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Name: Magga Reykjavik, Iceland Ægir´s Mom and Charley´s girl
Hi there! Am I really the first one here? I want to thank you Sharon for this new chat thread. It is late morning here in Iceland, 10:15 hrs. The summer is just starting here, May has been rather cold and dry so plants are late to wake up. We are slowly settling in our new apartment, just a few cardboard boxes left, except the storage room in the basenent is full of them. A few paintings have been hung on the walls (I am still dividing pictures and things between my children). We have organized our work room/study and all my sewing things have found a place in there. I think the room is too packed and I think there are too many computers in there and one or two have to go. We are also going to build a large floor to ceiling book case on the wall in the hall outside rhe room.
In the afternoon I am going to my old garden to tidy up. There are just a few plants left that I am going to take, a Bonica rose and a large fern among them. I may have told you that the new owner is not interested in gardening so I added to the contract that I could take all the plants I want before the end of May. So today I am finishing up there and saying goodbye to my old garden.
I'm glad you are able to take many of your flowers Magga. I have hated moving and leaving some of things behind, plants that were gifts etc. The custom rebar arbor that my Dad made me ... It's especially hard when I discover they have discarded/sold whatever, things I would have preferred to keep!
Sorting & down sizing is exciting. All change is exciting! (albeit stressful too!)
I have a full day of sewing planned with my sister so I'd better get off computer and get my chores done first!
My hardest part of moving up here was all the plants and trees I left behind. Most were Mother's day and birthday gifts from my family. But I knew no sense in bringing them here and most growing things merely survive, non thrive.
Having a great weekend with Kids, greats and grands, 17 in all. They are having a great time too. All the cousins are so happy to be together. The weather is perfect, didn't get the forecasted storms.
You have a busy summer ahead of you, Magga, but I'm so glad you are getting your favorite plants. Will you take them now to your cabin or will you take them later?
Did you have fun with your sister, Pat?
Nothing better than having all those young people with you, Karen. It's a great way to spend any holiday or anytime. I think you have medical stuff this week, I hope everything works out well.
I keep thinking today is Sunday. It doesn't really matter much, my days run into each other anyway especially since I'm feeling better and don't seem to have medical issues to worry about. None at the moment anyway. I surely hope it stays that way for a long time.
Had great time thanks. Sewed for HOURS, made several cute doll outfits. I stopped at thrift store and bought 6 BOLTS of 8 yards each of brown flannel for $3.20 per BOLT. Guess I'd better be using some brown flannel to back some of my projects! LOL
Wow. What a find! I've done that before but not in a long time. One time I found bolts of upholstery fabric for $10 a bolt and I bought enough to upholster a sectional sofa and a matching chair. Can't remember now how many bolts I got. I love those kinds of sales.
Brown flannel will be great for backing or making all kinds of things. Years ago I had lots of navy blue flannel and for Christmas that year all the old ladies in my life got long granny gowns. I don't remember if I got the flannel on sale or even where I got it but it must have been a good sale for me to have made several of those long granny gowns. Any leftover backed a T-shirt quilt for one of my children.
I'd forgotten about that purchase till you mentioned brown flannel. Lucky you.
Great buy Pat. And I know you will put it all to good use....
Had a nice weekend with Norm's nephew here but must admit I'm glad it is back to just Norm and I. In my old age, I've grown quite fond of peace and quiet!!!! He is a great guy but needs to talk all the time. I can't keep up with him! LOL
Thanks Sharon, I am pretty excited about the find.
Boy do I understand the need for Peace & Quiet Barb! I used to bribe/pay my youngest to be quiet sometimes. I figured it was good for him to learn the discipline and sometimes I needed him to STOP talking!!!
My Sweet husband can fall asleep EASILY and it takes me a long time. I need quiet (or white noise, music is OK depending on WHAT music) but the point is I really need lack of all mental stimulation in order for me to shut down and sleep. Ben used say "I love you" "sleep tight" etc, etc about the time I would be shut down enough to sleep. NOW... when I say I'm going to go to sleep now he knows he is NOT to talk to me... NOT EVEN sweet words!! He will say " I love you - good night- I'll stop talking now!" Only took me over 9 years to train him!! LOL
Glad to know Ben was so receptive to your suggestions Pat!!!!
