This has been quite the 6 weeks at our house since my last post. Big changes are in store for us. We have decided to sell our house. John has been physically unable to work full days at work due to his stroke, which has meant much smaller paychecks. We have been weekly struggling to stay on top of the bills, especially with the extra medical bills that our insurance did not cover. So rather than continue the struggle and risk falling behind, we decided to get out from underneath the mortgage and rent a smaller place. We will be able to get along on my salary alone then, it will actually be a huge relief for me not to be worried about the money any longer, and a burden lifted off of John as he works to recover. The whole family is in agreement and feels it is the best option.
To that end, we have rented a two bedroom apartment for Amy and the girls, directly below Chris and Alli's apartment. It will be wonderful for her to have family and protection so close. This weekend we are going to be moving her things over, and then regrouping ourselves to get ready for our own move. The texture repair guys and painters will be here in about 10 days, then we will get new flooring and carpet laid down before we actually get it listed. There is alot to do, since we have 10 years of accumulation that needs to be sorted through and given or thrown away. A fresh start is very appealing to me!
John and I spent Labor Day up at the cabin, and had a very restful time. We went into Bellingham one afternoon and visited the old neighborhood and spent some time in Cornwall Park near where I grew up. Whatcom Creek was very low, and it made for some very pretty pools and waterfalls.
I am continuing to design these days, tho it has been a lot more sporadic due to all the packing and work going on around here. I finished a small "frame" that is done in whites and ecru and will be perfect for surrounding a wedding or christening picture. I am currently working on a hardanger and silk ribbon embroidery piece that will be a stitching pocket and a picture/box inset. I hope to have more time soon to get it finished!