Saturday, December 21, 2013

Saturday Sky

Still can't find my camera cord, but I found out where I can put my memory card into my computer so we've got pictures again!  Just in time for Saturday Sky.
Big puffy clouds and in the 80s.  Not a bad day for the first day of Winter!!

I also finished #1 Son's hat.



He loves it and has worn it a couple of times already, regardless of the weather!

I have two more hats started and may start another slouchy hat to make three going at once.  When I was working on #1 Son's hat, I was getting kind of low with yarn.  When I went to double check how much yarn I had left over from Baby Girl's hat (same pattern and same brand of yarn) I noticed I had to use part of a second skein!!! 

uh oh.....

I kept knitting until I ran out of yarn.  I had 11 rows left.  Ugh.  I didn't want to use another brand of yarn to finish this hat so I went to JoAnn's to get more.  THANKFULLY I found a couple of skeins in a corner bin.  Apparently it's not a color my JoAnn's carries (it wasn't near the other ones) so I was thrilled to find some there.   I also found another color that #1 Son liked so two more came home with me.
They were on sale for $2.50/skein so why not??? 

Speaking of sales look what came in the mail for me today??

I was surfing the web and ended up at Knit Picks.  I went for one reason and ended up buying for another reason!!!


The Stroll sport was on clearance so I bought a couple.  I almost bought more but I emptied the cart before I kept on.  I wanted that pumpkin once before, but I'm glad I waited since now I got it on clearance!

That purple was just too pretty NOT to get and who doesn't need more sock needles??? 


I paid less than $20 for that box and it made me very happy.  A twenty well spent!

I'll try to post one more time before Monday.  I go in for surgery then and probably wont be able to post until later on next week. 

Have a great weekend!!!  and make sure to take some time and knit!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Simple Woman's Daybook



FOR TODAY

Outside my window...
we actually had frost on the roof this AM!!!  Number One Son has to be at school early and there is an area that is near the school that is lower than the rest.  Not only was it very foggy (it literally looked like a cloud and you could NOT see the street) but almost every house had frost on it.  Meanwhile Saturday will be a high of 83.

I am thinking... I want to get a lot done by Monday but am also thinking I wont get as much done as I'd like.....  story of my life.  I really want to play with fabric right now but will probably save that for the next couple of weeks.

I am thankful... for the walk I just took.  Sometimes I get stuck inside my mind and I just gotta get out there to clear the cobwebs out.  It's also 62 degrees outside and sunny so what's my excuse NOT to go outside?!?

In the kitchen... I'm trying to cook more, esp since Baby Girl is still having problems with her gut.  Yesterday was Grandma's Chicken (if you've been reading my SWD you know I make this a LOT!) rice, peas and cornbread.  Actually Baby Girl made the cornbread.  She was exhausted afterward but it was good to see her with the desire and energy to do it.

I am wearing... baggy blue t-shirt, blue sweatpants and knit socks

I am creating... with my impending surgery coming up, I have started not one but two hats.  It would have been three, but the needles I need are being used in another hat.  I have pictures to share, but unfortunately I cant find my camera cord.  The pics are trapped in my camera.  I either need to find it or pull out my SIM card and find the right spot in my computer to upload them.  I will also start a couple of more socks.  I want to have easy knitting to work on while I'm recovering.

I am going... to have surgery on Monday.  I have a small hernia that needs to be repaired and a fibroid the size of a navel orange.  I will be having it removed along with my uterus.  It served me well but apparently it's trying to grow something else.  No female issues because of it, but it likes to dig into various other organs or the spot where my hernia is.  It's outta here!!! 

I am wondering... what it will be like to not feel pregnant again.  A navel orange is the size of a 5 month fetus.  I feel like I did when I was 9 months pregnant. 

I am reading... blogs.  Medical paperwork.  Medical sites late at night.  I don't recommend that last one.  No matter what you have, all roads lead to cancer and then a painful death.

I am hoping... that Baby Girl feels better soon.  It's been hard to have her sick while I'm not up to par.  She had an x-ray yesterday and from what the tech showed me her digestive system is a bit clogged.  I know it's from the move.  We ate WAY too much fast food for a month while we were having yard sales and packing in the dark and moving into a new house.  We've cut out all fast food and soda (except ginger ale), we've cut back on dairy and wheat.  I've decided to join her because 1) it always helps to have a buddy when you are watching your diet and B) it will be a good thing for me as well. 

