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How I Spent My Summer Vacation

July 2nd, 2007

A view from a future hot tub off the MB???  Hmmmm....What was supposed to be a summer filled with camping, and gardening, a trip to Victoria, BC (one of my fave places on the planet)… is now a summer of painting, packing and chaos. We bought a new house and are selling our current one (oh the stress of it all). It seems like so many of my bloggy pals are moving too… must be some kind of bloggy moving virus goin’ around.

We’re not moving far… just six or so minutes from our current home. We’re trading in the city life at Case de Zombie for country life (as you can see from the photo of our new backyard). From a house of stairs to a one level rancher (our reason for the move). Life at El Ranchero de Zombie will be grand… but for now it’s a circus. I hope to be able to blog and to visit your blogs at some point in the next month, but I’ll have limited Internet/email/blog time as the paint cans & brushes, the moving boxes, and the to-do list all scream my name.

I hope you all have a great summer and I hope to see you all again soon!!! Don’t forget me, k. And for you friends who are moving as well… there’s a bottle of rum with all our names on it and I’m ready to hit it with you all and celebrate!

Hearts & Crafts,
Monica (and Mimi too) :)

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34 Responses

  1. The fabulous Cyndi allegedly said:

    What a view! and God bless ya… I hate moving. With a passion… I feel for you. Oh the agony!

    Is there a glorious country like studio there for you in your new home? I hope so!

  2. The fabulous elizabeth allegedly said:

    Love the view! I wanna roll around all over your lawn, ok?

  3. The fabulous Nan allegedly said:

    It doesn’t matter how short or long the move, it’s still MOVING!! YUCK! When we had our house built 9 years ago, I told my husband I wanted our front door to be a “coffin door” - I don’t EVER want to move again!
    Good luck with the move - I feel your pain! But, with a backyard like THAT, it looks like a very worthwhile endeavor. Hopefully, there’s an equally grand sewing room to match!

  4. The fabulous Kathleen allegedly said:

    Your new yard looks like the perfect place for big gatherings of like minded quilty friends. For a minute I thought you were moving to Victoria, which is just a ferry ride away from me. Victoria is definitely one of my favourite cities too, very pretty.

  5. The fabulous louise allegedly said:

    thinking of you from way down here but i am so going to grace el ranchero! head down, tail up sista and all the very very best!!!

    loulou and bloss xoxox

  6. The fabulous Darlene allegedly said:

    Two years ago we decided to downsize - sold the old house in 20 minutes (yes, really) and bought a new house immediately. We moved 4th of July week end - talk about HOT. Enjoy the hardwork and just keep your eye on the brass ring. :-)

  7. The fabulous Doe allegedly said:

    “The hills are alive with the sound of…lawn mowers! Lalalalala for a thousand years!” LOL! Very nice and spacious backyard!

    BTW, I’m coming to visit and I’ll take bedroom #3, please! That’s the one right next to the kitchen, right? I hope so. lol!

    Good luck with the move! Keep your cool. Just imagine your new sewing room. It’s going to be very ‘FABU-lous’ dahling!

  8. The fabulous katie allegedly said:

    What a great yard! Have a great move. That is an experience in and of itself!

  9. The fabulous Sarah allegedly said:

    If the house is as fantastic as the yard - the move will be well worth the pain.

  10. The fabulous Pam allegedly said:

    I’m askared of moving. Can’t wait to see the after photos.

  11. The fabulous Mary Anne allegedly said:

    We did that 3 years ago — moved literally right around the corner — could spit from the old house to the new one — we were even crazy enough to BUILD the new house — hubby was the general contractor — the house came out really beautiful, BUT I don’t EVER want to move again AND I DEFINATELY do NOT want to EVER build a house again!!! We’re STILL not finished — fireplace mantel has to be designed and installed, the back deck has to be figured out and built, more painting EVERYWHERE still has to be done — I also have at least 5 boxes of STUFF to unpack — they’ve been sitting there for 3 years waiting — apparantly we don’t really need that stuff !!!

    ANYHOW — HAPPY PACKING, PAINTING, MOVING, and hopefully , not too much arguing with the sig. other!!! … and HAPPY DRINKING when you’re all settled again!!!

  12. The fabulous Christiane allegedly said:

    ooh I moved a lot of times in my life, so I wish you a lot of strength for the paint jobs and everything you planned…….. do it now or never…..we have still five big moving cartons in the basement, (should do a yard sale?) in it are the LP collections of my beloved hubby and some old bed sheetings of Aunt R., which I hatch to being hip style:-))and toys of our children, think/hope I have some time left before getting grandma, but who knows?
    happy unpacking to you!

  13. The fabulous carol allegedly said:

    Hurry back and happy moving!

