Wednesday, November 29, 2006

So much has happened . . . Most importantly, we have received our immigration papers!! We received them on November 18th. We were officially in the system on June 8th 2005. The entire grueling process took us 1 year, 5 months and 10 days. The worst part was the health exams. Not the exams themselves, but dealing with the horribly inadequate clinic. It was a real test for Diane to not . . . well. . . be Diane and chew them a new one. We were totally at their mercy. If they wanted to, they could have just 'misplaced' the paperwork and we would have been behind for many more months.

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends/family. Diane cooked a turkey the traditional way and John Notabartolo did the Cajun fried turkey. Aside from Diane and me, John, wife Leeanne and son Jack were present. Chris Sinagulia and daughter Brenda came over. We were so glad they did. They lost Pete, son and brother respectively a couple of weeks ago. It would not have been much of a holiday for them. A good time was had by all who attended. The food was fabulous. We did our part for the economy on Black Friday.

I'm home from work because I had a colonoscopy today. Diane and I decided to get all medical screening tests done before we go to the Great White North. All is fine with both of us. The abdominal mass scare was nothing more than that, a scare. So we have reason to be thankful.

Speaking of the Great White North, a friend of ours in Victoria took this picture for us of the entrance to our quarter mile driveway. Oh, my gosh!! And our Canadian friends swear, "It doesn't snow in Victoria".

Yes folks, that's our driveway. 18 inches of snow. No electricity until Thursday. New carpet being installed on Saturday? I doubt it.

Now what we really need is to sell the house here in Las Vegas. We had people look at it this past weekend. Any majik you all can work up to help us sell the house would be greatly appreciated. Diane and I are saying affirmations daily. We have honored the Native American tradition by placing whisky (actually single malt 18 year old scotch) in the four corners of the property. We have the color red placed on the front door. We don't pray but will gladly accept the prayers of the believers out there. We just want to get to our home in Canada. Now.

Quebec its own nation within Canada? They have already seceded philosophically generations ago. I don't know what this all means at this point. I will have to ask our Canadian friends for further enlightenment.

Fun quiz to take - How Canadian Are You? I scored 80%. I guess I need to study.


West End Bound said...

Canada Calling & Diane,

How great to see your comment on our Moving to Vancouver blog! Also, I feel so honoured to apparently be the first to comment on yours . . .

I just finished reading your archives and am now up-to-date. It's wonderful to have some more "cool" people moving north of the 49th Parallel, and congratulations on receiving your papers. At seventeen months, it sounds like you made pretty good progress - Hope we get ours soon. Our file was just transferred from Buffalo to New York City, so who knows? Did your file get transferred?

I have a lot of questions for you, but may just email you soon. Also, I would like to put a link to your blog on ours, if you don't mind. Let me know, and we look forward to hearing from you soon. It's really good to know there will be more of "us" in Beautiful BC!

Masnick96 said...

Congrats on your accomplishment!

I found my way to your blog through Moving to Vancouver. My partner and I recently immigrated (September!) to Toronto after enduring 18 months of "In Process." Welocome to Canada!