I come to you without photos today because, while I have a few to share, my photo storage program has decided to update and reorder all of my pictures. And it seems like this is going to take a while. I’ll try to add the pictures in later when I have access to them again.
With the house…
It’s been a whirlwind week.
*We’ve moved almost all of our possessions over.
*Had family come for a short, work intensive visit.
*Came close to finishing painting all the bedrooms. Ours could use another coat on the ceiling and a bit on the trim.
*Decided to pretend that closets don’t count as actually being a part of the bedrooms and therefore don’t need to be totally painted for the bedrooms to be considered “done”. La, la, la, I can’t see you!
*Except that I can because they don’t yet have doors either.
*Cleaned out under the house and in the basement, including the cord of wood covered in white fuzz.
*Had the air quality specialist out. Again.
*Got internet hooked up.
*Had the heating ducts cleaned.
*Moved things and re-arranged and moved some more.
*Enjoyed this glorious, strangely warm weather and watched the snow melt in the gardens, revealing to us the things that have grown there before and the things that will grow there again.
*Found little bits of green peeking out from under last years debris in the herb garden and was delighted to find some of my favorite plants already in place and well established.
*Started to excavate said plants, as a “break” from hard manual labor.
*Consistently forgot to schedule someone to come out and empty the septic tank. Which is really not the thing you want to forget. Especially considering the inspector said it looked like it was a couple of years over due.
*Pried off, labeled and stored all of the baseboards from the second floor.
*Ordered more paint. Again.
*Put a lot of stuff in the attic, just to get it out of the way.
*Wondered why on earth we have all of this stuff anyway? And where did it all come from?!?
*Set up a P.O. box. Had the postal women exclaim, “thank god!” when we came in. Apparently three unclaimed packages constitutes over-whelming in our tiny new post office. Oops.
*Had 700 board feet of wide-plank white pine delivered. Forget Rubik’s Cubes, you want a real challenge? Try getting 16′ long boards around a bend in a stairwell without damaging either board or wall.
*And we still managed to get in our second trimester homeschooling report the the local school district, which has nothing at all to do with the house, but was way high up on my to-do list!
It’s been a strange week for me. Not at all in a bad way, just very out of the ordinary.
*I think I took all of two pictures in seven days.
*I haven’t knit at all.
*I have been making slow progress on a needlework sampler. I’m up to ‘F’ now. It’s very slow going. Or at least it feels so to me. I’m told I’m quite a fast knitter and I’m used to quick results. But really this is just the pace I need right now.
*I’ve been going to bed early.
*The fast and easy foods we resorted to over the move did not do well by my tummy. It’s led me to intentionally fasting for the first time in my life. I’ve been wary of fasts in the past but I’ve found a method that’s quite effective in keeping blood sugar and energy stable. I’m three days in now and so far it’s going well.
*I haven’t been on the computer almost at all, no blog posting, no blog reading, really no idea what’s going on in the outside world right now, beyond the little sun-shiny hollow that encompasses home.
*The exception being the couple of times I’ve been called upon to shop for things to keep the work on the house moving along.
*On that note, I suspect many people who follow my pinterest boards are ready to kill me, or well, at least unfollow me, on account of my current switch plate obsession.
*I have not missed posting here and was quite happy for the break. But the last couple of days I’ve started taking a few pictures here and there and I’m starting to feel ready to ease back into being in this space regularly again, feeling refreshed.
*I’m starting to think that this may well turn into a house blog for a while and hoping no one minds too much.
*I’ve started my own mini yoga practice. I’ve not been able to maintain a regular practice since I got ill last summer. It takes too much strength and energy to maintain postures that have always come so easily in the past. But post-move, aching shoulders lead me to sitting in a basic sitting pose, our first morning here, taking 10 or so deep breaths, while raising and lower my arms, then stretching to each side and forward. So simple that it’s barely anything, but it’s felt so powerful to me and I’ve done it every morning since then, adding in a slight back bend a couple days later and occasionally, on the days I feel up for it, a bit more. I’m hoping that as I heal I’ll be able to branch out from here.
So, what do you think is strangest, that I haven’t been knitting, that I haven’t been eating or that I haven’t been taking pictures?