I am still alive

I am still alive.  Just extremely busy.

All of my things made it to San Antonio.  I still have four boxes to unpack and put away for my sewing room. All but three boxes for the rest of the house have been gone through and either put away or stored.

I started college again three weeks ago.  It has been insane!  17 hours in four classes.  I go at night from 6-11pm; one class a night.  I have not even unpacked my sewing machines and tested them.

I am hoping once my kids start school in about a  week and a half, things will calm down a bit more because I can do homework while they are at school in a quiet house and enjoy my weekends. 

The one good thing about taking so many classes at a time is that I will graduate with an Associates in Applied Science in 15 months.  So if you only hear from me sporadically in the next few months, you know why now.

The Scrappy Quilter

Things are slowly getting back to normal after our move to Texas.  We found a place to live – that was the main obstacle in our path when we first got here.

Since January we had decided that we were going to rent a friend’s house for at least a year and stopped looking for anything.  The timeframe was perfect; the current renter’s lease was up when we needed to be in it seemed to be kismet.  Unfortunately, the current renters didn’t like the idea of leaving and decided to stay in the house.  My friend is in a legal battle to get them kicked out.  With not knowing how long that would take and the hotel bill eating any savings we had we had to look for somewhere new to live fast.  We found a place and have been living in the house for almost a week.  Another unfortunate event, all of our household goods are still not here – though in the area, the company couldn’t deliver them until this coming Monday.  I really can’t wait to get all of my things.

In many of our errands around town to get items for the house that we don’t have or couldn’t wait for, we noticed that almost down the street (less than 5 miles away) is a new little quilt shop called “The Scrappy Quilter”. 

This little shop has been open for just over a year and has the most wonderful ladies (at least the ones I have met so far) working there.  They were so friendly and inviting!  Once they realized that I was new to the area, and my husband was just about to retire from the military, the tips and suggestions to local restaurants, shops, etc. started to flow!

They have a little class area and I can’t wait to take a class there (there is one on the 30th that I want to take, but I really need to see how my machine and stuff fair before I sign up for it.  Also, I have classes that start on the 31st.  I am in an 18month associates degree program for Medical Practice Management.

But I am sure you want to see what I bought from my new LQS, right?

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I bought a kit that is the above fabric to go with this pattern included:

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I also bought the below fabric to work on a quilt for my husband soon

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I will see what I have for a black and a black in my stash to go with them.

Boy, my sewing machine can’t get here fast enough!!

From Texas

Sorry for the long absence from the blog; my family has moved from Hawaii to Texas.  We are still in the traveling phase of our move while we visit friends and family we haven’t seen in a long time.

Our last day in our house was the 6th of June.  We flew from Honolulu to Oakland on the 12th of June.  We have been traveling since.

Our stops were:

Oakland to San Diego:  we went to the San Diego Zoo and had a blast.  The drive through LA was not fun.  It took us a VERY LONG TIME to go from North LA to South LA, mainly because we ended up there on a Friday afternoon.

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San Diego to Phoenix:  We visited some friends just outside of Phoenix.  We saw temperatures (according to our car) of 114 degrees.

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Phoenix to Carlsbad, NM.  We had every intention of going to see the Carlsbad Caverns, but we were all road weary and starting to catch colds that everyone said we should just sit in the hotel and rest.

Carlsbad, NM to San Antonio TX.    We stopped in Midland, TX for lunch and met a friend from HI who lives near there now.  It was great catching up.  San Antonio the first time was a quick trip to check on our cats and visit family really quick.

San Antonio to Houston:  We had several stops in the Houston area to visit friends.  We also went to an Astro’s game where my son got two batting practice balls.

Houston to East Texas:  where I am now.   Visiting my sister and my dad.   Where I have been asked to make chicken and dumplings later today.

20 Years

 

The other night, my husband celebrated his retirement from the military (though he doesn’t officially retire until August 31) with his coworkers.  Here is is giving his speech.  He just had a small-ish get-together with his coworkers and some of our friends at a restaurant.  He didn’t want the pomp and circumstance of a formal retirement ceremony.

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He had intended to give me my “retirement gift” for being married to him and supporting him for the last 20 years in the military that night -a new charm for my Pandora bracelet.  One that I have been eyeing since he bought me my bracelet and first charm.  He forgot.  but I forgive him.  He had a lot going on.

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Here is the rest of the charms that I have.  He has bought all but one that was given to me by two dear friends as a going away present from my bee that I ran for the last 4 years (the crown because my husband already gave me the ‘queen bee’).

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Here is the actual bracelet.  I love it!  Each charm has a story and I love each and every one.

 

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I love my husband and I wouldn’t have traded the last 20 years for anything. 

Sarah’s Revival–Block 7

With my sewing machines packed and on a crate heading towards Texas, I am left with just handwork to do.  The only project I kept out was my Sarah’s Revival blocks.

The only problem with that was I didn’t keep a lamp and the lighting isn’t very cooperative most days to work on it.

I did, however, manage to get one block finished.

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It is still wrinkly since I don’t have an iron to press it right now.

On to block 9 (I started block 8 and I clipped the background fabric really well, so I will have to re-prep block 8).