Tomorrow is the big day. The Search Committee will meet to discern which of the two final candidates they will recommend the Vestry call to be the new rector. From the little bits and pieces I've heard, they will not find it easy to pick one candidate over the other. I'm sure the Holy Spirit will be right in there working with them. The group has worked well together and have been diligent in every part of their work. Here in Maine the process has been for the Discernment Committee (aka Search Committee) to recommend one candidate to the Vestry who then says yea or nay, makes the call (after speaking with the Bishop), and negotiates the contract. Of course until the candidate says yes and the contract is agreed to, the whole thing could fall apart.
So, I will assume that all will go well and that my work here is done. After my three weeks in Europe, I will pack up what I haven't finished packing of my belongings and will have to make decisions of my own. Option 1: put things in storage and travel about the US with Izzie visiting friends and relatives until an interim comes up. Option 2: find an apartment in Portland as a home base and move things there and hang around Portland until an interim comes up. Option 3: see if I can afford a small place on one of Maine's island and use that as a temporary base (probably means putting most things in storage) This option is most affordable after September though, so maybe I could combine it with option 1. Option 4: really retire and only do supply work and some consulting and pick a place to settle down (just writing that down made me wince-so I guess I'm not quite ready for option 4). I'm sure I'll think of more options over the next week or so, but they are likely to be variations on the ones I've listed.
Isabelle is doing well on her new meds. I bought her some steps so she can climb on to the bed instead of jumping. Teaching her to do that will be interesting. Unless she's really hurting, she will not let me pick her up and carry her.