It has been forever since I have posted. This past year has brought so many changes for us and I am just now beginning to have time to breathe.
We moved. We now live on 8.68 acres in South Haven, MI. This is a beautiful little town right on Lake Michigan. We are a 7 minute drive to all necessities (grocery store, home repair store, auto shop, etc) and even better, a 5 minute drive to the nearest quilt shop! I have NEVER been this close to a quilt shop. (This could be bad.)
This house is only 20 years old and was a custom build. I am excited to turn it into our little homestead. It will take us years, but it will be great.
Thus far I have only worked on painting an decorating.\
This year my blog will probably expand because not only will I have quilting but we will also be getting chickens and slowly turning this house into a little homestead including adding a pole barn, greenhouse, etc. We also are hoping to expand our family in the near future. Right now it is just my hubby and two furchildren. We want to add real children to our lives so *fingers crossed.*
I started a new job. I used to work for the county and now I work for the State of Michigan and my office is my home. Hence the formal dinning room being setup as an office in the coral picture above. I love my new job, my new coworkers, and my new boss. A bonus is there are many opportunities to go up the chain. This could include me working from Lansing one day which is quite a drive, but totally worth it! Not to mention, I have this beautiful Beverage Bar right behind my desk!
My husband started a new job the Monday after we moved into our new house. We had two days to be out of our old house and into our new house and the day after that he started his new job. He is loving it! He went from working for a company with 2,000 employees to a company with less than 60 employees and growing. So many opportunities for him.
I went from a beautiful basement quilt space that was so amazing to temporarily borrowing a bedroom and can’t setup my longarm. This was a tough one. We had the money to finish our bonus space above the garage to be a quilt room but instead paid off all our loans except the house. I know it was a great decision because we now only owe money on our house but I miss my old quilt space.
I went from this:
Hopefully we will finish this before next winter. That is my goal, at least.
We moved 45 minutes from our old house so far enough that I need to start relying on a different big city. Although, I still keep driving to Grand Rapids for everything because it is the city I know.
Now for our 2018 Plans:
Most of these are not quilt plans as I am limited right now.
- Plan Lighthouse Quilt Guild Spring Quilt Retreat 2018: Luckily I am planning this retreat with my friend Sue because I probably would have lost things by now. I will also be out of town the first day of the retreat because of a work trip. I have started making little gifts for the retreat. It has been so much fun. I have never made the same item repeatedly and I actually like it.
- Attend Conference on Food Protection and present changes that we want to the FDA Food Code. This is an amazing opportunity and the reason I will be late to my own planned quilt retreat. I am so excited and nervous is a good way.
- Build a chicken coop and run and fill with chickens. YAY!
- Remove the double wide mobile home that is on the property. It was the original house before they built the one I live in and it needs to go. This is where we are eventually going to have a pole barn built. We are hoping to use a bunch of pieces of this to build our chicken coop for cheap.
- Fence in a space for a beautiful garden.
- Finish the bonus room as I have a quilt space for next winter. I don’t quilt much in the summer so no need to spend the money for summer. This money would be better spent outside.
- Replace all the appliances. The appliances are 20 years old and we left a house with new appliances. Frankly, I’m spoiled and want new appliances again. We have already replaced the fridge next will be the washer and dryer.
Hopefully life is slowing back down a little so I can start publishing again.