Wednesday, April 27, 2016

"If chaos is a work of art, then my heart is a masterpiece." ~ D. Antoinette Foy

Well, I can hardly believe as I write this (Tuesday evening) that we still do not know if we will be moving into our new home. No matter what, movers will load all of our worldly possessions onto a truck next Tuesday, where they will be held for two days and then either delivered to our new home on Thursday, or to storage. On the same day, a lovely young family will be moving into the home that was once ours.

What we have learned is that deadlines, which typically mean if you pass them, you've run out of time, are actually very fluid in real estate. The result is that in the journals of real estate transactions, we will be able add our own tale of how things can run amok. Happily, none of this is because of anything done, or not done, on our side of the table.

We are trying to take this all in stride, and are working at being good to one another. Truth be told though, it's more of Bruce being good to me, but I'm trying!

As someone who is prone to tears, and restless sleeping, I have really outdone myself these last couple of weeks. This has led to some great 3:00 am books however! I can highly recommend "In A Dark, Dark Wood", by Ruth Ware. It is an "edge of your seat" thriller, and a perfect middle of the night read - though perhaps not if you are in the house alone!

So, the beat goes on. Next week when I post, we will either be getting ready to move into our new home the next day, or we will be regrouping. Either way will be fine, it really will be. It's this interim limbo that is the most frustrating.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

"Be grateful for the home you have, knowing that at this moment, all you have is all you need." ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach

"An exercise in patience." "It's out of our hands." "You'll know as soon as we know." So yes, we continue our housing waiting game, though the next couple of days will bring things to a head one way or the other! In the meantime, knitting is helping me through, as it has over the years. I told my knitting friends last night that until we are moved and unpacked, any projects that I do will be knit on size two needles. Those are the only ones not buried in boxes!

 I finally completed Bruce's Green Bay Packers Christmas stocking last week - there's not another like it anywhere! I then decided to do a stocking for myself. Being the third one that I've done ( remember Alex's in December) I'm finding that my most recent project is pretty much flying off of my needles. I have found that I love doing color work. The design just flows from your fingers - it's a different kind of creation, and I really enjoy it!

Since Christmas is a ways off, I'll not worry if I need to set this aside in order to move. That's one of the lovely things about knitting - you can set it down and it waits patiently for you to pick it back up whenever you are ready!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

"Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises." ~ Pedro Calderon de la Barca

And finally the snow gave way to green! At this point, I think that we are safely out of the woods for any more snow accumulation - though I shouldn't even put that into print!

Our frustrations continue with trying to get a closing date on our new home, and at this point, the bloom is off the rose. I'm ready to put our things into storage and return south for a bit. We will see what happens!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

"No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn." ~ Hal Borland


While the date of these photos was April 3rd, it really seemed a bit more like April Fool's! One thing that we can be grateful for in our early return from Florida is that the weather has been unseasonably mild. We really have not had to deal with the winter that February and March can bring to Central New York. This cold blast promises to melt in the next day or two, but there are still some flurries in the forecast! No complaints - we have been very lucky.

It seems hard to believe, but we are just about at a standstill with our packing. We walk in circles, throwing loose odds and ends into boxes, but also remembering that we have to live, sleep and eat here for the next month. More than once I've had to unpack a box in order to get at something that we need. 

I'm trying really hard to remember that patience is a virtue - but when I think of how all of this "down time" could be spent unpacking in a new home - well, I'm not very patient!