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! 

Monday, June 6, 2016

Good morning!

 Thought I would pop in and say hi.

 Things here are running at a fast pace.

 Thought I would show you some pics of the house from the listing.

 She is stripped pretty bare.

But I guess it worked - we got a contract in 3 days. 

We've spent about 4 days (all of which were heavy rain days) looking for a new home but we haven't found anything that really spoke to us so we have rented an apartment. We need a place to live and the window to buy/close for a straight move has passed. We are supposed to close here on the 30th. We will move what we can to the apartment them the rest will be moved to a storage unit - maybe two. Not sure how long we will be in an apartment - just depends on what hits the marked in the near future. Much to get done but we are at a standstill point while waiting on appraisal and survey to be done so I've got a little breathing room to pop in here.
I have more pictures but I will save some for later posts. I should be able to make a couple this week while we are in a holding pattern. By next week we should be in full swing again.

We have had a lot of rain here. our rain gauge only holds 5 inches and it has over flowed two weekends in a row. Thankfully it isn't raining at the moment though there is the possibility later in the day. Lots of flooding around the Houston area but we have (thankfully) been spared the flooding.

Monday, May 16, 2016


 I am going to put the blog on pause for a bit. Things have been really busy around here.

 This was the house a week ago

 This is the house Thursday afternoon.

While painting was going on outside, this is what has been going on inside

I don't have pictures of the many, many boxes that have already been packed. As soon as we get a car load we have been taking them to storage - I know we have made at least 4 trips, maybe 5 and I'm working on another this morning just took a 'pause' to throw up this post then I'm back at it. The inside of my house is looking pretty sad. :(

We found out (after getting HOA approval and hiring painters) a couple of weeks ago that we are being relocated. Hopefully the new paint job will pay for it's self - the realtor wasn't thrilled with the yellow but we would have had to go back through the HOA process again to change it and the painters were already scheduled. I love the yellow - I think it's a happy color. While I'm not thrilled with the packing and moving and leaving this house behind after spending the last 7 years getting it to finally feel like home, I am extremely grateful that hubby still has a job. Not looking forward to house hunting but it beats job hunting. We are moving back closer to friends family so that is good - except for kidlet #1 who just moved to Houston in January, so we are just kind of flip flopping there. 

We should have the house listed in the next week to 10 days - moving furniture on Saturday when we have help from kidlet #1, we've helped him move multiple times so it's payback time. it needs to stop raining so we can work on the flower beds a bit but it is supposed to rain all week. Yuck.

Don't know how long the break will last, hopefully not long, but I will see you on the other side!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

On the outside

 My hydrangea is blooming! (not sure why this picture looks washed out)

The blooms are smaller this year 

but there are a lot of them!

It's much prettier on the outside right now than it is on the inside. Cant believe I am showing you what my sewing room looks like these days. Actually I took this one a couple of days ago - it is much worse today!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

New (old) window

The two smaller windows moved here with us 7 years ago. A few years ago I decided to hang them over the stairs (they were side by side) but I always thought they looked kinda lonely - that I needed another window to go along with them. (Sorry the picture is kinda dark - its hard to get a good picture of them from the floor and I was too lazy to go find the step ladder)  I've been looking ever since the first two went up but everything I found that was the right size was either oriented the wrong way or cost more than I was willing to pay, until a couple of weeks ago. I came across the center one at an antique mall, it was a reasonable price and  bonus - it was on sale! Hubby hung it for me a couple of weekends ago. I am still debating on whether to paint the exposed wood on the two smaller ones. The center one was already painted when I bought it,

Anywho - I haven't been stitching this week. I started a clean out of the closet in my sewing room. It is undoubtedly the worst closet in the house. I have some stuff I need to get rid of but I can't decide if I want to have a garage sale or not. Should have done it the weekend of the neighborhood garage sale and the next one isn't until fall. Not sure how well one would do if it is the only one in the neighborhood. Every time I have one I say it is going to be the last, then I find stuff that is too good to just throw away. If it was just a few small things I would just take it to Goodwill, but I've got a pretty good pile going in here. Guess I will see how much stuff  I have after I finish this closet and the one in the guest room - lots of holiday stuff in there along with a whole rack of clothes I can't wear. 

Just thinking out loud here.