Entertaining Myself

How do you prepare to entertain yourself when you don’t know if you’ll be:

  1. In a hotel for 2 months with all your stuff in storage and no access to any of it except what you packed in your car?
  2. In a hotel for a week or two with no access to anything except what you brought in your car?
  3. Moving right into your new home with everything delivered and left for you to put away?

There’s a slim chance we’ll be able to go from here right to the house we want.  There’s a better change that we will not be able to get it for a couple of weeks and though I don’t want to think about it, there’s a chance something will not go as planned and we won’t even get the house we’re hoping to get and will have to start over at Square 1.  The hardest part is that we won’t know what’s happening until about the same time the packers get here so I’m preparing for Option #1 and if any of the other options happen, well . . that will make it all easier.

This afternoon I came up with the plan for my knitting.

That’s enough yarn for 8 pairs of socks, a couple of scarves, another Sothia and a Pamuya.  But something was missing!  There was one other skein of yarn I knew I’d miss and wish I had with me.

Tosh Sock in Edison Bulb . . doesn’t it just light up that whole pile of yarn?  I surely hate to use it on socks . . no one would really see those but me.  That yarn makes me smile!

Each ball of yarn has a pattern or a notation as to the pattern I’m going to use and the pattern is either with it or in the pocket of the bag, along with needles if it needs something  more than my regular sock needles.

All set and ready to go.  There’s one more ball of yarn and pattern to be added and then it can be zipped and go into the corner with the other stuff that goes into my car.

29 days til the movers come.  23 days til Vince comes home.  5 more times to cut the grass, including today, if I have it figured correctly . . but who’s counting?


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    Looks like you’re ready on the knitting front. Are you going to take a Featherweight and a project for piecing too? ~ksp

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    BlondiKnits says

    It’s kind of like evacuating for hurricane — you have a limited amount time to pack, a limited amount of space , but you don’t know how long you’ll be gone. And you know that likely nothing you leave behind will be there when you get back.

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    Pam says

    Fingers crosses that the house works out. I know that you aren’t telling us ’cause you don’t want to jinx it.
    Good luck on the packing and planning for what you need to keep yourself entertained.

    Made your pressure cooker pork loin with the apples. I did my variation-used the apple pie mix (Americas Test Kitchen recipe) that I had in the freezer instead of fresh apples. Yummy. We’ll have the leftovers tomorrow with noodles. Carrot cake helps.
    Thanks for all that you do for us.
    Best of luck on the move to the great state of Texas.

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    Michelle F. says

    One move I had to live in a hotel room for 2 months with my DH and 2 kids under 6. My sewing machine and some rotary tools were non-negotiable. We tended to try to go do something a lot instead of staying in the room. I did take a quilting class while in the hotel room which was kind of fun. I would take a sewing machine and knitting projects and rotary tools. You will find a way to have fun and make the best of it! BTW, one time I moved with an unsold house, 6 months pregnant and no place to live on the other end. My mother about went over the edge she was so worried. Eventually the house sold,we got a place to live and I really liked the OB that delivered my son. Just keep telling yourself, “It will be fine in the end!” I know how it is though.

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    Linda in NE says

    OK, you’ve got some yarn ready for knitting. Why not kit up 2 or 3 quilts with their instructions & make sure you have your basic sewing supplies, sewing machine, favorite iron and maybe even a sturdy folding table to put the machine on. Make sure you have plenty of reading material and your music. DVDs and player if the room doesn’t come equipped with one. Just make sure you get a good sized room so you don’t feel like you’re in a cell. It could almost be like a vacation…..somebody else will be cutting the grass.

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    I had a very similar experience as you are having right now when we moved to North Texas five years ago. All our posessions, save for a few in our horse trailer, were with the moving company and we arrived to a hotel without a house to move into. The housing selection was sparse but luckily it only took a week or so to find a house to lease.

    It’s hectic not having a solid plan…too stressful. Here’s hoping all goes smoothly for y’all. And may Texas get a freak snowstorm in the middle of summer to make your moving cooler ’cause right now it’s miserable.

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    Looks good to me.. and if it’s not enough to keep you busy, then I think that it’s quite alright to find the local fabric/yarn store to replenish.

    If there is a LQS, maybe they’ll let you use their machines to sew while yours is in a hostage mode.

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    Hand piecing is a nice travel type project so it would work in your situation as well as long as you get all your pieces cut and marked before leaving home. I don’t envy you the move.

    The Brownwood area is very small-town friendly. My grandparent had a farm near Santa Anna for many years so I’m familiar with the area.

    Donna K. from N. TX @ http://www.quiltingbeargal.blogspot.com
    “My soul is fed with needle and thread, my body with chocolate.”

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    Joanna says


    You are totally amazing! All organized and ready to go. You won’t waste a minute with your projects lined up. I wish I could light some of that fire over at my workshop!

    Take care, Joanna

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    Amy says

    I would make sure I have my smaller Bernina and my most essential supplies. I’d plan 5-6 projects in bags … And then count on buying a few new ones at quilt shops during the chaos.

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    pdudgeon says

    LOL, if it were me i’d grab a bottle of chilled wine, a loaf of French bread, a nice spreading cheese and a box of chocolates and head for a very long bubble bath!