My gosh, I can’t believe how long it has been since I wrote a blog post! I don’t seem to do well when my routine gets changed. Between working on the new house, tearing apart my quilt studio, and dealing with the flooding, I’ve kind of lost it. This post should give you an update on what is going on.
Builder Bob is doing great after his first cataract surgery and will have the second eye done next Monday. I spent all last week watching the grandkids and then working on moving all of my quilting stuff at the new house. I could have written posts at my daughter’s house at night but….I was too tired.
By last Friday (a week ago) Bob was able to come up and start working on the electrical again. The river has gone down enough that he didn’t have to worry and he was now off of the bending/lifting restriction. It was great to start working on the house again!
Bob had kept Sadie and was able to reschedule her grooming so she has her cute cut for the summer. She also had a problem with her ears and had to go to the vet. She has a yeast infection which we are treating and we also found out she has a heart murmur. We think she is about eleven years old and hopefully will be with us for several more years.
It is raining and dreary today – a perfect time for quilting! Bob had to run up to the new house today and I stayed home with the dogs. I am really hoping to get my Luna baby quilt all pieced and possibly quilted today. The last time I was home I pieced all nine of the quilt blocks so today it is just a matter of adding the sashing and borders in my temporary quilt studio.
I have my little supervisor keeping an eye on me to make sure I do everything right. Mr.Mickey is snoozing in his favorite chair.
I am very fortunate to be able to take over our living room with all of my quilting. I actually like being able to look out the window at the Mississippi while I am sewing. I left two of my Algot storage systems here and have all of my new Island Batik fabrics and projects in them. The rest of them are up at the new house.
I am using the kitchen island for my cutting table. I already miss my big, beautiful quilt studio but like so many of you, I will work with what I have. It feels so good to be quilting again!
Here you can see that I have the sashing and corner blocks all pieced for my Luna baby quilt. I am using the Blossom collection from Island Batik. I’ll get this all pieced and then I think I will add one or two borders to it.
We have survived the flooding along the Mississippi river and I want to thank everyone for the wonderful emails I have received checking on us. Builder Bob did a great job of keeping the river water out of the house.
The Mississippi river has started going down. It will still take some time to get back to normal and there is always the chance that it can come back up. We have decided to leave the wood wall and sandbags up for now. You can see how much the water has gone down as the bell that I usually hang quilts on is showing. That is actually at the edge of the stone wall by the river. There has been quite a bit of erosion and we really have no idea what shape the riverfront will be in.
I thought I would share a couple of cute photos of the dogs. Here they are on the deck, Mickey is so much cuter with longer hair.
I couldn’t believe it when I walked into the bedroom yesterday and saw this! Sadie actually was on Mickey’s bed! Little by little she is getting used to him. They both have their trims. I bought a comb and brush that I’ll use on Mickey to try and keep him from getting matted. Sadie is still the boss and if Mickey tries to get on our bed…….she runs him off.
New home update
It has been so neat to see the trees in our front yard leaf out! Look at the brilliant colors in this Maple. You can barely see where I removed the red bricks and flower garden that was between the two trees.
I took this photo just before we were getting ready to leave. We took down the dog’s temporary fence and will put it up in the backyard the next time we bring the dogs up. Poor dogs, I don’t think they know where they live!
While Builder Bob was doing the electrical work, I worked outside. I removed the grass that was between the sidewalk and mulch as that was too difficult to mow. I also brought up Hosta plants from our river house. I also added grey bricks to keep the mulch off of the sidewalk. I’m not going to go crazy with flowers and gardening at this house, my old knees just can’t take it anymore.
Sheetrock was delivered yesterday and the hangers will come up next Wednesday to start hanging it. Bob has to be there when they start and with the eye surgery on Monday and check-up on Tuesday, that was the soonest it could be started. We are getting closer! This process will take about three weeks and then it will be flooring time.
We have picked out the flooring, bathroom tile, and kitchen countertop. I’m not really into grey but….we are going with a greige color which is grey with some beige. We love boring, bland colors.
I had to send an updated photo of myself to AccuQuilt and I guess it is time to update my photo on my blog and all those other social medial places as I have several different photos. My hair is now completely white!
I have been averaging about 15,000 steps every day on my Fitbit since we started working on the new house. I really thought by now I would be in pretty good physical shape but I am finding out that my body hurts as much when I wake up as it did when I went to bed. This is frustrating but at the same time I am thankful I can keep doing it. My mind tells me I should feel like I’m 30 but my body reminds me that I just turned 68!
Okay, I’m going to enjoy the rest of the day quilting! Take care!