I am looking forward to... 2014.  I'm hoping for a healthier year. 

I am learning...  that family is family and they will always feel comfortable saying what's on their mind.  When I told my sister what was going on, part of her response was, "so is that why you've gained so much weight?"  ~sigh~

Around the house... more boxes are being unpacked.  It's amazing how many there are.  Good news is I found the box with the spices.  Now I just need to unpack the entire thing instead of just digging for what I need and leaving the rest behind.

I am pondering... the different ways to self motivate

A favorite quote for today...
This was what I woke up to this AM.  I was cold and couldn't move because I had Hemi on top of me and Lucy tangled up with my legs.....I got the stink eye from both when I got up to put the heat on.

One of my favorite things  AKA Hemi's Corner....


A few plans for the rest of the week: try and get as much done as possible before Monday.  I also have blood work for Baby Girl on Thursday and pre-op work for me on Friday.

A peek into my day...  paying bills, unpacking another box, knitting. 

If you want to play, go here

Tuesday, December 10, 2013



FOR TODAY

Outside my window...
it's been warm.  Like REALLY warm.  While the rest of the US is in a deep freeze, we are almost breaking heat records.  My thermometer hanging outside said 86 earlier today.  Right now a *cool* front is going thru and we are now at 79.  I do NOT want what you guys are getting up north, but its the middle of December and I'm sweating with the a/c on.  I'll send some heat if any of you want to send some of your cold.  The average should give us something in the 50s and we'd all be happy!

I am thinking... I really should attack that pile of laundry that is sitting next to me.

I am thankful... that this house is starting to feel like a home.  Still lots to do, but we're getting rooms together, and boxes are slowly leaving my living room.

In the kitchen... not much.  I've got one burner that doesn't work and another one that takes FOREVER to get hot.   It takes me almost 7 min to boil a pot of water.  This leaves me with two small burners and a microwave.   I'm working with it, but it's difficult.  Plus that elusive box of spices are still missing.  I did find the box that had my favorite pots in it so that made me happy.  And I need to contact the property manager to have somebody come out and fix my stove!!!!

I am wearing... baggy blue t-shirt and beige shorts

I am creating... I've shown you Bag Ladies and my yarn stash so that has taken the majority of my time.  However I did pull out a Mystery KAL for Castle Fans on Ravelry (yes I should include links but I'm too lazy right now) which I'm trying to work on.  One side is knit (perfect for watching tv), the other side is various stitches of knits and purls.  Once done it will be a pattern (the mystery part), but that means I need to pay attention.  This means it is NOT mindless knitting.  I've worked on it a bit today and I'm almost done with clue #1.  I think we are at clue #8.......

I am going... to work a little more on it tonight to finish off clue #1.

I am wondering... why #1 Son hasn't asked me why I haven't started his hat yet.  Then again it was 86 today so a hat probably wasn't high on the list of priorities.  Finding out about driving school is.

I am reading...nothing.  However I am getting caught up with some tv shows I missed over the months of Oct and Nov.  I love the original programming on USA and I'm finally caught up on Suits and White Collar.  Still loving both shows.  I'm also liking The Mentalist again.  Now that the Red John storyline is over, they can go back to the playfulness they had in the beginning of the series. 

I am hoping... to have this house unpacked by the new year.

I am looking forward to... the new year.  I'm not much for turning over a calendar page, but this has been quite the year of craziness and I'm hoping 2014 will be a bit better.  Most of the up in the air stuff will be settled by the end of December so I have reason to hope.

I am hearing...... some tv show that #1 Son is watching (not sure what it is).  The house is somewhat quiet, which is surprising considering it's not even 7pm yet.  Neither kid feels great so that has a lot to do with it. 

Around the house... less boxes and more order.  Not quite there yet, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

I am pondering... the need for stability. 

A favorite quote for today...

I want to find this and hang it in my family room


One of my favorite things AKA Hemi's Corner...

Is that outside??

I want to go outside.

Why wont you let me outside??

