Tuesday 13 August 2013

Saying goodbye to my loves

Everything is packed. I agonized about the outfits I want to bring, and think I managed not to pack too many clothes. (7 days, 5 shirts, 4 dresses, 4 pairs of shoes, 2 pairs of shorts, 2 pairs of pants, 2 sweaters, 1 skirt. I'm proud!)

Got all my ducks in a row: watered the flowers one last time, caught a hen mama and her babies who were running lose (I was unsuccessful for 4 days, finally did it yesterday!), went grocery shopping with Stef, showed her the routine on the farm. (She takes care of everything while we are gone. Love that girl!)

We needed that pedi. Rough, callused skin,
ingrown nails - it wasn't pretty.
Plus the multitude of little things that always crop up on the last day: return books to the library, pay bills, try to remember all the phone numbers that might be helpful to Stef, buy presents for the kiddos (my 2 nieces), take out the garbage. I was finally done at 10pm, felt proud and accomplished and excited.

And woke up with a heavy heart. A bit of sadness that I have to leave my beloved Canada and all my furry and feathery friends behind. 
It's magical

That always happens. As much as I enjoy travel, the day of departure is always a sad one. I do one
last round around the farm, really look at everything, breathe in the warm summer air, look down at the adoring faces of my dogs, and wanna cry.

Thoughts like "How can I leave them? I'm a bad dogmom. It's nowhere as beautiful as here!" are running through my mind.

That feeling luckily goes away as soon as I close the gate behind me and drive off.

But it's true. I love this country with all my heart.
And I got the pictures to prove it :)
To me it's a knight in shining armour who rescued me when I was at the lowest point in my life. When everything looked hopeless and I was lost and lonely and very, very sad.

I always get sentimental in August because that's when I met my 2 loves: Canada and Richard.
That was 11 years ago!

But even though today I'm leaving one of them, I know the other one is already waiting for me with bated breath. (Ha! I wish! When I called last night we had a 3-minute conversation because he wanted to have breakfast. Hrumph.)

Anyways, I am excited! Actually getting giddy now that my coffee finally kicked in.

Before I go here's the third installment of the  30-day-self-portrait-challenge. (Is anybody actually still doing it? It's getting long. 30 selfies is a lot of selfies.)
You can tell some pics are a bit lackluster. Oh well. I have 3 more to go and I'll do some sort of 3-in-1 shot today and then I'm done! It was a fun challenge though.

Alright my loves, I'm off now. I decided not to bring my laptop since my 79-year old mother-in-law doesn't have internet (the horror!), so I will be offline for a week.
I'm not gonna lie, that makes me a tinsy bit anxious! But it will be good for me. Unplug and all that.

See you all in a week!
With lots of stories from the fatherland.

Hugs and kisses, Miriam


  1. Have a good holiday my german. Veheyden friend , relative or not! Drink many drinks..laugh many laughs, and if you have any nice single uncles, brig one back for me! Lol! Auschwiteshen! Probably spelled it wrong, but you know what I mean! Lol!

  2. Hope you have a wonderful trip!



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