Monthly Archives: June 2014

If you’re following my progress

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Phase one of three is done. Keith and Chesty are settled in FL and I’m heading back to Minneapolis today for phase two.


I’m lucky that Keith has two business trips to Minneapolis in the next couple weeks so I’ll see him then but it was HARD leaving Chesty knowing I won’t see him for 5 weeks. Thank goodness for FaceTime and yes, I will be FaceTiming with a DOG!!

Thinking of quilting

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I haven’t done any piecing but I think about it.

I love a schoolhouse quilt. Here’s one from eBay in two colors that I like.


And I have one in one of my books in golds and reds that is amazing. I was hoping that Accuquilt would come out with a die for this block and they have… Only it’s appliqué rather than pieced. I can’t decide if I’m going to get it. I’m not a huge fan of doing appliqué although I certainly like appliqué quilts …it’s just not my thing usually.

I’ll have to think on it for now but I’m leaning toward getting the die just in case I want to make one.

We have furniture

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After all my whining, we finally got most of the furniture today. There are still a few pieces coming including an ottoman/coffee table but I have living room furniture (I did take the plastic off those lamp shades)


And a bed (which I’m lying in right now)


And we put a daybed with trundle in the sewing room for company. It has a trundle that pulls out so we can sleep two in there.


Several people asked why we were buying furniture rather than bringing it from MN and the answer is that:

1) we had furniture that was destroyed in January at the GA condo and was going to have to be replaced when the unit above us had a bad leak

2) since my longarm, stash, and certain other pieces of furniture were going GA anyway it made sense to use the moving company for one location and send the MN furniture there

3) we have a king size bed in GA but our mattress and box springs in MN were older and due to be replaced anyway so we bought a new set here in FL

It’s a complicated move and I’m sure I’ve confused a lot of people with the bits and pieces I’ve posted. Because I don’t think we’ll have a permanent home again for at least several years (3-4 years or maybe more?!), it makes sense to have the difficult stuff like my long arm and stash and the bulk of our furniture at our place in GA. My thought is that eventually we will live there part-time but the other places we may go to in the next few years will be temporary and I want to move a minimum amount of stuff because we may be moving every 1-2 years.

A lot of unknowns will dictate where we live and for how long so I’m trying to plan the best I can.

Poor Keith

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I’ve been giving him a lot of grief telling him I hate this apartment because it’s inconvenient in a lot of ways but I have to say for the first time today I can appreciate some of its advantages. I walked over and got a manicure/pedicure, ate dinner, picked up a couple things at the grocery store and walked back — all very close by and convenient.


Getting used to the weather again

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We lived in Florida for 14 years so I’m not unfamiliar with the weather or the area but I am having to adjust to it again.

I got out earlier this morning for my walk – a 5.4 mile one around the neighborhood and then I sat by the pool for an hour for the first time. That sun is HOT but the water in the pool felt good.


It’s storming now so I’m glad I finished my walk early.

Not exactly what I had in mind

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The furniture is delayed … Not sure if it will even get here before I head back to Minneapolis to finish the move. In the meantime we did get a couple chairs and small table for the deck tonight so we’ll use them inside for now.

We did get the internet and cable hooked up so that is one thing checked off the list.


Chesty was seen by the vet … He still has some unresolved issues but nothing too serious. The good news is that I do like the new vet.

Nap time

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First Chesty explored … And then climbed in his crate for a nap. Those other apartments look close but they’re across the courtyard.



We’ve unloaded and returned the Uhaul. All the kitchen stuff is unpacked and I’m washing it before putting it away.


I’m going to miss my books

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It’s been hard deciding where to send my stuff – FL or GA. We won’t have as much space in the apartment as we do here and knowing that we’ll be moving the FL stuff again in a year or two makes me want to keep it to a minimum. Most of my books will be heading to GA but I do have a few knitting books packed to come to FL with me including this newly published stitch dictionary. While I rarely use a quilting pattern, in my knitting I tend to follow patterns with just a few modifications. I have enough confidence and knowledge now to draft some simple projects and plan to start with some baby blankets.

The books in the bins above are going to GA. I’m limiting myself to one bin of books for FL. Mostly knitting and a few genealogy books.

On my needles

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Kind of boring driving south through Illinois. Not much to see other than the windmill farms.

I was so busy and stressed yesterday I couldn’t even think about casting on my Milk Run Shawl for Camp Loopy so I’m still working on the Drop Stitch Shawl. I’ll probably cast on the other one when I get back from FL.