Can you tell the boy wants to go outside?!?  Him and Princess have had a tough time being strictly indoor kitties, so we have compromised.  Over the wknd we let all three go outside.  I've done this with other cats of mine over the years after a move and I'm very gradual with it.  We all went out with them for abt 20 min. then we picked them up and brought them in.  Later that afternoon we did the same thing.  Sunday was similar but the kids stayed outside longer with them.  On Monday I let them out in the morning by themselves.  I checked on them an hour later and both Hemi and Princess were close by when I called for them.  I pet them and went back inside.  They've been unsupervised ever since.

Where is the compromise you say??  They are in by nightfall.

A few plans for the rest of the week:  keep at the boxes.  I need to tackle the growing pile of paperwork.  I also have a couple of loads of laundry that need to be folded and put away.  Thursday is the dr appt. for Baby Girl and on Friday I plan on meeting up with some friends for a craft day.  A couple of local ladies and I decided to try and meet up once a month.  It's usually at somebody's house and we bring lunch for everybody.  Nothing fancy, but I did try out a salad recipe on them.  The pasta salad was basic but the buttermilk/ranch dressing was REALLY good.  I have no idea what I'm making  this week.  Last month was a veggie platter and I'd like to try something different again. 

A peek into my day...  don't hate me because I'm warm.....




Monday, December 09, 2013

When the knitting is hiding......

Last week I really wanted to work on something and since the knitting was hiding I worked on whatever I could find.  Out came Bag Ladies.


Who remembers this one??  If you do, then you've been reading for awhile because the last time I posted this was back in 2010!!!  That's also the last time I worked on it.  I still like it so out it came.  Then I remembered why it's not done.  Those half stitches are horrible!!!  Normally I would say they would be fantastic because you are only doing half the work, but it distorts the fabric something fierce and it can be a bit of a pain to make sure you hit the right holes.  I finished the green bag off and worked a bit more on the yellow bag. 



I still think it's adorable and will try to keep working on her.  I also found Queen Ann's Lace but I haven't worked on her since 2007!  It's a L&L pattern and between the million color changes and the itty bitty 32ct linen I started it on, it really wont see much action.  I think she is my oldest WIP.....

Sunday, December 08, 2013

A Productive Weekend

I'm slowly chipping away at this house and I'm trying to leave the wknds for my craft room.  Since I seem to have a ton of hobbies that I don't spend nearly enough time doing,  I've decided to attack them one at a time. 

First up was my knitting/yarn collection.  I pulled out all the yarn from my room, the craft room and the garage and came up with this. 

I posted this yesterday.  After two days of separating into classifications (charity yarn, sock yarn, cotton, misc worsted weight, misc other weights, enough yarn for projects but no patterns, projects with yarn and pattern, on going projects)  I ended up with this.


Much better, right?  It looks so organized and I'm rather proud of myself.  Other than the charity yarn, everything else is on Ravelry.  THAT'S what took the better part of the wknd.  Making sure I had it posted AND with a picture. 

This bin is strictly sock yarn only.

Notice the beginnings of a bulging lid.....


I was going to dump it out and make a pretty rainbow like I did a couple years back, but after all the other organizing I lost the desire.  From what I count in Ravelry I have enough yarn to make 65 pairs of socks.  Back in 2010 I had enough for almost 60.  I apparently am not knitting fast enough to get that number down.   

The on going projects and projects with yarn & patterns ready for cast on are in this pile.



THIS still needs to be sorted, but it wont take long.  And I think that some of those projects aren't too far from finishing so hopefully I will have some finishes by the end of the year.

Saturday, December 07, 2013

FINALLY Saturday!

This has been a week where I have been gone more than I've been home.  This does no bode well for cooking or unpacking (even though I have unpacked 5 boxes, yes I'm counting the ones that only had two items in it.  Unpacked is unpacked!)  Baby Girl is sick and they cant figure out what is wrong with her.  She's nauseous and a bit dizzy.  My original pediatrician suddenly got up and moved to NC back in July (ticked me off because we were there in June and there was NO mention of this; not in the office, not in the mail) and I've been trying to find a replacement since.  I was never really fond of her so there is no love lost, but trying to find another dr is a pain.  I've asked around and the one that is a favorite just moved 30 miles away.  I really don't want to travel that far for a dr but two of my friends will still travel that because, as they've both said, "she's that good".  We went to a clinic this past Thursday and the "doctor" (I use the term loosely because she was an idiot) gave us an antibiotic "in case she has a sinus infection" (I think she just gave it to me because she thought I wanted it) plus a script for a Prilosec type med and an anti nausea med FOR THOSE UNDERGOING CHEMOTHERAPY! 

