Monday, September 21, 2009

*whew* Last week was crazy busy beyond belief. There were appointments, deliveries, and workmen each day. At night Hubby and I were dragging ourselves up the stairs to crawl into bed. We quickly learned that our bodies are not nearly as young as our minds think.
Even though the boxes to be unpacked are still sky high and there is painting yet to be done, we can now work at our leisure, sparing ourselves the achy muscles and tight agendas of the last three weeks.
The priority for unpacking today is to find a few key kitchen items. The sort of cooking I've resorted to recently has left a lot to be desired. Hubby has taken to calling me 'Hobo Libby'
One fun thing about unpacking is that it's a little like Christmas - there's a surprise in every box. I have suddenly realized how much I treasure many of the things are a daily part of our lives. Another fun thing is the surprises that come in the mail. A package from The Princess brought a delightful housewarming gift - a Lost and Found Angel. That Princess sure knows what her mama likes. Our angel has been watching over us from the mantel while we settle in.
Another mailbox surprise was a prize package from Stephanie of Scraps. Over the summer she had a movie trivia contest on her blog. As Hubby and I love all things trivia, I could not resist joining in the fun. At the end of the contest, I was one of the prize winners - the garden package.
Not pictured is the bag of chocolate covered espresso beans that Hubby claimed for his very own. Only reasonable since he helped me with some of my answers. I'm looking forward to my first New England garden next spring. These prizes will surely come in handy. Thank you, Stephanie.
And because all work and no quilting makes Libby a very dull girl, I have joined in on Finn's New Year's Eve Challenge. Right now the challenge may just be finding a UFO. I know they are here. With Finn's inspiration I hope to find and finish at least one thing before we ring in the new year.

27 comments:

Lori said...

Hobo Libby?! That's too funnny. Oh the angel is so wonderful. I'm sure you'll treasure it for many years!
I'm glad to hear you are settling in.

Julia said...

You always have such a bright outlook on life. You bring a smile to my face every time that I visit. Thanks! :~)

sewprimitive karen said...

I LOVE the angel.

Finn said...

Such a neat angel, made with the bottom of a fork like that! I'm sure it will bless your home and yourselves daily *VBS*
So happy to have you with us for the counting down to New Years. Don't sweat the small stuff, it's a very laid back challenge. No rules, no checking just cheers as we work toward victory. Big hugs, Finn

Quilt Enthusiast said...

Libby,
One of the truely beautiful parts of your blog prior
to your move was the fruits of your garden. Will
you be planting in your new garden and if so, what?

Karen said...

I love the fork thingmajig!

Stephanie D. said...

Cool angel! Is that attached to an iron? A full iron?

Key kitchen items, huh? Bless your heart, you've really been roughing it--cans on the burner! Creative, though!

Glad you liked the package--I bought myself a pair of those gloves, but won't be using them til next spring.

Spring, sheesh! Gotta get through Halloween first!

Judy said...

Oh I can think of a couple good UFO's to finish...the circle quilt, and Bob! I never thought his miters were that bad and he was kinda cool! Good to see you can now relax and work at a better pace!

Cornbread and Beans Quilting said...

hahahah I loved your creative way to cook up dinner!! I get so excited when I see that you have a new post because I am living vicariously through you nesting in your new home! Your paint colors are fabulous!!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Love that angel, and your mode of meal preparation gave me the giggles. Only, and especially, because I've been there and done precisely that!

Quilt Hollow said...

Brings back memories of all those military moves....too fun...yet lots of work. That angel is absolutely beautiful.

Candace said...

I love the can of chili - too funny, but that's pretty much what you need to do - LOL! The Princess was so thoughtful to send you and angel - I bet she wishes she could have gone along for the ride! I hope you find some more kitchen goodies soon, Libby! Happy hunting!
Cheers!

Shakerwood Primitives said...

Sometimes ya just gotta do with what you have.....or in your case, what you can find in one minute or less. I'm sure going through all those boxes can be overwhelming!

gwen said...

It amazes me at what pace you moved from west to east! So much work in so little time. I think I would have been completely stressed out.
I love the colors you chose for your new house (which I love too, it looks so much like what we europeans think is a typical east coast house).
I hope you find time to settle, sew and find some friends.
Take care.

Finn said...

Hi Libby, would you mind letting me know if this one says 'no-reply'? I've gone and checked my dashboard account, and hope I've got it corrected. Thanks, Finn

Guðrún said...

Your angel is beautiful

Julie in the Barn said...

The angel from the Princess is just perfect. I bet she is missing you guys big time.I am just amazed at how quickly you and Hubby have settled into a totally new home. I guess you have had practice back in the day but I'd really be a frazzled mess. Can't wait to see the new place all decked out for the holidays!!

quiltmom said...

Great angel Libby- very fun and special that Princess gave it to you.
You have been one busy lady haven't you- but look how much you already have accomplished. Hope all is going well with your husband's new job.
Your new house is really lovely already. It must be like hunting for treasures- I sometimes feel like that when I take out the seasonal boxes and find decor stuff that I had forgotten that I had bought -
Congratulations on winning your gardening prize- it couldn't have gone to a nicer person.
Warmest regards,
Anna

Dixie said...

Libby! I love the angel that your daughter sent to you. I'm so excited as when I clicked on your link the "Angel Lady" is going to be in Sacramento at an art show in a couple of weeks. I already have the show on our calendar, so I just can't wait! Your house is looking super good and its so fun to follow along with your progress.

Kim said...

The Princess did good ~ wonderful angel!

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

I love the picture of the can on the stove--hey one has to do what one has to do---right????? glad you are finally making the new home --
home!! I just visited Finn leah and joined the new years challenge---get some rest--and find the ufo box!!!!
Hugs, just, Di

AnnieO said...

Now that kind of cooking is really creative! Looks like your new appliances are being broken in the old fashioned way...:) Love the angel, great gift from your lovely girl. Looking forward to seeing how your house shapes up over the next month or so. Have fun decorating and finding all those quilts!

Quilter Kathy said...

Love the cooking photo! Don't they have takeout there?!?
Lovely angel!
Glad to hear you are getting settled in!

Sherry said...

Hi Libby. Sounds like things are moving along pretty well. Love the angel from your daughter. Nice you can now work at your own pace to get things finished. I know what you mean about the body not being quite as young as the mind anymore! :)

crazypatch dreamer said...

Thank you for taking the time to share your move. You are quickly turning your house into your home. I too am a transplant from CA (and a CA native) and some things I will never forget, such as the sage-y smell of the hills on a hot day, and the dramatic natural beauty. Where I live now is beautiful also, but in it's own way. Louise p.s. I love your blog!

Catherine said...

Your angel is fabulous. Hobo Libby cooking is hysterical. The garden prize couldn't have gone to someone who'd enjoy it more -- I can't wait to see your garden next spring/summer.

MARCIE said...

That angel is a treasure! What genius dreamed that up! The Princess did good! And tell me you didn't cook in a can. Oh Libby. Are you so desperate?