Tuesday, October 26, 2010

New Place

We were given the walk thru and keys to our new place.... I'm excited and freaking out at the same time. We have to turn over our old house to the new owners on 10/30 and the amount of work still to be done is really overwhemling. We started painting last night and it went well, but wow I really didn't realize how small this place is, I mean really it's not with the 2 bedrooms and 2 baths, but compared to the house it really does seem smallish, or maybe I didn't purge enough of the things I should have. We'll see once we move everything in and start accommodating rooms, but I have that gut feeling that I will be needing to get rid of more things. I was going to take pics of the vacant place but forgot to grab the camera as I was leaving the old house, as with much of my life right now, it's either packed, boxed, shrink wrapped or semi lost. I can't wait to be settled, in the disarray of the house I am, as my boss put it, not worth my weight in gold anymore, oh well he'll just have to deal for now it hard to work full time and pack and move, with two people on vacation.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Shrink Wrap and Food

This is what happens to your loom when your married to a distribution warehouse operations manager (yeah that's the official title, we still laugh at that) with access to shrink and bubble wrap! I don't think anything is going to move or shift around this time. I can just hear my poor loom crying Help me......Help me... Free me... H...E....L....P! Since we're still packing and roaming the house I am making use of the crock pot for meals. I came across a recipe for Chicken Taco Soup. But I added some extra ingredients (I marked them in blue below) This was a great meal, we both loved it and will become part of my regular soups in rotation for the winter time.

1 onion, chopped
1 each green and red pepper chopped
half a premixed bag of spinach leaves (I'm trying to use up all my food before the move)
1 (16 ounce) can red chili beans
1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle beer
2 (10 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with green chilies, un-drained
1 (1.25 ounce) package taco seasoning
1 teaspoon of chili powder
3 whole skinless, boneless chicken breasts
shredded Cheddar cheese
sour cream
crushed tortilla chips
Cilantro for garnish
Optional - hot sauce and lime juice
Place the onion, chili beans, green/red peppers, corn, tomato sauce, beer, and diced tomatoes in a slow cooker. Add taco seasoning, and Chili powder stir to blend. Lay chicken breasts on top of the mixture, pressing down slightly until just covered by the other ingredients. Set slow cooker for low heat, cover, and cook for 5 hours.
Remove chicken breasts from the soup, and allow to cool long enough to be handled. Shred the chicken Stir the shredded chicken back into the soup, and continue cooking for 2 hours. Serve topped with shredded Cheddar cheese, a dollop of sour cream, and crushed tortilla chips, and Cilantro. My husband added to his hot sauce and a squeeze of lime.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Yarn Storage

I picked up some more bins for storage, as I was standing in the wholesale cub dragging bins into my cart, I kept thinking I only need three cause I know I don't really have that much yarn considering what I've seen on the blogs and Ravelry. Mr. Deepend is also standing there looking at me going through the debate and says "you really don't realize how much you really have, take six bins, if we don't use them for yarn, we can use them for something else, but I KNOW it for the yarn only" I hate it when he is so smugly right. My DD wants to call the tv program Clean House, and my DS said I needed either Hoarders or an Intervention, I on the other hand think ummmm I need to shop for some more cotton... and thus the packing of the supplies is neatly in place, where I will store this at the apartment I don't know but what I can tell you is that Mr. Deepend didn't blink and eye and never complained, just teased, I guess he's a keeper after all. I need to catalog them so I can figure out what I really do have and start planning some project to use it up on.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Lovely Throws

I just got the new Pottery Barn catalog in the mail a few weeks ago, while flipping through it, I saw these. They are just gorgeous, but what really caught my eye was the woven one, although now I know what that Thick and Quick yarn can be used for. I have seen it in person at the local Pottery Barn store and can I tell you, I'm in lurve in a big way. "yarns are woven in a thick herringbone weave", yeah that's what I'm talking about, these throws are sooooooo soft. Well as I'm standing there in the store inspecting (much to my Hubby's dismay), um browsing, I got to thinking that I have a bit of Lion Brand Suede, which I never knew what to do with so I was wondering can this be done on my loom? The warp being Suede, which is really bulky stuff and the weft being fine cotton chenille? or the other way around (taking into account how annoying that chenille really is as warp thread) dunno but I know I want to experiment.
What do you guys think?? Or should I just buckle and pay the $ 79.00 and buy it.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Movin' Out

And it seems such a waste of time
If that's what it's all about
Mama if that's movin up then I'm movin out Mm
I' movin out, mm oo oo uh huh mm hm - Billy Joel

That song was stuck in my head all of Saturday. We had a successful Movin' Out sale everything in this pic is gone.... Less my dears is more, we also had some great help from the kids and their friends. I could believe that there were shoppers at our doorstep @ 7:30 in the morning on Saturday! If you'd know me you know that shopping on Saturday is definitely an afternoon event, can't imagine wanting to buy anything that early unless it's breakfast. LOL...
I'm so happy and starting to get more excited as the days wear on, but I have to say the house looks/feels weird inside and the echo with the tile floors is amazing when most of the furniture is missing. I can't remember when we first moved in if the noise was that loud, of course I was 14 yrs younger and probably didn't really care with three small kids, noise was all I ever heard.
One thing I'm having difficultly with is the no curtains, I get some light from the neighbors and it hits my face in the middle of the night "whack" and then I'm awake for a bit, but all in all, LIFE IS GOOD!