I am not a happy camper because we've just gone back to using pepto bismol and Tylenol.  I'm hoping to find out more next week.  No fever, nothing leaving the body quickly at either end, just a headache that never leaves and nausea.  She had her eyes checked on Wednesday and she does need glasses for school, but not at home.  Since she's been home this entire week and the headache is still here,  there goes my theory that it's from not seeing the board. 

I've also had to shuttle her back and forth to school for band pics, I've had a drs appt for my hernia and baby sized fibroid, had the car worked on, returned and picked up a new vacuum cleaner and had to straighten out some issues with the property mgmt of this house.  

It's been a long week.

So today I'm taking it easy.  It's Saturday and you know what that means. 

Pics of the sky.  I'm using the two views that got the most votes.


Do you think if I called the city they'd remove the power lines so my picture would be nicer??

I'm also playing with yarn.


This is the entire yarn stash.  Not too bad, but each of those boxes has yarn stuffed into them.  I think there is one more box somewhere because there is some yarn I'm looking for and cant seem to find.  It might have been shoved into another non related box that's marked Lynn's Bedroom. The GOOD news is that I have found my sock bag so I can actually start on them again. 

The yarn I ordered for #1 Son's hat came in today.  He was disappointed it wasn't delivered by a drone. And he's already asking me when it will be done.

I really do have a lot of projects going..........

For those of  you who are freezing up north, stay warm.  Meanwhile I have my a/c running......

Have a pleasant Saturday!!!!  ;P

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Saturday Sky

So I finished #1 Son's slouchy hat.  YEAH!!!! 

The bad news is it's too poofy for #1 Son.   See?



 It is now Baby Girl's hat.


This yarn is different from the other slouchy hat I made and it doesn't drape as much. The back sticks out more and it just doesn't look right on #1 Son. 

So I shopped JoAnn's on Thursday to get yarn 40% off AND free shipping!!!!  Guess what I ordered?!?!?!   

ONE SKEIN OF YARN!  That was it!!!  I was very proud of myself too!  I looked at sock yarn and fabric that was on sale and just kept thinking of all the yarn and fabric I have upstairs and had absolutely no desire to buy any more than what I needed. 

I also came across some yarn that was stuck in a Target bag that apparently had some holes in it.  Amazing what moths can find when they are hungry.  I ended up tossing abt 6 skeins of cashmere/wool blended yarn.   Since I would have only bought that yarn if it was on sale, it made it a bit easier to throw out.  My stash is normally kept in plastic bins or plastic Ziploc bags, but I had pulled it out to make some cowls.  It apparently fell behind a bookshelf and the cats played with it for awhile (hence the holes) so by the time I found it when we moved, it had been thru a lot.    It wasn't favorite yarn so it was a bit easier to get rid of. 

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Now that we are in the new house, my goal is to try and find a new view for my Saturday Sky.


I've got a few different places to take pics from.


If I was really ambitious I would drive a couple of miles to the lake to get some gorgeous pics of the sunset.  However I'm doing well to post a picture at all so I'll stick with what I've got. 


One of my favorite blogs is Attic 24.  Not only does she have such cheerful projects displayed, but she has an attic window that she takes pictures out of as the seasons change.  I always look forward to those shots. 



Living in Florida doesn't give you the same feeling of seasons changing like it does when you live in New York or Montana so I always enjoy shots of the passing of one season into the next.


PLUS she lives in England and has the most gorgeous view of rolling hills in the background. 

I cant decide where I want to shoot from so I've offered up five different vantage points.  There are ones I like better than others, and I'll probably just pick the best sky I see, but there is something to be said abt seeing the same area change over time.  Do you have a favorite view?  If you do, post it in the comments.  I'm easily swayed.  And totally stubborn.  Let me know what you think....

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY

Outside my window...
it is dark since it is after midnight, and it is thundering.  We are getting the tail end of that horrible storm that's going across the eastern US which will bring in cooler weather for us.  Tomorrow (tonight?) they are forecasting lows in the 30s in parts of Ocala. 

I am thinking... I am loving this weather!

I am thankful... that we will get cold but not so cold for snow.

In the kitchen...  tonight was the first night that I actually cooked dinner in this house.  It's about time too!  I still cant find all my pots and pans, but I made due with a smaller pan for Grandma's Chicken.  The stove is different plus my big burner doesn't work.  I really need to get my list of issues together for the property manager.

