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Unpacking and getting settled in our Shangri-La we call the Lazy Daisy!!!

Wow y’all! It has been exactly 1 month since my last post I realized when I went back to review my last post… so sorry for the delay but we just moved into our dream home!!!!  Check out this view …

This is a completely different home than the one I shared in my last post… it has been a very crazy and busy month for sure!!!

First let me say all went well with the move out of Florida…

Here is our “plenty big enough” 17 foot uHaul

 Here is our “not quite big enough uHaul” and the Nissan Rogue getting filled up too…

Now you can see our uHaul… with me following in the SUV … leaving Florida officially for the last time!!!!  Yippee 😀

And as I mentioned… the house I had shared with you before is NOT the one we wound up with… it had MANY issues so during the time we could walk away we chose to do just that and found this little morsel of awesomeness….

That is a view from the road leading to the house… it is between 2 mountains in the Nantahala National Forest in North Carolina 😀

Here is the house… and I get my very own clothes line to display quilts on or… to dry laundry on 😀 … and a great big shop to the left 🙂

Here is an overhead view of our pond home…

And here is a view of the back of the house…

One of my fave spots is right here…

 This swing and the pergola are just amazing to me… a great place to watch the sparkly pond and fish in it!!!

The grist mill or water wheel as some call it… is quite unique and amazing… my honey (the engineer) wants to hook something up to it and make it make energy for us 😀  We shall see how long that takes to make a generator of sorts out of this grist mill…

Here is a video showing the grist mill working too!!!

It is very cool… and we found out from a neighbor the pond and grist mill, home and out building were all designed over a 25 year period from 1 man who owned it … then he sold it to the couple we bought it from.  We plan to keep it for as long as we are able to care for it!!!

This is our Lazy Daisy hangout… our Shangri-la of sorts 😀

This property is 1 1/2 acres of bliss… we have peach trees, apple trees, blueberry bushes, rose bushes of several sorts, forsythia, burning bushes, grapes, lilies, buttercups, corkscrew weeping willow, weeping willow tree, and more to enjoy as the seasons come and go year after year… so I will be learning how to preserve all the fruits in the most healthy way that we may enjoy them as time goes by… we have this spring house if I can figure out how to make preserves and jams…

See this spring house holds all our spring fed water stuff and keeps it out of the weather so none of those pipes freeze… all the water coming off the house is diverted away via piping the original owner installed.  The folks we bought the homestead from were plant officials so they really spent time tending the outdoors.. we will enjoy the outdoor spaces this home offers … but will put some time and effort into interior maintenance needs and making the home feel less disjointed.

The master bedroom for instance is small and the bathroom off it is smaller… so we have opted for the largest bedroom as our master and the hall bath as our main bath to use… It has plenty of space… there is a bedroom off the living room that will soon be a sewing room for me … and my honey can use the living room to fix up featherweight sewing machines and I will have my quilting frames set up there … by these windows and this fireplace…

It is a gas fireplace.  Rick plans to put a wood burning fireplace in his shop (outbuilding).  So that will be nice too… it is a vinyl sided building matching the house but has a single garage door opening and windows… best of all it has a tin roof though… so we will go out there in summer rain time and enjoy the sound of rain on the roof 😀

As for quilting … I am in full on withdrawals at present!!!

I haven’t quilted a stitch since we left Florida.  But I have visited some nice LQS’s

and found a great place to buy some civil war fabric lot  of fat quarters someone was destashing!!!!

I fell in love with this pattern for these civil war fabrics….

I won’t have mine laid out just like theirs but similar 😀  My honey is enamored with old style quilts and I love the repros I was able to attain for a song!!!  Once my sewing room gets set up I will start on this project for our bed.  I will add a outer border to make it just a bit larger too … we like a roomy queen quilt!!!

Presently we are enjoying a queen air mattress I bought for visitors… in the living room as we clean the house and carpets (only in the bedroom are carpeting).  As we make this home our own.

I am currently pinching myself that this is all ours to enjoy as long as we can keep up with all it needs… did I mention there is a substantial garden space and greenhouse too??? WOW … really except for electric and tv/internet we could easily be off grid here… we don’t even get USPS here at our house… we have to go down the road to the post office where we have a po box!!!!

