Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
A few weeks since I last blogged and so much has happened. In the middle of my well laid Christmas quilt plans, a family crisis arose and had to be dealt with. My sister-in-law Barbie and her husband George were in urgent need of assistance as they moved out of their little house in Galesburg, Illinois - 640 miles away - and the Memorial Day weekend seemed the time to go to the rescue. In two days, we cleaned out a 6 room house, I mean, CLEANED OUT EVERYTHING and got them set in a temporary place until the apartment they want opens up. This experience has given me a new perspective on the clutter in my own home and I will be addressing it soon.
Lest you think all I do is quilt, let me tell you what else has been going on lately, somewhat related to the above. George and I are both creeping up on retirement age and like most folks in our peer group, we are concerned about having enough to live on once we stop working and pulling in regular paychecks. George wants to work until at least 72 but I plan to retire as soon as the home place is paid off (9 years but who is counting?) About a year ago, we decided we would look for a home in our town to purchase as a rental property to generate some income. Last April (2012), a house two houses away from ours on the same street went up for sale and we made a bid or two or three....we could never agree on a price so now our new neighbors Scott and Kelly live there! While we were in China in March 2013, our next door neighbor sent us an email, informing us she was moving and asking us if we wanted to buy her house instead. We did and we did.
So then there was all the work of purchasing the house, listing it for rent, finding tenants (we did - a great family of four who move in next month), and getting what little needed to be done on the house arranged. As husband George is on sabbatical translating a book this year, the tasks, for the most part, fell on me. I now can add the title of "property manager" to my CV!
Before leaving for Galesburg, Illinois last weekend, it occurred to George and I that for a pittance, we could pick up this little house we were emptying out and rescue it. So we met with three general contractors and expect bids from them early in June. Rental property #2. On the drive home, I informed my loving spouse that as soon as we acquire this house and get it going, I am looking for #3 and then I will retire to do property management full time! This will probably be 5 years from now, rather than the 9 years til retirement I was planning on. Surprisingly, he thought this was a great idea! More time to quilt, I am thinking! I also have a small ebay business so between the two, I think I could keep busy!
Anyway, between the houses, the family, the driving and the 9 to 5 job, I am still working on the Christmas quilt project but I had one more thing jump into the mix. I started a quilt for my great niece, Emily last year with daughter Becky, the cross stitch whiz kid, doing the cross stitching. It is in my albums, called Sunrise for Emily. Well, it is time to finish it so I am working on it as well.
On the Christmas quilt front, I have embroidered the back of one quilt and will do another one tonight. I plan to do #11, 12, 13, 14 and 15 and I have written on the backs of all of them (except #15, the flannel one - not sure how to do that one yet) so I am ready to stitch. The table topper which I use to pin goes up on Monday in the dining room after I clean house this weekend (ugh!). So the embroidery on these five must be done by Monday. Can she do it? She is sure going to try!
Happy weekend, everyone!