I am wearing... a big blue t-shirt for jammies. 

I am creating...  I have abt 40 more rows on #1 Son's hat before I can start the decreases.  He's already asking for it.

I am going... to work a bit more in my craft room tomorrow.  It's starting to pile up in there and I'm not liking it.  I'm trying to avoid any more chaos than I already have.

I am wondering... if I will ever be fully unpacked. 

I am reading... blogs and Ravelry.

I am hoping... for a quiet mind.  Not sure that's gonna happen any time soon. 

I am looking forward to... the New Year?  Is it too soon to ring in 2014? 

I am hearing.... thunder and totally surprised that Hemi is still on TOP of the bed!

Around the house... my goal is to try and unpack at least one box a day.  So far that seems to be abt all I'm able to do.  You'd think it'd be more, and yet there it is.  At least I am realistic and am keeping up with my goals no matter how small they may be!!!  :)

 I am pondering... how long we will live in this house and how ANYBODY survives the teenaged years.

A favorite quote for today...



 One of my favorite things  AKA Hemi's Corner.....

Hey this is a different back yard!!!
 

A few plans for the rest of the week:  while most of you will be celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday with family and friends and a turkey, we buck the system here at Happy Acres and instead we will have a quiet day watching tv.  IF I make anything, it will be a lasagna.  I don't need politicians to tell me when to be thankful for what I have.  I do that daily.  I also don't need them to tell me when to  have family meals.  I do those twice a year.  I will have my sisters over for a turkey dinner sometime in December.  However I'm no fool, I have two turkeys in my freezer.  When they are being sold for $.59/lb, you stock up!!!!  That is WAY cheaper than chicken! 

And while most of you will be shopping on Black Friday, I will be bowling with my family.  Don't get me started on Black Friday, another tradition I avoid.  I shopped twice in the past 4 years on Black Friday and the stuff I bought was either still on sale the following week at a cheaper price ~or~ the deal I ordered turned into an absolute nightmare. 

 A peek into my day... I returned my vacuum cleaner to Sears today (wanted to beat the mad rush of Black Friday)  (btw did you know Sears will be open all day on Thursday?  I knew a lot were opening on Thursday but not the entire day, but I digress) and will pick up my new one next Wednesday.  That's another week of not vacuuming.  Not my ideal way of starting out in a new place.


It is late and I think I need to start shutting things down.  While I'm sleeping in, my body is still used to getting to bed by a certain time.    Hope everybody stays safe and warm this week.

Monday, November 25, 2013

And now for something a little different

As I slowly unpack boxes I am finding things that I need for my knitting.  I have found my Denise needles and thankfully the ones I needed were in the box (the rest are tied in with other projects that are still MIA) so I was able to cast on for not just one but TWO new projects!

As I was cleaning out a dresser drawer I found I used two cotton dish cloths that I knit up awhile back.  I tried making a few but I don't really use them and apparently I decided to line my one drawer with these particular two dish cloths.  What a great idea!  So while I'm trying to find where I packed my socks, I decided to cast on for a dish towel for one of the bathroom drawers.



I'm using this pattern for the dish towel and I'm using the I Love This Cotton brown yarn I bought at Hobby Lobby a week ago.  I really like this yarn, normally cotton yarn tends to hurt my hands as I knit with it, but this yarn feels more like a soft acrylic than a cotton.  I could see this yarn being used for a light sweater, depending on how it washes up.  A big reason I don't like knitted dish cloths is they aren't absorbent enough for me so any that I've made tend to be used in other ways, ie drawer liners or appliance covers (I use an old knitted dish towel to cover my griddle).  I will be interested to see how this one washes up.

Another project started is a slouchy hat for #1 Son.  He was looking for a knitted hat that he normally likes but found one I made for Baby Girl instead.  He said he wanted one just like it and who am I to ignore a knitted request!!!  Last Friday we drove to JoAnns and I let him pick out some yarn.  This was his choice



and I cast on right away.



We are on Thanksgiving break this week and I told him that by the time they go back to school it will be done.  He looked surprisingly pleased which means I've got to kick it into gear. Its a hat so its not hard, but since it's slouchy there is a bit more material to knit.  He says Baby Girl is a hipster, but honestly he is more of one than she is.  Now the question will be if he can wear it to school or not.  School policy is no hats, but if it's cold enough they've been able to wear them during the day.  At least the knit ones haven't been a problem.  We'll see.


