Wednesday, August 31, 2011

First, just a little bit o kitchen. Things are not done, but they are done enough to cook and eat and hang.

Furniture is placed in rooms again -- thanks to my friend Suvi, who is just Type A enough to understand that I really wanted it DONE and did not want to wait for either the weekend or a night when Craig came home before 9pm to haul this stuff around. She helped me move the things out of their piles and into rooms when picking Zoe up for a playdate. Thanks to her, we now have a table and chairs in the dining room and sofas and a TV in the living room.

See? It felt really good to sit on our stuff again. I have knit in all of these seating spots in the last two days.

And put flowers on the table. Ahhhh.

Today both my kids are in school for a full 3 hours. I'm not entirely sure why school districts feel the need to "ease" them back into the routine, since I really don't need to be "eased" out of mine and have a lot of painting and unpacking and knitting that could be getting done. But, a break is a break, and I plan to spend mine doing this little update, going off to buy paint for later in the week, and going to the dump.

Yep, the dump. In our new town, there is no trash pickup. You load up your car and bring your crap on down. One day I'll blog properly about this whole adventure, as it does deserve a proper description, but for now just know that the dump has a silver lining in the form of a swap shop. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! It's actually just a big tent where you put anything someone might want, and there are more than a few sketchy items in it, but when it's good, it's good. Really good :-)

But, even better than the swap shop ...... is my new punch bowl!

I've been wanting to tell you all about this since the beginning of summer, but the bowl was properly packed and safely tucked away, so I couldn't show it off. Some of you may remember that I was looking for one last spring and had miserable luck on Ebay finding something - which really means that I was too cheap and kept getting outbid. BUT, right about when I gave up, I got an email from a lovely reader named Barbara, who had this amazingly cool bowl, and she thought I could get more use out of it than she currently did! ( there are way more cups, don't worry. These are for showing you.)

Seriously, I like this one better than any of the others I'd bid on. The swirls and the orange glass are kind of unusual and look awesome when the light hits them. She was kind enough to pack it up and ship it off to our new house, and it's now unpacked and awaiting gobs of sherbert and champagne and cider and rum. I think I have a week or so before I can manage it, but I'm DYIN G to use this puppy.
The beauty of the blogosphere, right? Thanks again Barbara, I love, love, love it.

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Other news from around the blogosphere that's kind of exciting is that Sandy (Spikeysandy on Ravelry), of Spirit Lake, Idaho won a BLUE RIBBON at her State Fair for her Dark and Stormy!! Really!!! How cool is that? She knit it out of Mad Tosh MCN in Cousteau, and it really is gorgeous. The lady deserves a drink, right?


Yay Sandy!

I'll save my knitting news for later on, as the dump and paint store beckons, and maybe I'll swing by that yarn shop again now that I am showered and without children....



17 comments:

Turtle said...

yay on the progress! Such sweet gifts and blue ribbons.

with daughter having moved home to go to college near home (with a new major 3 years into her 5 year one she was going for) we are redoing her room this week. Will be interesting today to see if we can move her bed, etc away from the wall, lol! Oh, and no water to the house today, new main lines going in our neighborhood! You can tell tomorrow is Sept 1, almost felt like we needed the furnace to take the chill off this morning!

Seanna Lea said...

It sounds like your place is coming together. I wish you tons of luck with finishing up the rest (and I don't get the easing in thing, and I don't have kids. I certainly don't get eased back into work from vacation).

Chris said...

Your house looks wonderful! I like the lights in your kitchen and the bookcase in the livingroom, in particular. Nice floors, too. I want to rip up all the expensive carpeting the last owner put in my house and put in hardwoods. The bonus to getting a dog - she races around the house and wears out the carpet ;).

Amber said...

Teeeheeeheee. I'll soon be VERY near you in a very different (unknitterly) capacity than you are used to seeing me. Can't wait! We'll just say it involves weights and an awesome location in your lovely new town. Perhaps I'll be able to talk you into joining me for an intro session? ;)

Kym said...

House looks gorgeous! :-) Can't wait to hear more about The Dump. Wow. So Old School!!!!

Leah said...

Your house looks wonderful - and that punch bowl rocks!

Mandy said...

Your house is gorgeous! I think I might steal your kitchen (but not really, I just love it a lot!).

Thea said...

Amber -- a gym??? I so do need to get back in shape, tell me more. Painting and lugging boxes only goes so far.

PS - Hubby cancelled his Gold's membership over in Arlington, he might be sniffing around too.

It would be good to see you!

me

the quilter said...

Town dumps are amazing places--all the political candidates hang out there and it is where you catch up on how the crops are coming along--in Western Mass it is the norm.
the take it or leave it space is great for outgrown kid items and those trying to furnish a kids first apartment.
why do we educators ease kids into school--because for an entire summer they have run on their own agendas and been able to take a break when they want to--it is hard to get back into the school routine for the little ones and their families--many are so tired after lunch that what they really need it home and a nap!

Dorothy said...

What a great house! Hate to ask, but do you get bears at the dump? That prospect would keep me away. But then, maybe it's a Midwestern concern!

Kristen said...

Very cool post and punch bowl and the house is looking looking beautiful! The dump thing scares me tho, I look forward to that post because I've never heard of that before, thank goodness.

Thea said...

ha! Dorothy, have not heard about bears, but we do see wild turkey around town, so I'm guessing they stop by.

And the Quilter, I do see the logic, just wish I was back on my own time!!

Amber said...

Thea, we're going to be on Cross St. I'll post links once we've officially announced it, picking up keys today, hoping to start classes 10/1!

janna said...

The house is great, and I love that punchbowl. But -- no trash pickup?? In my town, they charge you extra for using the dump....

terri said...

Barbara rocks!

diana said...

Thea, the house looks gorgeous! Let's get together soon!!

Hilary said...

So much awesome in this post! First of all, the dump swap? That is seriously cool. I bet it's even fun to see all the sketchy stuff (granted you stay several feet away from it), just wondering where the heck it came from. The punch bowl is awesome, too! And the ladle! And congrats to Sandy...nicely done. :)