This Eagle Has Landed
Actually, I have WAY more than I need…or could ever hope to use. So…Sadie and I (and our 9000 pounds of stuff) have officially landed in our new home in French Creek (between Parksville and Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island, BC). It is AWESOME (and dare I say incredibly quiet)! Thankfully, my friend Heather and two of her girls, Paige (17) and Ella (10), were on hand to get the unpacking process started. “Auntie Pope,” advised Ella, during a quiet moment in the backyard, “I think we need to be strategic about this. Let’s focus on the kitchen first, then your bedroom and bathroom. Then you can chip away at everything else.” I kid you not…that’s how this kid talks. She is SMART! So that’s exactly what we did. Five hours later, Paige could tell I was getting overwhelmed at the enormity of the task. “Attitude is key,” said Paige. “You need to face each unpacking session with a positive mindset. This is your stuff. If you don’t want something, don’t keep it.” She was right. She was also an unpacking machine. Paige pretty much put together my entire kitchen in a single afternoon – supervised, of course, by Ella. Heather, in true mom-fashion, got stuck picking up the mountains of discarded wrapping paper and breaking down boxes for recycling. Slowly but surely, my new home started to emerge… But then there’s the garage…oh boy. The office and living room are also still packed with boxes. But hey, Rome wasn’t built in a day. For there are also blogs to write, plays to rewrite and dogs to play with.
“All I have is all I need.”
– Sarah Ban Breathnach
Have a wonderful week…I will post more photos as more rooms take shape!Related Blog by Maryanne Gypsy Caravan Slows to Halt Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her regular weekly blog, please sign up here. As a thank you, you’ll receive a short but saucy e-book entitled, Dive into this Chicago Deep Dish – Ten Bite-Sized Steps for a Yummier Slice of Life.
“You can’t have everything. Where would you put it?”
– Ann Landers