Monday, July 15, 2013
Settling Down and Picking Blueberries
We made it in one piece to our new home . . . although some of our things weren't so lucky. (Reminds me of the broken lamp in The Brave Little Toaster. Poor Lampy!) We got the stuff we had put into storage as well as our UAB (air shipment). We're still waiting on our HHE (freight shipment), which got routed to Singapore for a very mysterious reason, and there was a delay because they didn't know whether to send it through the Panama Canal and on up to Montreal or to send it to Vancouver and have a train bring it over. So that will probably arrive next month. In the meantime, we're seeing if we can survive without a can opener.
We were incredibly fortunate to get a great two-bedroom apartment with a great view and truly excellent tap water. I had visited a bunch of different places around the city with realtors, but Andrew found this one listed on Craigslist, of all places, and it's awesome. It's close to a library, grocery store, a library, five parks, a library, Max's preschool, a library. Obviously some things are more important than others. It felt really good to get a library card.
Celebrating the move-in.
Went to the top of Mount Royal (Mont Reál in Middle French . . . hence Montreal).
Went to the "beach" with some new friends. Max has never played in the mud before, and he didn't like it at all. But he puttered around in the "sand" (sorry, the Marshalls have ruined me forever and ever).
Yesterday we went blueberry picking!! It is one of my favorite activities in the world. It is right up there with dancing the foxtrot and reading an old favorite book: everything seems right in the world. You know it's not, but for the time you can just be happy and at peace. That's what picking blueberries does for me.
We went to Quinn Farm, about a 45-minute drive away. $5 per person to get in and $13 per bucket (and it's a big bucket). Oh, and you can eat as many blueberries as you want/can. Max ate blueberries until he wouldn't eat one more.
Went on a tractor ride around the farm.
Happy to finally be settled in our own place!