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The Return of Gabby Calizen
So I stayed away for 3 months or so. Thinking I had said enough. Making people crazy with my moanings and worries and feelings of doom over the world.

And you know what? The world is still crazy and filled with doom, but it's New Year's, we're still here, and things keep going on.

And you know what else? I'm now a mother-in-law! Truly! My son went to visit his Canadian citizen/Ukrainian born girlfriend in Ottawa and both decided to run off and get married -- in the worst blizzard thus far this year. Luckily "running off" meant being driven by her father over the border to Niagara Falls. I say luckily because I was happy that her parents got to see their daughter married and also because Vasile is an expert driver in snow and loves that kind of weather.

Now, you who know me know that I practice astrology and that my husband is even more into it than me. As he is an engineer -- both by career and by nature -- he prefers to cogitate upon possible event times in the heavens, turning dates this way and that, then scrapping them and beginning the process all over again. Mike and Dasha called us and gave us 10 minutes to find a date. Do I have to say what happens to a black-and-white thinking engineer who moves with speed of an iceberg to have to create a wedding chart in 10 minutes? Luckily, I also know what he looks for in doing wedding charts, so I could help him (though he'd never admit it). And lucky for us, once Mike had the chart, the whole family over there -- Mike, Dasha, mother, father and Dasha's son Maxim -- piled into the car and took off -- lucky for us not TELLING us they were heading straight into the blizzard so that they could meet the deadline of the marriage chart.

Whew. Well, this chart is one for business purposes mainly, and that is what this ultimately was because Dasha has to get all the paperwork in for her and Maxim before they can be allowed to live with Mike in the U.S. So in 2 days, Mike will leave his new wife and new stepson and fly back alone to Hawaii while waiting maybe 6-8 months for their immigration paperwork to be final.

But meantime, we will be having a second wedding, this time in Maui -- which Dasha always wanted -- and this time Yours Truly and husband will be watching them marry again on a Hawaiian beach -- That is, if the engineer mind of Karl can get a more romantic chart for this second wedding.

Anyway, aloha to everyone here at LJ. And you know, guys, I missed you.
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kathyrene From: kathyrene Date: January 1st, 2013 03:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good to hear from you and Happy New Year!

I've been rather absent myself what with work and Christmas prep etc. Thinking your son and his girlfriend must have run off on or around the 3rd weekend of December as I live in the Ottawa area. We've had some nasty blizzards. Luckily a marriage event in Maui will be more to your liking and joy!

Blessing on you and yours!

calizen From: calizen Date: January 1st, 2013 03:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think Ottawa was spared this one. But it did hit Niagara Falls -- home of the kitschy wedding chapels of the world -- which it was until Las Vegas (and probably Atlantic City) became even kitschier and more well known.

By the way, is it true you have to wait 20 days in Canada before you can marry?
kathyrene From: kathyrene Date: January 1st, 2013 04:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have no idea on waiting periods unless it is a requirement of the religion or church they are taking their vows.

Believe me we got hit pretty hard up our way too. Lost a number of trees on our property, power outages and a couple of days of digging out. I'm just 15 minutes from Ottawa in rural zone.

Most of Niagara Falls is pretty kitschy unfortunately (tragically) and has changed since 25-30 years. Not a fun place to go unless one focuss specifically on the Falls themselves.

calizen From: calizen Date: January 2nd, 2013 02:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've done a Google Earth on Ottawa. Parts of Ottawa seem to be near a vast park. Is that where you are?
kathyrene From: kathyrene Date: January 2nd, 2013 10:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
There is a lot of green space and parkland surrounding the city and outlying areas. I live on Quebec side of the main river very close to border of Ontario. Ottawa is in province of Ontario where I work. I live in what's called a snow belt area although the past 15-20 years global warming has affected greatly and really impacts our ski season and winters. :(
kathyrene From: kathyrene Date: January 1st, 2013 04:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
myrhiann From: myrhiann Date: January 1st, 2013 05:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations on the marriage of your son. I'm sure the 2nd wedding in Hawaii will be more to your liking.

Good to hear from you, i have been wondering if all was well with you.

