I can't believe it! It's been several months since I checked in and wrote a post. So much has taken place that my quilting passion has been put on hold for several months.
Firstly, I won a couple of red ribbons on several quilts that I entered at the NJ State Fair, Sussex County Farm and Horse show! I was hoping for a couple of blue ribbons. Guess I'll have to work on techniques sighted in the comment cards. But I'm happy that I took home a few ribbons. I must remember that it isn't about winning ribbons, but the journey to completion of a quilt.
Secondly, I have enjoyed my new machine (Brother 6700 with the embroidery features). It is a very high tech machine and I was just getting into it with the embroidery club that I joined through Pocono Sew n Vac when my life started to change forever!
Here's the story. You may not know or maybe you do, (?) that my husband has been pushing me to move to Pennsy since I retired from teaching. I've dragged my feet on this for many years and with one last push to see an MLS listing just outside of Bloomsburg, PA, I went with him for a 'drive-by' of the property. (also included was a trip to Verna's fabric shop (mid summer sale) and the Lewisburg Farmer's market that Wednesday in July. Well one thing led to another and the property and house looked promising, so we booked a viewing with the listing realtor. Meeting my brother and sister-in-law at the site, we proceeded to walk through the house and from that moment on, I really fell in love, actually fell in love with it. There was no question, this was THE HOUSE of my dreams. I told my husband that if he didn't make a bid on this home, I'd never again go house hunting again with him! That was the beginning of how my life has changed.
From that moment on, the bid was offered, accepted pending home inspection, and the paperwork began. We were now in pending stages of buying a new home. That was mid -July. Now I was faced with packing up my house (the closing was scheduled for end of Sept.). With the fair coming up, a two week vacation, and a promised open house upon my return at the beginning of Sept., I was in a tizzie! How am I going to clean up this house to ready it for an open house in September?????? The task was daunting as you probably can relate. A quilter's house is usually in 'pieces' as my coffee cup says!
So every waking moment was spent with collecting and filling boxes, finding alternate storage for that which was to be taken to Pennsy, donated, given away, and simply thrown out. In 24 days, prior to our vacation in mid - august, the house was ready to be photographed and listed. My husband and I rested up after the big push for two weeks in Maine, all the while I'm packing in my mind and planning the next step in the process of purging. What a nightmare!
We came back to begin the next phase of the packing process, in time for the open house. Again it was a push. More packing, donating, giving away, garage sale preparations, and more throwing out filled my days as we pushed to get the house ready for prospective buyers. No, we hadn't sold our house. So the main focus was to prepare for that special 'day'.
To date, the garage sale was behind us, our first open house was history, and a few buyers paraded through our humble, but small abode. The realtor caravan saw our home as a 'priced to sell' opportunity, a curb appeal presentable home with lush gardens, lawn (thanks to our landscaper) and potential garden spot that would envy any farmer. (the soil itself proved to be fertile and the best the county has to offer). The closing on the Pennsy home became history this past week and the reality of owning this new home in Pennsy has finally set in. We've begun moving those boxes that were carefully prepared and we continue to hope for a buyer on our Jersey home. We've had several promising 'visits'.
I'll post more as we make progress going forward.
Love to all.