Archive for July, 2007

The day before we leave…

Monday, July 30th, 2007

Claudette and I are both screwing around on the computer a bit!!!  Tonnes of “higher priority” stuff to do and yet here we are, weak willed and messing around & procrastinating.

We had a neighborhood block party on Saturday and all had a fantastic time! We closed down either end of our short road and set up the lawn chairs, a massive sound system, a water slide and an extensive buffet table.  Ann & Nat organized everything, and the whole neighborhood as well as many other friends from town (plus Hay Rivierra!) joined in for a great socially relaxing time. Troy kept (somehow???) getting wet and went through several clothes changes, while the rest of the kids ran rampant around the houses playing all sorts of games. It was initially organized as a send off party for us, but turned into an awesome gathering for all to socialize and have fun at! I’ll upload some pictures shortly to the pics.jamesworld.ca gallery.

We met with our tenants last night and went through all the things about the house (and neighborhood) that they need to know. That stuff is all set! Now we just need to finish a bit of packing and cleaning…   We head off to High Level tomorrow (Tuesday) just before noon to spend the night there. We plan on meeting up with the Gauthier’s for the night and visiting a bit before they come home the next day and we head on to Edmonton. From there we have a week for errands and a bit of family visiting and goodbyes before flying South to Costa Rica on August 9th. Whew!!!

Work’s done, we’re leaving town!

Monday, July 30th, 2007

Well, I’m done work!!! It’s really hard to believe, a whole year off and no newborn to take care off.

One more day, we leave tomorrow. The house is not as clean as I would have liked to leave it for our renters, but the girl’s have been fantastic in that they said if we didn’t get to it, it would be fine. Whew! One less worry.

Now I have to figure out what we need to pack, and what can and can not fit into our suitcase/backpack for a full year? However, I did read a piece of advice the other day which should prove helpful. It stated that “Some people stay in the same place and change clothing everyday, while others bring less clothing and change places ever couple of days”. I believe the latter will be the model that we will be following.

Anyway I’m now procrastinating so I better get to the packing, but I will post a list once I figure it all out! Claudette

The count down begins

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

Less than 30 days, I can’t believe it. The time is flying! I’ve had to start writing a to do list, and leaving myself little notes around the house, just to make sure I don’t forget anything.

We’ve now finished all of our immunizations, so no more needles. Wahoo! Surprisingly to get all the needles and drugs cost a small fortune… thank God for our drug coverage. Although that reminds me that I have to submit another request.

We are slowly getting the house in order, cleaning off surfaces that have been covered for year’s with stuff (Rick’s word). It’s a great feeling when you can rid yourself of a bag or two of junk (my word) to the garbage. As for the rest we hope to have a big garage sale this weekend, so that I (oops, I mean, we) can clean the house the weekend after.

Now our dilemma is trying to figure out what to pack as everything we will need must fit into one suitcase each, but I’ll update you later on our progress.  Claudette