Wednesday, July 20, 2016


Can't find the cord to my camera so I can't download new photos - I will have to wait until after we move for that (not that I've taken any - but I do know where my camera is) I was going through old photos and found this one from the house before last. I love blue hydrangeas and I could never get one to bloom blue in Houston. Even the one that I bought with blue blooms on it bloomed pink after those first blooms were gone. Oh well. Maybe when we get into a house here I can try again. 

Guess if I want to stop in and say hey I will have to stick with old photos until I find my cord. (mind you, I'm not really looking - I see no reason to open boxes just to pack them up again in a few weeks). Hope you don't mind if I recycle old photos. 

Sunny and warm here. Hope you are having a great week.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Nine years ago

Today is the 9th anniversary of my little blog. This is the first picture I ever posted. I actually finished those pillowcases and they are around here - somewhere - in a box.

Blogging has changed a lot over the years. There are so many commercial blogs around now. Mine is not - it's just my little corner of the world. Many people have moved away from blogging and hang around Facebook and Instagram instead. I visit both of those too - nothing wrong with that, just sayin.

A lot has happened over the last nine years. My boys are all out of school and living on their own. My baby is married and living in New York. We sold the house we had lived in for 24 years. Moved to Houston (never would have dreamed that would happen) and we just moved back to East Texas - currently living in an apartment. When I started this blog we had only lived in two houses Next month we move into #4. Will this one be the last? (I should at least have new projects for awhile!)

I've made friends from this little blog. Some are on-line friends but some are real life friends and I treasure them all.

I've often wondered if I have anything worth sharing - I don't know, but I know I would have missed many opportunities without this blog. There are things I wouldn't have thought to take pictures of, people I would have never met, places I might never have visited. 
It hasn't always been easy. There have been times when life got tough and I retreated into myself and stayed away from the blog for long periods, but if I take in the whole picture, life is good.

If you are new to my blog - welcome, I hope you come back again soon.
If you have been around for awhile - thanks for sticking with me.

I am blessed.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Best laid plans . . .

Just a random picture from the files. I have no new pictures to show at the moment.

When we first learned we were going to be moving we started looking for a house to purchase and were hoping for a house to house move. After a few weeks we realized that window had closed so we rented an apartment. (and two storage garages - you can't put 2300sf into 1010sf no matter how hard you try!) anyway - the plan was to move into the apartment and let everything settle down a bit then get back into house hunting. Well - while we were in the process of moving in (literally) my dad came across a house he thought we should look at. We looked. We liked. If it all works out, I'll show pictures soon. Keep your fingers crossed! In the mean time, I'm not unpacking anything that I don't have an immediate need for. 

Get to see the middle kidlet today. He is at church camp near here (not as a camper, he works for a church) and he is carving out a precious few hours to come have lunch with mom and dad!

Hope you are all having a wonderful summer!
Hope to be back soon!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

We said good-bye

Movers came last Monday and loaded us up

It took them all day to load then we drove to Tyler so we would be here when they arrived with the truck. We arrived at 3:30 am - as it turns out we could have waited until Tuesday morning to drive in since they didn't show up until nearly noon but we would have been on the floor in the house and we at least had an air mattress here.

 Drove back on Wednesday to finish cleaning up the house (took the air mattress with us) and spent the night. 

Thursday morning we drove away for the last time. Signed the papers and now the pretty yellow house belongs to someone else. Bittersweet.

I am currently surrounded by a sea of boxes. We are temporarily in a 1010sf apartment and I can't find anything. We have stuff stored (packed front to back and to the top) in two garages on the property plus the second bedroom is full except a spot just big enough for me to get to the computer.. I keep sending boxes to storage but I'm still surrounded. I can't find anything - I was in a hurry when I packed and I did a terrible job of labeling boxes. I do know where a couple of kitted projects are but I don't have time to work on them right now. 

We did locate a house we like last week (after moving into the apartment) but we haven't made an offer yet. I won't say anymore than that - don't want to jinx it!

Much to do but just wanted to stop by and say hello from the land of moving boxes.

I will try to pop in again soon.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

In between

 In between packing boxes I managed to finish this little piece. Not sure what I am going to do with it from here - just hope I can find it after the move!

Just in case the recipient happens to read this post I covered the 'give away' part. :)

Pulled thread and fabric for a new project before I packed up all my stitching stuff. I have this project and one more that aren't packed away. I still have to clean off my sewing table and get that stuff boxed up but the rest of my sewing/stitching room is packed, I'm holding off on the computer as long as I can. I do have all but one drawer of the file cabinet packed. Not sure how much overlap there will be with utilities so I may end up without internet for a few days at the end of the month. Not that I have a whole lot of time to spend on it at the moment but I do need to get started with changing addresses before I loose access.

Well, just thought I would pop in and say hi while I had a minute - and that minute is up!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016


 Game room - can't see the tv from here but it is directly across from the sofa. (I'm glad we will have movers to get that sofa downstairs!)

 Guest room # 1

 Guest room # 2

Guest bathroom

 My sewing room/office. 


 We added the patio the first year we were here. There was just a little pad barely big enough to hold a door mat. Hubby loves it back here. 

We also added the little storage shed - just a few months ago (we had no idea we would be moving at that time) As you can see, we have a green space behind us so we have only had neighbors on the sides. We have some great neighbors - we are going to miss them!

That's the grand tour. After we move maybe I will find time to look for comparison photos - from when we moved here, while we were living here and these 'staged' shots. It looks much different than when we moved in. It was all builder beige - every square inch.

Now the fun part of bringing all the stuff back from storage so it can be sorted between what we will have room for at the apartment and what will have to go into storage until we find a house. So much fun.

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Outta bubble wrap

Well, I was packing china but I ran out of bubble wrap, so I thought I would show you a few more pics. 

 Breakfast area - we use this room way more than the dining room - it usually only gets used Thanksgiving and Christmas.

 This is kind of looking in from the garage door back towards the living area. That is the kitchen on the right so even though I don't have a window in the kitchen I can still see outside. I've enjoyed the open concept of this house. No idea what the next will be like.

 The family room - we don't have a formal living room, it would seldom get used, kinda like that formal dining room.  :) The rocking chair was my grandmother's. I painted it white and had new cushions made for it. The old ones were wore out - lots of rocking has gone on in that chair.

 This looks like it was taken from around hubby's chair (I wasn't really watching to see where he took the shots from) That would be my stitching chair on the right. The chest below the tv is one hubby built in high school. 

 Master bedroom looking in from the door

 and from the other corner. 

Master bath. 
This concludes the downstairs portion of the tour. Stay tuned for the upstairs!