This summer started early for me. Let’s say mid May when I decided to take an unexpected trip back home to Ontario. As you’re all aware, I suffer from Bipolar 2 among other issues related to mental health. This trip was needed to save my sanity! Some things were going on (on my side of the country) that I shall not discuss for many reasons. I was feeling particularly down and depressed among other things.
So, I discussed, decided, made travel plans & flew out 3 days later. A very rash & unplanned trip. I feared mania, but could do nothing about it besides riding the wave, which (thankfully) didn’t come. My dad picked me up at Pearson, in Toronto, Ontario, & he drove the solid 4 hours, he had literally just driven, home to mom & dad’s house beside my Mere. While I was visiting I visited everyone I was able to see. I had coffee, 🍓, pop & lots of water. I spent some time in the sun when I shouldn’t have, went on my first motorcycle ride with my dad & learned how to cut the grass (never my chore to do as a child so, I didn’t know how to lol 😂). I tried to get up at a decent hour no matter when I had gone to bed (after watching endless NCIS reruns with my dad 😜) the night before.
I tried to be more present in conversations and less distracted by my cell phone, unless I was taking pics/videos. I got to watch some softball games & enjoyed them! Imagine that! Helps when you have someone to cheer for lol! I got to spend more time with my “older brother” (mom’s BFF’s son), his great wife and 2 of my beautiful nieces. Got my hair trimmed & re-dyed “Twisted Teal”. I read, I coloured, I listened to music, watched t.v. and visited as much as I could. My aunt gave me a box full of books by some of the many authors I currently have in my library.
I came home to New Brunswick after driving to Montreal with my dad & uncle to catch the bus through to Moncton. What a ride! I’m such a nervous passenger sometimes, wow! In the end, their car ride saved me 16 hours of bus terminal sitting. I very much appreciate everything they did. I appreciate everyone for taking the time to spend time with me. It really means a lot & I am both thankful and greatful for having you as part of my life and family. ❤️❤️❤️
Shortly after arriving home, my brother-in-law, sister-in-law along with their 3 kids came down to Kevin’s parents house. We got to spend load of time with them because they stayed about a month or so. We got to go to Fundy National Park, Get Air (indoor trampoline park). We got to get lots of pics and play games with them. They are Vegans so, naturally we tried some different foods, lentil soup being one of the best! We went to the market, the play parks and just basically spent a lot of time at my in-laws (which is ok by me).
After my brother-in-law & family left, we had a massive cleaning ahead of us. We figured out that, in the 17 years we’ve been together, we have never been completely at home on our own. We’ve lived with my parents, my Memere & my parents a few times lol, but in our own places we were never unpacked or comfortable or safe or whatever. Anyone know what I mean? 🤔 Incentive: my Mère, 2 of my cousins & a friend were coming to the east coast for the first time (3rd for my Mère). We went batshit crazy & thankfully (this time) I had several manic moments that propelled us along very quickly. We got the ENTIRE apartment cleaned, organized and unpacked (save 1 box full of candles) th day before they arrived. The floors were done the morning before they arrived.
With my cousins, friend & Mere we went and did some local stuff like TreeGo (www.treegomoncton.com). My cousins, the younger one’s friend & Kevin) went to the Boardwalk to do mini golf, go carting, batting cages ect… I stayed home to get a little cleaning and whatnot done, while my Mère stayed with me and got some reading done (see where I get it from lol 🤣😜). My Mère stayed with us for a day while the other 3 visited a bit of Nova Scotia. They saw Peggy’s Cove and went for supper with a friend. We all went to P.E.I. For the day. We walked the beach at the Confederation Bridge. This bridge is 14km long and both sides are barricaded with concrete battiers. I drove my cousin’s car to the island while she sight saw and she drove it at night when we came back to New Brunswick. We went to Cavendish Beach, Cavendish Boardwalk and The Warf seafood restaurant in North Rustico, P.E.I. What a meal! Holy cow 🐄 expensive $$$!! It was ok to do once but, I’ll never go back because of their prices. Got a beautiful handmade set of earrings there though! We visited new places and some that Kev and I had previously been to. Overall, it was a great day! My cousin’s and their friend got to swim in the ocean and o hot my Mère to step in with me!
Now September is here and things have calmed down. Kev and I are getting up around the same time every morning and aiming for the same thing at bed time. I’m taking my meds and trying to spend more time enjoying life. We’ve even started walking every day. We are maintaining the apartment and Rosie now has free reign of the place. She just got herself kicked out of the bathroom today though cause she won’t stop tearing the shower curtain.
So I haven’t had a lot of time to read, but I’m ok with that. Somewhere along the line I’ve realized that I have never in my memory (so, basically since age 9) taken things one day at a time without expecting the worst. I have taken a new shine to life and hope that it can help me overall. Life is worth living and I plan on doing more enjoying and less skepticism.