In my effort to try to do better about updating you with the stories I start and never finish . . like someone is sitting by their computer all day just wondering what’s going on in my life! : ) I know that’s not the case but I often get asked about things I’ve mentioned and realize I should do better about continuing with followups so here are a few.
Speck – Not good news! After we took him to the vet over the weekend, he seemed better. He had a nail that was hanging up on the carpet so I figured I should get his nails trimmed. I always tell them about his bad shoulder/elbow and they still hurt him. He’s really in pain today. We got the report from the orthopedic vet and are seeing a different vet here in town this afternoon.
The House – Due to several factors (no houses that fit our needs, the economy and drought in this area being the main ones), I think we’re just going to rent. I hope Vince will get with the owner of this house and try to work out a long term lease. I’ve always wanted to go back to Louisiana, and Vince just isn’t sold on the idea. Toledo Bend Lake is just minutes from where my grandparents lived (like 5 minutes to the water), but their land isn’t on the water. Living near there would put me 2 hours from my parents, my niece and her family and my friends where I grew up. Last night Vince and I were talking about it and he said he would move to Toledo Bend but he might want to be on the Texas side. That’s close enough to home for me. He was looking at real estate online. We may decide to buy something there, take most of our “stuff” there and then rent something here that’s much smaller than what we have now. We could even rent in town and that would be much closer for Vince for work. I could spend my time between here and there and we’d have our retirement home all set and maybe Vince will retire sooner rather than later. There are a whole lot of “ifs” in there but at least it’s another option and something to think about. As many of you have mentioned, when it’s this hard to find a house to buy, in this economy, maybe there’s a reason we shouldn’t be buying a house here! Should the drought end and the perfect house come along – on water or with a nice pond, with a well, with a quilting room, with a nice kitchen, at a reasonable price, we will consider it but until then, we’re out of the househunting business. I like to garden and grow things too much to live in an area where you cannot water and nothing survives — except cactus, mesquite and those green grasshoppers! 🙂
The Longarm – Vince thought he had found the back handles to my machine and I got so excited but they weren’t the handles! 🙁 I talked to APQS and I can quilt from the front of the machine without harming anything. I wasn’t sure because there are all kinds of wires that need to be plugged in to the back handles but they said ok so I did it and did get my piece quilted to send to the magazine.
Other things that I haven’t talked about but some of you have mentioned:
The Wild Fires – The closest major fire to our area is about 2 hours. There are so many horrible fires burning and so many popping up. Please continue to pray for rain for our area. This is the site I use to track the fires. It seems to stay pretty up to date but I surely don’t count on that as my only fire info. If you enlarge the map and look a little south and east of Abilene, you’ll see Brownwood. You can also look almost due west of Waco and find us. As you can see, currently our area is ok.
The Glass Top Stove – All the moaning and complaining I did about the glass top in MO, this house has one and it’s totally different! Same brand (Whirlpool) but this one gets HOT and it gets hot fast! I can’t believe the difference in the two stoves. I’m not going to say I like this one but I could surely live with this one. I’m not going to can on it because if I break it, I’ll have to replace it (not that I wouldn’t have replaced my own had I broken it) but there’s nothing to can anyway but . . I’m betting it wouldn’t be so hard to can on this one since it gets and stays so much hotter than did the one I had in MO. Not all glass tops are created equally it seems.
OK . . that’s all I can think of. I have a quilt to bind so I can get it in the mail. Sure wish you could see it! 🙂