Posts Tagged With: The Purge

Paperwork again

Okay, there seems to be a confusion between the different governments.  HMPO is now saying that my long form birth certificate (which they requested, I might add) is not what they want.  They want some document that was issued within a year of my birth.  I don’t think they completely understand that a BIRTH CERTIFICATE issued at ANY time is a proof of an archived document that is the formal proof of my birth.  SO, early Monday morning, I need to get myself down to the core of down town Montreal to apply for a “copy of an act” which is pretty much the same as my birth certificate except… well, I guess we’ll find out.  From what I can see online, the same info is on both.

The lovely lady that called (and can I say, government workers in Canada could take lessons from the manners and politeness of the UK government workers… REALLY!) said that she would consider it.  But unless The Doctor pops by with his TARDIS, how am I going to go back in time to tell my parents to get a proper copy of the act and save it for me till now (43 years later)??  Not sure what else I can do.  Hope this works!

Plan B is being examined.  Just in case.

I know I am eligible for the British passport… there is no question.  I meet the requirements completely, as clean cut a case as can be imagined… we’re not entirely sure why the new document is being requested other than the crack downs on immigration in the UK and maybe they have a quota of “problems” to find.  No idea.  But it is additional expense and waiting time.  And with the move looming in two weeks, it’s starting to get a little stressful to be dealing with this after waiting almost three months with no word from them.  But we’ll just through their hoops if it makes them feel better. 🙂

My Hunny’s passport application is being stalled though he was born on British soil to British parents because they want a statement from him that states WHY he’s applying from Canada.  (Um, because that’s where he lives now??) So we have to do that too… so it really does make me think that they have to look like they are being picky to satisfy those in the country that would say they are too lax in their work.  I’m hoping it means only a short delay.  S’all good though.. we’re still on schedule, we still have a few months, and our leaving date is flexible anyhow.

But just in case, we’ve decided to put our main furniture into storage rather than get rid of it like originally planned, just in case… just in case… no sense in off-loading in haste, repenting at leisure. LOL!

So, it’s the paperwork waiting game.  And she called us while we were on the road so we were unable to get it done on Friday, and there is nothing at all either of us can do until Monday morning, so we’ll just hang out this weekend and try to make sense of boxes.  (I hate boxes.  Boxes are evil.)

Have a GLORIOUS weekend everyone!  It’s one of the last this summer… make the most of it – SNOW is on it’s way soon! 😉

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Dreams and Reality

I am a very blessed wife.  I have a husband who loves me, and dreams with me… but what’s best about my Hunny?  He listens to me and takes my input when working out how to make our dreams a reality.

The other night, after the kids were asleep, we lay in bed till the wee hours just talking through silly little details.  The move is still 15 months away, but we worked out how logistically we would get our stuff over the pond.  A little early to be worrying about that? Not for me… I have a little bit of an OCD streak, and for me it’s about planning.  Plans left open-ended make me crazy, spiraling around in my brain till I can’t sleep, can’t eat (not always a bad thing, but I digress), can’t think!

We also laid out a loose-ish plan for getting the house ready to list, as we’d like to list it next Spring.  We want to make sure we get as much in profit as humanly possible for our house, so that we have as much of a safety net as possibly when we arrive over the pond.  It’s not a lot of stuff – this house is thankfully quite lovely… but there are some small things and some freshening up things.

Wouldn't this be great?!

Wouldn’t this be great?!
Saw it in Montreal last summer …
Expensive though! 🙂

We also have an exchange student coming for a whole school year, so much of that stuff would be best gotten out of the way this summer rather than wait till we are working around another person.   Painting rooms and the likes – but honestly, what colours “sell”?  I have no idea!  I’ve only ever painted things for my pleasure – not with the foreknowledge that it is to be pleasing to the eyes of someone else…

It’s funny though, I’ve never felt settled in this house.  We’ve been here four years – and I’ve spent four years feeling out-of-place in my own home.  I pray that wherever we go in the UK, my heart will settle in.  It’ll be a little strange to be sure as we plan to buy all our furniture new when we get there – but it could also be a great opportunity to have a fresh start.

IKEA is great, isn’t it?  I know, it’s not top-quality stuff… but I’ve had lots of IKEA over the years, and it tends to last longer than the Walmart stuff – or the second hand stuff we get on Kijiji.  It also affords us to be intentional in our furnishing.  Just as leaving here with only 5 larger checked, 5 smaller carry-on, and 5 backpacks (two of which will be child sized so my poor Littles don’t topple over backwards!) will force us to be intentional in our purging.  If it don’t fit, it don’t come – and that includes the books!

Everything else is up for sale.

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I know, I know… 16 months.

But I also *know* me.  I know that I will hang on to as much as possible with all my might unless I discipline myself to purge the lifetime of STUFF we’ve collected.  We simply can’t afford to bring it all.  Plus, it might be kind of nice to go over with some money and get the thrill of walking into Ikea and outfitting our new house with new things.

Of course that brings up the topic of Sentimental Value.

There are things that we keep not because they are valuable in the monetary sense, rather in the “but the kids made that” or “but it was my Nana’s” sense.  I’m finding that all the moves we’ve made till now have begun with a purge.  But in reality, we never purged much.  It was too easy to hold on, to bring along, to just plain attach ourselves to.  Things we don’t really need.  Like some decorative plates picked up at a yard sale that have cute phrases on them, or that dollar store candle holder (or maybe even the expensive PartyLite candle holder) that is just pretty.  Useless.  No value in the sense that matters.  Yet here it is, after I-can’t-tell-you-how-many moves in the 20 years my Hunny and I have been married.

Time to let go.

And to start things off, I donated three LARGE (think Walmart reusable size) bags. There were at least (probably more) three dozen books I’d been holding onto in those bags.  And this morning at church as I took them out of the car, I admit, there was a moment of hesitation.  A little *gulp*.  But then I handed them off… and the weight (literally AND figuratively) that lifted was noticeable.

It also helped me feel a little closer to that 16 month date.

Of course there are still probably six billion more books in the house, but baby steps.  I’ll get there… slowly but surely I will purge this house and in the end all we’ll be taking is the things that have lasting and sentimental value.

Photo Albums.

A wooden carving of the word “FAMILY” that the kids made me for Christmas.

A decorative wooden plate that my oldest son made me at summer camp years ago with the Fruit of the Spirit on it.

A chicken whisk my friend Min gave me when she travelled to see me when our Littles were very little indeed.

The little, special, could never replace things.

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What precious things could you not bear to part with if you were moving to a new country?

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