Last but not least I do have a finish!!!  I finished up kitty blanket #3.



I really do love mindless knits and this fit the bill.  There are 3 different black acrylics and three different colored acrylics in the blanket.  Details include:

80sts on size 10.5 needles

20 rows of blue
20 rows of yellow
40 rows of teal
20 rows of yellow
20 rows of blue

finished size is 22 x 17.5

I actually only did 16 rows of blue at the very end.  I ran out of blue, but it was so close that nobody will be able to tell. 

I'm hoping to find the knitted blocks I've been working on for awhile now so I can attach them and actually use them this winter.  We've been getting some cool nights and it would be perfect to have for the next couple of months that is our winter.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Monday Morning-ish Update

WARNING:  Ungrateful, whiny rant ahead.  If you feel the need to be judgmental,  move along. 

Proceed with caution.   You have been warned.


I hate moving.  We moved 9 times in 11 years before we moved into our last house.  The day we moved in I told the IO that he would have to bury me in the backyard because I was NOT doing that again!

Fast forward 16 years and here we are.

Moving.

This time with two additional people and 16 years of baggage (both physical and mental).  All of the stuff from the old house is out.  Completely.  Nothing is left.  The IO even brought the garbage because he was afraid he'd throw something out that I wanted (probably how the moldy taco got packed away). 

However if I thought my house was chaotic and a mess before, this is ten times worse.  I have yet to cook.  I have pots and pans, dishes and bowls and forks, but no knives.  I have bought sponges twice already and have yet to find one. 

I cannot find my vacuum receipt which means I have yet to vacuum. 

While this house is bigger in square footage, my closets are also smaller.  The linen closet is bigger, but I only have one and it's on the second floor. 

I have a two car garage, but it's a bit short and my van does NOT fit in it. 

My kitchen feels more spacious but I have less cabinets, which means I need to be creative in how I put things away.  Plus they are taller and the second level now needs a stool to be able to reach the back.  The third  level shelves are in the nose bleed section.

I have started going thru my craft room (which is also where the bookshelves and guest bed will be so all crafting will still take place on the dining room table) and I have been able to pare down some things, but I can already tell it's not enough.  Remember how I said my closets are smaller?  The old office closet was also a storage area.   Hmmmmm, more creativity needed. 

Don't get me wrong, I am VERY happy to be here!  I have baseboards!!!  I have working toilets (even though my bathroom does tend to run, the chain gets stuck)!  I have four working burners on my stove!  This is a beautiful house.  I am just adjusting. 

So while I complain abt how I can't find room to fit things, what do I do??  I hit Hobby Lobby on Friday!!!  I ran out of black acrylic yarn for my kitty blanket and I was meeting a couple of local friends to stitch with (more on this in a later post) and I wanted something mindless to work on.  On my way there I stopped in Hobby Lobby to get this.

I've been wanting to try out their yarn for some time and my 40% off coupon convinced me this would be a good time to do it!  I have to say, I really like it.  Soft and non splitty.    While I was there some of their cotton jumped into my cart as well.

I let it stay since it was on sale.  Two skeins of yarn for less than five bucks works for me!!

I finished the kitty blanket and will post abt that tomorrow.  The downfall is that I have no idea where my sock project is.  I know where my yarns are, but cant find my needles.  This is probably my downfall;  no knitting to ease the stress of moving. 

So there you have it.  My one woman pity party.  My ungrateful whines are over, at least for now.    Now I'm off to Chipotle for some lunch.  I need the energy to attack the kitchen.   I'd love to empty out a couple of boxes before the kids get home.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.......

......and I'm hoping it's not an oncoming train!

The Great Move of 2013 is almost complete.  Thank goodness!!!  This has been the MOST chaotic, hectic, disorganized move ever!  Before we lived in this house we moved 9 times in 11 years.  However it was just me and the IO and the longest we ever lived anywhere was abt 4 years.  This move came after living in the house for 16 years AND  two additional ppl!  

The good news is that nothing broke, but we did get a few new scrapes on a couple of pieces of furniture.

The highlights of this move?

---My new vacuum of one month died.  I need to find the receipt to return it and get another one.

