I can't believe its been almost a year since I've updated my blog. Why? Well, I wish I had some romantic excuse, like i've been on a crochet and knitting sabbatical in France for the last 10 months, but no. A new hobby, a new purchase, a new zip code and a new kitty!
Meet Lola, my sweet little 10 month old torty. She's sweet as pie and loves to play. Friends at work even gave me a kitty cat shower the week after I got her. I've always been one to express my distate for cats, but I couldn't say 'no' to my niece and nephew when they begged me to take her and I'm so glad I did. By the way, she loves yarn as much as I do!
Last year, I started looking for a house to purchase. 13 years of apartment life and wall sharing with scary white trash had taken its toll on me. So I began the home search. Found a wonderful home in September, placed an offer, counter offers and wrote a revised contract, only to find the next morning that they had accepted another offer from someone else. Needless to say, when my realtor called with the news - I was looking at the home photos online and we were trying to figure out where I'd put my furniture in each room. That news was devastating to me - I had my heart set on that home. Friends said...that just means something better will come along. Everytime I heard that, I cringed...just couldn't see it....that was my house. That was October 12th. I had to be out of my apartment on November 30th - that didn't leave much time to find something else. I took a week off looking and called my realtor with an open mind...let's keep looking. We happened onto a home that was in a great neighborhood and I couldn't believe the price. The owners had moved out of the country, it looked like they painted all the rooms 'builders white' (insert gag) except for the spares, neglected the cabinets, ugly light fixtures and brass door knobs everywhere! But something about that house, when I walked in was very emotional and I knew that was the house for me. I submitted my offer, they accepted and everything was done online....with electronic signatures. That was October 24, I closed on November 14th and the rest is history, as they say. My first experience as a first-time-home-buyer....and yes, single ladies out there....you can do it. There is alot to be said for a good realtor and broker and listen to what your friends say....they are usually right - but make sure you go with your gut and your heart. Here's my other baby.....and its been almost 4 months later and I'm still in love with it - no buyers remorse yet!
We had Thanksgiving and Christmas here! So much fun, but the unpacking, the boxes, the newspaper...how could one woman have SO MUCH STUFF! I'm a pack rat I guess, I have my mother to thank for that. I knew when I was looking, I wanted 3 bedrooms. I lucked out, this 1860 sq ft home has 3 bed, plus a bonus office, study room. So that's what I call my media room - much to the chagrin of my nephews....I tell them, hey it has a couch, a computer and a tv - its a media room - go watch tv in there....but I guess a little 14" tv, does not a media room make. I wanted 3 bedrooms, because I wanted a spare for guests and a sewing room for me. The sewing room was my first makeover room. I think it may have previously been a boys room...it was navy on the bottom, a beige border and baby blue on top & ceiling. So I cleared the room, made my way to Home depot and bought primer, rollers, brushes and paint....my colors, cream rose and shrimp....in other words, light pink and a slightly darker shade of pink. 2 coats of primer, 3 coats of pink and lots of curse words and sore arms later...I finished it. Started while on Christmas vacation and finished mid January...working on weekends (sometimes). Bought fabric for my balloon curtain at a quilt shop, sewed, lined and applied about 40 rings to the back and the room was finished!
So one room down, so many to make my own! I love this room....its pink, its feminine, its functional and its fun to work in and never never is this clean....usually pretty messy - I just keep telling myself - hey its a work room! My home is in Mckinney - about 10 miles northeast of my previous home, Frisco, for the last 12 years. I decided to move to Mckinney for two reasons....its more affordable and it has tons of history. I'm 2 miles from historic downtown and love to go down to the square and shop in the antique stores and frequent favorite restaurants. I just love this city.
Also last year, I fell in love with family research and historical preservation. I took 3 classes at night in genealogy and also went on 2 research trips last year to Kansas. It was so much fun, walking cemeteries, finding family members markers, rummaging through books and papers at local libraries finding ancestors. I have learned so much about family and met so many cousins online that provided information to me. I feel I've become obsessed with it. This year, I've planned another trip to Kansas and one to Ohio. I just had to find my great great great grandmother and put her story to bed. Her great granddaughter is still living, and I would love to be able to write her story and share it with my great aunt. Also in doing this research, I met some lovely woman from the DAR. I submitted my lineage information in June, paid my fees and October 4th, became an official member. I caught alot of flack from some friends at work about this being a 'snooty organization'...but it isn't. Its a great organization, noted for education, historical preservation and patriotism....who couldn't use more of those 3 values.
Guess I'll sign off for now, and hope I can be a better blogger this year. Take care all you crocheters, knitters, fabricistas and room re-doers! Garde Tous Bien!