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A Case of the Crazies...

Things are a little frantic around here today with house related business. Good frantic...a bit stressful...a bit crazy...but in the end we could have a plan...and dates...and the green light to start making concrete business and school contacts. I'm trying not to jinx things by sharing too let me just ask if you could ask the universe to be nice to us today. A little sunshine from above in the form of good luck could do a lot to burn away today's rain clouds.

Many, many thanks!



Things are starting to pull together!

That door propped in front of the garage is the screen door waiting for the insert section and the door frame to dry so that it can be re-hung.

Our next focus...that ugly yellow-tan peek.

Little by permitting...we're gonna get this job knocked out.



The fact I suggested we stop to take a picture of this, combined with the fact that Scott did it without a second thought, might be some indication of our general level of maturity at times. (And why I love that man more and more each day.)

(Come on, admit it...your laughing too.)

We saw this sign driving around on our house hunting trip this weekend. It was a fun morning of exploring. I love poking around old houses and unknown neighborhoods. However by the end of the weekend I think both Scott and I felt like we had come to a few speed humps in our decision making process.

Bigger community with more to offer in terms of services and activities but a further commute for Scott, more likely than not a bit higher cost of living and, at least to this point, no yoga business connections.


Quiet smaller community in which I have already made some great business related contacts that offers a shorter commute for Scott but which doesn't offer very much in terms of basic retail offerings.


Flickr Goodness...

Originally uploaded by cowdogs3
I love when my Flickr gadget throws up a picture that just makes me smile. Like this one. I mean how can you not smile at that face? That hat?


Hurry and Wait...

Hurry up and get the house cleaned to get it on the market...wait for a buyer.

We had our first two showings last week...we are still waiting for feedback.

The house transformation is moving forward. This weekend thanks to my fabu hubby, his Aunt Pam, and our friend Evan, Helen (our house...yes we are those annoying people that give inanimate objects with it) got the first part of her face lift.

The drab dingy yellowy tan is a thing of the past, replaced with a nice warm "winter wheat". Honestly it's a bit darker than I had envisioned, but it feels so fresh...and as Scott has pointed out there is no changing things now! This weekend starts trim work. Bright white trim to make it all pop. I can't wait!

While I didn't get in on much of the siding painting, I did give our house numbers and mail box a little spray of flat black paint to match our light fixtures. Lovely. Fresh. (Why didn't we do this 6 years ago?)

I think one of the hardest parts of this …

Some of Life's Lessons...

Apparently with some children a warning to the dangers of Silly Putty and one's hair doesn't quite drive the lesson home like direct experience.

She was a trooper while we worked on saving as much of the involved hair as possible. The offending Silly Putty, has been introduced to the trash can.

Ah you make me laugh.


Spring Stitches...

With all the work on the house we have been doing over the past 6 weeks it feels like it's been FOREVER since I've had any knitting news to share. Most nights, if I do have a few moments to sit down before falling into bed, I'm lucky to have the energy to stare effortlessly at the knitting left unnoticed because picking it up would require SOME effort and focus. HOWEVER, spring break proved a great chance to reconnect with my needles...and of course acquire a bit of new wool.

I've wanted to make my Mom some sort of snugly morning coffee and newspaper reading wrap since I first caught the knitting bug. In February, even though I already had my sweater on the needles, I cast on for a basic moebius wrap with one of my favorite yarns, Knit Picks City Tweed, in the color way Toad. Then because I got bored with just green, I added some stripes in the color ways Tabby and Cottontail because I happened to have them on hand.

I thought I would have no problem finishing it …

Because it's unlikely you will ever see it this clean in person...

Our Realtor came over this morning to take pictures of our house for its listing. (The reason for the Mega Cleaning Extravaganza that went on around here this weekend.) I couldn't resist snapping a few photos myself to both show off all our hard work and have some visual records of our first home.

First off...the living room.

Look at my newly painted RED front door. Love.

I decided a few fresh flowers were deserved after our hard work.

Topping our snuggle blanket basket...the new quilt my Mom made me. Pattern name: Iowa Girl. That I am.

Heading on into the kitchen.

One of the most exciting things for me about owning my own home was FINALLY being able to paint my kitchen RED. I love my tiny red kitchen. The paint swatch is tucked away in a safe place as this is maybe (in my opinion) the perfect shade of red. It WILL find it's way into our new home.

Our tiny bathroom.

Our quiet nightly sanctuary.

A room full of energy and fun.

I LOVE how the girls' quilts made by Grandma Shirley look …

The Calm Before...

Today was a day for change.

Scott's Harley sold. Today the new owner came to pick it up. I cried when Scott went out to start it up one last time in our driveway. In fact I get a little teary just typing about it. Silly, I know. I know how much Scott really loved having/riding that bike. I'm sure in many ways it's the same way that I feel with my camera in hand, or as I'm making things with two sticks and yarn, or as I myself go cruising on my own two wheeled mode of transportation. It makes me sad to think he will no longer have that outlet. And in some ways I don't think the tears are as much about the bike as they are about what that bike least at one time.

Now two years later as Harley rolled away from our house all snugly strapped to a trailer headed to a new life, he rolled right past the newly planted For Sale sign in our front yard. A sign that signals we too will soon be embarking on a new journey. A journey so different than the one that wa…

This One's for You Daddy...

Since Scott couldn't accompany us on our Spring Break trip this year we made sure to check out his old house for him.

The girls got a kick out of imagining he, Grandpa Bob, Grandma Peg, and Uncle Jay living there. It's so fun to get a fresh view of your past through the eyes of your kiddos.

We are home and recovering from our week away. Today it's time for unpacking, regrouping, and a visit to our summertime treat shop that opened it's slide windows for the season earlier this weekend. Dairy Barn here we come!