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I'll Be Moving

thought i would retire here in the beautiful city of Calgary but i have to move. Calgary is in the Province of Alberta and I am destined for a move to the Province of Ontario approximately 1,500 miles away.
 
i lost my job in the 2008 recession and have never been able to secure full time employment so i became a stay-at-home-dad raising my 2 girls. with the collapse of the oil and gas industry, my wife was terminated from her job with an international oil and gas player, she was packaged-off at the end of january finally securing employment but in another province.
 
my wife leaves Calgary with another lady on Wednesday and has a good 4-5 day drive to get to her new home where she will live her lady friend on a 6 month rental lease and will look for a new home for me and our 2 girls(17 & 15). i'll remain in Calgary and close down our home of 26 years.
 
it saddens me as i have my house and yard just the way i like it, fruit trees, berry bushes, raised garden beds and a home made greenhouse and knowing i had to learn to grow product in a zone 3a. my girls will have to give up their friends and my oldest her new part-time job.
 
i will lose my yard and my mountains(i am situated at the base of the Rocky Mountains). we don't get a lot of snow compared to other parts of Canada but we do get really, really cold weather in the winter which tends to start in november and ends in may.
 
on the bright side, i am moving to a zone 6a, so growing peppers should be a breeze and i will be eating tomatoes in july and not have to wait until september. lake huron is minutes away and the area is classified as cottage country and beaches every few miles, so a sailboat will be a must have. i am leaving a city of 1.3 million people to a city with a population of 12,000. I am familiar with the area as my parents had a farm in the area that my sister and her husband worked. when i was 14 & 15 i worked on a pig farm and fished the area. family will be 3-4 hours away by car instead of several by air when you add in airport wait times. costco is over an hour away so that should curb the wife's shopping habit!
 
my stay-at-home status is going to be upgraded to employed as the company my wife will be working for has some 700 unfilled jobs with a target need of almost 20,000 people over the span of 20 - 30 years worth of projects. her new boss said when she gets there they will work on how i may fit into their corporation and tailor a job position - my computer science background should come in handy, plus 30 years ago i developed 3 different systems for this company. not sure i can get back into the 8-5 routine....that is their company policy, no one can work after hours without written consent.
 
once our current house has been renovated and sold the girls and I, with doggy and kitty will be on a plane and say good-bye to a quarter of a century of love and will forward to our next quarter century and into retirement.
 
that's my story.
 

Ashen

Extreme Member
 somewhere near Grand Bend?? 
 
The wheel of time turns,
My heart breaks for your family's loss.

Cheers! To a new adventure...in a broken world.
 
 
 
somewhere near Grand Bend??
 
close, kincardine/port elgin. have a sister in petrolia nieces and nephews in the london area. mother in north bay and sisters in guelph brother in waterdown. the wife's family is in port colborne area.
 
 
 
Sad to loose a well grounded home, have to go were the money is, Good Luck!!
 
thank you, i was born and raise in south western ontario but i am an albertan in heart, at least prior to our current government, i have presented solutions to every major company in western canada, from forestry and fisheries in BC, oil/gas/butcheries in alberta, DND suffield and medicine hat college, potash and numerous companies in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. i have been blessed to have traveled all over western canada and have implemented tens of millions of dollars in solutions, unfortunately i can't find a company that finds my experience of value.....had lots of job offers, the worst offered $24,000 a year, several i had to turn down as they changed the terms of their want list from employee to agent. a couple wouldn't compromise on holidays(2 weeks but not until after a year). the wife has had many job offers but at half her previous salary, some wanted us to relocate to the vancouver area with no relocation compensation.
 
my daughters are brown belts in karate and love the calgary experience, they are pretty cowgirls with lots of young cowboys lining up for dates.
 

Ashen

Extreme Member
Burning Colon said:
 
close, kincardine/port elgin. have a sister in petrolia nieces and nephews in the london area. mother in north bay and sisters in guelph brother in waterdown. the wife's family is in port colborne area.
 
 
thank you, i was born and raise in south western ontario but i am an albertan in heart, at least prior to our current government, i have presented solutions to every major company in western canada, from forestry and fisheries in BC, oil/gas/butcheries in alberta, DND suffield and medicine hat college, potash and numerous companies in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. i have been blessed to have traveled all over western canada and have implemented tens of millions of dollars in solutions, unfortunately i can't find a company that finds my experience of value.....had lots of job offers, the worst offered $24,000 a year, several i had to turn down as they changed the terms of their want list from employee to agent. a couple wouldn't compromise on holidays(2 weeks but not until after a year). the wife has had many job offers but at half her previous salary, some wanted us to relocate to the vancouver area with no relocation compensation.
 
my daughters are brown belts in karate and love the calgary experience, they are pretty cowgirls with lots of young cowboys lining up for dates.
 
 
Cool..   I think in time your family will grow to love port Elgin area.   That whole area of the coast of Lake Huron is my favourite  vacation spot, if I could find decent work that way it would be pretty awesome to live there.   I was just at the Pinery in Grand Bend last week, and have been wishing I was back napping on the beach  all this week at work.   Change is hard but sometimes it is where we grow the most. I hope the move goes great for your family. 
 
 
 
Cool..   I think in time your family will grow to love port Elgin area.   That whole area of the coast of Lake Huron is my favourite  vacation spot, if I could find decent work that way it would be pretty awesome to live there.   I was just at the Pinery in Grand Bend last week, and have been wishing I was back napping on the beach  all this week at work.   Change is hard but sometimes it is where we grow the most. I hope the move goes great for your family. 
my parents owned a farm in Teeswater that my sister and her husband ran and i worked on in the summers and weekends. i worked on a pig farm in Holyrood at age 14/15 for the summers and when chores were done we jumped in the truck and headed to lake huron, 15 minutes away for a dip to cool down. i am well versed in the area and have come to the acknowledgement that in less then 10 years i will be of retirement age and kincardine/port elgin is a perfect place to retire. i have spent many summer vacations at grand bend as well as sherkston beach in the niagara area. many summers in the muskokas and kawartha's.
 
Calgary is a beautiful city with the backdrop of the mountains, mountain goats with large ram horns, mountain sheep with the long white coats, grizzly bears, bald and red eagles, hawks, falcons, bluejays and big bad ass ravens. did i mention we don't need air conditioning in the summer but growing hot peppers is a real challenge. the nighttime sky is so crisp and clear with stars and planets and on the lucky night the northern lights, though we only get the green light and not the dancing whites, purples and blue.
 
 
 
Enjoy your new chapter. Best of luck. 
thank you sicman, now i will be a 3 hour flight to dade county. my girls have seen disneyland but what a thrill to be able to show them disneyworld and area.
 
my parents owned a home in new port richey and in my teens i spent many vacations in your area.
 
A big change. Good luck with the move and I hope all goes well for your family. I'm sure you will quickly adapt, at the new area and at the job. Stay safe.
 
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