Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Changes. Over the last 8 months our family has experienced a lot of changes. I haven't always just rolled with the flow. Some of the things that have happened were not easy to take, but we are adjusting - trying to find a rhythm and routine to the days.
Some of the changes are simple things. Hubby is working on ridding our home of this:
and replacing it with this.
Ahhhh. That's better. I love the look and an added bonus is you can enter a closed room with full hands just by using your elbow.
Enough time has elapsed that I feel a little more comfortable finding my way around. The feeling of being constantly lost and disoriented is slowing going away. Now that I can find my way to the local supermarket, you'll find me in the aisles still looking confused.
We have found a couple of places to purchase Red Vines - the official movie candy for our family.
Do not confuse them with that other brand. They are not the same and there is no substitute. We didn't have to change our brand of mayonnaise. That's because it just goes by an alias east of the Rockies. I am perplexed by Vermont cheddar cheese. Why is it white? Oh, it tastes like cheddar, but confusing to the eye. I have learned to look deeply into the refrigerator case until I find the orange cheddar.
Then there is the mystery of tortillas.
Why is it heralded that there are 10 not 8 in the package? Tortillas are usually sold by the dozen out west. Eight is the number for hamburger buns or sandwich rolls not tortillas. Still I'm grateful to find them at all. Things like burritos have reached 'comfort food' status. We are used to having a choice of this, this, this and this all within a little more than a block. Now we drive 18 miles to the closest Taco Bell.
It's a good thing I still have quilting.
It has a universal language all around the world.

45 comments:

dee said...

Oh Libby, I have got to find you a good authentic Mexican place. If you come and visit me, I'll take you to one of 3 near my neighborhood. The made-to-order guacamole the other night would have been enough to satisfy me without ordering anything else. We were stabbing each other with fresh, hot, chips to get more than the next guy. Alls fair in love and guac.
I love your doorknobs and am looking for some just like those.

Mrs. Sew and Sew - Karen said...

Libby, I moved from Texas to Washington state almost 17 years ago. I understand what you are saying. It was a big culture shock. LOL! We had Tex Mex in Texas... Taco Villa etc. Lots of mexican food in Texas....here...nada...LOL! We couldn't even find some of the food products here until recently. The houses were so different here also. I survived. Thank goodness I found quilting. I don't think we'd move back if we could.Love it here now but I do know what you are talking about. Have a good day! Karen

Gail said...

I once heard that it takes two years to settle into a new community--so give yourself some time, you'll come to love New England as much as So California! Try some Maple sugar candy--my New York born daughter-in-law is always complaining about how hard it is to find in the midwest. You know what I thought was funny when we were transferred to Sacramento? That butter came in short, fat sticks not the long skinny one we have here--when we moved back I thought the opposite was odd! Love the quilt and pillow shams.

anne bebbington said...

I can sympathise with you heartily - coming from a suburb with two major large town centres only 4 miles from my door to a tiny county town with limited facilities and shopping I found it quite a shock to the system - occasionally still do 4+ years later if I'm searching for one place to buy a certain something when I used to have the choice of 4 or 5 suppliers but you'll get used to it all eventually and find new favourites and as you say quilting is an international language (((hugs)))

paulette said...

I LOVE these pillow...I think I remember the Partridge from a magazine I bought....now I am going to hunt until I find it! These pillows look gorgeous with your quilt!! LOVING IT!!
Paulette

Shakerwood Primitives said...

Being originally from Philadelphia, I have spent 30 years down South trying to find the Philly Cheesesteak made the "right" way. Or a hoagie or a soft pretzel. Not to mention I have to go back up North to stock up on Penna. Dutch Birch Beer. I feel your pain! Love the pillows!

Darlene said...

Oh, the adjustments can be so confusing! You'll make your way and settle in to a good life.

Love the pillows!

I miss you, Libby!

Chris@Cats On My Quilts said...

I am happy to announce that my little town is getting a Taco Bell! But we also have a really good little Mexican restaurant nearby that we frequent. Nice and spicy the way I like it. And cheddar is always white in my opinion-I don't think I've ever had orange. Now orange American cheese-that's an abomination!

I remember all the moves we did when hubby was in the Air Force. It was always so hard to get used to a new place. I always ended up loving wherever I was though. I grew up in MA and when we moved to NH years ago I thought it was like a foreign country! But now I can't imagine living anywhere else and we up here refer to you guys down there as flatlanders!

Chris@Cats On My Quilts said...

One more thing-why are there some packages of hot dog rolls with 8 buns and some with 6? I have never figured that out. I've had too much caffeine this morning!

Screen Door said...