So as we enter Slow Stitching Sunday I hope to be getting my slow stitching whole cloth found and started back on in my PVC frame.  We are still looking for pots and pans… vacuum sealer and other kitchen stuff too…. but it will all be found eventually 😀

Thanks for keeping us in your hearts and minds as we complete our transition.

Hope you have enjoyed this pic heavy post!  Have a blessed week and I hope to be back next week with good hand quilting progress to share…. I will have to grow back my callouses as they have disappeared in the last month!!!

I am taking my own advice to you all… living a life I can LOVE ❤

P. S.  While I love this sentiment for this year… the pic with my signature will change to a mountain view I think… this is my heart now and am NOT missing Florida at all… just a few good friends who still reside there!

February is speeding by here!!!

Happy mid February Y’all!  I can’t believe it is the 11th already !!!

After my last post we had a frenzy of showings on our home… then after a showing on February 1… we got a cash offer for our home and we accepted!!! 

The NEXT DAY they had us leave again for an inspection!!!  So to the beach we went 😀

It was windy but warm for the beginning of February… and the tide was out so it was good!  Negotiations after the inspection continued until we settled on the original agreement on February 6 with all things signed… now to find a new home for us to move to!

We had been looking north to get back to seasons and decided Appalachian foothills country would be closer to family in Tennessee and seasonal but closer for beach visits and more moderate climate WITH seasons … with trees and mountains… all the things we miss in flat Florida ! lol

Here is a view from an overlook near the part of the Appalachian foothills we will be calling home…

Click on the pic to make it larger if you like… it is near the clouds though!!!  Lots of ear popping happened on this trip!!!!

Soon we settled on a house but we are waiting on all to be final… so just a few shots of the house to show you what we have in mind as awesome..

 Soon it was the last time we would be entering Florida as actual residents … our trip up north only lasted 2 nights and 3 days but thanks to my honey’s prowess on finding properties online… we found a house we want to fix up to call home!!!

We looked at several houses and went back to this one a total of 3 times before making our decision final… but it has privacy, is newer all around that our current home, it is better sized for the 2 of us and an occasional visitor, plus it has TONS of potential and good bones about it as well!  And we got it for what we could afford to pay from the sale of the house we are selling so it a GREAT 😀

Meanwhile, I have been hand quilting mainly.. I did make up a few Kaleidoscope blocks … but my focus has been packing, washing, moving, and finding our forever home as well… as it should be!

Here is the section of quilting I was working on last post on my Colorful Whole Cloth quilt…

 And here it is laid out on the floor when I turned it to get to the opposite side…

 I am working from the center out… so once I had reached one side completely… I felt I needed to turn the quilt and work from the center that was done… to the outer opposite edge… so here it is back in my PVC frame ready for me to quilt…

 Here I am rotated and making quilty progress…

 And here is where I am working this morning ….

 Here is an overview of all I have done on THIS side 😀

I am enjoying the variety of colors and stitching this quilt involves… esp with so much going on in our lives presently… and this PVC frame hand quilting project will work nicely until my wood frame gets set up in our new home if all goes according to plan on that.  Linking this hand quilting progress and where you will find me on and off today with Kathy’s Slow Stitching Sunday link… come see what other hand stitchers are doing at her Olympic focused Linky Party HERE!

Here are some Kaleidoscope Krazy blocks I have been stitching a bit on…

 Here they are as I had cut and paired them up into sets and pinned them… these piles when sewn will bring me to halfway on block construction for this big quilt…

 While sewing these I am trying out leaders and enders Bonnie Hunter style…  making hour glass blocks!!!

 Above are the ones that I trimmed up 😀

And this quote sums up my life right now…

 A Wild Wild ride!!!!

Here is a cool barn quilt block I saw on saved on my computer… while up in the Appalachian foothills we saw lots of varieties of barn quilts… so if we are blessed enough to move there I will be looking for pointers on painting my own to show off on our home!!! Always wanted to do this too soooo awesome to get the house and the chance is all works out 😀

 And who doesn’t love doxie quilts for doxie owners… doxies in sweaters… love this layout and inner border of winding ribbon!!!

 So until my next post….

We are DEFINITELY doing this NOW!!!!