I'll start with the latest sewing project which was to stitch up three pairs of Style Arc Elle pants that I had cut out in early winter....two black knit ones and one dark olive green pair. I'll just show you one and you can imagine the others.
|Elle pants, one of three pairs in April|
That's all the sewing news at present so you can stop reading and move onto another sewing blog, won't hurt my feelings. For those of you curious about our recent move north, here are more details
When you last saw us, Mr. Lucky and I had sold our condo to a delightful couple and had to find temporary housing for a few more weeks of Florida sunshine. We started out at the very pet-friendly Red Roof Inn which has re-done its rooms and is an inexpensive way to travel the US with pets in tow.
|Red Roof Inn pet friendly-room|
But even this nice room can get cramped after five days so one of our kind, generous dogpark friends invited us to stay at her home for the next five days. We had a wonderful visit, caught up with several other local friends who we wanted to spend time with before heading north and eventually bid a sad farewell to our morning group of humans and animals.
|Some of our morning compatriots, two-legged and four....|
|We're going to miss them....|
The first one was stuffed to the ceiling with boxes but the second one had our bikes and unpacked items lashed amongst the packages.
|Yes, that's a padded dressform on top of plastic boxes of fabric and patterns in cube #2|
We put all the boxes from the two cubes into our basement and now we face the slow and tedious task of emptying them. No major hurry so I am giving myself until Christmas to work through the perhaps 60 boxes. I'll be deciding which of my machines and supplies to keep and then hold a sewing sell-off of the rest. The hardest part is combining clothing from the two places. I have lost about ten pounds this year so that's making it slightly easier to send too big clothing to charity. We've already donated two cardboard wardrobes and about 20 empty boxes on freecycle so we are making progress although it's not easy to see when there's so much "stuff" downstairs.
Since we were living as nomads for a few weeks, I did get a lot of reading done and thought I'd share my most recent finds.
Loved, loved, loved this one. I've not generally been a historical novel person but in the past year that's a genre I have enjoyed tremendously. This one is a beautifully written story that gave me insights into some famous personages, Anne Morrow Lindbergh and her husband, Charles. I enjoy reading others' reviews more than writing one so here's what many Amazon readers have to say about it Amazon reviews
My Baltimore book group had selected this title for the April discussion so I checked it out of the Collier County library while we still in Florida and read it on the week long trip north. Again, I absolutely loved it. I found it funny, touching and wise and enjoyed it so much that I read it twice in preparation for our get together. The story of a mild mannered, retired British man who walks for hundreds of miles to see a former colleague who is in hospice did not sound promising. But I was so moved by this book and the beautiful writing. Once again, here are the reviews, if you are interested: Amazon reader reviews
Last one was just fun and enjoyable and reminder of the great bonds between humans and their dogs.
Now it's time to get out into the yard and do some more weeding, perennial dividing, planting and mulching. It's been terrific to be here in April when we can really make headway in our many flowerbeds. But wow, we are feeling it every evening when we gingerly lower ourselves onto the sofa to relax, watch tv....and fall asleep shortly thereafter. So my sewing projects are currently only in my head....but are becoming closer to reality with each passing day. Hope your sewing projects are more "real" and fulfilling for you.