Serenity Sunday: Back again

Hello again! I see that it’s been more than a quarter of a year since my last post, and this is surely my longest hiatus. I’m tempted to apologize, but I’ve really been that busy. We have sold our house in Omaha and divided our stuff between a 40-foot container that we shipped to our new house in New Zealand and several truck- and cargo-van trips to our cabin in northern Minnesota. We will now be in NZ for around seven months of each year and in Minnesota for the other five.

One of the things that has been occupying my “free” time is trying to comply with the (truly) incredible list of hoops that I have to jump through to bring our cat, Leo, with us to NZ. I have been working on it for the better part of a year, and have forked out something in the range of US $5,000 so far. Needless to say, he is worth it.

I intended to do a post for the eclipse, but clouds thwarted my photo attempts. I also intended to do a post for the transition from summer to autumn, and yet another for my birthday the day before yesterday, but cat-import requirements got in the way yet again. Yesterday I completed the next-to-last step in Leo’s import, and I’m happier for that than I can begin to describe.

Finally, it’s been an absolutely gorgeous day and I took advantage of it to take a hike on the trail that I’ve forged here. Here’s an image from today—at long last, and there are more to come. It’s good to be back with you!

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22 Responses to Serenity Sunday: Back again

  1. Adrian Lewis says:

    Gary, its very good to see you back – funnily enough you’ve been in my thoughts this last day or two – something I’ve experienced before, just before people get in touch. Moving to NZ must have been a huge job – and I’m appalled at how much you’ve had to pay to take your cat with you – but I’m (as so often) with you, it would have been unthinkable to leave him behind. Looking forward to more posts from you. All best wishes. Adrian :)

    • krikitarts says:

      Not all that funnily after all. I’ve experienced the same, and it’s wonderful when it happens. Yup, moving is a major pain, but one mustn’t get too complacent and it’s a good thing to shake up the snow in the globe once in a while. Rest assured there are more posts to come–and more frequently in the near future. I hope I can find the time to catch up on yours and others’, which I have been sadly neglecting. I’m very happy that you’re still there for me and delighted (but not at all surprised) that you’re the first to respond. Thanks, Man!

  2. Meanderer says:

    Great to see you back, Gary, and I quite understand the busyness and stress of packing up one’s home and moving having done it twice in the last two years. Looking forward to seeing your images from your new home.

    • krikitarts says:

      Twice in two years–that’s way beyond the Pale! So, a double chance to divest oneself of unneeded stuffocation, as my daughters like to say. We have sure downsized considerably, and are better off for the effort, as are all the folks who will benefit from our donations to Habitat for Humanity, our local library, and Goodwill. But there’s still so much that we haven’t been able to discard. We live and learn, and will continue to share. I’m so looking forward to this great adventure. Thanks so much for your kind thoughts, M!

  3. Mike Powell says:

    Welcome back, Gary. Bureaucracy so often gets in the way of our lives and strains out sanity. I suspect that you have glossed over many of the complications of relocating to another country–at least they speak English in New Zealand! I was thinking of you recently as I assessed the state of my photography during the three months since cataract surgery. It has been mostly a really positive experience. Best wishes as you continue to jump through hoops and adjust to a newly balanced lifestyle.

    • krikitarts says:

      I saw a gorgeous, very large dragonfly–probably a Dragonhunter–yesterday, with wings of pure gold, flitting around slowly and casually in the late-afternoon low sunlight in the woods here, and you came immediately to mind. I tried to approach it, but with deer season on, I was wearing an orange vest, and it spooked repeatedly when I came within a dozen feet or so (I was armed only with a camera, of course–well, actually two). Yeah, bureaucracy–I know it so well after my 26 years of public service, but I have not yet seen anything to match what I have to go through for my Leo. At long last, all the ducks are in order, though, and in a bit over two weeks it should all come to fruition. Please keep your fingers crossed for me! Oh, and aren’t new lenses wonderful? What a miracle!

      • Mike Powell says:

        I was thrilled recently to spot my first Dragonhunter–it was amazing. As for the new lenses in my eyes, I still marvel at all of the things that I can now do without glasses after wearing them almost all of my waking hours for close to fifty years.

