This is the view out my dining area window as I sit and type this morning’s blog post.
My brain is not cooperating.
I slept too long.
I think I needed it, yesterday was crazy busy and last evening we ended up at Rick & Mona’s new place for a steak dinner. So much fun to sit and talk and catch up and let Beanie and Sadie play. They can’t get enough of each other, and you can feel the joy when they are together.
In fact, Sadie KNEW what I was talking about when I asked her if she wanted to go see Beanie:
Beanie?! EARS UP!
This is her flying nun impersonation with those ears. So stinking cute. This is also the look she gives you when you are holding a piece of pepperoni as a treat. In other words, this look covers “all favorite things.” and into the car we went for our drive to Boomer, NC.
I had a stop to make in Wilkesboro – I had to pick up the septic permit for our cabin so we can start digging to add another line taking this tank from 2 bedrooms to 3. This was NOT disclosed when we purchased the cabin 3 years ago. We feel we need to make it right with the next buyers. This is on the head of our original listing agent who neglected to pull the permit and have the correct information not only on the listing of this cabin when we were looking at it, but also at CLOSING. Nothing was ever disclosed as to this tank only having a 2 bedroom permit.
The Virginia Cabin has a THREE bedroom tank, and you can bet we were sure to have that checked out.
**In North Carolina you can only BY LAW list a dwelling as having the maximum number of bedrooms that a tank is permitted for. Listing OUR cabin as a 3 bedroom when we bought it was illegal. It should only have been listed as a 2 bedroom on a 2 bedroom tank. It was plainly listed as a 3 bedroom and no disclosure on the tank.**
Right now this SAME listing agent who had our place listed has another place on the mountains – the listing says FIVE BEDROOMS. It’s on a 2 bedroom tank. Legally it should only be listed as a 2 bedroom. This guy is shifty.
And that’s more than you wanted to know. But the permit is here and they will start digging in the next week or so. This makes me sad because trees have to come down to do it. *SIGH*
Busy happy girls, can’t get them to sit still!
We had a lovely time, and it was late by the time we left their place, stopped at the grocery store to pick up what we need for the weekend and get up here. At which point the wind was howling, fine snow was falling (Zero accumulation though – happy for that!) and started to unload stuff inside. The thermostadt read 56 degrees inside. Time to fire up the gas logs and get some warmth going!
I love these inserts!!
We have one in the downstairs, and one on the main floor and they heat the whole cabin. Clean and efficient and they put out a lot of heat as there are fans on them. We WILL be doing this at the new place too. We are getting too old to want to chop wood, and I certainly don’t want to have to clean up the mess of wood burning either.
Baby, it’s COLD outside!
Sadie and I went for a VERY SHORT WALK at 8am before breakfast. It’s windy, but cloudless and clear. Perfect for staying INSIDE to sew.
West Ridge through the trees.
THIS will be getting borders this weekend.
Dawn’s Early Light is together, but needs two inner borders added, and then the string border that I started working on during Quilt-Cam. It’s going to be a weekend of machine time.
I am READY to start in!
I am READY to sew this down!
And if I finish?
I have been pulling “everything aqua” into this tote in prep for the next string quilt down the line – Straits of Mackinac! My life is all about string quilts until I get this next book off to the publisher. I’m closing in on the number of quilts needed for this book (12) and I still keep coming up with MORE THINGS STRINGS, so I don’t think I’ll be stopping the string piecing any time soon.
Sometimes things just spark laughter in the kitchen:
The Hubster to me while making breakfast: "You know, your shirt is inside out?"
Me: (Thinking quickly) "Yes, the other side is covered with sewing threads."
I then stepped quickly into the bathroom to turn it right side out. This is 55 rearing it's head!
I posted an update yesterday about my cousin Bethany’s mission trip to Aruba. I have some more news for you today!
This little pup is a dump rescue.
Bethany posts: “I will never get tired of looking at this sweet girl”.
It’s hard to imagine that anyone could just dump a litter of puppies at the dump and walk away. But what she is doing in Aruba will help.
We were able to go to the one of the local schools here and education a group of 6th graders about taking care of your animals and the importance of spaying and neutering the dogs and cats here on the island.Even just things as simple as feeding your dog 2x a day and making sure they have plenty of water during the day.In Aruba, dogs are looked at as "doorbells" not pets. So they are chained up outside a home with an extremely short chain, no food or water.The students were so eager to learn and had so many amazing stories to tell us!It all stars with a younger generation to bring change to the island.
Our thanks continue to those who opened their hearts in helping send Bethany on this trip that is making such a difference in not only the lives of these precious animals, but also in the lives of the children who are learning how to properly respect and care for them.
I will continue to post updates as they come in to me!
Time to GO SEW!
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
Vintage quilt found in North Carolina.
Encourage your creativity. Feed your imagination. Lift your heart. Listen to your inner voice. Do what brings you joy!
Do it TODAY.