The move from Breezy Acres to Back East has been filled with highs, lows, and everything in between. What amazes me is how much has been packed (figuratively and literally) into a short period of time. I know it’s only been two days since we left the Bogs, but it feels like weeks have flown by.
The drive out here, with Izzy and Bella Cats hogging the back seat of the car, was uneventful. The kitties settled down into states of near-panic and stayed frozen for the entire 8.5 hours. Our stops were less frequent than usual for the sake of the cats. It felt wonderful to get out of the car and stretch once we arrived. Izzy and Bella seemed happy at first, too. It turned out to be relief more than happiness.
Bella adjusted rather quickly, but poor Izzy, skittish to begin with, has been terrified. She’s been huddled in a corner of a closet in the master bathroom since we got here. After not eating or drinking for almost 48 hours, I tricked her into having something by opening a can of tuna packed in water, and giving her the water with a little of the fish. It’s her favorite treat, and covered the needs of hydration and nourishment. Izzy has perked up, but continues to nest in the closet. That’s okay. When she’s ready, she’ll venture out. In the meantime, her demeanor has improved, and she’s eating and drinking water normally.
The Drama Llama (let’s call him Rudy ) entered with the movers, and Drama Llama II (Burt) entered the picture when we had the heat pump (our heating and cooling system) inspected today because it does not work.
It took most of yesterday morning to straighten things out, but Rudy was kindly led out of here to graze elsewhere so the movers could begin bringing in our Stuff. Burt (Drama Llama II) may not be so easily banished. Burt will be expensive if it turns out we don’t have a leg to stand on. The Nice People we bought the house and property from failed to disclose certain things, but who knows if that will mean anything? If it means nothing legally, it will mean putting off something else that needs to be done as soon as possible: the kitchen renovation. This kitchen is not made for the kind of cooking I do (actual cooking of whole foods and not just reheating or frying), but we can talk about all that another time.
My own ups and downs and all-arounds have accompanied these things, but now that all our worldly goods are stuffed into the house and the cats have settled down, I’m finding some equanimity . I’m surprised at how quickly that happened. For the first 24 hours or so, I was beginning to question our decision to buy this house, followed by questioning our decision to move. With all the obstacles we had to contend with to purchase this place, I wondered if we had failed to heed the signs and signals. Perhaps we should have backed off at the first inkling of trouble.
I cried over it for a while, letting the tears do their healing thing. And then, when we had the beginnings of our belongings in the house, when Izzy began to eat, when I walked around outside, it began to feel right again.
We are going to have to work hard. I recently read somewhere that the Dali Lama said the answer to life’s problems is in movement. (I cannot find a source for that so please don’t take it as gospel truth. It’s one of those things that stuck in my head, and I could be wrong.) There will be a lot of movement going on Back East. As soon as my computer is up and running, I will be able to show you how much work (movement) will need to be done.
The coming together is going to take a while, but there is a sureness in my gut, in my heart, that it will happen. I know there will be more ups, downs, and all-arounds. That’s life. The key will be finding my own balance and sense of sureness so that the gusty ups, downs, and all-arounds won’t blow me away.