You will not believe what is happening in our lives right now, this photo will give you a hint!
Last week was my birthday and also the one-year anniversary of our buying a new home in Ankeny, IA and yes, we will be moving again! Are we crazy?? Yes and both of us are ecstatic! The house is 20 years old and has a finished basement, trees, and wildlife. This is what we have been looking for and is right here in Ankeny, Iowa.
Have you ever had Facebook show you what you were doing a year ago or some other time? Well, a couple of days ago, this popped up on mine. What is so sad about this photo is that little Sadie and Mr. Mickey are both gone. Adopting older dogs means you don’t get to spend that much time with them but every moment is so special.
We actually had just gotten Mr. Mickey. In April of 2019, we were dealing with a major flood at our home on the Mississippi River. We had also already purchased a home in Maquoketa and were remodeling it. Poor Bob the Builder was dealing with pumps and a sandbag wall to keep the water out of our basement. I had already moved everything out of my quilt studio.
Since 2019 we moved from the river house to a house in Maquoketa, another house in Maquoketa, moved to a new home in Ankeny and now we will be moving again! I think moving keeps us young!
Back to the present
I have mentioned several times that I didn’t think our home was “the house”. We really loved our Caves Road home in Maquoketa and missed the trees and wildlife. I don’t think we will ever see squirrels in this new sub-division.
Every day I go on Realtor.com and look at what is for sale. Bob just laughs and if I come out to his man cave carrying my computer – he knows what that means!
A couple of weeks ago we found a beautiful place that backed up to woods and a creek. We loved it and made an offer right away. It seems like 20-year-old homes like that go fast here. We went over the asking price and still didn’t get it.
Everything happens for a reason
I love the saying “Everything happens for a reason” and last week another home came on the market that looked like what we wanted. We looked and we bought it! It is very similar to our Caves Road home. We will close on the house on May 30th!
Once again I’ll be moving my quilt studio, we have done pretty well about decluttering everything else with all of the moves we have done. My quilting stuff – I still move almost everything each time. My last quilt studio was awesome, the one I have now here in Ankeny is wonderful but I can’t wait to move to my new one!
I’ll still be in the basement but there are daylight windows and a walkout. When I want to take a break I can sit out on the patio or go upstairs and sit on the deck.
Trees and Animals
Both of us have missed feeding wildlife and there are plenty of trees around us. I already spied two squirrels in the neighbor’s tree and I will be putting up my feeders so I can get them to visit us. The yard is fenced and I saw that the neighbor has a dog, maybe Rusty will make a new friend!
In the Meantime
All of a sudden I have a lot to do! I am trying to finish up a new quilt using the 4 Squares block so I can get the pattern written for you. Rusty is a lot of help!
Yesterday I finished piecing all of the blocks and adding the sashing, now I need to finish sewing everything together and it will be ready to quilt.
What is happening with my longarm
Speaking of quilting….I haven’t made time to use my longarm since I had lessons from the woman I bought it from. This baby quilt is the only one I have done so far.
I want to finish two quilts before I pack everything up for my next move. The movers are going to love moving this 12-foot table!
Current quilt studio
Last night I took some photos of my studio, I always do this to give me an idea of how I will set things up when we move. (I’m getting pretty good at this) My cutting table is heavy and big, it was a bear to get down to the basement, and they will love moving it again.
I will have real walls in my next studio. That is white fleece on the walls.
Okay, I’d better finish sewing the 4 squares quilt together and maybe do a little packing. It is so much easier to move when it is in the same town.
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