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2019 The Last Half

2019-12-31

I realize it has been six months since I’ve written here. It’s been a long six months. My husband is on a restricted posting. He left in early July and returned for the Christmas holidays – five months away. It hasn’t been easy but it hasn’t been too bad either. Here is what’s been happening.

In August, we had a family wedding to attend in Hamilton, Ontario. It was a fast trip but the driving was pretty easy. On the plus side, the kids are old enough to drive now so it wasn’t all up to me. It was nice to see family members again. Some of them we hadn’t seen in 10 years or more.

In September, our older daughter moved in with me. With only one credit to finish her degree, it made (financial) sense that she moves in until she graduates and finds full-time employment. Also, having her here keeps me company. It was a few weeks before her cat and our dog started getting along but now they tolerate one another’s existence.

Our younger daughter decided to join the army reserves and spent most weekends training so didn’t visit as much in the fall as she did in the summer. However, she did come to Ottawa every weekend that she was not training.

On a sad note, one of my uncles passed away but, now that I am so close to where I grew up, I was able to attend the memorial service. I saw cousins I hadn’t seen in over 30 years. We’ve connected on social media and I’ve had the opportunity to meet up with them for coffee. It made me realize how hard it has been to be away for so long.

Most of the past five months, I’ve been working for my clients. Keeping busy and keeping the mind occupied is a great way to not feel quite so lonely.

Fortunately, December rolled around quickly and my husband came home for a few weeks. Of course, after travelling for over 24 hours to get here, then having some dental surgery the day after arrival, he ended up with a bad cold. Then, I caught it. We weren’t that sick, just too fatigued to do anything but watch movies. At least we were together and that’s what matters.

He has returned to his post for now but his next vacation home is only weeks away instead of months. However, the next two trips home will be paid almost entirely out-of-pocket. The flights are about $5000 CDN return so we’re trying to save money like crazy. And in case you’re wondering… yes, he’s worth it!

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