Fun in my fabric world....

Monday, September 24, 2012

Some semblance of normality?

Much has happened since I last posted. 
 The move has occurred, eventfully as expected with everything we do lately! Thunderstorms, forecasts of hail and high winds, had ourselves and the removalists scurrying like ants. Finally after two long and tiring days the truck was loaded and the house was oddly bare and quiet. Time to move onto the next phase in our lives. While it was funny to leave the house, when the quilts and embroideries were removed from the walls, it didn't seem like home any more. I will miss all the love and thought that went into building the house, and of course I will cherish the happy memories of the times spent there as a family, but our new lives in Newcastle will be fabulous!
Before I left town, we had one last "craft" night...so nice to see the girls and a bit surreal too, surely I will be back next week? Lea made the most fabulous sewing machine cake to celebrate the occasion
...and it was yummy too! Not a great deal of sewing done, but lovely to chat, the group has been meeting in one form or another for 21 years...my how young we were!Lea has some more pics here. I shall miss their chatter, inspiration and gentle support through those testing times in life...it wasn't all about sewing, it was all about sharing too.
These girls are one of the hardest things to leave!
Sadly in the midst of all the moving, my father in law suffered a heart attack and is still very ill in hospital. Fortunately we are now close by so we can visit often. 
So, as you would imagine, there has been little time to stitch. A few cross-stitches at night is all I have been able to manage before I drop into bed. But this week I plan to have some hand-piecing at the ready for some quieter moments...fingers crossed! Here is my interim stitching spot.
 Now, back to the reason for moving....the house continues to progress, frames for the extension are erected and the roof will go on this week. it seems never ending, but it will happen!
And, on a lighter note, here is our very non-citified Molly- her eyes are still on stalks as she becomes used to the city...so many dogs and so many people and cars! Pushbikes, motorbikes and even someone on a kayak! She had never seen the sea before, but quickly cottoned on to the idea of a dog friendly beach (with so many friendly dogs too!). I think she will quite like it here.
Thank you for all your kind wishes...it will be good to be settled again!

Cardygirl xx

18 comments:

Cheryl said...

Love your sewing group, and a good reminder to all of us why we really love our craft, the friendships that we have formed along the way. So sorry about your father in law, but glad you are closer. (hugs)

Cathy said...

Wow so much happening at the Cardy's. I too wish all the best for your Father in law. I imagine it will be difficult to leave your beautiful stitching group, may you find another one in your new place. Lovely to see your extension pics, looking great. Our dog loves her dog friendly beach, lovely to see Molly having fun at her new beach. xo

suzitee said...

So pleased to hear that you are IN! Isn't it funny how bare houses look without all our personal effects... makes it much easier to say goodbye ;) sorry to hear about your FIL, but thankful that you are closer. Stitching groups are the hardest people to leave! Love hearing about Molly!

shez said...

on to the next chapter and i wish you all the best in the next stage of your life journey.Hope your FIL is feeling better.xx

Susan said...

It's all systems go for you, but it is happening, and it looks like fun (nerve racking, but fun). I'm sure your stitching friends will find you in the city. Hope your FIL is feeling better soon.

Lynda said...

Hi Alison - I hope you have some good news soon about your father-in-law. Lots of progress on your new home. I hope you find a stitching group in your new city.

gracie said...

Make new memories in your new home...and I am sure you will soon find another group to share you talent with.

Chookyblue...... said...

life sure is a whirl wind at the moment.........it'll be great once it settles.........

Jeanette said...

wishing you all the best with this new phase of your life. Hope your FIL will be better soon. The cake looks gorgeous & yummy as well. :) Hugs,

Fiona said...

a busy time but I'm sure it will all settle soon... best wishes for your FIL recovery.... and all the best for your new city life.....
Hugz

Cheryll said...

Oooohhhh... we'll practically be neighbours! Can't wait to meet up one day! :)

Maree: said...

What a Fab Cake..I'm sure the Girl's will miss you too...the house is coming along....hope your Fil gets better soon.
Cheers

Shiralee Stitches said...

What a busy time for you......so pleased that stage one is ticked off the list and the house sale and move is complete.......now to the next phase .....the building looks very exciting...hope your FIL recovers well......I like it that Molly has found she likes beach life.....and city life....I am sure you will visit your craft group from time to time....great cake....

Janice said...

What a wonderful send off from your stitching friends. I'm sure you will be able to find plenty of excuses to go back and visit them. I hope your FIL makes a speedy recovery. At least you are closer now. Things really look serious on the extensions. I bet you can't wait to see it finished. Molly looks to be enjoying herself. It's godd that she is settling in well.

Lorraine said...

You will be bored once everything settles down.....or not! LOL. Funny how taking all your "stuff" out of your home turns it into a house.....and you take all the lovely memories of kids growing up etc with you.....and make new memories in your new home......soon! Rose is going to the beach for the first time in a couple of weeks....will be interesting to see how she reacts. Take care...talk soon.

Anita said...

Glad the move went well despite the weather!! Sorry to hear about your FIL, hope he is on the road to recovery.
So where are you staying while the house gets it back put on???LOL

Sue SA said...

Phew glad thats all over, roll on house extensions! Hope your FIL is making a good recovery. Happy stitching.

Pauline said...

wow alison, you are a busy busy girl....just be careful..be sure to look after yourself through it all...you will miss your quilty friends...good luck with everything..but be sure to look after N0.1.
cheers