I'm loving those door knobs--- But Crisis time... there is a difference... we're a twizzler family.... Cannot live without strawberry twizzlers....Hellman's mayo is a safe bet-- and I've even convinced the family that light mayo really tastes the same and it's Better for you.....

Rosemary said...

Love the bed Libby :)

QuiltedSimple said...

I have never figured out why hotdog buns are sold in packages of 8 and hotdogs in packages of 10. Fortunately, we don't eat them very often at all.....you'll figure it all out eventually. And the pillows are gorgeous
Kris

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Isn't it funny how we need time to adjust to our supermarkets..when I moved to the UK the first trip to the supermarket took over 2 hours while I worked out where everything was. It took months to try the different brands and work out what tasted right and what didn't.

You've intrigued me with your "Red Vines"...I'm a huge fan of "the other" brand..so much so that my Mom brings me a supply when she visits..based on your recommendation, perhaps I should be asking for something else :o)

Karen said...

You wouldn't find any of those restaurants here either but we have plenty of others to choose from.
I will take your bed and all the trimmings any day! I made the Church Cat into a wall hanging. It made up something wonderful into a pillow sham on your bed.

Nines said...

Glad you are feeling a little more at home. Love the bed.

Chocolate Cat said...

We have lived in 3 different states here in Australia and have found the same thing. Basic things with different names!!!! Also found new favorites in each place too!!

Loris said...

I totally agree with you about the Red Vines...simply can't be replaced. And 30 years ago when I had the pleasure of living out a dream of living in New England, I loved every minute of it but was initially surprised at the challenge of finding grocery stores, etc. All those winding roads and the trees :-) seemed to keep everything hidden.
You have done a good job with the challenges of your changes. Don't be hard on yourself. And, the pillow shams look great with that absolutely gorgeous bed quilt!

Kim said...

I can see where you would want to cling to old favorites for comfort food, some things need to stay the same for a while. In time I would guess that you will find new comfort in local options.

The change of hardware is right on, girl!! And the pillow shams. Just perfectly awesome. Hang in there now, you'll adjust once the overwhelming list of things to do and learn settles down. A year from now. It's all going to be okay. :-)

Quilt Hollow said...

Hi Libby! I'm watching you in this house making all these little changes and have done exact same...I told you before our paint colors are similiar then today I saw that you changed out the gold shiny handles...WE DID THE SAME only I went with aged bronze. Then with all the travels in the world to find conveniences and not so conveniences....makes life interesting doesn't it? I could be a Starbucks girl myself but we don't have one that is close. Your quilt and pillows are lovely!!

Jeanette said...

I love that wall hanging made into a pillow, so cute!

I know what you mean about the food. Red Vines are one of my favorites and they don't have them in Canada (notice they say "american" on the package) :-( My family thinks they are gross anyway, but I usually get some when I go to the states to visit my mom and dad. Also, there are no good Mexican restaurants here, either. Why can't they make Mexican food here? Sorry, I'm starting to rant... lol

Stina said...

Your pillows are so lovely!!! A perfect match and couple..:o)

Sweet P said...

I love the door knobs.
I know what you mean about having certain foods in your life and when you move to a new state you don't always find them.
For me, I miss Malt-o-Meal and Creamette Macaroni Rings. They can only be found in the Midwest.
Quilting is a universal language and I'm glad we have it in common.

Beth said...

Oh my gosh, I'd have a hard time without the authentic Mexican restaurants too. Shoot, for us, just moving to another neighborhood we miss giving up our favorite neighborhood carniceria for carnitas! We haven't taken the time to look for a new one in our new neighborhood. Glad you're feeling more relaxed now though!

MARCIE said...

I hear you on every level! I can make better Mexican food that I can get at any restaurant here. But I like to go out for it!
Your pillows look lovely together! Clever girl!

Sharon said...

Once I got a bit settled in after my move from British Columbia to OR, a fellow quilter told me "if you quilt, you will have friends" And I truly believe that.

stitchinpenny said...

At least you could find torillas. When I was visiting VT I was going to make quesadillas for my nephew and couldn't find either tortillas or jalapeno peppers. I would have had to drive at least 18 miles and the people in the town couldn't tell me whether my odds at finding them were better going east or west.

Kathie said...

oh adjusting to a new place is hard but you seem to be really adjusting well.
venturing out each time it will get better.

ok, I need to know about those candies I love red licorice! I usually buy "T"
I am going to have to find them here!
The pillows look great!

Finn said...

Hi Libby, just popping in to say hello and see how things are going. Looks like the comments pretty well covered the great new pillows, the mayo and the bun numbers. Soooo, I'll tell you that cheddar in white ia natural. The milk is white, right? The orange color you've grown used to "coloring" that is added to the milk stage.
All milk products would be white if no coloring is added. Back in Laural Ingalls time, they scrapped a carrot on a nail punched tin, and put the scrapping into the milk. The milk was warmed gently and then made into butter. Which would have been white without the color from the carrot. Same principal applies to cheese. Hope that helped *VBS* Hugs, Finn

paula, the quilter said...

