We are finally getting settled in our new home. I have to say that this move took more out of Bob and me than any other move which is why you haven’t heard from me in almost 2 weeks.
Normally when we move, I pack and haul everything but the furniture myself but since we were moving 3½ hours away, the movers did this.
There were boxes and boxes of fabric and tons of bags of quilts.
Poor Mr. Mickey couldn’t figure out what was going on! I kept moving his favorite pillow around the house so he could keep an eye on what I was doing.
The kitchen was emptied, this is the last time you’ll see my blue countertops. Our new home will have white quartz.
It was exciting to see the movers start to pack everything up. Would you believe it took two trucks this size to move us?
I was so worried about Mr. Mickey handling the 3½ hour drive. All week I was taking him for short drives. I had the front passenger floor and set layered with pillows so he sat a bit higher. He was such a trooper! We stopped 3 times for breaks.
Our Ankeny home
It felt so good to finally get to our new house! The next day the movers would be here early to unload everything. We were so happy to be here that we decided to stay here instead of going to our daughter’s house to sleep. Boy was that a mistake! There weren’t enough quilts to make sleeping on the floor comfortable at our age. It was a miserable night, (Mr. Mickey slept well) and we will never do this again.
It isn’t a big house, but it will work for us. The next day was moving in, we found several things about the house we didn’t like and……told our movers to keep a truck handy as we would probably be moving again. Are we crazy??
Future quilt studio
The basement is unfinished, this large room would normally be a family room but it will be my quilt studio. Before long it will be similar to my Maquoketa quilt studio in the country.
I am so glad someone else moved everything down here!
My bookshelves which will hold my fabric and AccuQuilt dies are going on this wall.
My cutting table is huge and heavy, I was so worried they wouldn’t be able to get it down the stairs but they did! I love that it is on wheels and can be moved around.
This is the other side of the basement which should be a bedroom and bathroom. For now, I’ll use it to store my quilts and other things. There is another large section that Bob will use to store his stuff.
Mr. Mickey goes for a walk
When we lived in town I used to take Mr. Mickey for walks twice a day, (his idea) when we moved to the country we fenced in the backyard and occasionally I would take him to the park for walks.
We also found out he had congestive heart failure and I tried to keep his walks to a short distance. He is so happy to be in town again and go for walks, it is amazing how excited he is and he is making me take him 3 times a day! His appetite has really improved, he is eating more and seems like a young pup again.
There are new homes being built everywhere in Ankeny, and we see many dogs on our walks.
We are slowly getting settled, I found rugs for the living room and dining room and pulled out a quilt that was in the same colors to wrap around Mr. Mickey’s pillow.
He loves this spot by the fireplace.
Bob and I have been exhausted. This is a brand new home so we have had to buy a new dryer, refrigerator, and many fixtures. Between sorting everything and shopping, we have both gone to bed every night with our legs and feet hurting. Yes, we are getting too old for this stuff!
I had to laugh when I downloaded the photos on my phone, I didn’t even know I took this one but thought it was pretty funny. I wanted a medicine cabinet in the bathroom and we found a beautiful one and planned on taking the mirror down and putting it in the hallway. When we got home Bob realized the large mirror in the bathroom was glued on. Ugh! He watched some Youtube videos to learn how to remove it, there was a possibility the mirror would break.
The box sat in the hall for 5 days and yesterday I decided I really didn’t need it so we took it back to Home Depot and bought a smaller medicine cabinet to hang on the sidewall.
Finally getting settled
It has been almost 2 weeks since we moved in and there are still so many things to do. Every day we have had someone at the house to install things like our Smart Home system or fix something that isn’t right. Today we are waiting for someone to fix the stove and dishwasher that have problems with the seals.
Bob has a knee that is still very sore and both of us have slowed down on things. Eventually, we will get everything done and the house is growing on us, I think we will be staying.
A peek at my new studio
We have been working on the basement and setting up my quilt studio. Here is a sneak peek at what we’ve done so far. I have to laugh though as the baskets under the wallhanging have already been moved. I have reorganized things 3 times already.
My goa with a quilt studio is functionality which is why I am okay working with an unfinished basement and I’m loving it already!
In between writing this, I’ve been helping Bob while he has been installing 2 cabinets in my bathroom. Mr. Mickey is also giving me the look which means it is time we took a walk and you know he is the boss!
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