Friday, December 11, 2009

Squash House Progress Update

What a week it's been! I can't even remember what I told you in my last post - so much has been going on! We're still unpacking and organizing. So far we've even managed to repack 7 boxes for a Spring garage sale! Mr. Squash and I have no idea why we didn't get rid of some of this stuff at our first garage sale. We're also learning that less is more! While the Squash House is much larger than our other house, it has a bit less storage space as it was built in the day when storage wasn't a premium!

We've had a lot of service people in and out - the last one came today to clean the chimneys. The good news is that they were both in perfect order and he didn't charge us a thing! The hardest "service" issue has been internet. We've spents hours and hours trying to make 2 different wireless routers work to no avail. I finally got my computer connected on the second try, but it was my little netbook that revealed the problem - my studio has too much interference between where the router is located (Mr. Squash's downstairs office). So, off to the local cable company today to acquire a second modem. All in all, it worked out and I'm now "hard-wired", but it sure ate up a lot of time!

I've had two unexpected surprises in the mail this week. First came a package from Stephanie!

In Stephanie's package was this great winter quilt card, one of her wonderful knitted dishcloths, a darling pincushion that Miss Sophie approves of, and a fantastic antique bobbin!
The second package came from Mary. I love the wrapping paper and ribbon! Inside the card was a hot cinnamon spice tea bag that was quickly made and consumed!
Inside the wrapping paper was a really cool fish sign which I will put in our fishing bathroom, and a wonderful runner with needle and thread quilting! If you click on the picture to enlarge it, you can see Mary's quilting better.
Stephanie and Mary are very special friends and I thank them both from the bottom of my heart for such great and thoughtful "Welcome to the Squash House" gifts!!

We have had bitter cold, single digit temps here all week. We wanted real seasons and we're gettig them! Some of the forecasts are even predicting several inches of snow tonight or tomorrow! We've stocked up on tea, cocoa, latte fixin's and soup fixin's, plus made a trip to the local bakery today....let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

16 comments:

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Such beautiful gifts for your new home!

ferne said...

This is all sounding so familiar to me. We are still repacking things that we wonder why we brought them, but we found a great thrift shop in the neighborhood to donate them too and they help needy people in our area so it feels good giving to a good cause. Hope you feel as at home in your new home as we do in ours!

Orcsmom said...

Sounds like you are getting finally settled in your new home. We actually had snow on Monday, which hasn't happened for 15 years. The dog wanted to stay outside and play, and I woke the whole house up in excitement! It was so pretty as it fell to the ground at 3:30 am!! Enjoy you cozy week-end, and have a cup of tea for me!

Hugs!
Pam

Ulla said...

It sounds like you are having a busy time before Christmas! Your internet works, and the mailman has also found your new address. Let's hope there will not be too much snow at a time.

Stephanie said...

When we retire I'll be glad to downsize but don't relish the sorting!!! Wishing you cozy evenings wrapped in quilts while sipping hot tea and eating delicious baked treats.

Jackie said...

It sounds like you've had a very busy first few days of retirement! What lovely gifts and I'm so glad you figured out your wireless problem. Tech issues can drive a person bonkers!

onlymehere said...

I almost wish it would snow here and take away these frigid temperatures! We've been setting records for low temperatures and I'm not a fan of the latest one -13 degrees. This is January and early February weather, augh! Great gifts too from your dear friends. It sounds like things are definitely looking up at the Squash House!

Kim said...

We had a similar experience while getting wireless up and running...the wireless printer was additional fun, lol, but love having that.

I was wondering where Mary was sending the Needle and Thread quilt! Now I am happy to see it has a wonderful new home with you...love that fishing sign!

Quilt Hollow said...

We did the same thing after leaving the military. You see before an overseas duty assignment we put ALOT of stuff in storage and ended up overseas for 6 years. Once back stateside we received the "stuff" and really...by then it was JUNK! LOL Now that we are settled and have no where to be I'm afraid the house is getting too much stuff! I miss the days of moving every so many years to clear out. Oh I tell ya, hubby as a basement now too and why is it that guys save all cords, cables, etc? Can you see where I am going with this? Hee!
Glad you enjoyed your little welcome home package.

Stephanie D. said...

Aw, what terrific housewarming gifts!

I just bought a router for us this week--haven't hooked it up yet, but hoping it will be an easy task!

Kaaren said...

Sounds like every day it's becoming more like home.

What wonderful gifts from great friends!

Here's hoping you get a little of the white stuff like we did earlier this week. I think we're going to have a white Christmas after all!

Mary said...

Home is where the computer works.

Carrie P. said...

Taking time to get the Squash House unpacked. Hopefully you will have a great yard sale in the spring.
Stephanie and Mary are very very sweet friends.
Stay warm and enjoy!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

It sounds as if you are having a wonderful time! and your gifts from your friends, how fun and beautiful are they!! Enjoy your snow!!

Melanie said...

Keep warm Candace. LOL I'm still opening boxes here years later. There's no way daughter will fit her old hacking jacket now. :-)

What lovely gifts for your new home. Stephanie is so thoughtful.

Red Geranium Cottage said...

WE werent so lucky with our chimney. We had to spend close to 3,000 getting it ready for winter. Grrrrr But we're enjoying it now.