Isolation Antidotes (37): Too Much Independence?

Here we are, on the 4th of July, the US Independence Day, and for the first time in many years, we are not at our cabin in the north woods to celebrate it. But we are well and safe and with our family, so all is just fine. On this occasion, I bring you a photo that I made exactly 10 years ago, of the annual fireworks display in the town of Walker, near the cabin.
We have several pressing issues taking precedence on our front burners at the moment—among which are applying for our permanent New Zealand resident visas, buying our first (used) car here, preparing for our first over-wintering, and contracting new additions to our home—so please bear with me if I default to “likes” in lieu of my usual comments to your posts for the near future. Rest assured that I am reading and following, and that I will resume normal interactions as soon as I can. Meanwhile, stay safe and well!

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23 Responses to Isolation Antidotes (37): Too Much Independence?

  1. Platypus Man says:

    I can well understand why you’re applying for that visa. Given what’s happening in both our home countries right now, NZ seems like a great place to be. I’m jealous! 🙂

    • krikitarts says:

      Oh, you are so right. Given what’s happening pretty much Everywhere Else, we can’t think of anywhere we’d rather be than right here where we are. The application process takes five years, and today marks its culmination. We are just wondering how long the approval may take.

      • Platypus Man says:

        Yes, NZ is very special, isn’t it. Five years is a long time, but I guess part of the reason is to ensure that applicants are serious, and not just doing it on a whim. I hope it goes well for you.

  2. Vicki says:

    Yep, New Zealand is the place to be at the moment. :)

    I’ve had to also reduce my interaction to mainly LIKES in the last week. Sometimes, there are more important things in life other than interacting on blogs and the reality is……..everyone totally understands. :)

    • krikitarts says:

      Sometimes I wish I could clone myself and delegate different tasks to each of me, so I wouldn’t feel so drawn and quartered when things stack up like this. But then again, it’s good exercise for the mind to be able to handle multi-tasking. It’s just such so overpowering sometimes!

  3. Good luck with the ‘relocation’……. whatever the reasons it is always good to face new challenges and create new homes. :-)

    • krikitarts says:

      Thanks David–thankfully, it’s not really a relocation, but rather a major adjustment to make the relatively-recent changes more accommodating and more comfortable. New challenges–definitely, and we shall rise to them.

  4. Staying safe and well is easier over there at the moment, given the virus and the madness over here.

  5. Mike Powell says:

    This is an uncertain time to be sure, Gary, and your priorities, in my estimation, are in the right places when you are able to write, “But we are well and safe and with our family, so all is just fine.” Freedom and independence are not absolutes–we have obligations to each other when we live in a society–and it saddens me when people try to justify reckless and irresponsible personal behavior in the name of “freedom.” Our celebrations will be muted this year for Independence Day with a lot fewer fireworks shows like the one you so beautifully photographed, Gary. Perhaps it is a good time for introspection and reflection on what the lofty words of the Declaration of Independence about the inalienable rights to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” mean in the current environment.

  6. krikitarts says:

    Well said, Mike. We are happy that it’s relatively easy for us to sort out the priorities. There’s a lot going on and a lot of surrounding confusion, but we’re confident that we’re making the most reasonable and responsible choices.

  7. Helen Cherry says:

    I hope all goes well with your permanent residency application… I’ve never been to New Zealand but I envy you your Pm !

  8. Adrian Lewis says:

    Good luck with the visas, my friend, sounds like a good move to me. And I agree with Helen, you’ve got an excellent PM. Take care. :)

    • krikitarts says:

      Thanks, Adrian, we certainly are taking all the care we can, and the visas will probably take a while, as there are many other applications, but hey, we have the time!

  9. Very nice fireworks shot, Gary. Personal and family business comes first. Drop in when you can and I hope all tasks go smoothly. For the time being NZ seems a happier place.

  10. shoreacres says:

    Those of us who have no options in life — at least, as far as moving is concerned — envy you! I hope all goes smoothly. Are you constrained in your travels during the process? I’d think not, but I’d hate for you to be stuck there this year, unable to get back to your cabin here, should circumstances improve. It sounds rather exciting, actually, but I’m rather a fan of change, so the process you describe sounds wonderful.

    • krikitarts says:

      The main constraint is not being unable to travel. The serious problem is the high likelihood that we wouldn’t be allowed back into NZ after having been in the US and spending time in international airports and on international flights. We’re quite resigned and fully prepared to hunker down as long as we need to until a reasonable semblance of normalcy comes again to pass.

  11. bluebrightly says:

    Congratulations on all the changes – I’m sure it was a bit sad not to be at the cabin but it sounds like you have some really positive changes happening. You’ll get back eventually.

    • krikitarts says:

      Much more than a bit sad, but it’s wonderful to have the full backup system firmly in place. Yes, we’ll get back eventually, and we’ll appreciate it all the more when we do. Thanks very, much, Lynn!

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