---NEVER have a yard sale the same day you plan on moving.  WAY too much work in one day.

---We ran out of boxes and had to unload boxes in order to reload.  Garbage bags were eventually used.

---We had the power shut off a few days after we *thought* we'd be done.  #1 Son and I raced to finish packing before it got too dark to see.  The IO had to get a generator just so we could see what was in the back of some cabinets.

---A taco was packed in one of my bedroom boxes.  It was not pretty. 

---I think more food was packed because there is something in the kitchen that is smelly but I can't find what it is.

---Items that lived in the old house was *stuff*.  Same items in new house is now *crap*.

All things considered, we did a pretty good job in getting everything out of the house.  What is left is in the garage and we will get that on Saturday. 

The million dollar question is how the cats reacted.  Hemi was a wreck the first couple of hours.  He shook and would either be on me or under the bed.  At one point he hid so well we couldn't find him (he was under the dresser and he blended right in!)  The first one up the stairs was Lucy.  Princess moaned the first night at the top of the stairs.  The second night she moaned outside of Baby Girl's bedroom.  The third night she was fine.    Everybody has been upstairs so the scary stairs have been mastered.  Cat litter is being used (they are now indoor cats and never used the litter box at the old house).  We've been here 5 days and they have adjusted well.

Now that we have most of the stuff out of the old house, we need to unpack the new.  AND life does not stop because of this.  Today was Baby Girl's A Honor Roll ceremony and tonight she has a concert.  #1 Son has a band thing tomorrow night.  Next week we're heading out to Gainesville for another band thing (do you see a theme going on?!?)  I actually look forward to Mondays when everybody is back at work/school and I get to put the house back together. 

Meanwhile I just want to play with my yarn.

Kitty fix AND Throw Back Thursday! 
Hemi and Lucy 8/07

Saturday, November 02, 2013

The Saga Continues.........

Nine days ago I had over two weeks until my yard sale and another two weeks before we moved.  Seven days ago I found out I read the calendar wrong and I only had one week before my yard sale but two weeks before we were moving. 

Thursday I found out that I will not be having a yard sale this wknd because the house sold sooner than expected and I have to be out by the 13th.  YIKES!!  We call up the property management co of the house we are renting to see if we can move in sooner.  Yes we can!  So we quickly scrounge around to get enough money for the final payments to move in (remember I thought I had 4 weeks before I needed all the deposits, etc) 

Yesterday we drive out to the mgmt. company to sign the new lease and get things rolling (cleaning the house, put in a new lock on the front door, etc).  The original meeting time was 10am, but was then moved to noon to give them time to prepare everything for us to sign.  We  didn't get there until almost 1:30 because they are located in downtown Orlando and my GPS sent us to the wrong area.  As we sit and wait, regular life continues on which means Baby Girl calls to say she's  back early from her field trip (first one I never went on), can I pick her up, and #1 Son had to be picked up from school.  I'm now making phone calls to family to see who can pick them up.  Meanwhile I still haven't eaten lunch and am raiding the Publix bag of half priced Halloween candy.

Got everybody taken care of (sister picked up #1 Son, Baby Girl would wait for us) and we finalized all the paperwork.  We couldn't get the power turned on that day, but we were still going to move some boxes and stuff to the new house. 

Electricity.  It's kind of important.  Something you need in today's lifestyle.  So when we got a call from the power company telling us that there was unauthorized use of electricity prior to us moving in, we knew it wasn't going to be good.  The outstanding balance had to be paid before they could turn it on for us.  The property management had NO IDEA.  Not only did they not know there was an issue with the account to the house, they had no idea that the house had no electricity on!

So as of right now, we wait.  We wait for the property management to get in touch with the property owners (a large conglomerate of money that buys houses for the sole purpose of renting them) to straighten this out.   The IO is worried that there will be issues and that the large conglomerate of money (the owners) will fight the other large conglomerate of power (the electric company) which will leave us without power.  He doesn't want to move in until we know for sure this will be straightened out. 

Did I mention I need to be out by the 13th?? 

With all this going on I still need to pack (yard sale stuff will also be packed and saved for another day) and be ready to move somewhere in less than two weeks.  So what do I do??  I go to a high school football game, of course!!!  It was the last one of the season and I wanted to be there.  After the game we had a friendly battle of the bands!
Those kids had SO much fun!!!  And some of them are REALLY good!

