Sharon D's Blog

December 2013 - Posts

The gift of a quilting studio

As you know, we have recently moved to TN, and have been looking for a new house. Well, all I can say is that Miracles still happen! Late in September we saw a house that is about twice as big as the house we sold in Raleigh. Seems foolish to look at it - since we are both retired and pushing 70! It is a single living area with a mostly finished basement. Almost as soon as we walked in we knew this could be it in spite of the 3 big parrot cages in the living room. The more we saw of it, the better it became. But, when we thought about it - we were amazed that we liked it. It had some big negatives. The paint color was NOT our color palette, the carpets old, the sheet vinyl tacky, aging heating system, no room to eat (eat in kitchen that didn't have room for a dining table!), a "what were they thinking" master bath, an above ground pool dominating the back yard, and to top it off, an active train track a few houses away! Gak, what were WE thinking?

BUT, when God says "This it it," then this is it. None of that became show stoppers because the house had everything that was important to us and then some. The bedrooms upstairs were large by today's standards, separate utility room, 2-car attached garage, flat back yard (for DH's gardening), room in the basement for a quilting room, workshop for DH, big sky, and valley views. If that was all it had, it would have been enough. But no - that wasn't all. It has a screened front porch for DH, ready-go gardening area complete with fruit trees, strawberry patch, and asparagus bed. And the quilting room is HUGE (21' x 24'). Not to mention the small bedroom and 1/2 bath in the basement, storage shelves and 2 workbenches in the workshop, and beautiful kitchen cabinets with roll-out shelves!

And even that's not all. We met the owners one day when went over to meet the home inspector. They were having a yard sale. The wife began to tell us about the landscaping. Wow! All of our favorite plants, well designed, and well cared for. Then we talked with the husband. BIG Wow! It became clear to me that God had been working on this deal since 1977. That year a daughter was born to the owner out of wedlock. Although he was there for the birth, the mother's parents refused to let him have anything to do with the baby, and he never saw her again. He finally gave up and went ahead with his life. In 2011, the daughter began to look for him. She found whom she thought was he on Facebook and sent him a message. It was June 2013 before he accessed FB and saw the message. They began to communicate by FB, email, and phone, and fell in love with each other. She was so excited to find him, that she told Facebook about it. FB was excited, too, and arranged for them to meet face to face in August - on the Today show! A month later the homeowners put their house on the market, and a few days later we had a contract on the house. They now live near the daughter and her family in NM.

Here's a link to the Today Show video: . Grab a tissue.

We arranged a 60 day close to minimize having to make house payments and apartment rent at the same time. We are now in the middle of repainting, replacing the sheet vinyl, making some repairs, and most importantly, replacing the quilting studio carpet with a wood laminate floor. Wish we could replace the carpet upstairs too, but budget being limited, we'll settle for a thorough cleaning.

Now it's about time to start a serious search for a longarm machine!


Where have I been?

The answer is simple and complex. I've been moving to TN! It meant starting over with everything from a new mechanic to new friends, and new church - everything. Not to mention finding a house! It has been months of open switches. Thankfully, they are getting closed one by one.

Of course, I got a bit desperate for quilting friends. We are very blessed in this area in NE TN with several active guilds. So I made plans to visit all of them. Now, I am a serious chicken when it comes to going alone to a gathering where I don't know anyone. So I didn't go to any of them for a couple of months. (That's missing 10 opportunities!) I discovered a guild that meets less than 5 minutes from the apartment in a nearby church. So my DH agreed to go with me. It didn't take long for me to discover that not only were the members glad to see us and very friendly, but they were just a goofy as I am. One of the guild members invited me to her home to check out her longarm - I'm in research mode. And one of the founders of the guild (a Christian guild associated with the church) invited us to visit her Sunday School - that met at 8:15 am! The crazy thing is that we actually went!

So in one fell swoop - my life was moving forward with a new Church, a Sunday School, Bible study, guild, quilting community, and great friends. Once that happened, looking for a home became easy. A month or so later, we had a contract on a great home within a mile of at least 3 new friends, and within 10 minutes of the church and guild, and within 15 minutes of a very nice quilt store. The house is a story unto itself, so I'll write a separate post about that.

So now it's time to reconnect with the QCA community - and restart my online life!