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This week included new doggie friends. 

We were invited into the small dog section of the dog park at Ponderosa Park, which will be only a few minutes' walk from our new home. It's nice we can visit the small-dog section if there are people there, but we can also join the big dogs int he other section. Dusty needs lots of play time. We found some big dogs to play with on Saturday, when we walked to the dog park for the first time, rather than to go by car.


The pups have a appointment on Thursday to meet their new groomer and get new haircuts. They are starting to look a little scruffy and maybe not so clean anymore. DBIL is very tolerant of having them on the bed.



Our house inspection was on Thursday. No new roof needed, and the structure is sound, but not much has been done to the house since it was built, other than small cosmetic items. I guess we have a house. New to our list of needed items: two new windows, as one of a pair of matching windows won't close, and both were crank-type windows, not quick to open in an emergency. The fireplace and garbage disposal were not working, but the seller lit the pilot light on the fireplace and got the garbage disposal to work, so I think those things are good. We have a new garbage disposal in our shipment anyway, one we never installed in the old place. My 1982 Maytag washer and dryer will be in our shipment, and we will need to install gas in the laundry room, which is upstairs, a good location but more expensive to reach with the gas line. I don't mind having stairs, but I don't like carrying a big laundry basket down the stairs at my age. Having the laundry upstairs will make a laundry chute (like that in our old house) unneeded.


Here's a look at my new "fiber studio" with all the furniture removed. If it looks a lot smaller in this photo, it's because I don't have a fancy wide-angle lens, like the real estate photographer.



The alcove is 6' wide X 5' deep. I think my sewing center will go there. The loom will have to fit into the large open area, which is about 11' X 10'. There should be plenty of wall space for fabric and yarn storage units.


Here's the "spacious" closet.



I'm visualizing shelves in there. We'll see.

We checked our voter registration online, and we are registered to vote. We are scheduled to receive ballots at our current location. Our new home will be in the same precinct, but we can change our voter information up until 8:00 PM on election day, so I think we're good.

This week's story introduces Mariah. You can read it here. My favorite photo from the story is where they all realize that their right hands are all the same, with two fingers stuck together.


I made a bit of progress on the Spring Flowers quilt. There is only one half-star to quilt, plus the background in the upper two corners, across the top (in this photo) and partway down each side, so not too much.



I was surprised to see the Coastal Skies Shawl much bigger.




It seems as if the yarn has hardly gone down at all. I have to sit on one of the dining room chairs to knit or quilt, because all of the furniture here is so huge. Maybe that's what inspired this week's story, where Mariah tours the house and finds everything so big.


What's on my needles: A few rows on the Kisu Cardigan, a couple of rows on the Coastal Skies Shawl.

What's on my Sparrow 15: Still sitting in our bedroom at DBIL's house. I think the next time I use it will be on the steeks for the Kisu Cardigan.

What's in my hoop: Still the Spring Flowers quilt, actually made some progress this week.

What's in The Doll's Storybook: Welcoming the Newcomer, the first episode with Mariah. I'm scheduled through October 5th, the deadline for closing on our new home. 

What's on my iPad/iPhone: The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill by Julie Klassen. I've made some progress with the story.

What's in my wine glass: Lindeman's Cawarra Shiraz Cabernet 2017. Surprisingly good for a big bottle of fairly inexpensive wine.

What's my tip of the week: Good lighting is important throughout your home for safety and to make tasks easier to do properly. LED light bulbs are a little more expensive, but they use much less electricity and provide a lot more light than normal incandescent light bulbs. A Wikipedia article says "The luminous efficacy of a typical incandescent bulb is 16 lumens per watt, compared with 60 lm/W for a compact fluorescent bulb or 150 lm/W for some white LED lamps."

Note: This blog post was produced on the iPad and the MacBook, using the iPhone for some photos and some photo processing. No other computer was used in any stage of composition or posting, and no Windows were opened, waited for, cleaned or broken. No animals or dolls were harmed during the production of this blog post.

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Comment by Peggy Stuart on September 26, 2018 at 2:13pm

Thanks, Irene! There will be a lot of work to do, but it can be a very nice house when we’re done.

Comment by Irene Gallway on September 26, 2018 at 11:33am

Peggy, I'm glad things are moving along great with the closing happening soon. Having the dog park close to your house will add to the joy of your new home. I'm glad the roof don't have to be replaced. It will save you that expense. 

Comment by Peggy Stuart on September 25, 2018 at 12:44pm

I tend to drop the whole can of pins. It would take forever. I have one of those magnetic pin dishes I don’t use for pins, because I found  it made the pins stick together. I just just It to pick up pins, but I do have to get down on the floor. No problem...yet.

We could be ready to close on Thursday.

Comment by Rebecca Sundberg on September 25, 2018 at 12:11pm

Dropped pins on a mottled carpet?  A telescoping magnet.  I got one from Lee Valley Tools and it's one of the best non-sewing items I have in my sewing room.  Never have to bend over or get down on the floor (because getting back up is such a performance!) 

You are so organized! It sounds like you're going to be moved in and settled in no time!  

Comment by Peggy Stuart on September 25, 2018 at 11:04am

Ha-ha! My fiber studio will be right across the hall from the laundry!

Comment by Janet/MO on September 25, 2018 at 8:49am

It looks like things are moving (pun intended) right along for you Peggy.  The one downside I could think of to having my washer & dryer upstairs is to have to go up & down the stairs to tend to the loads, but the upside is having everything on the same floor.

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on September 24, 2018 at 11:04pm


Comment by Peggy Stuart on September 24, 2018 at 9:46pm

We’ve had laundry facilities in the garage. Not my favorite arrangement, but handy if you have a leak.

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on September 24, 2018 at 8:16pm

Gosh, Pam!  Washer and dryer in the closet sounds great!  I have to drag my stuff out to the garage at the far end of the house, down two concrete steps, than back up the steps and the length of the house to the bedroom closets!  We don't have a two story house, but my arrangement is certainly inconvenient!  Oh, for at least a separate laundry room!

Comment by Peggy Stuart on September 24, 2018 at 3:04pm

Our bedroom closets (2) will be tiny. There’s a soaking tub between them, but that’s coming out to make room for a sauna. Out-of-season clothes will have to go in the guest closet. At least the laundry is upstairs. Some houses we looked at had walk-in closets the size of the bedroom with empty floor space in the middle and place to hang clothes lining the walls.

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