Greetings after a month on “the road and sea”! I came home alive, but slightly unwell…with a nasty ear ache!!! That has been tended to, but flying home wasn’t fun!
I have been traveling since late October, and am glad to be back on my home turf! I have been in Maryland, North Carolina, Florida, Aruba, Columbia, Panama Canal, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Mexico, California, Texas, North Carolina (again), Maryland (again) and finally back to Delaware…..
Lots of great stories but no time until next week to share them, and the great photo’s with you of my transit of the Panama Canal.
Meanwhile, Thanksgiving was celebrated with my daughter and her family. Then we rolled into the weekend with the DelMarVa Model Railroad Club Open House . We had nearly 900 visitors last weekend, and are gearing up for this weekend now. (Yes, you still have a chance to come & see all the trains!)
This week we spent cleaning out & moving my dear friend’s ENTIRE sewing room out of her house to my house. (I did squeeze in time for my Queen Bees on Tuesday, while the hubby did some of the packing by himself). We packed out the entire room, including the wonderful cabinets her husband had custom built for her room. Over 40 banker boxes and a dozen plastic totes, 3 loads in the SUV, and one load on the landscaping trailer later, we are tired and sore and overwhelmed with STUFF. The pix of the stuff on the trailer is a bit “blurry”…probably because my arms are sore and tired~!!!~
I have made 2 trips so far to donate items that are not things I will use, and to make room for her things.
I had what I call the “sugar plum fairy vision” of how this beautiful cabinetry was going to work in my sewing room. (This fair vision was without a measuring tape. ) My basic space (upstairs over the garage) is 10 x 17; exploding out into the 17 x 70 area…. I had hoped to replace my current furniture and use her wonderful unit, but it was NOT going to be an easy fit.
So; rather than tear my sewing room apart, and wait on the hubby to build new counter tops for the cabinets, I decided HE should use the wonderful L shaped unit. It is 10 foot long in each section of the L. It fits PERFECTLY into the area where he was working on his model trains.
So, we spent yesterday clearing out stuff that had been sitting for 5 years; and moved the cabinets in. Today, we had to summon up our muscles to carry the big counter tops upstairs. They are solidly built and extremely heavy, and by the end of the day yesterday I begged off. Once we got those counter tops upstairs, we had to get them set “just right” and get them secured to the cabinets. It will be “after the train club open house” before hubby can start filling up the 16 drawers with HIS hobby stuff.
I am excited because he has been working off of a table for the last 2 years, and didn’t really have any space. I am also thrilled he finally agreed to dispose of those things that have been “hanging around” for so long. I think it is a real eye-opener, when you go to someone else’s home and help clear out. We are buried in STUFF here, and I am beginning to convince him we need to “throw stuff out” or “move it along” to someone else.
Meanwhile, I have 40+ banker boxes of fabric and crafting items to sort through and “recycle”. This is going to take me a while, and I want to do it with care and not get rid of something that my dear friend might be able to use at her new residence. My friend has moved into an efficiency assisted living apartment with very little space. I plan to make a small sewing basket for her, with essentials; and then will periodically take her a project that she had been working on. She was “in the midst” of embroidering some lovely pillowcases, so I am going to start with them. I know she loves handwork, and if I only take 1 project at a time, she will probably not feel overwhelmed. It was a good reminder to me to get busy and FINISH stuff! She is like most quilters, a woman with many hobbies, and LOTS of projects on going.
Meanwhile, enjoy this video of my honey, holding up the light so I could take pictures. Don’t mind the mess….it means we USE this stuff & space!!
Here after he is in my debt, because I gave up the coveted cabinets, but hey; that’s ok! I gave them up for him to use!! And I also gave him that great power strip on the table with 10 plug in spots and 2 USB outlets (Happy Birthday Bill! )
So, after being gone a month, I am behind on EVERYTHING !!!
What is going on in YOUR hobby space???