Monday, 27 July 2009

a great day in rainbow country

In between rain storms we headed off to buy raspberries and fresh corn. I made 12 jars of jam and a lovely raspberry pie! One of the idyllic images in my mind's eye is a freshly baked pie cooling on the kitchen window...overlooking green as far as the eye can see.

This has been a wonderful summer for rainbows. I can"t recall another time in my life when I have seen so many varieties of them. I have tried to take photos of them but sometimes the view is so fleeting. Enroute home tonight, the rainbow ahead of me was so low and spread across the horizon that all I could see was rainbow. I wished I could have safely stopped to take a picture of it.

I have seen many double rainbows and am so thrilled by the way they can magically instantly appear across the band of sky, tucked under weary clouds.

This rainbow leads to my home. You are welcome to visit.

P.S. What is it with the red moon in the middle of the night. I wish I had a tripod set up, this is the second night this summer that the moon was an intense red and then quickly slid out of sight.

Friday, 24 July 2009

still working on getting back to quilting

I finished my first pair of socks. I have already cast on the stitches and completed a few inches of a pair of socks for sweetie.

A fresh slate... well, after opening 16 boxes it does not look quite so pristine. I know it will not be pretty but soon it will be filled with boxes, bins, magazines, tins and lot's of other quilting related stuff.

I have this wall of shelves (6 ft long), the work top cabinet below it, my desk, a small book shelf, the bakers rack, the cubby sorter unit, 2 banquet tables, a plastic drawer tower and too many little things to put inside.

Canadian Tire has the smaller plastic drawers on sale this week; at least they were on the website about 20 minutes ago. These are 26" high, with 3 drawers for $14.97. They should replace the drawers from the sewing desk that I gave away last month. It is amazing how many little things I have that need to be stored in drawers.

I no longer have the second larger work top cabinet, a jam cupboard, a dresser, a sewing desk, another wall of shelves, lots of wall space with bulletin boards and racks.

I do however have 4 wonderful large windows, 3 doors, a finished ceiling, 4 walls and a nice floor. It is so lovely. I need to organize it is to its full potential to enjoy it.

I think I have to find another half dozen boxes, sort the contents and then.... yes soon, I can start laying out fabric and begin cutting it up into little pieces and sewing it back together again!!

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

31 days past build week 19 (or 20 something)

The actual move took so much time and energy I have not been able to find 15 minutes to blog about it.

We had hundreds (many hundreds) of HEAVY boxes, furniture, 2 dogs and us to move. We hired a mover; we did not want any of our dear friends to be injured moving our stuff. We are all getting older now.

This move was one of those life "synchronicity" moments. I called 15 movers for estimates and set up 3 appointments.

The first guy to show up walks through the house and as we stand in my kitchen he asks, "who made your kitchen for you?" Since I love my kitchen I was happy to tell him, "Gordon, from Gordon's Custom Woodworking in Dorchester". He then laughs. He asks me if my house is a new house, ranch style, near St Mary's. I say yes. He then tells me that he has been to my house, in fact he delivered my kitchen.



Martin knew Gordon, they both are cabinet makers. Martin does the bigger deliveries now for Gordon. Our new house is brand new, in the middle of a rural area, in a town of perhaps 100 buildings; nothing would have been delivered there except for building materials and the kitchen - what are the chances that someone would have already been to that place and this old house too? Have a look at these 2 kitchens. The first kitchen that Gordon made for us was in 1996, solid cherry wood, natural colour.
Gordon had told him about the lady who wanted the same kitchen built, that she already had, again. They likely think I am silly.
I did not want to give it up and no matter what else I had available to me to choose, I would choose the same again, please. So I did. In fact we passed over one builder simply because they were not willing to let my own guy do the kitchen. When I like something, I see no reason to change, just for change's sake or maybe the choice I made was right then and is still right today...whatever.

Any way, since Marten had already been to the house in a truck he felt strongly that we should use a smaller truck and do 3 trips. He was afraid of sliding into the culvert on either side of the driveway. So, we planned on 3 trips with the small truck. Okay, it took 4. He had to come back for a load on Tuesday. We won't talk much about our filled storage unit.

One truck load was filled with boxes. Those heavy boxes. They weighed more than our furniture. Lots of books.