Hope the New Year will be a wonderful one for you.
calizen From: calizen Date: January 2nd, 2013 02:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hello, hello. Good to hear from you again. Can't stop writing out those thoughts. Guess we'll just have to keep sharing, eh?
pasticcio From: pasticcio Date: January 1st, 2013 05:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations on becoming a Mother-in-law .. that's a great way to start off the new year .. I wish you all the very best!
calizen From: calizen Date: January 2nd, 2013 02:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. They've been going together for 6 years but on opposite ends of the world, he in Hawaii and she in Canada. Still will be apart waiting for immigration papers. My son's life is always interesting.
dark_phoenix54 From: dark_phoenix54 Date: January 1st, 2013 05:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations on the new additions to your family!

So good to hear from you. I've missed you!
calizen From: calizen Date: January 2nd, 2013 02:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Missed you too -- and your wonderful articles on gardening.
eqfe From: eqfe Date: January 1st, 2013 05:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Making people crazy with my moanings and worries and feelings of doom over the world." Hell if you've been doing that you're filtering me out of a lot of posts. I find you posts more fact based than moaning.

Best wishes to Mike and Dasha.

calizen From: calizen Date: January 2nd, 2013 02:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey, guy, I missed you a whole lot!
lanternlady From: lanternlady Date: January 1st, 2013 07:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Missed you!!! xoxoxoxo and congrats !! :)
calizen From: calizen Date: January 2nd, 2013 02:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, we're back -- you and I - to Namaste-ing. Can't seem to keep away from finding gratitude under all the piles of -- uh -- equine scat.
pondhopper From: pondhopper Date: January 1st, 2013 09:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
When you're not here this place isn't right.
Congratulations on being a mother in law!
And a Hawaii wedding, too!

Good to see you, Rebekah!
Let's make this year something worthwhile, huh?
calizen From: calizen Date: January 2nd, 2013 02:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
You always have that Virgo knack for words!

They can't wait for the 2nd wedding on the warm shores of Maui. The first one was in the middle of a blizzard at Niagara Falls!
pondhopper From: pondhopper Date: January 2nd, 2013 02:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
You always have that Virgo knack for words!

As do you, my dear!
curiouswombat From: curiouswombat Date: January 1st, 2013 11:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
How good to see you!

And hurrah for getting the son married! Especially as it sounds as if you approve of his new wife. Enjoy wedding number 2.
kabuldur From: kabuldur Date: January 2nd, 2013 04:19 am (UTC) (Link)
You know, it doesn't seem like three months or more since you posted, but what a lot has happened! Congratulations to your son and I hope they will all be very happy together. And enjoy the wedding in Hawaii. It will be much warmer than where you are right now, so enjoy :)

And a happy new year to you. What a way to start it!
calizen From: calizen Date: January 2nd, 2013 02:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
My son always did have that Leo flare about him. Yep, I'm back and ready to hear about the chooks, wallabies and whatever else you've got in Oz.
dialyn From: dialyn Date: January 2nd, 2013 02:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations on this new phase of your life. This is very exciting (in a good way). It's good to see you posting again. Take care and happy new year!!
calizen From: calizen Date: January 2nd, 2013 02:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Glad to see you too. Keep thinking about the chocolate muffin I want to have with you and that cup of coffee. Gotta meet Bella the Great too.
pjkerr128 From: pjkerr128 Date: January 4th, 2013 12:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Welcome back Rebekah! I'm not here too often anymore either ... If it isn't that LJ is uncooperative ... then it's something else!!

Congratulations to your family and the marriage of your son.

I had to laugh when you mentioned the snow. Yeah .. we had a lot in these parts. I live very VERY close to Niagara Falls. People from Ottawa are probably MORE experienced in this weather than we from Buffalo (actually Tonawanda ... which is even closer).... I haven't been driving much ... but not phased by any of it when I have driven. (Of course ... I didn't drive in the snow-storm!!!)

Edited at 2013-01-04 12:45 pm (UTC)
blessed_oak From: blessed_oak Date: January 5th, 2013 09:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Great to see you again! Your post has such a good feel about it - both the snowy wedding and the lovely Maui one to come!
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