It’s July 4th, why am I still sitting in Ottawa?

I was up early this morning, really early!  By 5:45am, I figured it was time to make a cup of tea and sit in the hot tub.  Now there is nothing unusual about doing that (except that I normally hate to get up early), but I found myself thinking that this is possibly the first time in almost 10 yrs that I have been in Ottawa during the summer.  Normally, Leon and I would have packed up our camper Roadie by now and made our escape as soon as school was done.  School ended last Friday around here.

But this has not been a normal year by any means.  You may have noticed that I’ve been rather quiet on here for many months.  Much of that is due to illness.  Nothing to panic over.  It’s just what one might call neuropathy in my legs and feet.  A worsening condition that left me little option but to take a long term sick leave and try to sort out my health.  After months of insomnia and countless tests, I decided to try naturopathic medicine.  This led me to major changes in my diet and produced some improvements in my general disposition.  That battle is ongoing.

In the meantime, my trusty partner in crime, Leon, became fascinated with our political process and decided to throw his hat into the ring and become a candidate for the Liberal Party of Canada.(If you open the link, you might find Leon in the picture, standing on the right in a red golf shirt.)  The only twist is that he is the candidate for Langley-Aldergrove, BC.  Talk about your long distance relationships!  So Leon and I have purchased a home in BC, which was meant to be our retirement downsize in a year from now.  The new house is located in a great community with schools on either side, mountains in the background and a great community rec centre where I plan to start aquafit and yoga once I get out there.

Leon Jensen & Justin Trudeau

Official portrait with Justin Trudeau, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada

You might remember that we spent all last summer in BC, roaming up and down the coast to interview potential towns where we might want to retire to.  In the end, Langley was our unanimous choice for its proximity to mountains, ocean, big city Vancouver, family and friends.  Of course affordability was a big factor as well.  I always wanted to live by the sea, but if I can’t can afford that, then I may as well live in a great town that offers me all the amenities I am looking for.  We figure we can join a boating club and go sailing in the gulf islands in coming years.  That will satisfy my longing for the ocean.

Of course, should Leon get elected as a member of parliament, we will have a home right here in Ottawa too.  But at least we will be able to share more time together.  This long distance stuff is for the birds.

Lots more surprises are in store as I enter a new chapter in my life.  I’ll write more about it when I can.  For now, I am looking forward to a girls’ weekend with my lovely daughter.  We are off to Quebec City for 2 nights.  That little trip includes taking the train, a most civilized way to travel.

Québec City Credit: Jean-François Bergeron



6 thoughts on “It’s July 4th, why am I still sitting in Ottawa?

  1. Reblogged this on Turning my world upside down! and commented:

    July 2015 saw some big changes! It was only 2 weeks after I wrote this that I had retired from teaching and was officially living in BC after a cross country road trip with my son. Happy Canada Day! #canada150


  2. Wishing you the best with health. Have missed reading about your adventures. Enjoy the change of a political life. Hope to read more from you soon. Time with my daughter is some of my best times and am sure you will have a great girls out time!

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  3. Well, welcome to the club. Two and a half years ago, I also developed Neuropathy in my left leg. I had nearly identical symptoms including insomnia. Not knowing what the problem was a big concern. They did several test which included ALS, exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam and many more. My Neuropathy always seemed to occur when my body was at idle. The MRI finally pinpointed to five bulging disk in my lower back. No back pain, but pinching of the nerves caused my left leg to be continuously numb to this day. I have learned how to control the involuntary twitching. On the bright side, what has helped immensely is going to the warmer climate in the winter. Walking and biking also has helped.
    Hopefully, you find relief from your condition and you continue to write your (good reading) blogs.

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    • Thanks for your encouragement! I have had 2 MRIs in my lower back but they found nothing unusual. Lots of other tests too, 3 yrs of tests!

      I keep searching for a cause and some solutions. I agree that I need to get back to moving more and the alternative has left even less steady.

      And of course, getting back to travel and blogging would be a positive step.



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