  14. The fabulous ~ robyn allegedly said:

    I hate moving. Moving sucks no matter if it is near or far. Moving sucks even when it is a good and happy move. But…moving can be good too…forces you to weed through a few things…but NOT fabric! heavens no! Keep the fabric! When we return from this vacation we may be moving too. ACK! I think it is a bloggy virus!! Take care Monica. Breathe deep…peel one potato at a time and enjoy that gorgeous new location!

  15. The fabulous Angela allegedly said:

    Now that is a view — and just think, somewhere in all that painting, planning, moving and shifting — there is a new craft space to organize, decorate and treat yourself kindly with! Good luck! Can’t wait to see/hear about it when you can!

  16. The fabulous Angelina allegedly said:

    I want to know more. MORE! I guess you can tell me all about it when I see you later this week. It looks gorgeous!

  17. The fabulous Sarah Jayne allegedly said:

    Hope the move goes well for you and have a great summer. Can’t wait for photos of your new home.

  18. The fabulous Wende allegedly said:

    Ooh, nothing worse than moving… and nothing better once you’ve unpacked! :D

    And you’re now the 4 or 5th person I know moving this month. Something in the water, I suppose.

    Enjoy the countryside! :D

  19. The fabulous Anne Heidi allegedly said:

    Congratulations on your new house! Moving is time consuming and draining- but when yuo’re all done it’s worth it! I love your big yard- now do you have a riding lawn mower??
    Oh, and I finally got the Quilts and More magazine at my shop- your quilt is lovely- I will be making myself one! Good luck on the painting- packing and unpacking- hope you get a wonderful quilting studio at your new house as well :)

  20. The fabulous Amanda allegedly said:

    I totally understand. LIfe has been busy here, too, and the reason I haven’t posted much.

    This week my daughter is moving into her new home. My friend and I have been painting, and painting, and painting!! The decorating will start, soon, and then we will be sewing, and sewing,and sewing!!

    Sometimes life does get busy, and too busy to blog, but hopefully we all understand.

    By the way, I see the big beautiful back yard. Hopefully you have a big beautiful sewing room!! I can’t wait to see it!

  21. The fabulous kathleen allegedly said:

    OOh… Monica, congratulations. Now you can invest in one of those fun lawn mowers that you can drive! And just think of all of the space for the dogs to play in, and the chickens to run amuck! I’m so excited for you. :)

  22. The fabulous Paula allegedly said:

    It’s such a beautiful place! I’m so happy for you, though as I’ve told you, we won’t be neighbors since we finally told crazy lady to take a flying leap. DANG! We did find another beautiful house but in town. I’ll email you the details and will be blogging about it soon.
    Call if you need help. I’m ready and willing!

  23. The fabulous joanna allegedly said:

    Have a great move. Breathe deep whenever it gets too crazy and remember that eventually all the boxes WILL get unpacked!!

  24. The fabulous Rachael allegedly said:

    Congratulations. Victoria will miss you.

  25. The fabulous Jungle Dream Pagoda allegedly said:

    Your site is SOOO adorable and well…happy! Just popping in from Angelinas place!

  26. The fabulous Angela (Cottage Magpie) allegedly said:

    What can I say but I feel your pain. Every backbreaking, feet throbbing, elbow cringing, eyes-so-bleary-I-could-die-right-now minute of it. Hang in there! Just a few weeks and we’ll all be our happy selves again! ~A :-)

  27. The fabulous kelli allegedly said:

    If I lived closer, I’d bring over a casserole of my favorite spinach enchiladas to celebrate la vida de Zombie en el rancho! I hope the move and everything else goes well.
    You are in my thoughts,

  28. The fabulous amandajean allegedly said:

    good luck with your move! moving stinks. I am in the middle of mine and I sure don’t remember it being this horrible the previous times.

  29. The fabulous Felicia allegedly said:

    I bought and sold a house six months ago so I feel your pain! Best of luck :)

  30. The fabulous Michelle allegedly said:

    Ain’t moving fun! NOT! Last summer was my move summer. I’m glad it’s you not me! Good luck. Will be looking forward to more posts from you.

  31. The fabulous Claire allegedly said:

    just sos ya know, I miss my Zombie fix! Hope the moving is going well!

  32. The fabulous Sara, The House of Charm allegedly said:

    Monica I am glad you are coping with the stress of moving pretty well. I think it is so much worse to move minutes away then miles, cities or states! My mom over at Sisters Choice and I jsut registered for Fall Market in Houston, will you be there? It would be great to meet you!

  33. The fabulous Nicole allegedly said:

    Hi Monica!
    I just discovered your fantastic blog. Hope your moving is going well. I’ll spend the time until you’re back blogging reading all your old posts.
    Btw: I love your fabric folding tutorial! I got started already and the result is looking very nicely so far. Now, back to work.

  34. The fabulous Julie allegedly said:

    Are you moved yet? Hope all is well.

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