C'est Fini!

22 June 2013

Yesterday, I finally put Ryann's quilt in the mail! After months and months of stops and starts, of delays and interruptions (including having to pack away all of my sewing area to stage the house to sell) it is finally complete. I'm so happy with how it turned out and I hope she'll love it.
Hours I spent making it = 66
Cost of the materials = $191.93
Love in every stitch = immeasurable!

 I had to stitch the first part of the binding at the dining room table
since so much is packed away.

Then it took much longer to hand-stitch the front side of the binding.
Very happy with how it turned out!

Indian Mud Run

22 June 2013

Susy and her kids are visiting Laura and her family in Ohio for a couple of weeks. They decided a few months ago to run in the annual Indian Mud Run, held today, 22 June. It's a three mile course with several obstacles to overcome along the way. (Most involve either water or mud.) Susy, Laura, Travis, and the four oldest of the grandkids all participated. (The kids' course was shorter and didn't involve mud.)
I'm sharing some of their pics here. . .

 Laura and Susy, before

 Laura and Susy, after

 Travis also ran - this is after they'd rinsed off a bit

Showing off their medals! L - R: back- Holly and Sophia; front- Lily and Lucy

Earlier in the week all eight of Susy and Laura's kids
(2/3s of my grandchildren) enjoyed a day at the pool.

Moving Back to NC!

14 June 2013

We’ve been keeping this under wraps for months, but I can now say that after almost four years in Northern Virginia, we’re moving back to North Carolina! We’ve loved our time here in Virginia, and there are many people and things I will miss, but it’ll be great to be closer to family . . . and to old friends.

Bob decided last fall that he wanted to retire this year, so, I’ve been paring down, packing up, and staging the house for several months. (I used to be able to wiz through these kinds of things, but, now I have to pace myself.) As it turns out, he may not actually be retiring, but has an opportunity that, if it works out, would mean changing jobs — with an eye to retiring in about four years.

We found a house we are in love with — in the Crooked Creek neighborhood in Fuquay Varina — and, though it needs a little work on the inside, we can hardly wait to move in and get settled. We keep pinching ourselves that we will be living in such a lovely home! (I’m already planning family gatherings in the beautiful back yard!)

Moving is never fun — and I’ve done more of it than many people I know — but, I’m very, very excited about this one!

My plan is to spend the rest of my life in this house (except for time away on a mission, once Bob actually retires.)

Our house here in VA sold about a week after we listed it and we’ll close on July 25. In NC, the closing is scheduled for July 31. Moving day is not far away, now!

Bob will stay in VA, working, until just after Labor Day, so, we may be back and forth some during the month of August, but, the days are flying by . . . and, soon, we’ll be home, again, in North Carolina.