Monday, February 17, 2014

Greetings from Sobro!

So life is a little different now than from my last post.

Tall, Dark & Handsome and I started renting a house together and we'll start the mortgage process again once his taxes are done. Until then we are trying to tolerate the landlords who drop by randomly, yell at my cat, take pictures of our personal belongings and take no responsibility for the crap rehab that was done on the house (for example- instead of replacing a rusty bathtub, they painted over it).  But we still love the house, still love the area, and we know it's not our forever home.  So we'll gradually be fixing things properly so that when we found ourselves needing something bigger then we won't have any problems moving it.  In the meantime, it's small, it works, and it's getting cuter every day.

Our house is a little South of Broad Ripple- a super artsy area where I can be with my own kind.  It also happened to be somewhere in the middle of where we both lived- literally meeting each other halfway in a part of town we both love.  We are close enough that we can ride bikes to dinner if this winter ever goes away, but far enough away that we won't wake up with passed out people in our yard.

I'm still at the nursery but am looking for something a little more regular that pays a little better.  So if you know of any openings in HR or Marketing somewhere in Indy- let me know! I do love working at the nursery, and I'll try to stay on for weekends- at least until our yard is adorably landscaped. I'm so excited to have a real in-the-ground garden this year!  I might even try to do some canning this year!

Since our house still isn't "ours" we are stuck with brown walls on brown floors in a brown brick house.  The house and floors are staying but the walls are covered the paint chips as we try to determine their next color. Here's a few pictures of my favorite places, more to come as we get into the fun parts once we close on the house.

My quilt! Turns out that being shut in the house for a week during these awful snow storms was really good for the quilt.  The top is finished, and I've purchased the backing fabric (10.5 yards- ouch!).  My friend who has the long arm quilting machine is currently having it worked on so it may be a few more weeks before I can get it done done. But I love it. It's absolutely huge.
Madeline's favorite spot- her red blankie at the front window.  I've got a few birdfeeders set up outside her window because I felt so bad moving her to a tiny house and then spending most of my time at work.  I set up a few more at a different window today so she can sit on the guest bed and watch the birds there too.
 My "greenhouse".  Okay, some of my plants went to friends or didn't make the move, but these are my favorites.  I had to temporarily relocate my Meyer lemon and African violet so this year's garden seedlings have a chance- someone was eating all the starts when I was at work.
 My spinning wheel finally got to move to the living room!  And my mom got me something I have been wanting for years- an Ott light!  It's amazing and I love it!  I spend entirely too much time curled up in the corner of the couch with an audiobok, my light and a knitting project.
My corner.  It has my quilt rack (quilt just moved to the guest room) and a chest that my dad made for his mom when he was in high school.  She kept her yarn in it for years.  It moved internationally with us a few times and a few years ago, I found it broken and waiting for the trash man.  I found someone to repair it and she charged me a pair of socks.  Now it holds my yarn and sometimes a glass of wine.
 The guest room!  So if you're ever in Sobro (or in Indy from out of town) you're welcome here! It has 4 of my favorite sheep (including Baaahbara McFleece) that now have a lovely handmade home. TD & H stuck a project of mine on there so he could watch the US v Russia hockey game on there and Madeline has claimed it for her own.  She's about to get her own blankie though so I can have that one back, wash it and give it to someone special.
 The house is still coming together and I'll show you more as we change/fix/update more of it.  But for now here's 2 projects that I desperately need to finish and make designs for. Like the Main Squeeze Hat.  It's been sitting on my desk untouched since we moved in.
The Snowbunny Pullover.  This is supposed to by my Olympic knitting challenge.  I worked on it during the opening ceremonies and didn't touch it until the other day but have found some momentum.  I'd really love to have it done by the end of the closing ceremonies.  And I'd really really like for the pattern to get fabulously famous and sell lots of Chord.  But let's just take it one stitch at a time for now.

So that's my new life.  I'll try to be much better about regular posting.  TD & H worked on my computer a bit and it's now muuuuch easier to blog so I don't have that excuse anymore. So I think I'm going to start dinner since I'm a domestic diva now and he's wanting to see Robocop tonight.  I think I'll take my knitting.