Thursday, March 23, 2017

There's No Place Like Home

Well it's official...we are moving BACK to Arizona!!, the beginning of June when the twins finish up the school year here in Texas. Now I know I haven't posted in almost a year...there is a perfectly good reason for that, moving then unpacking and trying to get everything to feel like home etc...well truth be told although Texas is a great place it just never felt like home to us. We spent over 20 years spreading our roots and making Arizona home that well, Texas just didn't have a chance in our hearts.

 and definitely couldn't compete with this,


 or this,

or even this :)
Good thing we didn't sell our AZ home because that is where we will be heading back to.
Chris will still be working for Epsilon but was given the go ahead to work remotely from AZ. So the Texas house will be going up for sale in April. 

Also while in Texas I just haven't felt like doing much quilting...the TX quilt studio ended up not being as big as I thought it was once I started putting every thing in place, which means I wasn't feeling very creative this past year :( I need to be able to like the space if I am spending lots of time in it, lol I did take pics of the TX quilt studio and will be posting pics of it eventually though, just not today. I also have not purchased ANY new fabric this past year which also could be for my lack of creativity...who knows
I am however looking forward to moving back into my old office and quilt studio...making a few changes with the office furniture and where things will be placed because I did purchased a cutting table and additional IKEA pieces for the studio though. Also I will have to get to work making new quilts to hang on the AZ walls because last year when we were moving to TX I gifted most of the wall quilts to one of my besties.

DH has also been asking me if I am planning on reopening my longarm business since we are moving back to AZ... don't know yet, maybe, I need to think about it some. While I've been in TX I am still getting monthly quilting requests from people back in AZ looking for longarming services. If I do it won't be until the fall at the earliest so we can resettle into the house and get things unpacked. 

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Texas

We are now in Texas, and this is our Texas house! More pics will be coming in the future as I get my new quilt studio the way I like it. Let me say this....moving a quilter to another state is not an easy thing to do. My fabric stash, sewing machines, long arm and all things quilty (books, rulers, notions etc..) took up 1/2 of the largest U-haul truck that you can rent (I think it was either 16 or 18ft truck). I have always sewn, took a home-EC class in high school but didn't start quilting until around 2004, and that's when I started accumulating all my stuff including the stash. Big eye opener on just how much stuff can pile up over a decade or so! Needless to say I am inspired to use and sew from my stash for awhile to get it down so when we make the move back to AZ (when DH retires) it will be 1/4 of the truck or less, lol! 

My blog will be a reflection of a semi-retired quilter, meaning that even though I am no longer quilting for the public, I will be sharing more of my own stuff plus more family things going forward. 

Shortly after we arrived in TX I received a call from my oldest brother in regards to my dad, he is 79 and was having medical issues but refusing to go to the doctors to get things checked out. Then one day my brother was visiting my dad and my dad fell and couldn't get up. My brother called the paramedics and they went to the hospital....after being admitted and many test that were run it was determined that my dad had suffered a minor stroke, had a broken rib and has lots of blood clots in his legs and lungs. He was put on blood thinners for the clots, cancer was ruled out from the many test he had and after 2 weeks of being in the hospital has been cleared and moved to the rehab floor of the hospital so he can get stronger and be able to do more things on his own. When he is able to do more, my brothers, dad and I will be re-evaluate his living arrangements, whether it will be in his best interest to move back to his own place or somewhere else that will be closer to my oldest brother so he could check in on him daily and be able to drive my dad around to do his errands (dad won't be able to drive for awhile because of him having the stroke). 

Just wanted to pop in here to update everyone since I haven't posted in awhile. More to come soon....