Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Sewing Room


When we moved in, I had the movers place all boxes in this room that would fit so I could go through them on my own.  It took over 2 weeks to get non-sewing boxes out.  Ryan took down 2 boxes last night, and we're all sewing/knitting/crocheting/embroidering/quilting/ and whatever else might come along.

Kind of scary!

My storage units are in Montana today and will be here day after tomorrow if all goes well.  This wall is all ready for shelves and cubes.

 I spent the last 2 days folding some of the fabric to uniform sizes so I can get it onto the shelves right away.

I'll do a lot of changing around and tweaking and possibly throwing away before I settle.  We don't want to put much on the walls, like heavy shelves or cabinets, but I think I will get a pegboard to hang.  I can't wait until I can walk in here and sit down at the sewing machine or embroidery machine and know where things are again.  I do know the machines and serger made it, but I haven't found the iron yet.  I'm afraid it's pretty deep in that closet.

Mike is driving the last truck from Alabama today and has been lucky (and smart) about the weather.  He's had Ryan, Alan, and Kathy all keeping a close eye on the weather and letting him know the latest.  He got to Sioux Falls late yesterday afternoon and had supper with Millie and Al, which is always a nice break from the traveling.  Reports of a blizzard on the way to SD were everywhere, and that was something to try to avoid.  He had planned to spend the night there if necessary, but he was up at 4:40 this morning and headed west - just ahead of the blizzard, which I hear came to pass!  Not that it's been easy though.  There is plenty of snow and signs warning about black ice and for people to take their vehicles off cruise control.  He says the sun is blinding.

He texted this picture and probably shouldn't have been taking pictures.  Not sure if it's Wyoming or Montana.

Ryan made him a hotel reservation in Laurel, MT, I think, and after that, he will have less than 12 hours to go - in 2 days.  It will be wonderful to get all that behind us with nothing left in Alabama except friends and relatives!  Just adding that he's in the hotel and looking forward to only 2 more short days of travel.

I walked over to Emily and Ryan's this morning and found Graysen "cleaning up" her toys and Katherine just waking up.  It was just a perfect morning.  We played various things involving Prince Charming and Cinderella and pigs and rabbits.  Graysen got to watch one Nature Cat show, all about Groundhog Day and Valentine's Day.  I tried to interest her in a walk, but she was not wanting to do that.  She probably realized she would have to change out of her pajamas and tutu and pink boots.  Those worked perfectly for sitting on the deck in the sunshine, which came so gloriously over the rooftops.  Katherine was perfect just rocking and enjoying the outside, and Graysen and I talked about the summer and what we would do, like swimming and lemonade and picnics and swinging at the park.  Such excitement!  We have a little time before summer though.

I forgot I had my camera in my bag until after Katherine was asleep.  I wish I could have taken a picture of that sweet sleeping baby.  Graysen went to the grocery store with Ryan, so I just walked around the house and took some pictures at random.  I guess that black spot on my pictures must be a flaw on the lens.  I've cleaned it, but it's still there.

 When she got back, she had a delicious lunch of meat loaf, spaghetti, and mashed potatoes.  Could anything be messier?

 I walked home enjoying the view and the fresh air, even though it was a little chilly with no sunshine.

These little garden plots will be fun to watch as their owners start making things grow.  Not much there except kale possibly.  I think that's what the green plant is.

Home sweet alley on garbage day.  Looks like the working people live at this end and we seniors at the other.

The view from our balcony today.  Too cold to linger though.

It was nice to get back to the warm apartment and have lunch by the fire.  Nothing to do today except make a grocery list and work on that sewing room.  Naps by the fire are good, and a cup of coffee might be in order too.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Profitable Day

I love days like this, even though we both woke up in the middle of the night and couldn't sleep.  I finally did and woke up groggy and blah.  I didn't even drink any coffee or eat breakfast before we went over to babysit, but I did get a cup of coffee over there.

It was a fun morning.  I took a catalog of toys - most of them out of my budget but fun to look at - called Magic Cabin Toys.  I was trying to get some ideas of a special gift for Graysen's birthday in a couple of weeks - and believe me, I did.  She didn't realize it was things she could have but treated it like a picture book, and every page was met with ooohs and ahhs.  She had little stories and questions about everything on every page, and we spent a LONG time looking at it.

Kate was pleasant and cuddly and ate lots of cereal, applesauce, and bananas.

She's doing her best to crawl, getting up on all fours, but then she can't figure out how to go forward.  Nothing like a little help from big sister.

 Always a dance going on.

 The afternoon was nice.  We walked down to the coffee shop and met our insurance agent, Steve, to see about changing our health insurance.  It went well, and let's hope we made the right decision.  Mine is no premium and free medications and preventative medicine - so I'll be okay as long as I stay healthy.  Mike's is a little more complicated but still sounds good.

