Visa Saga Update

My visa application has been refused on the grounds of insufficient evidence that I am in a relationship with my partner. You know, the one I married in June. They also asked for additional paperwork that was NEVER requested on the government website or the application. They said I have 28 days to appeal. SoContinue reading “Visa Saga Update”

June’s Over? Julying

July is Disability Pride Month, celebrating the prohibition of discrimination against people with disabilities. There are and have been many important and beloved people with disabilities in my life. No one should be treated as second-class citizens, and – especially during the pandemic – their marginalization has really become more and more evident to me.Continue reading “June’s Over? Julying”

Don’t Sweat It

During the two weeks my husband was here, I got to play tourist in the city. We had po’boys, jambalaya, chicken and sausage gumbo, red beans and rice, fried catfish, bread pudding, Popeye’s chicken, doberge cake, Abita Amber, and many more delicious things. Yes, eating is a major part of enjoying Louisiana. We also ateContinue reading “Don’t Sweat It”

All These Mixed Emotions

I’ll make a proper post in the next few days, but I’ve neglected my blog for the last two weeks because my fiancé — now my husband — came to the U.S. to visit and marry me. We went to the French Quarter, rode a steamboat, and did other touristy things. It was a wonderfulContinue reading “All These Mixed Emotions”

Summer Rain

It’s Pride Month, and yesterday was World Environment Day. As I’ve said before, let’s take care of each other and the world. It’s here for all of us. We’re all just people trying to live our lives. I wish more people would live theirs without feeling the need to step on others. Looking at theContinue reading “Summer Rain”

Chugging Along

While the visa news certainly took the wind from my sails, I took a day to feel my anger and grief (and take an extra long bath), and now I’m feeling all right. I’m still unhappy with the situation, but embracing the bad feelings rather than bottling them up helped me get on with myContinue reading “Chugging Along”

Visa Application Update

“We are writing to inform you that due to the humanitarian crisis caused by the invasion of Ukraine, UKVI is prioritising Ukraine Visa Scheme applications.” Obviously, there’re more, but that’s the important bit. Because of Putin’s war on Ukraine, my visa application to live in the UK with my soon-to-be husband has been thrown toContinue reading “Visa Application Update”

If you go into the woods today…

The first of May, also known as Mayday or Beltane, is a day a romance and life. It’s the midpoint between the spring equinox and summer solstice, and flowers are in full bloom. Dance the maypole with a group, go a-maying with your sweetheart, or have a nice bath and remember to love yourself. TwoContinue reading “If you go into the woods today…”

Visa Saga Update

The biometrics interview was not an interview. It was just an appointment to get my biometrics. All they did was take a headshot and fingerprint me. When they gave me my receipt for those two things, they also handed me a letter with a link and further instructions. I was then to mail the stampedContinue reading “Visa Saga Update”

Happy Vernal Equinox!

Spring springs into being today! Happy Ostara! On this day there is a balance between day and night because the sun is exactly above the Equator. Life is balanced at the moment for me. Stress and anxiety for my visa application – and now starting to hammer out wedding details – and joy and mirthContinue reading “Happy Vernal Equinox!”