Do you think this applies? "I don't think we're in Kansas anymore, Toto." *smile* You may have to start making your own tortilla, eh? Just remember to pat them on your thigh for the right thickness. (just kidding!) Love the pillow shams and bedding.

quiltmom said...

Libby,
Isn't it interesting the things you miss when they are no longer available to a person? It is not the big things in life- but the things that gives one comfort and grounding to where they are.
I love your pillow shams and the quilt on your bed.
You should be very proud of all the things that you have accomplished as you have adjusted to a whole new world and life.
It has been an adventure and you have risen to the new challenges and changes. Way to go Libby.
It is great to see you begin to feel comfortable in your new home and back quilting too.
Warmest regards,
Anna

Cathi said...

You've done so well with all those changes!! Give it a little bit of time and I bet you will find things there that you absolutely love that you couldn't find in California. We have both white and orange cheddar here and I totally understand your feelings about the white cheddar. I never buy it, even though it tastes just as good.

The Quilt Buddy said...

Oh Libby, I know how you feel! Things are hard to find down here in the South. For example, I went into the local Walmart looking for my favorite brand of tea....and it was nowhere in sight! And don't expect a large selection of organic because it isn't happening around here.

And yes.....I sooooo miss the fish tacos and fish burritos!

Luckily we all still speak the language of quitling!

WoolenSails said...

I used to love red licorice, but can't eat it anymore.
Love those pillows you made, they came out so prim.

Debbie

Lori said...

I do find it amazing and fun to know the regional differences of the US. It sounds like you are figuring it all out even if it's trial and error.
I love your finished pillow-it looks really wonderful with both of them and the log cabin quilt!!

Erin said...

well I have to laugh My grandson Ethan just had a "Twizzlers"! we love Hellman's Mayo...you are too funny...would definitely have your choice of door knobs...never had guacamole though...love the shams and quilt!

riverhaven7 said...

I kept thinking of you as we traveled in New England on vacation last month. I would love to live there but for the ice and snow. I spent the first 40 years of my life with it...am now enjoying life without it! I love your new door 'knobs'. I am trying to exchange out the brass in our house and I may have to steal your idea. New bathroom lighting and hardware are in the works in the same style. Yippee!

Colleen formerly of South Africa said...

Libby, love those pillow covers. Gorgeous. And red vines ...as a licorice conniseur...( :) ) we only eat those!!! But I prefer them chewy...or Older if you know what I mean? It is always interesting to see the new foods available in new surroundings.

The Calico Cat said...

I think part of the burrito problem is that in Massachusetts you are more likely to fine Puerto Ricans that Mexicans. My mom found that out the hard way when she moved to Mass. from Texas.

Word verification: hable (appropriate, no?)

Julia said...

I think you are doing wonderful adjusting to this huge change in your life. I think of you often. I don't think that I would ever want to relocate that far from "home". I hope that I never have to find out. :~)

Julie in the Barn said...

Love the changes you have made to make your house a home. The pillow covers are adorable. Having many years experience as a gourmet food buyer for the local grocer, I can assure you chedder is actually white. If it's yellow they have colored it. Now as to Red Vines, okay, but give me real black licorice any day. Helman's, Best Foods, it's the same thing. I'm a Miracle Whip gal. Tortillas? I buy 18 or 24 packs. We really love our Mexican cuisine.

Guðrún said...

This shows how big your country is, it is like you have moved to another country when you move from one state to another. I hope you will find new brands for the old ones soon. I love your pillow sham!

suz said...

Love the new door handles and the cushions. When it comes to cheddar cheese, no one around here beats Cabot - finest kind. I'd recommend you look into the Vermont Quilt Festival up in Burlington, VT - it's a great show and a wonderful area (Vermont Teddy Bear factory, Shelburne Museum) and plan to stop and Cabot and Ben & Jerry's. If you can do a long weekend, the trip is well worth it!
Sounds like you are settling in.

Rosemary said...

Libby in texas, tortillas come 20 or more to a package! LOL!

Jill said...

I am so glad you found red vines. I have recently been transplanted (4 weeks) from the west coast to New England and am still searching for good Mexican and red vines. I am glad to know they are out there. I will keep looking. Our family for now is enjoying taco bell and searching for good tortillas too! Happy Thanksgiving.

Katie said...

That's funny. My (Kiwi) DH doesn't understand why anyone would eat "radioactive orange" cheese! I don't think the color makes a difference really. I swing either way. :-D