Thought I would show you all what I've been working on for the past few weeks. I started this piece of cross-stitch four years ago and it got packed when we moved to Manchester. When unpacking here, I came across it after thinking it had been in storage at my daughter's house. So I have picked it up again and am now anxious to get it finished.
This is the pattern
And this is how far I have gone. Almost done - at least another week and a half.
There were eight pages of chart to follow.....
Name: Magga Reykjavik, Iceland Ægir´s Mom and Charley´s girl
Sharon yes I am glad that I could take what I wanted from the garden. Moving the plants has taken 3 trips with a trailer, and tomorrow we are going with the last plants to the cabn. I have already planted some roses and shrubs there but I'm afraid all the plants will not survive as there is more windy there. I think we will be staying there at least for a week this time and I am hoping the weather will be nice.
Pat I understand your sleeping problem, sleeplesqs nights are no fun. My problem is that Ican't qqturn off my brain it is very active during the night.
Karen, I think you must be the best grandmother of all
Barb, What a beautiful Iris embroidery you are sewing. I have some embroidered things from my early adulthood that I will never finish due to my bad eyesight.
I had my youngest grandson overnight this weekend he is 3 yrs old and a lively child. He had great fun jumping off our bed on saturday night and didn't fall asleep until 11 pm, but he slept 12 hrs and didnt wake up all night. On sunday we went for a walk with Aegir (our old dog) to explore our new neighborhood together. We found some nice playgrounds with large slides that he loved.
Even though they wear us out, there is nothing so special as our grandchildren. Mine keep me young at heart.....I find it so hard to believe that my oldest will be 21 this fall and the youngest just turned 9. Where did the years go????
Being a grandma can be the reward we deserve for surviving their parents teen years!
Magga, I really envy your ability to try and save as many of your plants, shrubs etc as you have already! When I find myself "thinking" instead of preparing for sleep by clearing my mind I either "deal with the issues" by getting up and making a list before trying sleep or I picture a teddy bear hamster on an exercise wheel. His chubby little legs running and the wheel going round and round. That's better than counting sheep for me!
Barb, the counted cross stitch is beautiful! I have NO patience for counted cross stitch, too ADD!!
Sharon it would have been EVEN better if the color had been red or blue but cheapskates like me can't be choosy!
Looks like I got the house rented and the studio I'll know tomorrow. The outside of the place is pretty awful, no watering, pruning or weeding let alone the "trash trees" that have been allowed to grow. At least the inside was clean and no damage!
More than 3 hours later, I got the front of the rental property weeded and shrubs trimmed, roses pruned. I left it all in piles. I'll hire some one to load it and take it to the dump. I still have the back of the house. UGH. That was our home in Othello so it's an hour away and not exactly convenient when I work full time!
BUT! the house is rented and all money collected and over 50% of the studio money collected with the balance by July 15. We require 1st & last and hefty damage deposit.
Housing/rentals in Othello are HARD to come by. That's why we opted to keep it as a rental. My Dad financed our current house or we would have HAD to sell Othello. I put a lot of effort into getting approved for a loan and had one hurdle after another. One type of mortgage required I include my husband etc, another would not finance because of the Othello home, it always something. After seeing me struggle, and knowing that it would cost me over $100 a month in just "mortgage insurance" my Dad decided to help me out. When he understood that mortgage insurance only insured the payment to the bank, and did not erase the debt he about flipped!
I think what you are doing is the best way to go, Pat, I know how thankful you are for your dad. Amazing the hurdles we have to go through just to have a place to live. My son went through a similar hurdle in the last few years with a house in In Indianapolis, He was buying it to restore, it 's about 100 years old and it was an incredibly low price as I remember. He's an attorney and waited it out till finally he got it about 9 months later. I don't think I would have had that much patience.