After that, we walked over and got our library cards.  It's a neat little library with a limited collection, but the librarian said we could request books or audio books from 48 other libraries with no fee.  Sounds great to me.  The children's section is nice too.  We'll take Graysen to story time on Wednesday and check her out a few books.  I got 2 knitting books (they have 4 shelves of them), 1 sewing book, and 2 novels.

Mike left me there without checking out anything, but it was so much fun to walk home after I had browsed around - about 2 blocks - with an armful of books.  I've never lived so close to a library.

Organizing for today:  I had high hope for these but was a little worried after the troubles we had yesterday.  They were perfect though.

This was where I was trying to milk a little storage.

I bought 2 of them and stacked them, and they were perfect.  It was just a perfect fit - not a quarter of an inch to spare at the bottom.

All those herbs and spices stuffed in the cabinets are perfect there.  The only problem is having to lift them up to tell which is which.  I guess I could write the names on the caps - if they get used that much.

 Baby food and formula and bottles will be perfect on the next to bottom row, and cat treats and food will go on the bottom shelf.

This empty top shelf will be filled with sippy cups and little spoons and bowls and things.

I had ordered a utensil crock to corral all those spoons and spatulas that I didn't have room to store.  I didn't know it was going to be bigger than the coffee pot!  But that part of the counter looks a lot better now.  That starfish appeared and has been kicking around since we moved in.

We have plans to take the day off and get ALL the boxes and bins downstairs finally.  I'm a little more encouraged about things than I was this time last week.  We've now been here 2 weeks and no homesickness or regrets.  Well, some sadness in the late afternoons the first week, but that's better now.  It's all good.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Wednesday Progress

Every little thing we do that makes it easier to walk around and find things is just major lately.  Even with throwing away or storing a lot of things, we're still having to be creative to find places for things - places that we will remember and that will making life easier.

We took the day away from babysitting to see what we could accomplish.

We drove to Bellevue to the cable place.  We had had Logan the cable guy come install the basic cable service for us, and he told us we could get HD and a few more channels for just a few more dollars, so Mike went in and picked up a new box.  I can't say it was easy to do.  He was on the phone several times before it all came together, but it's nice to have it going.  It's funny not to have ESPN stations and some others we were used to, but it's more than we'll need.

We're still getting used to a TV up high, but it's not so bad.  And those cords are not as noticeable as they appear.  Seems like we need to get a bigger TV.  Not!

Second stop was Costco.  We heard that Wednesdays were better for shopping there to avoid the crowds, but no one told the people there.  We got there about 10 minutes after it opened and could hardly find a parking place.

It was crowded but not unpleasant.  I don't go enough to know how to shop there, but we'll try to go at least once a month for some things.  The prices up here don't seem to be overall a lot higher than Montgomery, and we don't have the 10% sales tax, so we can still eat.  It's going to take some learning to figure out the places to shop and get club cards and coupons and such.

I had ordered several things to make it easier to find things, and this was the one I was looking forward to the most.  Eight glorious storage baskets to hold all the cleaning supplies and some groceries.

I filled them up completely and stood back to admire it, closed the door, and later on we heard the crash.  The reviewers on Amazon were right when they said you would need to anchor it to the door with screws or the sticky Command hooks.  

I had ordered the hooks but was procrastinating on using them.  I didn't have to be reminded twice.

Now I think it will stay if we don't do a lot of slamming of the door.

Each bedroom has a closet, including one walk-in, but this hall closet is IT as far as other storage.

Last week:

Today after a little makeover:

It will be good to keep those pesky things that get lost so easily.  Appliance instructions, batteries, labels, light bulbs, etc.  Again, I need some nice labels.

Laundry room is coming along.

Earlier in the week:

In progress.  It's hard not to add shelves and hang things like when you own a house.

It looks like I should have a clean house with all those cleaners, but I had sets of cleaning supplies in 3 bathrooms, the kitchen, the laundry room, and the garage before.

 Now I have to reluctantly go see how our one clothing closet looks since Mike has been unloading his "stuff" tonight.

I'm afraid.

This is how it looked last week:

I'm so proud of the Christmas cactus that made it all the away across the country in a loaded down car and in freezing temperatures at times.  It  seems to like it here fine.

Oh, almost forgot my little coffee pot which came today also.

I think it will do fine for 2 cups of coffee at a time (makes 5 but not really).  We need the counter space, and this seems perfect.

I can't wait to get to the sewing room when the storage units get up here, but that's a little scary too.

Back to babysitting tomorrow, and it will be good to get away from organizing a little while.  I have Graysen some lovely strawberries to take for her lunch.