[Before Paradise] Simply Bittersweet

I didn’t think I would have time to write these last few days as we have been on the move from our temporary rental, then to a local Tupelo hotel, and now we are at a hotel in Memphis where we are completely staged to leave this morning for the airport. It has been a long and arduous process and this last week especially has been filled with a torment of emotions as we

made our final preparations to travel and said our goodbyes to our businesses, cars, home, friends and two of our beloved pets that have been part of our lives for the last 16+ years. The hardest thing I have ever had to do is put a beloved pet down and x 2 and made it that much harder. It was a serious decision that wasn’t taken lightly. Any pet owner who will ever decide to locate and live overseas will be faced with making the decision to bring their furry family members and it becomes an even more crucial decision if the pets are aged or have health problems.  In our case it was both. Our two eldest cats at 16+ years of age were showing signs of deteriorating health, and to spare them from the stresses of travel and a difficult adaptation to a new home may have been more than they could handle. So, after several consultations with out vet, ‘Wednesday’ and ‘Boodung’ were issued first class passage to kitty heaven.

 

Leftovers!

Leftovers!

Meanwhile, the last few days spent in Tupelo, MS were not spent without more downsizing. When we moved into the temporary house, we brought with us things that we needed to “camp” for a few weeks. All that stuff also had to be disposed of before we could leave and it was a like a made for TV repeat mini-series of moving from our main home with possessions in tow. This time, what possessions we had left followed us to our hotel in Tupelo. We appointed Michelle, a long time Filipina friend, as the official Filipino Ombudsman for our area as we donated a table and chairs, TV, microwave oven and everything else we could not move or take. While she readily accepted the challenge of Ombudsman, her garage didn’t fare so well. We literally sold our Bunn coffee maker, a kitchen toaster, and rice cooker and half a 20lb bag of rice from the hotel room. All there was left besides luggage and pets was a manicure tray full of miscellaneous items like a 110v hair dryer, lint roller, night lights, laundry detergent, scotch tape, postal stamps, two pillows, and a can of Fritos Jalapeno Cheddar cheese dip. There were also three bottles of beer that I just couldn’t leave behind for a hotel maid I hardly knew. Then it was off last night to the hotel in Memphis where we are now making our final stand before boarding our flight this morning. Although now, the leftover stuff is totally manageable and will simply be left behind (except for the beer, which I have since dutifully consumed) for the hotel maid service to determine its fate.

With all material things in tow, everything is jam-packed into 4 pieces of luggage that will be checked, in addition to each one of us being allowed one personal item and one hand carry item on the plane. In this case, each of our hand carry items is a cat!

In retrospect only!

In retrospect only!

That was easy!

See ya on the other side!