Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Just When You Think You Have a Plan

 Just when you think you have a plan ... 
it changes!
 We now need to move out of our home by
the end of February ... not the end of March.
 So ... we're back to a packing schedule
with maybe a slight breather along the way.
... Happy Holidays ...

Sunday, December 14, 2014

We Can Take A Breather!

 Some good and breaking news!
We can take a short breather from packing
and enjoy what is left of the holiday season.
I may even bake cookies between slowly packing boxes.
 The 'new' owners of our home decided to let us 'rent back' 
for the months of February and March ... mainly because
we couldn't find a rental to move into.  I can't tell you
the stress we both were feeling looking for one.
But the good news is ... that we did find a nice rental home
close to the property we will be building on.  This rental will
not be available until March 1 ... so I'm praying we have a
mild non-snow/sleet month of March. 
 This was going to be my last quilt in this home ... but
I may be able to squeeze out one or two more.  I made this 
westie quilt for a group in Florida to use as a fund raiser.
They made a pledge to the Westie Foundation of America in
the amount of $1,000 ... this will help them meet that goal.
Since I have a little more breathing room I will be making
the Florida group a few sets of standard size pillowcases.
This allows me to do another good deed plus it will
free up fabric space in my bins ... there is always a
method to my madness!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Don't Pack Me!

 The stack of boxes are becoming taller and are
taking up more living space. 
The one thing about westies is they are a hearty group of terriers.
As long as they have 2 square meals, a few treats during the day,
and mommy and daddy with them they don't care what
house they live in.

 We are still trying to find a place to move.
Am I stressed?   What do you think!

 We had some nasty weather blow through here ... the high winds
pushed out water from the creek.

Oystering must bring in a good $ for these guys 'cause
you couldn't pay me enough to go out there and do this!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

It's Saturday & I'm Drowning In Stuff

 It's Saturday in the land of packed boxes ... and ...
guess what I'll be doing today?  Packing more boxes!
 It's a day for sorting out book to pack and books to donate.
 Did I mention we have no rental to go to.  We may be
living in a storage unit if something doesn't come through!
 The geese are flying in and the honking is loud.
I'm savoring every honk as crazy as that sounds.
 My weekend schedule is ... packing more boxes and finishing
up the last quilt I will be making in this house.
I spent over 8 hours packing up the kitchen yesterday and still 
am not finish ... which brings me around to this next piece.
The Minimalists Lifestyle
{something to seriously consider}
I'm drowning in stuff ... are you?

Minimalism is a lifestyle helps people question what
things add value to their lives. By clearing the clutter from life’s path,
we can all make room for the most important aspects of life:
health, relationships, passion, growth, and contribution.

There are many flavors of minimalism:
a 20-year-old single guy’s minimalist lifestyle looks different
from a 45-year-old mother’s minimalist life. Even though everyone
embraces minimalism differently, each path leads to the same place:
a life with more time, more money, and more freedom
to live a more meaningful life.

Getting started is as simple as asking yourself one question:
How might your life be better if you owned fewer material possessions?

We’re overrun by stuff.
Our homes are crowded with unused items —
things that aren’t adding value to our lives.
What unnecessary things are you holding on to just in case?

Be honest with yourself.
When’s the last time you found value in many of
the items cluttering your home?
You see, just because those things aren’t adding value to your life,
that doesn’t mean that someone else can’t get value
from those items. Donating your excess stuff doesn’t just clear
some of the clutter from our homes—from our lives—it allows others
to benefit from the items we’ve unnecessarily hoarded.

Getting started is freeing. Amid an endless sea of stuff,
simplifying our lives keeps us from drowning.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

the Birthday Boy

Yesterday was Wilson's 71st birthday! We celebrated
with the annual birthday steak dinner at Ruth Chris
in Annapolis, Maryland.
 We passed by the Mercedes dealership and I told
Wilson to keep driving ... because I didn't buy him
a new Mercedes as a birthday gift.  He cried all
the way to his steak dinner.
This is the tree in the center area of Annapolis.
I snapped it as Wilson was zooming around the
traffic circle {not in his new Mercedes}.

 Ruth Chris was excellent [as to be expected].  His
daughter {Sarah} sent him an e-card for $50
to Ruth Chris as a b-day gift so timing was perfect.
Every time we're in the historic part of Annapolis
we say we should really come here in daylight
and take pictures of some of the historic buildings
and do a tour of the Navy Academy ... but alas
we never do ... so it remains on our 'bucket list'.
... Now back to packing boxes! ...

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Catching Up On Last Minute Sewing Projects

 Julep's deer watching position from the bedroom window
into the woods.  I hope they're not disappointed with the
rental house windows.  We should know for sure on Monday
if we have the 'deal' or not.  If we do I'll be busy packing
box - after box - after box of stuff we collected over
17 years in this home ... Wish us luck!
 In sets of three!
A FB friend contacted me several weeks ago about 3 of her
relatives receiving American Girl dolls for Christmas.
She asked if I could make some outfits for them.  At first
I said I didn't have time but with all the back and forth
with the house contract I decided not to seriously start
packing until tomorrow.  There will be a nice size box 
stuffed with AG clothing heading out to Louisville on Monday.
 She'll have fun dividing up the clothing among the girls.
 There are several outfits that are the same but for the
most part items in the box are different.  Decisions will
have to be made ... glad it's not me doing the dividing up.
 This is the beginning of a quilt that I promised almost a 
year ago to a Florida westie group.  I'm creating it as
I go along ... this is my FINAL quilt until ... 
things are settled one way or another.
 It's the season for a few holiday funnies.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Westies & Quilts

 My scarf is on and I'm ready to go to grand mom's house.
 Is it time to beg for turkey yet?

 Just me relaxing after our thanksgiving dinner.
... A Few Quilts To Show ...
 This quilt is going to my hair dressers adopted son Jack.
 This quilt is going to our landscaper's son.
 The Frozen quilts are going to my hair dressers adopted
twin girls who technically are her nieces and nephews.
When their young mother died [suddenly] and the father was
not to be found the 3 kids were headed for the foster system
in Colorado [which couldn't promise to keep them together].
That's when my hairdresser and her husband {it was his sister's
kids} stepped in and went for adoption of Angel, Catherine & Jack.
Talk about having a heart of gold.  My hairdresser son just finished
college and now they are starting a family all over again.  Bless
their souls for taking these kids in.  

I don't know if you remember I posted a few 
weeks ago I was sending several quilts to my FB
friend who's mom has dementia and in a nursing
home.  She sent me this picture last night of her mom
with one of the quilts.  This is why I do what I do ... it
makes my heart happy to help others.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing you and your family a
wonderful and very happy
Thanksgiving Day

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Two More Frozen Quilts

 Julep queen of the Christmas quilt.
 What was I thinking when I ordered 7 Frozen
quilt panels?  I sold 2 of them to Chris, have finished
4 and have 1 more to stash away until another time.
 {These have not been pressed yet ... sorry for the wrinkles}
 It's almost turkey time ... yum ... yum!
Grand mom Dot ... don't forget my plate.
This is the last Frozen quilt to be quilted whenever
Julep decides to let me have it back.
Happy Thanksgiving