  4. Helen Joan Davies Carlson says:

    So good to see you back on your site. Been wondering if you had moved yet to your new life in NZ. Love You and your wonderful family.

    • krikitarts says:

      Hi Joan, yes, it’s good to be back, and good to hear from you too! And nope, I’m still here, but only for another two and a half weeks. These are going to be some very interesting times!

  5. Vicki says:

    Good to see you back and belated good wishes on your birthday, Gary. Hopefully all the paperwork will iron itself out and you’ll be back to a smooth routine soon.

    • krikitarts says:

      Hey, Vicki, hi again, and thanks for being there! Yes, the paperwork is nearly done, only one more vet visit to go, and only a topical treatment (for parasites he doesn’t have). I hope all is going well with you and that you’re still getting around. I’m sorry I haven’t been able to keep up with following your and my other faithful friends’ posts. I tried for a while, as things got hectic, and then I just had to let it go for a while. Hopefully I can get back into the old, comfortable saddle in the near future.

      • Vicki says:

        I wouldn’t hurry back into the saddle too soon, Gary. It’s more important to get home base all settled so that you can take some time to relax and unwind first. I always say change is as good as a holiday.

  6. Lemony says:

    Nice to see you, Gary. So glad Leo is making the move with you. Sounds like quite an adventure.

    • krikitarts says:

      Ah, Lemony, great to hear from you. Yes, there was never the slightest question that Leo will be coming with us. He’s 14 now and has been with us for more than 12 years. We have not been without pet(s) for more than 40 years, and he is now our only one. And with CD in NZ already, he is a great companion and comfort. He will, of course, be with us when we’re there, and will be joining our older daughter Squiddy’s family and their two cats while we return to Minnesota from June to November–what an adventure for all of us!

  7. bluebrightly says:

    Summers in a cabin in northern MN and the rest of the year in NZ? That sounds like a wonderful life – once you get the details sorted out! Nice to see you back online! Best of luck when it comes time to moving with Leo. We had quite a time just going from NY to WA with our cat. Like yousaid, it’s worth it.

    • krikitarts says:

      Although I’ve lived–and worked–with cats for most of my life, their incredible ability to adapt to new conditions and situations still amazes me. And yes, we are quite reasonably sure that we’ve made the right decisions for a wonderful life for the foreseeable future–as much as one can project, of course. We’ll be very close to our daughters and their families for seven months of the year, and they can escape the dreary NZ winters and come to the lake cabin in the summers. How cool is that?!

  8. shoreacres says:

    Well, for heaven’s sake. Look who’s back. For whatever reason, I didn’t get an email about this post, and I’m bad about using the Reader, but I’m glad that your little “like” over at my place alerted me to your presence.

    You certainly have been busy. I’m amazed by the complications involved in getting Leo to NZ. Truth to tell, I’m pretty much amazed by the cost, too. I’m glad I’ll never move anywhere that requires that kind of money and commitment on behalf of my kitty. But then again, at this point I’m just hoping to outlive her. Since she’s 15, the odds are in my favor — I hope!

    • krikitarts says:

      We have great hopes too, Linda. Leo is 14 now and to all appearances still in his prime. I hope he’ll be with us for many more years to come. While I was still in practice, a colleague told me about a (Siamese) cat he knew that made it almost to 35 years! I’m sorry about the little “like”–I’m still struggling to catch up as much as I can!

  9. Welcome back indeed. You’ve reminded me of 2004, when we went through the ordeal of buying one house and selling our old one—and that was just to move from one side of Austin to the other. We’ll commiserate with you for your Antipodean move.

    • krikitarts says:

      You’ll appreciate our decision to make this particular move more than most. Since both daughters and their families are there for good, as far as we all know, it has been a logical decision. It sure is hard, though, to leave a nest that we’ve built over the past almost 20 years and to accomplish the essential downsizing that comes from what our daughters call “stuffocation!”

      • I’ve been increasingly contemplating “stuffocation,” too (great word). The prospect of getting rid of so many accumulated things, especially books, is daunting. You seem to be making it through undaunted, even if a bit sad.

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