Friday, November 7, 2014

Biding our Time

It's been so long since I've posted, we'll see if I can still remember how to add some photos.  Thanks to the several brand new followers who added this blog despite the absence of any current posts!

We arrived safely in Western New York, to be greeted by the most gorgeous fall colors we'd seen in years, almost from the time we arrived in late September to this week.  Being retired is a wonderful thing when the weather is prime and you can drop everything and get out to enjoy scenery like this! 

Not so much this - taken about an hour ago ...
Thankfully the latest "color" in the landscape is melting about as quickly as it falls, though a couple hundred feet above us on the hillsides there are 2-3 inches sticking to the ground.  The local ski operations are smiling today!

We're currently 'biding our time' in a tiny townhouse apartment, most of the boxes remain packed and at least half the furniture is in the basement awaiting another move into our next home.  We found a small house on 15 acres near the Pennsylvania border, with a creek running through the property.   Lots of level land for gardens and a small orchard, and even a pond if we decide to add one.  Just about perfect in our list of desires for this new home.   Right now we are just waiting to close on the property, scheduled for mid-December.  We'll take our time moving everything there and will try to schedule trips between snowstorms! 

In the meantime, despite the lack of space I finally just had to unpack one sewing machine.  "Casey Jones" my favorite vintage Singer 301 is now doing duty stitching a huge batch of string blocks, about all I can accomplish right now, but should keep me busy for a couple weeks, at least. Without further ado, my current 'sewing room':
I've also been attempting a bit of hand quilting, mostly in the very early morning while DH is still asleep.  This is a vintage 1980-1990s(?) quilt I picked up awhile back in an online auction.  Though it was nicely hand quilted, there were huge gaps between quilting motifs and the quilt sagged when hung on a rack, so this is a nice easy project, filling in the blank areas with additional quilting.  The original quilter created a lovely scalloped border on this lap quilt, which I'll show you later when the quilting is completed.
So that, my friends, is our current status.  I hope to have some photos of the new sewing room in a few weeks after we've repainted it and moved everything in.  In the meantime, the holidays are fast approaching, there are grandchildren to play with and Christmas preparations to be started.

Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving if I don't get another chance to post before the holidays.


  1. Was wondering what had been going on in your life.
    Sounds like you have found a lovely place to settle.
    It is nice that you can squeeze in some stitching here and there. : )

  2. So glad you are posting again. Your new property sounds amazing and I can't wait to see pics of your new sewing room.

  3. Wonderful to see you pop back in, I knew you would update us at some point when you could. Happy to hear you've found a new home too and hope the move into it goes smoothly for you. Your holidays look to be pretty hectic this year. Blessings to you.

  4. So glad to see you are making do.....that waiting to get settled can be just as stressful, but I think you have it figured out. The new location sounds perfect for all your wants....glad you found it.

  5. NY is a beautiful part of the country too - we really enjoyed our visit there 2 years ago. A tiny space to stitch is better than nothing! Kind of like when I was sewing in our camper. It sounds like you found a good place to live and I'll look forward to hearing and seeing more about it in the future! We're in FL visiting DS#2 and family after just being in VA to visit DS#3 and family.

  6. The new place sounds wonderful. Welcome home.

  7. It sounds like things are falling into place and despite your current location you're still having fun creating and stitching. Good for you. Your fall photos were lovely.

  8. So good to hear from you!!! Your new surroundings are beautiful :^) Happy to hear you have found a home and you will soon be there, cozy and warm!!!


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