Interior paint touch-ups.
U-Haul truck rental to move some furniture and boxes into storage.
Rental of said storage unit.
Interviewing of cross-country moving companies and getting estimates.
Selling our second car after deciding it's not worth towing or moving it.
Haggling over home inspections.
Lying awake at night.
Listening to rain and storm after storm nearly every day or night.
Making boarding arrangements for the dogs for three days while the house is shown.
Making hotel reservations for ourselves for three days while the house is shown.
Cleaning and more cleaning.
Packing and more packing.
Knowing it will all be worth it.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Throwing tons of things away.
Oh my God, the yarn!
Talking to realtors.
Signing papers (it's electronic signing these days!)
Lying awake at night.
Sweating my ass off.
Looking at pictures of the new house over and over.
Throwing more things away. Where did I get all this stuff?
Drinking more coffee.
Thanking God I'm such a lucky, lucky girl.
Staging the house to show.
Buying lots of boxes, tape, and big Sharpies.
Buying BIG trash bags and filling them.
Looking at maps.
Did I mention throwing things away??
Still doing my regular job in between all of it.
I'm pooped with no time for regular blogging.
Love ya. See ya.
Monday, May 18, 2015
Our New Home
I didn't take this pic. It's an aerial shot of the town. I circled our place in red. That's the Columbia River! No worries of flooding as we're up high...the picture doesn't show how high the town is above the river, but it is.
I did take the rest of these pictures...
It rained the entire day the day I was out taking all of these.
For personal reasons, I'm not giving out anymore specifics about the house or showing pictures right now. I'm sure those will come once we're settled.
No worries...there is a LYS in the next town over.
AND a Big Walmart.
It was a rough solo trip with lots to cram in and a heavy load on my shoulders, but things just seemed to slide into place like they were meant to be. I found THE HOUSE on the first day, made a low-ball offer the next morning, and it was accepted within hours. This house is so perfect and so well taken care of. We are lucky to have it.
Now we just have the big business of selling our house here and getting everything packed and ready to go. We believe our house will be snatched up quickly after it goes on the market, but if it isn't, we're prepared for that too and ready to move anyway. We'll be outta here within 2 or so months whatever happens. We close on our new house on or before July 15th.
Friday, May 08, 2015
We went to this little coffee shop and creperie near our house last weekend.
I have more pictures, but just no time to post and chat.
You can see my reflection in the door glass.
We had a Caramel Apple Crepe.
And coffee, of course.
Which was VERY good, by the way.
A different taste than Starbucks and better.
I've just been too busy to even think about posting this past week. I've knitted 8 rows on my socks for the Sock-Along. (Yellow box in my sidebar.) We've had tons of work to do during the day, and my arms and brain just weren't up to any knitting, crocheting, or blog posting after that. Plus, there's much more than work going on. More about that another time. It's good stuff though!
I won't be able to post this coming week either, as I'll be away on a solo trip across the country for personal business until a week from Saturday. Hang in there with me. I WILL be back!
Friday, May 01, 2015
I saw a doily similar to this one, but it had no graph or pattern and I wanted to make it badly.
So for the last few days, I've been crocheting and ripping out and writing and erasing until I got something I was happy with. I have the pattern written out, but who knows when I'll ever get it typed out and posted in my sidebar. Typing out pattern lingo is not fun, especially when I type a lot anyway during the day when I work.
Anyway, here she is. I love her. I have another flower made in white and will make another one with the white flower as the center. I'm still trying to decide what color the main body will be. I'm kind of leaning towards red to make it look sort of Christmasy, but we'll see.
I found a box on my porch yesterday delivered in the mail, which is not unusual because one or the other of us is always ordering something. I glanced at the return address and didn't recognize the name, so I figured it was something for the Cap. My name is on the account we usually use so the fact that it was addressed to me but meant for him wasn't unusual either. I laid it on the counter for him to open when he got home from work. But I kept looking at it and wondering if maybe I had forgotten about something I had ordered and finally decided to open it and see.
It was for me, but I didn't order it!
Fun-fun-fun! Giggle, giggle...and I may have done a little silly dance as I took the items out of the box. I love the old thread in my favorite color for doilies. and look at the vintage crochet pattern book for thread! Somebody knows exactly what I like.
Look at the yarn! A big, thick ball of sock yarn.
Do you know what this is?
I didn't until I figured out how to open it.
Aren't they freakin' CUTE?!
Thank you, Meredith, for your thoughtfulness. My heart is full.
My hubby brought home this new little succulent a couple of weeks ago. I love the orange flowers it produces. I took a close-up of the label so you could see the name of it. It's staying in the Magic Window in my kitchen.
Unfortunately, after all my beautiful succulents lasted all summer and through this winter, they are all looking rather sick now. I'm hoping they'll perk up soon and not continue to deteriorate. They've always thrived and been so healthy since I brought the home. I moved them back outside now that it's very warm most days and doesn't get very cold at night. They are getting plenty of sunshine so I'm not sure what the problem is.
I made some Tuna Pasta Salad to go in the fridge this morning.
This is what I put in it.
1 lb-box of Garden Rotini pasta cooked
3 12-oz cans tuna in water, drained
5 boiled eggs, chopped
3 ribs chopped celery
1/3 of a large onion, chopped
1 4-oz jar diced pimento, drained
1 cup mayonnaise
1 Tbsp Ranch Dressing Mix Powder
2 tsp black pepper
Mix all and refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving.
I think hubby and I are going to watch the movie Interstellar later this afternoon.
I'm sure I'll look through some patterns for a shawl or something pretty to make with the sock yarn Meredith sent me. I've been contemplating tackling the knitting of some socks and even ordered some sock yarn to do so, but I'm still on the fence as to whether or not I want to put myself through that aggravation. Knitting is still definitely not my bag. I'm just glad I know a little something about it now, and that's good enough for me. My beloved crochet will remain my favorite gift as long as I live and have hands that are able.
Speaking of that sock yarn, I don't think I showed y'all what I ordered. I'll do that next time.
I started a new book that is really good. I'll show it to you and talk a little about it next time also.
I just had a tomato, cucumber, and fresh spinach sandwich with mayo, salt & pepper, and it was fantastic. I think I'll spoil all the healthiness and have a Dr. Pepper now. I haven't had one in days.
I bought a selfie stick. I have no idea why. Maybe I just thought it was a cool idea. I have no intention of plastering selfies all over my blog, Flickr, Instagram, or anywhere else. But I could if I wanted to now.
That is all.
Have a Happy Day!