Last Day


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Eight years ago I began a job in a fire department in a small New England town. Today was my last day. Oddly it  could very well be my last day as paramedic altogether. I have not decided yet, but it’s likely I might  try something different.

More like 20 years I’ve been in the emergency services. It’s been a long and interesting path, with many potholes along the way. But the road also took me down some beautiful roads where I learned to become someone I didn’t know was inside me.

I’ve met many strangers who became dear friends and had friends turn their backs on me. But helping to heal the sick is a blessing that I have been fortunate enough to experience.

So maybe this life guard will no longer be on duty. And the day now may be done on this career. But my patients and my service will always be deep in my heart.

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Photos : Soothing


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Riding the speeding train. Out of my normal routine which is very difficult for my personality type. Missing my yoga and meditation. Argh. Hammering on the packing and getting ready for this monumental move and life change.

But it’s all good. Today my walk was at the end of a hectic day. Four sets of visitors, two for pickup, but two dear friends also. One all the way from upstate New York who was in town visiting family. I feel blessed to have seen her.

We talked about living in the now, the moment, the present. Whatever any of our lives may have or not have, whether our bodies are currently thriving or not –none of us know what is in store just around the corner.

Therefore we all must try to live mindfully as much as we can in each moment.  Remember to breathe, watch the sunset, pull off the road to witness wildlife.

Because that present moment is all you can truly count on!

Tornado


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Here’s what it looks like getting ready to move from a house into an apartment. There’s been up to 6 or 7 people and 5 pets living under this roof at any given time. Now it will be me and one dog, two cats crammed into an apartment. Should be interesting.

But I am really looking forward to more urban living, less driving and more diversity. I can be outside more too and experience more culture and the environment in a different way.

Right now though I must survive the tornado that has hit my house. It actually feels kind of nice to live like this after trying to keep the place pristine to show for four months.

Now anything goes! Except I keep packing stuff! Where the heck did I put that darn thing????

No Snow!


It’s been a long time since I’ve moved, longer since I’ve moved far and never that I’ve moved across country. Holy smokes (as my Dad used to say)–it’s nuts! But I’m excited, nervous, crazy and everything that comes along with such a life change.

My traveling buddies (my dog and cats) definitely know something is up. With the house in disarray, and me bustling about–they are very suspicious. My pup is adjusting to his new harness for the car, and the cats have been sleeping in the carrying cases… Little do they know they will be home for many days in a car!

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At work I am taking down personal items from my bulletin board, cleaning out my locker, pulling down things from the wall. Some folks are sad I am going, and those people are coming for a quick goodbye tomorrow while I’m on shift. Hopefully no-one will have the nerve to call 911 while we are trying to gather. Other coworkers are glad I’m leaving, but to those people I say: ta ta. For they are the reasons I was uncomfortable and unhappy where I should have been satisfied. The job/career should have been rewarding, but instead ground me down. Now on to better things!

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So my life gets stuffed into as few boxes as possible now. I am so happy to be minimalizing! How do I accumulate so much crap? Like George Carlin said: we love our ‘stuff’. I promise myself not to do it anymore. My new apartment is small–no need to fill it with unwanted items. So my Mom says to me now: when in doubt, throw it out. Or actually I’m giving most of it away. Everyone seems to want my ‘stuff’. Recycling at its finest!

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Soon I will say goodbye to my beautiful lake and its sunrises and sunsets. I’ve walked by it so many times with my dogs. I’ve wishes for many things as I did. Now I will see new views and I have new prayers. Palm trees instead of falling autumn leaves…and best of all: NO SNOW!

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Photos : Almost Home


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So here are some photos of the new digs. Found a place that will take my pup and 2 cats, no easy task. Serendipitous meeting with kindred landlady. We hit it off immediately. She waived a fee and the criminal check. Hush, don’t tell her what a bad guy I am!

Now the push is on! Occupancy for September 15th. Spent a small fortune at petco today for the upcoming drive with the babies. Reserved my units that we will pack and they will drive down. Getting all details finalized.

Six more days of work. Tossing, giving away and packing.

Then it’s hasta la Vista!