Sunday, March 27, 2011

Oklahoma here we come, Right back where we started from!

Our next home in Oklahoma

Three weeks on the road, and I'm back in Dodge City! March 4 found Ken and me in Ponca City, Oklahoma searching for a third time for our new home. Ken is retiring in a couple of months, and we decided not to wait to relocate. This house search has proved to be more difficult than others we've experience, in part, I think, because we went into this one with a wish list, and knowing that we don't have to relocate if we didn't find a suitable house. We decided we wanted a house on a single level, no stairs to climb, private back yard in a nice neighborhood, with brick or stone exterior. We settled on one that has lots of built-in storage (another +), large country kitchen with dining area, 3 bedrooms, and 2 living areas, and a privacy fenced back yard on a quiet cul de sac. It was priced to sell....BUT as a Fannie Mae foreclosure, it is for sale 'as is'. You probably know what that means...there is a lot of work to do. The lists are long. We will begin by replacing the roof, decking and all, then on to the heating and air conditioning units, insulation, floors, some drywall, and structural piering, all this before we get to the redecorating and yard work. So, you can probably guess what I'll be doing over the next few months. I'll try to post some before and after pics as the work progresses.

Grandma MiMi and Morgan
Then I left for a 3-week stint on the road. First, a weekend at Kerry and Hilary's house (Memphis), and fun with baby Morgan. Morgan is now 6 months old, just cut his first tooth, and is loving his first experience with solid food. 

Then on to Pigeon Forge, TN where I taught 7 workshops in 6 straight days. I'd never taught that many days in a row, but it went well, with many thanks to Butch Helton and his staff. In between classes, I got to catch up with many old friends, Jo Morton, Darlene Zimmerman, Charlotte Warr-Anderson, Bonnie Hunter, and others.

Then back to Memphis for the night, and to the airport to catch my flight to Philadelphia and on to Lancaster for the AQS Quilt show there. Good Books, Inc. introduced my new scrap quilt book, Squares and Triangles.

Book signings kept me very busy. On Wednesday night that week, I got to view the exhibit of the book quilts at the People's Place Quilt Museum in Intercourse, PA and conduct a few tours with visitors to the museum.

Watch this blog for my pre-release special for the new book. If you want to review the patterned quilts, check back to my blog archives and go back to July 11, 2010 titled Home, Sweet Home. I'll post more information and pictures with the announcement in the next few days!

1 comment:

  1. Love your new book. Good luck & best wishes on your move "home".