Tuesday, May 13, 2008

You CAN Go Home Again...

We're in, at last! Gorgeous weather on Friday meant we could have a crew there bringing our stuff from the shed over to the house, even though the driveway (STILL!) isn't finished. Some guys wore shoes and schlepped through muck to bring stuff over, while others in socks delivered things to the appropriate rooms. In parallel, the carpet layers were putting carpet into the bedrooms, hallways and my quilting studio. What a performance! By late afternoon all was in, and we were exhausted. No pics yet of the lived-in house because it's all still too disorganized, but here's how it looked before we moved in...first up, the new kitchen: Here's me standing where the new barstools will go, once we find some tall enough. That end of the room will also have our dining table and chairs.
And this is from the kitchen, looking toward the view end of the living room.
Once I can find places to put everything I'll post again...I KNOW you want to see my new quilting studio! Till then, I'll be reading and posting sporadically because Telstra still hasn't managed to get our phone lines/internet in yet...

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Will They Will, Or Will They Won't?

Hmmm, so I was tagged by Dorothy to resurface with 7 random facts about myself. But first, a word to explain my absence. As you know, we've been in the middle of a huge remodel and extension project. Well guess what? We're supposed to move back in this Friday. I'm very skeptical, though, because there are still a raft of things needing doing to the house, and not enough workmen turning up when expected to make them happen. For instance, here's what our driveway looks like at the moment:
On the other hand, here's how the house looks on the view side:

Wish the other side of the house looked this good! Still, someday it will be finished and we will actually live there again! This has NOT been an experience I would wish to repeat, though. It's our third building project, and believe me, if this had been the first, there would NEVER have been a second! Can you spell High Blood Pressure? How about Stress? Or even Depression?! Nearly there, though...

So, on to my 7 random facts:

1. Although I am now 67 years old, I still have one baby tooth in my mouth.

2. I love, love, love salty snacks...I'd rather have crispy bacon than Godiva chocolates.

3. Once upon a time, I broke my neck in Winnemucca. Doesn't that sound like a song lyric? (think "I left my heart in San Francisco") I was on tour with my ballet company, had to do a somersault on stage and snapped the spur of C-7 vertebra...ouch!

4. I was a cheerleader in high school, before I realized it was going to interfere with my ballet training.

5. I am a movie freak, and love to watch on my laptop in bed...I use the Aussie version of Netflix to feed my addiction.

6. But I refuse to see any movie directed by Quentin Tarantino...I think these gross-out, over-the-top, gory movies are a pimple on the nose of society.

7. I am a confirmed AAP: Applique Averse Person. I'd rather have my fingernails torn out!

So that's my schtick and I'm stickin' to it! And now, I'm gonna tag: Diane, Jeanne, Clare, Jenni, KathieB, Malagueta, Libby.

And in other news, I'm still not quilting, (not having a quilting space yet), but here's my latest knit project:

Can't believe I figured it all out and it actually fits! This is Elizabeth Zimmermann's Circular Yoke sweater, knit in the round, and I used a number of motifs from several of her books. Not too shabby, eh?

And I've joined both a knitting group and a quilting group, which -- wait for it -- meet on the same day. Not sure how I'm going to manage THAT feat!