I’m not sure if that has anything to do with memory, or if it is a coincidence that my chat with Diane this morning caused me to have an epiphany. Time is passing, as it wont to do, and I need to mark its passage with more exacting accuracy!
As was demonstrated last year, when we tried to convince Hutch and Mary Lou to come and visit us, here in southern California. We pointed out that it is a comparatively quick and inexpensive endeavor to fly from Florida to San Francisco, or even better, San Jose. Ba da bing, ba da bing, as they say!
They were in the process of deciding if their annual Florida forays were coming to an end, or not. They had always enjoyed these ‘escape winter trips’ so they could golf in the sunshine with their friends. But they were soon informed that Mary Lou would no longer be eligible for out-of-country travel insurance, due to a small irregularity in her heart function! No sooner did they discover this, than most of their friends made similar discoveries.
Now, they are Snowbirds no longer, stuck in the fluffy wet cold, and a snowblower won’t even help!
To help keep them company, they have added two tiny fraternal Siamese kittens to their family! From the pics, they look adorable, and their hi-jinx will probably keep them from the blues!
This past winter they stayed home and snuggled, by the fireplace, and undoubtedly, moped. So, as the calendar announced the end of January, they and another couple that they are especially fond of, they announced their plan to fly to Portugal, and spend a month of leisure, sunning and funning, with a lackadaisical yee-haw to the lack of health insurance for this adventure!
The other couple have the same issue, since Ken recently had a bout of Epstein Barre, that paralyzed him completely, but he came out of it. They plan this trip to take about a month there, health depending, of course.
We have been here in California, since February 2014. At that time, Glenn was 55, and delighted beyond words to accept this job at such an age.. Now, he is 62, and still strong and capable, both health-wise and intellectually. In the intervening time period, he has finally ‘nailed’ his dream job. He is a firmware specialist. Although, it sounds to me like he is THE Firmware Specialist.
The problem in my eyes is that our two little grandgirls aren’t so little as time skips by! They are now 7 and two, and we have been assured many times that this is IT, Ryan and Carolyn are more career-oriented, and Evan has had the ‘big snip’. I know, never say never, but seriously…
If Mary Lou and Ken can’t get health insurance because of pre-existing conditions. I know that we tried before he joined Apple, and it was a NO. His insurance with the company reassured us that anything was do-able, but otherwise NO.
Now, this makes me realize that our wonderful New Zealand trip is going to have to be moved up, to our fortieth anniversary, which is next May 2021. Talking him into an earlier retirement is getting me nowhere, so we might as well take advantage of the current opportunity.
The Kiwis, as they are called, have a particular fondness of Canadians, which adds to the appeal for us!
New Zealand has an Apple office, in Christchurch, and he has indicated on his personnel file that he would consider a transfer there. Needless to say, there has been no response. It cost the company over $100K to get him out of Canada, and down to the Bay area, with our 5 animals, our furniture, and all the legal fees involved. Add to that the cost of getting us Green Cards, for which many of his more qualified colleagues are still waiting,
Now, thanks to COVID-19, GLENN has worked from home, since May 2020. I’ve not minded him here at all, especially since my MS has decided to thoroughly mess up my balance. I tend to fall much more often these days, and having GLENN home is an insurance policy that I never knew I would need! He has engineered a way to ‘lever’ me up onto my feet again, that doesn’t mean me has to lift me!
COVID-19 has spread right around the whole world, affecting some countries far worse than others. It was first identified in 2020’s early spring months, and set about spreading around the globe, killing hundreds of people as it went. It wasn’t long before it felled THOUSANDS, preying on the weak and elderly, as those individuals were already in compromised health. We learned recently that Mary Lou contracted COVID-19 while in Portugal, last winter, before most of us had even heard of it. To this day, she still struggles from the weakness that it wrought.
These days we are waiting to be able to travel back to Canada, to visit loved ones that we haven’t been able to visit in two years. Our granddaughters are growing up, so we really do need to keep up with them!
Cottage country in central Ontario has really hot real estate market at the moment, just in time for us to want to return, and buy a retirement property! Clearly, this may not be a perfect time, but that just figures for us. Being a retired real estate person, I can’t stop myself from searching for properties near family! Where Evan and the girls are is a darling little town called Norwood. Nearby, there are several cute little villages, like Stirling, Campbellford, Frankford, and Hastings, to name a few. New construction is popping up in most nearby centers, like Carleton Place and Peterborough. We are hoping that this will mean more selection, rather than less, as a new build allows for customization, if you can buy ahead of time!
Claire tells us that it isn’t looking hopeful for kids returning to school in the fall, which will mean challenges for families like theirs, with one school aged kid, and a toddler! Last year, she was able to find a ‘Nursery School’ for Hattie, enabling her to focus on home schooling Willa. *sigh*. If we were there I could take Hattie, and leave Claire to work with Willa. But we are not there, and can’t get there, by Ontario’s rules!