Hilliard’s Happy Hideaway

Yesterday marked six weeks since our big move.  Life has been flying along at warp speed.  After a lot of hard work, the warmest weekend in history (loading the trucks weekend), a delay until after 5:00pm on moving day getting the keys, and more boxes than should legally be allowed to unpack, we are in our new home and, I’d say, about 90% settled.

After such a short time it’s hard to believe but it feels as though we have been here forever.  The transition period was actually little-to-none on the Richter Scale.  I was shocked.  Everyone seemed to adjust to life in the country very well.  Marcus was the only one who seemed to have a little bump.  The second day we were here he looked at us and stated that he was going on his bike to find some new friends.  There was no one around for him to play with.  In our former neighbourhood there were lots of kids around and he always had someone to play with.  Now, it’s just him and his brother.  It’s taking a little get used to for Matthew having his brother around all the time.  Typical for brothers they get on each others nerves more times than not and Marcus is an expert at pushing Matt’s buttons.  Some days are better than others but over time we will adapt and overcome this, as well.

To say Matthew is in heaven is an understatement like no other.  During the day he can roam from the garage to the fish pond to the garden to his bird feeders to the lawn tractor to the river to his flowers and back to the garage to start the cycle all over again.  He’s always doing something or going somewhere.

Marcus has found hours and hours of entertainment with his new sandbox and swing set.  He’s also spent more time than not the last couple of weeks helping Mike’s partner from work construct our new 4-season screen room.  Jody, a big kid himself, has shown more patience than anyone I can ever remember when it comes to my boys.  If Marcus asked one thousand questions, Jody had one thousand answers.  Marcus has carried wood, pounded nails, climbed ladders and drilled.  It’s been a great learning experience for him.  And Jody must have been impressed as he presented Marcus with a “Marcus sized” carpenter pouch and Matthew even got himself an air-nailer for all those bird house projects he’s been working on.  Having the boys included in this part of making the house “our home” has been special.   The Abeebo was a big part of our other home and it was the first renovation that was a must here.  We’ll have the added benefit of getting use out of it year round which will be nice in the winter.  Once the inside is complete and the floor is winterized, we’ll be good to go.

Having the water so close has been amazing.  We’re never too far from good swimming water here on Cape Breton Island but having it in my back yard (or front yard, whichever way you wanna look at it) is a novelty that will never grow old.  In the last week Marcus has gone from swimming with a life vest to diving off Mike’s shoulders…lol.  I can’t keep him on dry land!!  I’m thrilled and excited that he is learning to swim and enjoying all the Mira River has to offer.  Matthew is like me, not crazy about being in water over his head, so he has been finding his serenity by floating around the river in his dingy just relaxing and soaking in the sun.  That’s my kind of water fun, too!

I was concerned that the drive (the whole great big, whopping 15 minutes of it) was going to be hard to get used to, but of course, it wasn’t.  It’s a great length of time to wake up the senses on the drive in and relax and wind down on the drive home.

The other big adjustment has been having Mike’s mother living with us.  Or has it been an adjustment?  Seriously, it has all gelled together so well it’s almost scary.  She has settled in to her apartment very well, has taken over the task of doing the laundry while we do the cooking,  and enjoys getting out for walks around our property.  I couldn’t be happier about that.  The boys are enjoying having her close by and respect her privacy by knocking (and even waiting for her to answer) before they barge in on her.

Probably the neatest treat for all of us is having the community gas station/convenience store/postal station/sears outlet/lunch counter/bakery/liquor store all within walking distance from the bottom of our driveway.  That place is a gold mine!!  It’s always busy and the people working there are wonderful!  They knew right away that we were the “new family” and have all been great making us feel very welcomed!

To say I was apprehensive about all this is an understatement.  I was nervous as hell.  It was such a big change.  A complete uprooting.  We weren’t just moving within the community I have lived my whole life.  This was huge.  Six weeks later I have zero regrets.  Nadda.  Once we get the school routines all figured out that should be the last little adjustment for a while.  Of course, we all miss those who we were closest to in our former neighbourhood.  The boys, especially.  And the boys are missed by the neighbourhood.  But we know we always have a place to go visit and our door is always opened.  We’re only to glad to share Hilliard’s Happy Hideaway with anyone who wants to make that major 15 minute drive out the highway 😉

Hopefully now that I’m more settled than not I’ll get back to sharing our adventures with you.  Stay tuned.  I have a feeling this will be a Christmas (ok, ok, early I know, but creeping up soon…) to remember.

Until next time…

Good Eagle View

About angeloftheisland

Welcome to An Angel’s Island. I’m Tracey (aka angeloftheisland). I’m also Mom to 19 year old Matthew who constantly keeps me on my toes. He’s our “special” boy who shows us daily how he deals with the world of ADHD, a Nonverbal Learning Disorder and Asperger’s Syndrome. He’s my hero. Marcus is 8 and reminds me everyday that he’s in no way going to make the school years boring for his Dad and me!! I’m also wife to Mike for 25 years now. Mike is my best friend and soul-mate and he has showed me over the years, that yes – dreams do come true. Our life may not be the most exciting but there’s always something going on. Welcome to our Happy Place, newly renamed Hilliard's Happy Hideaway. I hope you enjoy what I’ve shared about our family.
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2 Responses to Hilliard’s Happy Hideaway

  1. Congrats on the move! We too just finished a big move (cross-country) and have been in our house a whopping three weeks tomorrow. I’m still in the exhausted stages but it’s pretty homey, if you don’t count the lack of wall decor and a few mysteriously missing items that hopefully will turn up before I forget I had them. I, too, have a special boy — he’s 12 but the light of my life, and he completes our large family with his blessings. I’ll be back to visit again!


    • Thanks for dropping by! I’m still unpacking boxes and suspect I will be for some time yet. The longer it takes, the more it’s like Christmas with the little things I had forgotten about…lol. Your special boy sounds awesome. I remember Matt being 12…so excited to become a teenager!! Take care and drop back anytime 🙂


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