Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Countdown has started

Two more nights to sleep before we leave for Canada... and still so much to do! This will be my last post in the few days to come.

I seem to have been running around all day yesterday and today! I've been washing, cleaning, e-mailing and blogging in between and doing basic groceries for our dear Dutch friends, Jaap and Patricia, who will be house-sitting our home and enjoying a bit of Switzerland for a few days around Christmas time.

I also went for a quick visit at an old friend of the family, Ernst, (my dad's best friend) to pick up some self-made kirsch. The kirsch is not actually self-made, but he "owns/rents (?)" a few fruit trees such as cherry, plum and I think also pear at a nearby farm (they do that here in Switzerland) and when the fruit on his trees are ripe, he picks them and brings them to be distilled. I had a sip of it today, and although I'm not a big fan of it, this one was soooo smooth and tasty. I'll have to write a post about Ernst one day, not because of the kirsch, but because he has been like a second father to me throughout my years in Switzerland AND because he's incredibly crazy. He's a 74 year old kid. I kid you not! No wonder his grandchildren love him so much!

What's up this evening? We'll be bringing Dale, our cat, to a friend's house for holidays - What!?!He's entitled to vacations too, you know? - then order a pizza and do some packing. Tomorrow, I will clean a few windows (where Dale scratches when he begs to come in again), vacuum the couches (where Dale loves to nap), clean the kitchen floor (where Dale eats and I love to cook), finish packing, go for a massage at Paolo's followed by a hair trim at Markus', get a few last things in town to bring to Canada, quick meet up with my almost 18 year old godson and bring the luggage to the main train station in Basel to check them in.

After that, I'm not sure I'll even have the energy to eat!

Friday morning: Panic! Have we got everything? Will Jaap and Patricia find everything they need? Where's my freaking adaptor plug? What time is our train leaving again? I wanna see my Family!!!! Get me outta here! Are we there already??

So. I'll post again from Canada (a little). AND I will be politically correct... If I don't post before X'mas, I wish each and every one of you a Happy Holiday Season. Love ya all!

Over.and.OUT! Ciao!

21 comments:

Ex-Shammickite said...

Have a wonderful stay in Canada. I'm not sure where in Canada you are heading, but if you'll be anywhere near Southern Ontario, don't expect a white Christmas! Perhaps an umbrella would be a good accessory!
Very mild here.

The Medium Swede said...

Travel safely CS!

Expat Traveler said...

I hope you have a wonderful trip over to our rainy side of the pond! And wow, I was just thinking... What if you had to do all of this while you were still not retired????? PANIC... hehe

CanadianSwiss said...

Ex-sham: I will be "anywhere near" if Ottawa valley is close enough ;)

TMS: Thanks, but I have no choice. Everything is so secure nowadays ;)

ET: HA! I would have called that a heart attack. Heh.

Ginnie said...

I am so excited for you and can feel all your energy, CS. The minute you're outta the house and on the plane, you'll start breathing again! Travel mercies and the best trip home yet!

CanadianSwiss said...

Ahh Ginnie- Thank you! But I will not be breathing until I'm there physically. Poor Orange! He has to bear with so much (me) ! Once I'm there though, it will be fine ;) My thoughts will be with Donica today.

Mr. Fabulous said...

Whoo-hoo! We'll be on the same continent!

CanadianSwiss said...

You bet, honey.. Even the same time zone! But I'LL be the one freezing... if we ever get snow!

Shelli said...

I haven't read the whole post yet, but I will. Promise. I just wanted to say that I hope you have a wonderful trip and an awesome time. If you fly over Minnesota, give me a little wave. :)

I will read the entire post and comment. I am having a minor computer issue right now.

CanadianSwiss said...

Shelli: I won't make it over Minnesota (landing in Montreal), but I'll wave anyway to all my N.-American readers

The Big Finn said...

CS -

Need to borrow an adaptor plug? We have three.

...ever hope you and OX have a great Christmas, eh?

big bear said...

Say hello to my Canadian relatives, the Grizzlies, when you sneak through the woods! And don't do the same mistake like most women: A total clean up of the entire house before leaving. It's pure masochism, and regarding relaxation and holidays it's absolutely counterproductive. - Old saying from a wise old bear, and belive me: They know. :)

CanadianSwiss said...

TBF: Thank you, eh? Wishing you and the Missus the same.

BTW, we'll also be having a New Year's Eve Eve Party on the 30th! We'll be raising our glas to you guys.

B Bear: If I see one, I'll make sure to tell him ...while I run for my life! And the clean up would have been kept to a minimum, were we not having guests house-sitting during our absence :)

christina said...

Have a great time, you guys! And kiss the soil for me when you get off the plane. :-)

swissmiss said...

enjoy your stay and say hello to your family and friends. merry x-mas and a happy new year....it will change your life :-)
and yes, i have to go to hospital again :-( mid-january i´ll have to go to the "chefarzt" because i wanna postpone to beginning of march...but they want to do it in january...well....at least it´s my decision.....i miss you already! big hug and kisses :-)

merlinprincesse said...

I did not have time to write you back before you left so I will try to reach you at yout dad's! :) Hope to see you and hubby in Quebec City! :) I will certainly call ya! :) Have a safe journey!

CanadianSwiss said...

Thanks everybody. We had a very nice flight and arrived safely.

More to come soon :-)

xmichra said...

oh no! i think i might be too late!! happy holidays CS and OX!! And if you bring some of that yummy Kirsh, i will make crepe suzzette for you :D

Expat Traveler said...

yeah! Welcome to Canada eh! WE got snow, wondering if it will go your way..

CanadianSwiss said...

XM: You know Kirsch?? Hey, for crêpe Suzette, I'll even bring two bottles of Kirsch! :)

ET: LOL. Bring the snow over! OrangeX can hardly wait to put ski pants on and shovel.

xmichra said...

oh, i have stories of flambee's gone awry..lol! I was quite the formal waitress at one time in my life. I can make a wicked crepe suzette.