The upstairs is taking shape …. The longarm is set up and covered in the event of any mishaps while they finish up the reconstruction. .


However, not sure I’ll find places for all the bins!!! Chris is calling me a ‘bin ho’.



So stressed

Some unexpected issues at big canoe means staying more days with Chris and Becky. The daily commuting is a pain but the benefits are more time with Rae … even if she had to spend a little time in time out today.




It’s a challenging job to combine two households. Some of the furniture from the MN townhouse is replacing furniture that was destroyed by the leak at Big Canoe but in other cases, I have to pick and choose what to keep and what to get rid of. Some choices are easy and some not so much.

Chris rented a truck to drive up to Big Canoe to load up all the things I’d decided not to keep. Space is very limited. Because the condo is in a gated mountain community that is more remote, it can be hard to get deliveries or things picked up so he was a huge help. He’s going back with me tomorrow to start the unpacking and to sort and discard some more items in the condo but we got all the big stuff on the truck today.


Becky helped unload the truck back at their house. Some items they’ll keep others they will donate or discard.


I’d only planned to stay the night I arrived and the night before I fly out at their house but there are a few issues at Big Canoe so I’m staying again tonight and tomorrow night. I’m hoping I can then stay a couple nights up there. It’s a 70-75 minute drive each way and I’d rather not have to do it each day but I’m grateful I have the option to stay here.


Happy 4th

I can hear the fireworks but am too tired to go watch them so Rae and I are in bed and Chris and Becky went out. She’s the easiest child ever to babysit. Goes to bed early and stays in bed.

I love making quilts for people who actually use them. This is one I made for Becky and it’s on the bed I’m sleeping in tonight.


I don’t know if the fireworks scared him or if he just wanted company but Buddy wandered in my room to sleep too. Luckily he doesn’t expect to sleep in the bed like Chesty.



Explain this?!

First let me say I LIKE the post office. I use it all the time to ship quilts and mail things to Mom and the kids and I loved that it was just a little more than half a mile and that I could walk there.

I did all the change of addresses about a month ago and we’re getting our mail at the apartment in FL BUT I’ve “lost” two packages. FedEx has delivered to us, UPS has also and as I mentioned, we’re getting our mail but I can’t figure out why they’re not delivering packages or at the least, putting a card in the mailbox and having us go to the post office.

Keith ran over yesterday to try and figure it out but he said it was mobbed. He’ll go back Monday and try to find the missing packages AND find out what the issue is with delivering them.

Heading to Atlanta now, I’ll spend the night with Chris and drive up to Big Canoe in the morning.


I feel kind of silly

This is me sitting on the floor while 4 women clean my empty house. I’m an indifferent housekeeper at best and most of the cleaning I do is on the surface. I save the deep cleaning for the professionals!



A lazy day

I had a lazy day … Time to read and knit and have dinner one last time at a favorite place … Of course, I also had numerous emails and phone calls about both the townhouse and Big Canoe condo.


Tomorrow morning I meet the cleaning people, have a quiet afternoon and then on Friday morning I fly out. So much I’ll miss but looking forward to the future.


I’d buy it :)

The listing is officially up and it doesn’t look half bad – I can see why we bought it to begin with although I have to admit I like the uncluttered look best!


Cross your fingers for a quick sale, the first showing is tonight.



One of the things I will NOT miss about Minneapolis, is the constant noise of the apartments going up next door. It’s been ongoing since last year and I’m so over it!




Remember the quilt inspiration I posted the other day? The collage of quilts that I’d found on eBay and in my Evernote journal?

Mom liked the pink and white one and I drafted a quick quilt. We both might end up making this one.

You could use 2.5 inch strips and 4 inch finished half square triangles or If you like smaller blocks, use 2 inch strips and 3 inch finished half square triangles.


Here’s the block – I’ve always loved Jacobs Ladder blocks/quilts


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