense whatsoever, in my mind. So. We are going to move.
It will be a good thing. We will be moving to a place that has probably no less than double the sunshine that we have here. In our microclimate, I would certainly say that there is more rain, cloudy skies than there is sunshiney days. And I really do like sunshine much more than the cloud and rain. In the Okanagan it is colder in winter, yes, hotter in summer, yes, but I know for a fact that there is not the weeks and weeks of dull, dismal cloudy days that we have here. That has been bothering me alot too. The years seem to be getting more cool and less sunshine, I have seen that now three summers in a row. Time to get that sun.
My bees, all my farmyard feathered critters are all coming with us. My rocks, well that has been spoken of too, many of them are coming too. I don't think I will take the entire rock pile. But I have every intention of going through them and taking the best of the best with me. That is going to be alot of work, but it is good therapy too, and will further hone my skills of accurately pitching rocks. Yep, yep, a little strange here, I am the first to totally agree with that thought about me. But that is OK, I am tough, I can take any kind of things people say, good or bad, hee, hee, smiling that secret smile.
Hold on, John, I have to go back and see if there was any more comments that you made that I need to elaborate on, to make you feel OK yourself about our move. It will be good John, do not let that worry your soul. I do hear your sadness, but do not let it so be. It is not a sad time, John, it will be a new page in this life, that is all.
You asked if we will be in country. Oh yes, I am a country girl. 100%. I never could live in anything but country. We do not have a place chosen, that is yet too early. We are looking right now at locations, after the new year we will begin in earnest to get things more settled. The big thing will be to sell our home, that may take a long time, it may be a short time, and as we know, only time will tell that tale.
I want a smaller piece of property. I am thinking that it should be no smaller than 2 acres and no bigger than 2 acres (try and figure that one, hee, hee). It could be a bigger piece of property, but it would have to be cleared land, in field, or full of trees on the back part that could be left as bush. Anything where I don't have to work hard on the land. I don't want to work as hard as I have had over the years at my place. There needs to be more time for play. And yes, Jody, you hit that right on the nail. I want to ride more. We only got out about 5 times last summer. Between the house renos and the bad weather, there was not much time for the ride. Up country, there will be sunshine, and lots more time to ride, I know that.
My Daughters and their spouses are into sports, like water and snow. I want to play with them in the watercrafts and snowcrafts. The interior of our province is known for snow and water sports, so that is also what I want to be doing. Having fun, fun, fun, in that sun, sun, sun!!!
Ann, yep, yep, quite a bit northeast of where we are. And yes. The sun shines up there, alot. Drier, hotter, colder. Get this!!!
Even green algae doesn't plague everything up in those areas like it does down here on the southwestern part of our province. We have so much green algae that grows on everything. I kid you not. It is the moist air. You should see our 5th wheel right now. We washed it in August for a road trip (that never happened, rats!!!). And I looked at it yesterday, it is all green again, especially on the northern part of it, where the sun don't shine, hee, hee. All our pool furniture that sits outside all year around must be pressure washed every spring because of the green mould and algae. I will not miss that, not even one teeny tiny bit.
Oh carumba!!! It seems like I am right a book here, never meant this to be a long post. But I have things to say.
Now my beautiful Sister and family. They live with us too. They are doing that big move too!!! Yeah!!!! She is the same as me. Her and I are like twins, but only look different, and 12 years apart, me being the older. She loves the sunshine as much as I do, and they will come in tow. So it is going to be an enormous uprooting.
And.....guess also what. I have three other siblings that have families, and I would no doubt one little bit, nor bet my bottom dollar that this will not instigate them to want to move away to the sunshine.
Before my Mother died, in 1980, that was my Mother's dream. To have all her children move along with her and my Father up to a place in this interior of our province. But her thought was for the entire family to buy like 1,000 acres and share and work the land. Never transpired, the very obvious. She died at a very early age of 49. So, her dream in some sort of way, will come true, she will be smiling down.
So John, has that answered your questions? Have I helped you to get through this (I am smiling, you are a cute dude with things that you say). I hope that you feel better. This move is going to be a wonderful thing. The things we do for love.......
And oh yes. Whether the home be an established home with yard, and so on, or land that we may move a double wide trailer onto, whatever it may be.....the most important thing of all.....
That there be internet, that there be electricity and running water. Very important, especially the internet. I guess satellite would work too. But I will not lose contact with the outside world, in particular, every last one of you that has made my quality of life improve. My forum friends, very special and important ones in my life, my hugs to you all. Have that most wonderful day, great life and health. Cindi