Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Finally back in touch

It has been a long time since I've posted! We moved to Wildersburg on March 20 and spent quite a bit of time back at Maplecroft cleaning. The wonderful ReStore came and got our big dining room table, an old coffee table, and - best of all - my old piano. I had advertised the piano on but that fell through when the folks who were going to move it got a case of - reality, jitters, fear... I was so relieved to see the old piano at the ReStore a week or so ago, and they have $100 price tag.

We are settling in nicely to having more free time even though the basement still needs a little work. There are boxes that need emptying down there, but they will wait until Matt Moody comes mid-summer to build us some more shelves for the living room. We still needed to do some downsizing once we got here, and I have another bag ready for the Salvation Army. Chris' friend said he wants the couch, so I hope they take that soon, too. Amazing what one can accumulate.

I have been working on "Incense and Peppermints," a wild polka dotted appliqued piece and also making some little Dear Jane blocks in 1930's fabrics for a swap on the DJ Alternate list. I'm also participating in the Heart of Vermont Quilters round robin which we started in February. Each monthly round takes just a little longer to do. The grand unveiling is scheduled for June.

I've read quite a few mysteries in the past month, too, mainly because our book group book (The Warrior and the Priest) was deadly dull. I'm hoping this month's Among Schoolchildren will be a little more lively, but I've gotten hooked on a series by Joanne Fluke that features all sorts of yummy recipes. Not good since the doctor advises losing at least 10 lbs. in the next 3 months. This new neighborhood is conducive to walking and biking which should help, although the Trow Hill Grocery does have a creamee stand (already tried!).

We had trouble getting our phone and internet access installed, but now finally have both. It is nice to be in touch with the world again although we did enjoy visiting MRL and Aldrich library frequently to check email and catch up with the staff.