Monthly Archives: October 2010

Kaput

Our poor laptop has died. We tried to resurrect it, and managed to get it to last an extra three days (enabling me to back-up my photos) before it began making strange hissing noises and shut off. =(

It’s not exactly the best time for our computer to die. The new house is going to take pretty much all our money for awhile. Thank goodness I have a smartphone. I can’t do everything on it, but it’s better than nothing! Sure, my phone is old and has decided that it no longer wants to send pictures to Facebook or WordPress, but at least I’ll still be able to post stuff. You just won’t get pictures to keep you interested.

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Dialogues of Fenelon

“Silence promotes the presence of God, prevents many harsh and proud words, and suppresses many dangers in the way of ridiculing or harshly judging our neighbor… If you are faithful in keeping silence when it is not necessary to speak, God will preserve you from evil when it is right for you to talk.”
– Francois Fenelon (1651-1715)

Psalm 131-  Lord,  my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me.  Surely I have behaved and quieted myself , as a child that is weaned of his mother; my soul is even as a weaned child.

I’ve been reading from volume one of the Dialogues of Fenelon recently. Fenelon was the archbishop of Cambray during the 17th century. His writings are simple and soul searching and make great little devotionals. You can get the pocket-sized leatherbound book here.

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Caught in the Act

Hubby and I went to the bookstore last night (A very economical way to celebrate our 3rd wedding anniversary- we didn’t even order coffee or pastries).  While perusing the home section, I came across a book full of beautiful country farmhouse bedrooms.  They were loaded with comfy patchwork quilts and I expressed my desire to make one… as soon as my current patchwork is completed.  Hubby called me out for not finishing any of the projects that I start.  He’s partly true.   I do have a problem finishing the ambitious crafts, but I can whip up a pair of socks or a hat without a problem.

I feel slightly guilty that even my craft clueless husband has caught on to this and I have made myself promise not to start anything else (gifts excluded) until my three big WiPs have been completed.  To show you I’m not completely full of hot air, I’ve taken a picture of my unblocked Thermal sweater body along with the recently completed (yesterday) first sleeve!  The lighting was iffy and I didn’t feel like spending 15 minutes laying it out and making it pretty, but you get the idea:

 

Thermal Sweater- A Work in Progress

 

This morning, I even dug my crocheted tablecloth out from the closet.  I know, right?  I’m being very serious about this promise!  I should have one more completed motif by tonight.   I think alternating between the sweater, tablecloth, and quilt will keep me from getting too bored.  The fact that the quilt will look adorable on our guest bed in the new house and the tablecloth will be right at home in an actual, real life dining room helps, too.

I wasn’t the only one getting caught in the act.  This afternoon, I caught Stuart in the middle of one of his favorite activies.  Pillow smooshing.  It’s especially fun after Mommy carefully makes the bed and fluffs the pillows.   Smooshing involves very little effort.  Simply climb on top of the pillows and lay down for a nap.  Repeat several times a day whenever you notice that Mommy has re-fluffed the pillows.

 

Pillow Smooshing

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Our House

We put an offer in for Hubby’s Dream House and received a counter offer yesterday. It was exactly what we were expecting (which is why we started lower), so we accepted it. One step down, a million more to go. House buying is confusing and it amazes me how many people are brought in to profit from it (besides the seller and agents). Our unofficial closing date will be December 15th, if all goes well.

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A House

Hubby fell in love with an old stone cottage he saw online and pretty much made up his mind then and there that it was the house we were going to buy. Despite my advising him to go into our second weekend of house hunting with an open mind, he decided on that house before we had even finished looking for the day. We breezed through the rest of the properties and then started filling out papers for our offer on the cottage.

The place needs some work, but it’s full of character and sits on almost half an acre with plenty of mature trees. If we get the house, you can be sure this blog will be full of before and after photos and lots of stories of our misadventures in renovating.

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House Hunting

Last Saturday, we started house hunting. Hubby wanted to start at the low end of our price range, so we looked at a couple short sales in a seaside town and an REO by the marshes. I felt like I needed an entire bottle of hand sanitizer after going through those houses. I don’t know how people can live like that! It’s absolutely disgusting.

Needless to say, tomorrow we’re looking at 6 houses in the middle and upper end of our price range. The pictures online look cute, so I’m feeling much more positive about these properties. Most of the places have 2-3 bedrooms, but the one actually has 4. Now we just need to get pregnant so I can use bedroom number two as a nursery.  Whenever my reproductive system decides to cooperate, I’ll have a nursery all ready.

 

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