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Q & A

You all are so great with the comments I thought I give you some feedback, since of course there is no fiber content to be seen on here for a bit... but I'm knitting in the evenings to calm down the chaos that this my house at the moment.

Acorn to Oak said...
Wow! You're really down sizing! Sounds challenging. But, there's always that great feeling that comes with getting rid of extra and simplifying. I would imagine you could move your loom with the warp on it without any problems. I have and I've never had any trouble with it. Good luck with your move.
Thanks - yep the challenge is in what to keep, toss, garage sale or donate. I didn't realized how much "stuff" was just hanging around. My new motto is to simplify as much as I can, pare down the house and just live with what we truly love, if we don't love it, it's going, going, gone.

Delighted Hands said...
Well, a move is not an easy endeavor no matter how you look at it. It will be worth it when you are in the new and can have the fun of arranging it. The cleaning out is exhausting but what a great feeling to shed the stuff we accumulate! Give yourself time to say goodbye to this house, too.
I'm starting to feeling as if it's a spiritual cleansing and am getting a feeling of liberation, as I chug along although I do have moments of grief with the house and the memories that we created there, but change is good and I'm working towards the bigger goal, that keeps the emotions at bay!

Cindie Kitchin eweniquely ewe said...
Oh I feel for you having to figure out what to keep - tough job. On moving the loom - it should be ok, the Macomber beams fold in so it fits through a door without having to take anything off. But I would tie the back and front beam because once that brake band lets loose the warp will let go and go all wonky. Tie everything up really good and you should be ok.

I thought - I could just fold it up shrink wrap it nice and tight and move. I just needed some reassurance from other weavers that I wasn't crazy and I actually knew what I was doing. (more like a good swift kick in the butt LOL).

Theresa said...
Oh, I feel for you, I really do. Will the condo digs be perm, or just temporary while you look for something else? As to tossing and yard sale, I start with if I haven't used it in a year, then go to if it's not that valuable and collects dust, then, I get myself into the zen of austerity and believe me, I can pare down if I need to. I've gone from a house to a studio apartment. If I'm super attached to something, storage was an option.About the loom, what Cindie said. It should be fine!

The condo digs will be for the next 4 to 5 years, then the upheaval will start once more as we move out of state, for pre-retirement, life changing, midlife crisis at 50!! We have been planning to move to NC or GA for the past 7 to 8 years and in 5 we will have accomplished that goal, God willing. I'm also really excited to start seriously looking for a place within a year or so.

Judy said...
This is a tough time for you-getting ready for a move is hard. I'm with Theresa, if I haven't used it in a year, I try to give it away and that worked for countless military moves that our family made. One of the moves we made we went from a 4 bd house to a 2 bd apartment! We rented a garage near the apartment to store extra stuff until we could find a house and that worked out okay for us. Just remember to take care of yourself during this whole process because moving is so stressful for everyone-grab a cappuchino and put your feet up once a day!
I really don't do coffee, but a treat at the end of a long day idea and the feet up is heaven, I do a nice white wine and some knitting and it relaxes me to puts me in a calm state, very necessary to continue with the work the next nite.
I'm nixing the idea of a storage unit because - if it's in there then is it really necessary to keep? I'm struggling with that very question on a lot of the item we own. Then of course there's the rent on a storage unit at $109.00/mth I would be saving towards the next big move. (if I add that up for 5 years it's $ 6,500.00 which is a nice chunk of change and sound like a nice weaving stash builder, haha music to my ears)

Spinning Out of Control said...
Ah, moving. What a big fat pain in the butt it is. I feel for you.
Thanks and yes it's a pain the collective rear, but has to get done so we work, laugh, remember, shed a tear or two and work some more.

Anonymous said...
Just went through the same thing myself- 4 story house to a 2 BR condo. We got rid of almost everything and started over except for a bed and my office furniture. But getting rid of all my quilting fabrics and a BOATLOAD of fiber was hard- I ended up donating the fiber to my guild's weaving classes. But heavens am I glad we did it. 18 years of stuff. I dont feel as overwhelmed by it any more.Kimmen

Overwhelmed is a great word to describe what I'm feeling with all the "stuff", you don't realize just how much junk you really have until you start weeding through it all. I can't get rid of any of my yarn or weaving supplies, that is where I have drawn the line and part of my agreement with the hubby on the move. I'm getting a hobby room out of this deal or better ordeal and that is the only room that is planned out to the very last nail. At least your stash went to inspire others to learn a new craft and that was a generous donation, which I'm sure was greatly appreciated.

Friday, October 01, 2010

Moving, Packing, Tossing and Yard Sales

This place will no longer be home. We need to move by the end of this month, God willing and nothing else happens with the borrower's bank. I have to pack, and yard sale and toss which of course is the worst part. We will be moving from a 4 bedroom 2 bath house with a 2 car garage and small yard to a 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo, no garage, small balcony. What to take, what to sell and what to leave, this my friends is the true million dollar question.

I have been walking around my house think this, this oh and this but then will it fit? Packing officially begins on Saturday, I'm a bit weirded out, well more than usual, but
I guess I'll get to a point that I can figure out what I really need and want to keep with me and what can be let go of, 14years of accumulated "stuff" is a tough thing to weed through.
One good question is I have warp on my loom and won't finish it before the move how do I move the loom without ruining the warp? Can I just cut off what I have, which is no big deal and wrap and secure the warp to the back beam? or do I take it off (pitiful whine on this one)?