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July 30th, 2007

Thank you is just not a hearty enough word I can find to say thank you for all the nice emails and comments sent to me regarding my move and my blog-sabbatical, but I’ll try… THANK YOU! A rare and quick minute of actually sitting on my sofa in my living room and taking in the beauty of my favorite view (and Yorkie’s new favorite nap spot), I was overcome with that wonderful blog-sensation… “I need to blog this”.

Being so busy with the move - setting up the new house and dressing up the old house for the sale, I feel like I’ve been away from Blogland for years. Like each day in Blogland is like a year in blog-years. My bloglines is showing over 3800 new posts for me to read! STOP! FREEZE! Please stop your bloglife and gently walk away from your computers until I get back. How am I ever going to catch up with everyone? Oh I miss you all so much!

We’re doing this move all on our own (no packers and movers like in years past). Our new house is just 4 miles from the old house… but it might as well be 400 miles with all the trips back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. I keep telling myself it’s worth it (even with two mortgages at the moment), and every time I step in my new house it’s like a shot of joy and it IS worth it! Or when I leave the old house’s one car driveway to my 14 car drive way (yes… I counted). No… not a big fancy house… it’s how it is out here in the country! We’ve actually gone to a smaller house by 400 SF, but it’s all one glorious level. No stairs. If I were so inclined, I could skateboard through my entire house.

So on to the important stuff in the new house… my sewing room! For now I’ll show my room naked - bare bones and pantyless. I’ve gone full circle… from butter yellow, to pink to aqua and I’m back to butter yellow. My new sewing room is just a hair bigger then my old one and I’ve decided to downsize on my wall cabinets to make it feel more open. Oh yes… that comes with a price! I’ve had to purge some of my fabric. It wasn’t as hard as I thought it’d be. I just told myself, ” would I buy this fabric today?”. If the answer was “no”… off to the donation box it went! I’ll be sorting my magazine stash next… but that’s for another day. One stash I won’t part with is my Mary E collection (I have every copy ever published), my quilting magazines and my Ikea catalogs. Missing is my 2007 issue which is in the living room dogeared and the 2008 which I will acquire when hit the new Portland Ikea (lusting).

And speaking of boxes. We didn’t have a lot of boxes, so I used the Ikea “shopping bags” that you get for like 75 cents. I had about a dozen of them and BOY DID THEY WORK WELL! You can get GOBS of stuff in em, and yet they are still manageable to carry. Easy in, easy out. And if moving/selling/setting up/patching/painting wasn’t enough… I had two quilts to finish and send to Quilts & More. I kid you not, when the putty or paint was drying… I stopped to bind my “Blossom” quilt. Back and forth - paint brush/needle, putty/needle, paint brush/needle. It’s a miracle I didn’t get paint on putty on the quilt!

In non-moving news… I got to meet Angelina (who I love and adore IRL even more then I loved her in bloglife) and her wonderful friend Lisa (my chickies new mommy), and had a visit from my dear friend Cindy on her whirlwind trip to the PNW (oh I wish we had had more time together!!!). I could write for hours about Angelina, but if you read her post about our visit and double what she says about me… that’s how I feel about her! Sigh… If only she would move to the coast! Hey Angelina… I know a great house you could buy in Astoria! ;-) And speaking of moving… special hugs to my moving comrades Paula and Angela who are living a parallel life with me at the moment. Hugs, Mortrin and Vicodin to you both!

Thank you all again for you wonderful emails and comments. Though it’s been rare for me to get online these days, I do so love and appreciate you all and every single note is a byte of happiness for me. Thank you and I wish I could respond to you all!  Please know that even though you may not hear back from me… I appreciate you all so much!!!

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31 Responses

  1. The fabulous robin allegedly said:

    Yay! I’m a butter-cream yellow girl too!

    Although I drooled at many turquoise studios - including yours - and almost considered painting the walls when I began what has since been dubbed ‘Operation New Studio’ I ultimately decided that I still love my yellow. I think we should start a campaign: Yellow - it’s the new turquoise.

    Glad to see you’re back online. Good luck with the rest of the setup!

  2. The fabulous Sarah allegedly said:

    Boy oh boy, you’ve got a lot on your hands! Hopefully it’ll calm down for you soon. Have fun making your new house home (I love that part).

    Looking forward to having you back and hearing about your projects!