No matter what happens, Annie is right, the sun'll come out tomorrow

and it did!  Here's proof before it went behind clouds for a rainy morning. 

Now if you'll excuse me, I have some packing to do.  If anybody has any refrigerator boxes or pup tents, hold on to them;  I may need them in a couple of weeks.........

Friday, November 01, 2013

Feline Fridays

Don't forget to pack me!!!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY

Outside my window...
it's 80 degrees outside.  It should feel comfortably warm, but I'm cleaning and sorting so I'm feeling warmer than I should.

I am thinking... actually it's more like NOT thinking/losing my mind.  We are moving very soon.  I went over the budget and figured that I have 4 paychecks until we move into the house.  That means I have 4 weeks to move, leaving me 2 weeks to get ready for a yard sale.  Then I looked at the calendar.  One of the paychecks I was counting was the following day.  This meant we were actually moving in 3 weeks and I had only one week to sort and get ready for a yard sale.  As of right now my yard sale is in 3 days instead of 10!

I am thankful... that no matter what happens with this house, no matter who decides to look at it, no matter what the banks decide, I have a new place that we are moving into.  For that I am VERY thankful!

In the kitchen... I actually am still cooking.  I don't want to spend money on eating out so I'm trying to do simple things for us to eat.  Last night I roasted a chicken with potatoes and corn.    Tonight we'll have Grandma's Chicken (stewed chicken thighs) with rice and broccoli.   Tomorrow is my day to sort the kitchen.  I'm hoping to sift thru a lot of stuff.

I am wearing... a 1995 Orlando Magic Championship t-shirt (needless to say it is OLD) and a pair of blue shorts.

I am creating... a mess!  But I'm hoping it will eventually turn into a controlled chaos.

I am going... to continue to sort thru the house once I pick up #1 Son from school.  However once they get home the day gets very choppy and it's hard to focus on a specific thing for very long before I am interrupted.

 I am wondering... how much of my craft room I'll put into the yard sale.  I'm hoping to tackle it on Thursday.

I am reading...  ahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!  I am still watching tv.  It keeps my sanity and I can fold clothes while doing it. (it's amazing how laundry doesn't stop!)  One show that has picked up my interest is The Mentalist.  It is finally winding down the whole Red John storyline and I'm interested in seeing who it is. 

I am hoping... for a little quiet time later tonight.  I'm going to find it too!

I am looking forward to... moving into the new house.  Even though it will be a lot of work once we get there and settle in, it will feel like a new start. 

I am hearing........ the hum of the a/c and the clicking of the computer keys while I type. 

Around the house... boxes, boxes, boxes!!!!!!!  I have gone thru both bathrooms (including the drawers and cabinets) and have thrown a ton out!!!  The IO's closet is gone thru and night stands in my room are done.  The living room and laundry room are done and so is the linen closet.  The family room is almost done.  Tomorrow will be the kitchen.  We may even start Baby Girl's room tonight. 

I also have one complete box packed.  I could be packing more, but right now I'm focusing on the yard sale this wknd and then the packing of items.  One step at a time.   I'll cross the packing bridge when I get to it.  Otherwise I'm gonna jump off of it!

Side note, the 2nd bathroom is technically called the boys bathroom.  Baby Girl uses the master and the IO uses the 2nd bathroom.  That being said, how is it that 2 males need 6 tubes of toothpaste and 7 toothbrushes?!?!!?  I've sorted and cleaned out and put away.  I left them with two toothbrushes and two tubes of toothpaste.  I'm hoping this will be enough.

 I am pondering... the need to keep opening new tubes of toothpaste when you already have so many available!

A favorite quote for today...


 One of my favorite things   AKA   Hemi's Corner!:
It's my best impersonation of an old man.  Whadya think?!?


 A few plans for the rest of the week:  cleaning.  Sorting.  Yard sale on Friday.  Yard sale on Saturday.  Sleep most of Sunday away.  Thankfully we get an extra hour and I will spend it relaxing!!!  It will NOT be used to pack! 

A peek into my day...
boxes waiting to be filled

my staging area

Who has time to sleep?!?


And so goes the continuing saga of The Great Move of 2013.  If you want to participate in the Simple Woman's Daybook, go here.  If you want to participate in The Great Move of 2013, take a Xanax and lie down until the feeling passes!!!