David left yesterday morning (6 am – yawn) for Sakhalin Island, Russia. He arrived at noon Tuesday (which was 10 hours before it was noon here), and launched into the job immediately.
I have begun what could be a 3 month wait in Norway before I can join him. Luckily, yesterday was bright and sunny – everything I needed to keep from descending into pit of self-pity. I really do hate it when he is gone.
When I returned from the airport at 6 am, the cat was sensibly awaiting me under the bed covers….. so of course I joined her for a short nap. I really don’t do well with 5 hours of unsettled sleep. When I awoke, the sun was blazing, and I found myself all ready to tackle the day. Jenny grumpily moved from the warm bed to the heated bathroom floor, and disdained the blanket I put for her there. Her choice – she’s over 17 years old and should know her own mind by now.
After a good breakfast, I went shopping – after all, isn’t that what we women are supposed to do to lift a dark mood? I went to Fretex, looking for the creamer and sugar bowl that match my Figgjo teapot. No luck, but I got a straw julebok. Then I went to the craft shop next door and purchased purple candles for advent, and some supplies to make Christmas decorations. I had to go to Panduro in the mall to get my steam-a-seam.
I ended the day curled in a comfortable chair, picking out the quilting in a quilt I love (but hate the quilting) and listening to podcasts on learning Russian. The dog lay companionably by my feet, and a glass of good beer at my elbow. I discovered yesterday that everyone puts out a Christmas beer here – I bought one from the brewery in Flåm to try. Maybe tonight.
It’s raining again today, but my mood hasn’t grayed over with the skies. I have dozens of lists to make with all the things that I want or need to do in the coming months………today, this move is still an adventure. Lets hope I can keep it that way.