  3. The fabulous Connie W allegedly said:

    Well it sure is nice to have you back here again. Best wishes with all-things-moving.

  4. The fabulous louise allegedly said:

    oh welcome back! i have soooooooooo misssed you my friend! are you settled enough to receive mail at el ranchero?!!! i’ll e mail you later as there is a story to go with that one! xxx

  5. The fabulous Kathleen allegedly said:

    Ooohhhh good you’re back! I was beginning to worry that maybe you’d fallen from the back of the moving truck!

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

    I LOVE that view! I am so jealous! And terrified, because I know in a few short years I’ll be doing this all AGAIN when I finally manage to find my own little peice of property. For now it’s more painting, more puttying, more moving… and that double mortgage payment thing starts on Wednesday! Yipes! There is so much more work to do then I ever possibly imagined, I am so with you in painful painty solidarity! Hugs! ~A :-)

  7. The fabulous Thimbleanna allegedly said:

    Look at all those wonderful windows! I’d rather move across the country WITH movers than next door WITHOUT them. It’s SO much work when you do it all yourself. And movers put all the junk in a box and tape it up, so you don’t have to look at the mess until you’re ready! ;-) Hope it’s all over soon!

  8. The fabulous Nicole allegedly said:

    OMG, everything just looks so fresh and new! Your view is incredible, and your sewing room is delicious! You must post some pictures when you get everything all organized. You must be working like a crazy person–moving is no picnic even when you hire helpers, and you are doing it all on your own! I have been missing you a lot, and look forward to you getting back to posting more regularly.

  9. The fabulous raesha allegedly said:

    The view is gorgeous!! I can’t wait to see it all when everything is done being moved. I’ve missed you!!!! I wish I could come up there and help you finish moving so that you can get back on line and join us back in blog land:)

  10. The fabulous Pam allegedly said:

    Love the view. Hmmm in fall what will it look like? I’d like some coffee there!

  11. The fabulous mary allegedly said:

    How totally cool it is to set up a new sewing room! I am very jealous!!
    When we moved, it was just about 2 miles from the old house and it was still an ordeal. A ton of work, but worth it - good luck

  12. The fabulous Doe allegedly said:

    It’s about time you came up for air. lol! We really, really missed you.

    Oooooh, that view is awesome! How much do you charge for room and board? I need to recharge and that spot is definitely the perfect place.

    Have fun at your party!

  13. The fabulous Paula allegedly said:

    Even though I know what you’re up to, I keep popping over here to see if you’ve taken a moving/packing/painting/complete insanity break. So glad to see you finally got a little breather. I’m packing, cleaning, being crazy, but still….nothing. “Oh, St. Joseph, won’t you please hear my prayers/sobs/curses…”

    I’m still sticking to my story of it happening by the end of the week, then I’m digging up St. Joseph and bringing him to you!

  14. The fabulous Christiane allegedly said:

    Fabulous view, I can easily imagine you skating through the house, paint brush in one hand and scissors and measure tape lurking from the apron bags…hope you get some 5 peaceful minutes to meditate over new projects every day.
    Butter yellow is the new aqua, I agree………and I’m lusting for a sneak peek on your blossom quilt.

  15. The fabulous cindy allegedly said:

    Well, well, well, lookie who has poked her head out of the Giant Ikea Bags! :) I love the color of the new studio. And I’m glad you’re moving now, because by next summer when I’m out there again, you’ll have room for me and my chicks to crash there! :) hee hee Don’t get too comfy in that studio…..ya know, since T is going to build you a Rockin’ studio out there in about 4 car spaces of that driveway! :) woot! I checked out the chicks in their new home. It makes me happy to see they went to live in such a great place. Have fun trying to figure out where everything goes. I’m rearranging stuff in the basement to make a playstation area for the kids…yippee! :) Hugs chickee. :)

  16. The fabulous Nan allegedly said:

    I was just wandering around BlogLand, and thought I’d stop by HZ (for the umpteenth time, but who’s counting?). Voila! Something new has appeared! Even though I knew what was happening in your life, it’s wonderful that you came up for air.
    LOVE the windows - what a beautiful view! I would definitely move the chair so that it’s facing the view, and probably never move from it again.
    Your sewing room looks great naked - can’t wait to see it with panties. Yellow is such a happy color - always welcoming, even on the rainiest days.
    Good luck with the rest of the moving shtuff - my back aches just thinking about all you’ve done already! Looks like the move was so totally worth it. Enjoy!!

