Thursday, October 19, 2006

Coming Down To The Wire...

Wednesday is departure day for me and the cats and it seems like there are too many details to be taken care of before I go. DH will remain here, now, until mid-November, so I'll be on my own in Australia the first three weeks, except for twice weekly drives to visit the cats in quarantine west of Sydney on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This should give me a lot of practice in left-hand side of the road driving, since the quarantine facility is about an hour and a half from where we live, I think.

Today I'm putting together a parcel to mail to Australia so I won't have to check any luggage: a couple of favorite kitchen knives that we've been using at the condo, a brand-new rotary cutter and some sewing notions, odds and ends that somehow didn't make it into the container.

Trying to wrap up bills and banking and address changes has been sort of crazy. I think I've taken care of an address change only to discover that some part of some computer system still hasn't gotten the message...annoying!

Monday the cats have their final de-ticking and de-worming procedures and a final medical check. Unfortunately, a few of them have caught another cold at the boarding facility where they are staying, so ALL of them are now on antibiotics twice a day until they leave on Wednesday. As if the move itself weren't traumatic enough, the poor guys have now had two bouts of illness since they left their idyllic home in Novato three months ago. Combination of stress and exposure to the germs of a lot of other cats, I guess. I hope they do well at the quarantine facility...they have to remain there until December 17, I think.

So, I'll try to post again before I leave, but if not, catch you all on the other side of the pond in a week or so...

14 comments:

Jeanne said...

Good luck, Diane! Wow, such an enormous adventure! We can't even get ourselves pulled together enough to move up to the mountains 90 miles away where we already own a house!
Jeanne :)

DubiQuilts said...

Best of wishes, prayers and luck for you, husband and cats. Post when you can. Tell us about the other side of pond. If you ever need anything let me know and I will mail it to you.

Laurie Ann said...

Good luck to you and the kitties. Hope it all goes smoothly!

McIrish Annie said...

Have a safe journey!!

Beth said...

Have a safe trip and hope the kitties are ok too. I hate moving to a new home just a few miles away, I can't imagine moving to a whole new country! How exciting!

Beth

Cynthia said...

have a safe trip Dianne. Hope everything will be okay for your cats.

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

Poor kitties - it will be hardest for them. Then they have to be in Concentration Camp til nearly Christmas! I'm sure they will enjoy our side of the pond when they are let loose.

Sweet P said...

Good luck on your trip. Did you buy the sewing machine last weekend?

Libby said...

Thanks for stopping by -- good luck on your move and especially to the kitties. SEe you when you get settled.

Dormouse said...

Good luck with it all.

Safe journey.

Tonya R said...

good luck!!!! hope the kitties are feeling better really soon.

May Britt said...

Have a safe journey to your new home. Your cats will settle down I am sure. This is exciting. Moving to a place so far away. Wish you the best.
Looking forward to read about your journey and new home.

anne bebbington said...

Gosh what a big move - I wish you well

Nicole said...

Break a leg!