Welcome Spring

Whew . . I looked at the 15 day forecast and all the way through April 15 there’s no snow in our forecast so even though we have nights in the upper 30’s, I think Spring may finally be here.  I’m so ready.  And, best of all, I’ll be gone from here by the time winter gets here again and even though Brownwood gets a little snow every now and then, it won’t be anything like it’s been here.  Vince can put the snow shovels in the storage building and I hope we never need them again!

It’s 60º here and 90º in Brownwood, Texas.  I’ll love the early spring there and the funny thing is that their average high temps in July and August are 95 – 96.  Our average July and August high temps are 89 – 90.  Those few degrees do not make up for the winters we have here and we have high humidity most of the time and Brownwood does not.  Besides, I can’t remember any summer here when then high temps for July and August weren’t up closer to 100º.  I suppose it doesn’t really matter . . just so the air conditioner works!

For those who asked, the move is a transfer with Vince’s current employer and they make moves pretty easy.  It would be real easy if we weren’t packrats but they do their part and we couldn’t ask for more than what they do.  You know what I’ve been doing all day — cleaning!  One bedroom and one bathroom are clean. More and more boxes are getting packed.  More junk is being tossed.  Even though I missed Vince this week, it was nice to have 6 full days of no interruptions to get things done.  We’re making progress!


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    Denise says

    Mother Nature was not so nice here – April Fools’ indeed – huge snowflakes were falling – now it’s rain. Sounds like you’re making great progress – probably easier to thro things out when there’s no one else to take things back out that they can’t part with. 🙂

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    Linda Beasley says

    Oh Judy!!!! I was born in Brownwood and my parents, grandparents , great grands and great, great grands lived there from the late 1800’s. A lot of history in my family for that town. Also grand parents in Blanket, a mere 14 miles from Brownwood. I love that town.

    Welcome to Texas

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    Linda Beasley says

    I just have to add more. lol You will only be 80 miles from Abilene, they have a very good quilt show in June at the Civic Center on N. 6th….I know of 3 quilt shops. the Singer Store on N. 6th has fabric and there’s one on Butternut …Alton’s I believe and then there is one in River Oaks shopping center on S. 14th. I don’t know if there are more now or not.

    I moved to East Texas from Abilene in 1980. My son just left there in Sept after retiring and is now in Austin with the DPS lab.

    I’m so excited for you. By the way, my grandparents had awesome gardens every year. Weather is terrific.

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    Melinda says

    I just came home from a softball game and I am wearing shorts, but we had a good frost just two days ago. We generally expect our last cold spell around Easter. Of course, I am a bit north of Brownwood.

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    Quiltinggranna says

    We have friends who work for 3M in Brownwood. And we go through there on our way to my husband’s family farm so I am very familiar with Bwood. Got good bbq there! Maybe I’ll catch you teaching there or nearby sometime. Think you will enjoy the Texas winters and spring bluebonnets!

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    Patty says

    We have had 3 moves with my husbands company and they make it pretty easy too. We were not allowed to pack any boxes though due to insurance. If we did they had to un pack and repack the items. We are in Kansas now and I hope we get one more move to get us back to Texas. Although we were in Texas for the last 8 days for our daughters wedding and I am not sure I want to go back to the traffic. One thing I am sure of is I am glad the wedding is over so I can get back to doing some of the things I like to do. Mainly in my sewing room.

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    Brenda B. says

    Judy, we’re sure going to miss you guys. Wish you the best in Texas, at least I’ll still be able to read your blog after you’ve moved. 🙂

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    Hi Judy, We just arrived home tonight after spending 2 months in the Rio Grand Valley. It was so nice and warm and nice to be wearing summer clothes…we returned home to a front lawn covered in the white stuff..snow, which is unusual for us at this time of the year… our home is in southern Ontario, approximately 1 hour from Niagara Falls, but we are happy to be home.
    I hope you enjoy Texas and good luck with finding a new home.
    Thank you for such a wonderful blog and sharing your knowledge and quilt patterns

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    Linda in NE says

    Sometimes I think a person really should move every 5 yrs. or so just to be forced to sort through stuff and get rid of some of it. I’ve lived in my house since the middle of 1975 and have collected way to much. When I think of how empty the basement was after we first moved in and how much stuff is down there now I have to wonder.

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    Perry says

    One day at a time, and nobody to “need” you to do something, Yes!!! You will be packed and some of the “stuff” that you seem to have accumulated may end up in one of those boxes that…oh, my, it must have been in the wrong pile and was sent to GoodWill. ROFLMAO!!!

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    Cindy from CA says

    I just looked up Brownwood on Wikipedia and it is right in the MIDDLE of Texas. So I guess you could say that you are just a couple of hours from ALL the big cities in Texas.

    Sounds like you are getting into the spirit of moving.

    Good Luck to you!

    Thanks for the great blog. I check on you several times a day!


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    Melva Toy says

    Just read that you are moving to Brownwood! I was born in Brady, about 40 miles south of Brownwood; have relatives in Brady, Abilene, so go there fairly often. (I have lived in New Jersey for about 40 years.) I have followed your blog for over a year; love your quilts, recipes, energy, funny stories.
    The Hill Country, which begins just south of you, is lovely, especially this time of year, when the bluebonnets are in bloom. In fact, I try to take a “pilgrimage” back every year during bluebonnet time! Underwoods, in Brownwood, has some great Texas bar-b-que!

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    a friend of mine just moved to McKinney and they love it. Good luck! you will settle in very nicely and feel at home in no time!
    hey your closer to Houston how bad could that be? getting to go to Market and the big show every year, yeah!

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    Moving is the absolutely BEST way to do spring cleaning! Purging once in awhile is a great thing too. I can’t remember who said this – but whoever said it I have taken their advice and EVERY JANUARY I throw away 25 things – I give away 25 things and I donate 25 things…….this is just a minimum number….and voila, it keeps the clutter factor under control…..supposedly! 🙂

    Does anyone know whose idea this is? Martha Stewart?

    sao in Midlothian, VA

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    Beth Andrews says

    I know what you mean about the movers. My dad got transferred 6 times while we were growing up, and my mom used to say that if she wasn’t careful, they would move the ashtrays with the butts still in them! They are VERY thorough packers. All that moving made my mom an anti-packrat. I wish I had inherited that from her, as I am just like you…


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    Hi Judy, I also looked up Brownwood, Texas, on Wikipedia, and it sounds like a wonderful place! You’ll be centrally located for historic places of interest and big cities, and you can have wonderful adventures and museum visits and quilt shop hunts. I wish you lots and lots of happiness in your new home! 🙂

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    Linda Kay says

    Chad can do alot of fishing in Brownwood when he comes to visit. It’s very pretty there I think. I live about 4 hours northwest near Lubbock. I am so excited that y’all are moving to Texas!!!! I hope y’all love it here!

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    Liz says

    Is it easier to toss things when Vince is not around? Based on previous posts, it sounds like you should have it easier since he’s not around to hide the stuff.