Tuesday, June 28, 2005

I haven't read

I am mortified to say I haven't read any other stitching blogs in 3 weeks.

I am looking forward to catching up on my reading -

At least I've had 2 days of floating in the lake, soaking up the sun, chatting with my sis!
I feel much, much better after the hectic time of moving out, buying, etc.
Cats are okay in their temporary lodging.
Kids are wandering aimlessly - funny how during school, all they want is free time, but when they get unlimited free time, they don't know what to do! I'll give 'em a few more days, then it's time to apply some structure.

Sunday, June 26, 2005

seriously sleep deprived

The entire week of the packing/moving/clearing quarters thing went smoothly. But of course, I wake up every morning between 4 and 5 a.m. regardless of when I fall asleep. And that takes a toll on a person.

DD's high school graduation was Friday evening, followed by Senior Bash. When she got home at 4:00 a.m. I was waiting for her. We packed the cats into the car and left at 4:30. Nearly 2 hours later, I flipped the visor of the car and my DH's military ID card flipped out. Returning this to him pronto was important, so we called him, turned around and met halfway. All this delayed us by 2 hours and of course that meant we got stuck in the usual summer Saturday traffic that I was hoping to miss.

So although my brain is working, I've already been awake for 2 1/2 hours. How lovely. Need more sleep. But at least I've got nothing to worry about. I can just relax and basically veg out for a few weeks. I just need to get rested enough to stitch without making mistakes.

Monday, June 20, 2005

like always

I was optimistic yesterday about what I still had to accomplish.

Seems like there is always something else that pops up.

So I've still got a desk to go thru quite quickly and the toiletries to pack.

They could arrive any minute.

But I wanted to check my e-mail.


Sunday, June 19, 2005

I'm exhausted

Of course, there is so much to think about that if I wake up early, I just get up. Because I can't fall back asleep. I just lay there thinking about all the stuff that still needs doing.

But I have accomplished most of what I intended to do today. Still need to pack toiletries. Sort out the stuff under the kitchen sink. And go through one desk drawer. That's not bad. Got some stuff to take off the walls, too.

Now off to make supper. One last time in this house.

Saturday, June 18, 2005

good news

So we found a new home. Well not new exactly. But certainly new to us.

After difficulties in an extremely active, hot housing market, we've had our offer accepted on a townhouse in Reston, VA.

For needleworkers, this means shopper's paradise.

May be time to change this blog's name...because I named this Needleworker Not In Paradise after moving here from northern VA three years ago.

Now on to the house details.

First, I have not seen this place. LOL
I am trusting my husband. LOL

Kitchen is large - eat-in - big enough for our current table - 15 feet of cabinets and counters - and has sliders out to the patio. Good grilling set-up. But the floor needs replacing. Cabinets are older, but kitchen hasn't seen much use. Appliances are not brand, spanking new, but new enough. Large dining room, living room with balcony. Master bedroom is huge with lots of closet space. Two more bedrooms upstairs. Basement level has bedroom and full bath. And rec room complete with wet bar and the seller is leaving us his pool table. A true bachelor party room will now become a family room.

We're happy with the school, with the commute options for DH. Love the community itself with all it's jog/bike trails and pools. And we'll be a five minute walk away from friends. Oh yeah. We're on the golf course, too.

So as they say, it's all good. I really wanted a house, but truly cannot afford to be spending over $500K on a house which is what we would need to do to buy something decent there. We saw some incredibly small, junky houses that are selling for that much money. You'd need another $200K to make them livable. Trust me, I am not being picky here. It's just ridiculous.

The packers arrive on Monday. We'll be driving away on Saturday after DD does graduation bash. She can sleep in the car. Going to spend some time inflincting ourselves on our in-laws. Good thing we like each other, as kids and I will be staying for a month...

Friday, June 10, 2005

Still Alive

Packers will be at our house June 20, 21, 22. Moving van arrives on the 23rd. DD will be graduating on June 24th. Kids and I will be leaving town on June 25th - after the all-night graduation bash... Leaving today for a bout of house hunting...

But I did find time yesterday to sort out some stitching projects. It's fun picking enough stuff to keep busy while not knowing how long you will actually be "homeless." I know I packed enough stuff to last for at least 6 months, when in truth it will probably be more like 6 weeks. I just want to be prepared! So I have a variety of large and small projects - everything from my UFO - Celtic Christmas - to a perforated paper ornament. I think I packed at least a dozen things into my two stitching bags.

Meanwhile the purging of the house hold goods continues. I made my last trip to Goodwill, though someone hasn't been through his clothes yet... I keep filling the recycle bin. And now need to start the pile for the stuff that doesn't go into the moving van. Could this be any less fun? Yes. It probably could be. Don't imagine either cat is going to be too thrilled either!

I will in all likelihood not be online at all the week of the 20th. But once I get to my in-laws house, I'll be back.

Cross your fingers for us on the house hunting!

Thursday, June 02, 2005


haven't died

am still very much alive

no free time

no stitching time

may be losing sanity...

In 3 weeks the packers will be loading our boxes and furniture onto a big truck...

I have a lot to do in the meantime

But I'll try to write more often!