I have been wanting to get back blogging for several weeks now, but the first post back seemed so daunting to write. So much has happened, how can I possibly remember it all? How do I get back to it? Are just a couple of the hurdles that made it difficult to start again. Compounding the problem is the fact that I was feeling so guilty for not posting, that I haven't been reading many other blogs. I think if I had been, it would have inspired me to get back to it.
The past few days, I decided just to write a "normal" post--just "jump back into it." Then this morning when I woke up, I had an email from Maggie in Vermont wondering where I was, so I decided that it had to be today.
The closing for our house went off without a hitch. Well, at least once we got there. Since my husband had the afternoon off, he decided to stop by the DMV on the way to the closing. (The DMV is just a couple blocks from the closing.) His goal was to get his new Indiana driver's license. His previous license had expired, but that state allows it to remain valid if you are in the military. This state has the same provision with theirs, so you would think that everything would go smoothly. We allowed over 2 hours for the process and there wasn't a line, but still we nearly were late. To make a long story short, it involved the clerk, the supervisor, and several phone calls down to the state office. On top of all of that, the clerk didn't think that Alaska was a state(!)
That was the end of September. The very next day I began painting some of the rooms. They were all very lovely to begin with, however, most of them were green, and while I like green, it just doesn't go with my things. So I tackled the kitchen, my new quilting room, the dining room, a guest room, the master bedroom and the entire basement rec room. I finished it all on a Thursday and on Friday went on a day trip with my daughter to Ikea in Cincinnati. While we were there, my husband called to say that our stuff was arriving on Sunday (as in the day after tomorrow!) We weren't really expecting it until the following Tuesday, and so we just had Saturday to move out of our apartment.
The delivery went pretty smoothly. If you have ever moved, you know that sometimes it can be heartbreaking when your things arrive damaged, etc. Our stuff was mostly okay--a few dings here and there, but that is expected. Nothing seems to be lost, either. The weather was gorgeous--it had poured with rain the day before, so that was lucky too.
Once they left on Sunday afternoon, the work really got started. We actually got most of the boxes emptied and out to recycling by the end of the next weekend. I think I was motivated by it being the last time! Also, I was leaving my quilting things to the end...
What went very slow for me (and always does) is the "dressing" of the house. Where to sit things? How to arrange things on the wall? What should go in each room? Over the course of our military life, my house became entirely red, white, and blue. The advantage was that if some favorite thing didn't fit in the room it was supposed to, it could go in another. The huge disadvantage has been deciding what room to put everything in! It would have been much easier if I had, say, a blue and yellow bedroom. I would put all of the blue and yellow stuff in there and arrange it so it works the best and be done. Instead, nearly everything I have could go into any room, so that was all a bit daunting, too. I finally got the main floor done, and the guest rooms upstairs. I have a few things hanging in the basement, but all of the rest is leaning up against the walls down there. I had all of the "sitting" decorations all over the dining room table. Luckily, I had Thanksgiving to motivate me, and I got things arranged and the excess carried downstairs in time.
Amongst all of the tasks to get done, are heavy doses of these:
My nephew who is now 10 months old
My nine year old neices.
Moving somewhere where there is family has been wonderful! I adore these kids and love spending time with them.
I am still going to the local quilt shop for "sit and sew" on Tuesdays. Today is our Christmas party. I also joined a newely-formed bee and have been to one of the two meeting that we have had so far.
I think that this is a good start for now. I will try to be back in a day or two to share more things. My plan is to show some of the rooms, but in small doses. I've done a bit of stitching lately, but not too much. Part of the problem was getting my room set up--it took a while. It still isn't ready to show as I'm redoing my fabric. I had folded it all around my 6" ruler and had it neatly stacked on shelves in Virginia. I planned to do that here, but I have different shelves, and they are not as deep, so the fabrics hangs over the edge. Now I'm in the process of winding it around the comic book inserts. I had 300 and ran out and just got some more. More about that, later! (Incidently, the folded fabric was easy to move. They just stacked it in boxes, and I took it right out and put it on the new shelf.)
Until then, here is a teaser picture from out of the window of my quilting room. I have a great view of the pond.
Have a wonderful day!