  17. The fabulous blop allegedly said:

    I always coveted your first yellow, it was sooo happy in your other digs, and I am sure it will be fab there in your new light filled studio.
    Glad you had time for a gulp of blogair. See you soon.

  18. The fabulous kathleen allegedly said:

    What a view! I love those big windows, it looks like such a relaxing space… I just know you’re going to love it there!

    I can’t wait to meet up and hear all about your new diggs… see you soon! :)

  19. The fabulous Kelli allegedly said:

    We’ll be here when you get back. And your new sewing machine is just lovely! Congrats on the great new house. :)

  20. The fabulous Angelina allegedly said:

    I cannot even tell you how much I’ve missed your posts. I check EVERY DAY to see if there’s a new one and for the first time in weeks-YAY!!!!

    I’m glad the move is progressing. When you settle into the new place and I’ve settled into my new studio, we must meet again!

    Plus, you are going to have to tell me more about your foot. I’ve heard the injury was grizzly.

  21. The fabulous amandajean allegedly said:

    your new home looks beautiful! I love the butter yellow walls of your sewing room with all of that white trim. looks like a wonderful place to hang out and sew.

  22. The fabulous jessica allegedly said:

    good luck with your new lovely home.
    settle in, relax, enjoy your beautiful view.

  23. The fabulous Darlene allegedly said:

    Nice to “see” you! I’ve been missing you and your quirkiness! I’m exhausted reading about all your doings. I loved your old sewing room so I’m anxious to see your new one. Hurry, hurry!

  24. The fabulous Michelle allegedly said:

    Your favorite spot looks fantastic. Good luck with the move and I’m looking forward to new sewing room pictures. Wish I could come visit you all. Maybe that will be my summer vacation next year. Visiting Oregon bloggers!

  25. The fabulous Belém allegedly said:

    I’m anxious to see your new sewing room. I think you made a good choice with the buter yellow. Good to read you again. Obrigado.

  26. The fabulous Jessica allegedly said:

    Wheee! It’s so good to ’see’ you again out here in Blogland!!! Just stopped by to see if you had popped in and here you are! Oh, that view is so worth moving for! Fall will be gorgeous out that window! (just 2 more months!) Have fun arranging your new sewing room, love the yellow! Missed you! Hi to Mimi!

  27. The fabulous Jinny allegedly said:

    The outside looks so nice. 6_6 the grass is so green and you probably didn’t pay an extra $500k for a lawn. :) I really like the white molding in the yellow room as well. Good luck with getting everything together! :) cutebreadbox is the new blog site btw. :) linked you! cheers~

  28. The fabulous YellowGirl allegedly said:

    Happy birthday to you…happy birthday to you….yada yada….have a great one! Miss you. The quilt shop is coming along….busy busy as are you. Will touch base soon. L

  29. The fabulous Patti allegedly said:

    Oh, it is SO good to hear from you! Yours is one of the very few blogs that doesn’t seem to be blocked by our new firewall at work, so it’s easier to keep up with you. I know what you mean about blogland - I’ve had next to no time to read this past month either and my bloglines says I have almost 3600 messages to read! The new Portland IKEA is marvelous! I was there the first morning, and now have a newly revamped sewing room to show for it. Someday when you have a moment I hope you’ll take a peek at it on my blog. I just can’t imagine being spread between two houses as you are now, but obviously it’s worth it - the view you show out your window is marvelous! Of course almost any view in Astoria seems marvelous to me!

  30. The fabulous Nihal allegedly said:

    Hi Monica, what a lovely view!!! I’ d like to have a cup of Turkish tea there… chatting with you of course:) Finally I just opened my own journal that’s active since Aug 1. You’ re most welcome to visit me for a while. Looking forward to seeing you when ya can. Have a beautiful august, lots of love.

    Nihal in Istanbul


  31. The fabulous robin allegedly said:

    Oh Monica, it is even better in person. Setting on the couch looking out at the view in your picture…well, I’m not sure I would ever get up from that spot (but I did). Everything looks so wonderful and I’ll bet the new pond is flowing by now. Your quilts look great on the walls and the studio is so perfect.

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