This morning began great! I got up and decided to have homemade biscuits for breakfast and then was looking forward to having “coffee” with Kris afterwards. I always look forward to our calls.
We had a nice chat about his work, about my work and about my move out there. That is when I started to get sad. Thinking about all the stuff still needing to be done and needing to be packed before I move, is overwhelming sometimes. I am prepared for it and have a plan but talking about it still is overwhelming. Then of course comes the goodbye, which is always hard. I would rather spend the day “connected” to him like that than do any yard work or packing or whatever, but stuff has to get done.
So I started to cry a little…. and then he started to cry a little… it’s a hard thing for the both of us and I really miss him. But good bye we said and did.
Then I cleaned up the dog pen and “mowed” up the leaves in it. My sister and her husband have generously paid for Habitat for Humanity to come to my house tomorrow and rake the rest of my yard for me. This is especially good and awesome because today my riding mower seized and no longer runs. So I couldn’t even mow the leaves into smaller piles first, to then rake them up, even if I wanted to. If there are more leaves after tomorrow that fall, then I will be raking them all by hand. Not a fun proposition.
After that and doing some other tidying up, such as taking the numbers down off the fence in the agility field and then moving equipment from the small field to the big field, I took the dogs to Leonard Springs Nature Park for a walk. It was still nice out and I figure we won’t have many more of those left this year so we took advantage of it. I’m glad we did because both pups are sound asleep right now. 🙂
Once we got back, I showered and then began packing stuff. I started in the hallway and took down all the pictures and ribbons hanging up in the hallway, as well as some ribbons in my dressing room. I then collected other pictures and such from around the house to fill out the box I was putting them in. Turns out Kris’ Star Wars picture won’t fit in the box, nor will the wolf picture from the living room, so those will have to find another box later. But a lot of other pictures are now packed up. I then tackled Kris’ closet. I cleared out the top of his closet and packed it all into a box.
After that I made dinner and now I’m blogging. Enjoying a beer and going to watch House from Netflix.
The other thing that has begun is the transition and move of the club. What club? The Flying Paws Agility Club. I began the club in 2007 to try to create a group of like-minded individuals and their dogs to hang out, learn from each other and become friends. What it became was me teaching folks and running the whole thing despite asking for help all the time. It wasn’t until this year when I told the club I was planning to move to Oregon, that people began to step up and take over stuff.
Sure I may not have pushed hard enough to get people to help or step up. I may have made things worse for myself by always picking up the slack whenever it was needed, but I did ask for help all the time. Frequently even.
So now there is a new president and a new group taking over the club. The equipment and fencing will be moved to storage for the winter time and I will probably never see those items again. I am sad for that. I will miss seeing the dogwalk and aframe in my backyard. I will miss teaching all the wonderful people and their dogs that I have met over the years. I will miss being active in a sport I enjoy very much.
So it has begun….
- the move of the club away from my control
- the packing of my life’s posessions in preparation to move across the country
- the planning and scheduling of where, how and when I will make the trek across this great nation.