Friday, March 13, 2015

Busy As A Bee

(Update:  this is a post I drafted on March 14, 2015.  Since then we have moved!)

It's been 15 years since we last moved.  In that time we got more STUFF.   Lots more STUFF.  

We have sorted, cleaned, organized as much as we could...and managed to fill two storage units.  One unit in PA and one in OH with STUFF we didn't want to leave to the movers.  

We had to get another smaller second storage unit in Ohio for the overflow.  Family has been wonderful helping us - Hubby has the best twin brothers!

Even with doing all that ourselves along with the twins much needed help we didn't pack our kitchen or China cabinets.  It's amazing what one can collect in over 40 plus years of marriage.   

The packers are here today (March 14) and tomorrow.  Then a day of rest before the loaders come for two days.  And finally a day of travel to move us and all our STUFF from PA to OH next week.  

In between trips back to Ohio for walk throughs and closing of the new home last month we have had several contractors in our current home to repair and upgrade some items.  All of that is done and just in time. 

We upgraded our PA kitchen with new granite countertops, a huge deep stainless steel sink and a new stainless steel stove.  We had the island counter top extended out several inches to accommodate stools.  It looks beautiful.  Hubby and I are amazed how nice it is and wondered why we waited until moving to do this.  I'll have to share more photos of the upgraded kitchen soon but here's a peek at the new sink granite countertop.

  Here's a view of our PA kitchen with the new GE stainless steel stove.  I only used the cook top once.  The oven steam cleans which I had never even heard of before.  Apparently after using each use you steam clean it so it's always nice and clean.  I was pleased to find a 30 inch range with four gas burners and a griddle!  Too bed I never got to use it.  

I caught the guy putting up our FOR SALE sign yesterday.  I guess that makes it final.  It's bitter sweet to leave here...wonderful community and neighbors and friends!

We're arranging to professionally stage the house after we move.  We just didn't want to deal with open houses and people coming through while trying to pack and move out.  Houses have been selling well in our community so we are keeping our fingers crossed ours will sell quickly too.  

 It may be awhile before I post again once we move.  I'm not sure how long it will take to get cable and Internet hooked up in OH.  

(Update:  It's taking FOREVER to get cable and Internet at our new home in Ohio.  They aren't installing it until Friday!  Meanwhile we dug in our boxes to get some DVDs out to have something to watch.  And our sister-in-law has dropped off DVDs from our local library.   So the only internet we have in through our cell phones.)

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

❤️Happy Valentine's Day❤️

Valentines, Hearts and Love!

With our move coming up next month we have been very busy.  

My poor blog has been neglected.  

There just isn't enough hours in a day now to do it all but hopefully once we are moved and settled into our new home our routine will return to normal.  

I did managed to finish my last "Party with Patrick" project due at the end of February.  

It's an adorable Valentine Table Runner, "Love Is All Around" by designer Patrick Lose.  

I had fun choosing the fabric fat quarters with different Valentine themed prints.  

This runner had 12 machine embroidered appliquéd hearts to sew.  

I used a cute pink backed fabric I bought in an Alaska Quilt Shop several years ago for the binding.

The runner is so colorful in it's pinks and reds.  

I loved using two different white background cherry print fabrics in the design.  

It really made the red hearts pop out. 

I have started breaking down my sewing/craft room and packing all the stuff away.  

I have 7 large plastic bins of fabric and 8 of yarn.  

I was surprised I had more yarn bins than fabric. 

But then again I have been crocheting longer than machine embroidering.

I hope you have a very Happy Valentine's Day!

I did!

Hubby surprised me with three Valentine Pandora charms!

One charm is a heart with "I Love You" lettering and the other two charms have cute jeweled pink hearts all over them.  

Love Is All Around Our Home!

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Ready for the Ride

We have snow on the ground with more coming the next few days.  

I wish I could ride Rudolph to sunny Florida.  

I kind of rushed sewing up this month's "Party with Patrick" wall hanging,

 "Ready for the Ride".  

Things are heating up with the new Ohio home.  

We FINALLY have dates for the two final walk-throughs and the closing in March. 

I will have to break down my sewing machine to take back to Ohio before the closing because it's too precious (to me) for the movers to move. 

We're packing our pickup truck for another trip to Ohio before the closing in a few weeks. 

I never knew I had so many baskets.  

They are lightweight but would be awkward to pack into boxes.  

So we stuffed them together into plastic bags and loaded them into the bed of the truck.  

We also packed most of our larger picture frames.

We want to pack the pickup truck today before the snow comes.   

At least with the house stuff we are moving ourselves.  

This trip to Ohio will be shorter.  

We have made all selections for the new house except for the closets.   

It should be looking pretty good with cabinets, counter tops, plumbing, electrical finish work and tile done or almost done.

Off to pack some more.

Keep warm!


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