Christmas! Can you believe its only TWO WEEKS away??
Mom came to visit for Thanksgiving and we decorated the house and put the tree up, and that was already two weeks ago. Time flies when you're working. Last night we had a snow storm thats really making the area look seasonally appropriate. We're going to try to get out to the dog park this weekend and let Carleigh go wild in the snow. :)
Last night Matt and I used the last warm weather we will likely see for months to finish our dining room table. Earlier this year I ruined the varnish by steam ironing on it. Duh. We're hosting Xmas so this had to be finished before the weather turned.
We stripped off the red paint and varnish (that I did two years ago) and sanded down the table top. Then I stained and applied a couple of thin coats of polyurethane. I painted the legs and trim black, to match the chair seats.
And now its done!
Well, we're here.
It's been about two weeks now and we've already tried spiedies and at least two pizza places. We've found a great dog park, a couple neat places to buy groceries, the Target, and an apple farm. This past weekend we went on a family adventure to Chenango Valley State Park. I only took my phone (as far as cameras go) because we were planning to hike quite a bit and I wanted to keep my hands free for the dog. The day was lovely and I did get a few good shots. We walked around both lakes and all over the northeast edge of the park. Even though it was Labor Day weekend, it was pretty quiet and peaceful. We stopped for a picnic lunch right off one of the lake trails, and I was so relaxed I could have taken a nap. But, Carleigh was desperately whining the whole time for more walking. It's absolutely gorgeous there and I can't wait to go back.
Next time, cameras are coming with. :)
We found a house! It's a nice cape cod with a big front porch!
More details later!
It's mid-July now and the summer heat is really settling in to everyone's bones. A friend of mine told me last night that a cold front will be passing through soon and I know I'll be relieved. Carleigh has been enjoying the outdoors lately! She very generously gave me a pretty bad bout of poison ivy, I think from her escapades in the bushes across the street. She spent some time yesterday birdwatching from the middle of the back yard, and has just recently discovered how great the water hose is.
We're starting to get excited about our move north. It looks like it will be middle August when we arrive in our new home. Things are slowly starting to fall into place and that is a huge relief. It's hard not to feel crazy when you have no idea where you'll be living in a month.
Today, I'm packing and planning...two of my favorite things! I think I'll do some baking for the week ahead and then settle down with Netflix for my Sunday night.
...again. Matt has been accepted to a phd program at Binghamton University in Binghamton, NY! So, we are yet again packing all our belongings and pets and selves and moving on to another town. We're excited about a new adventure and Matt is (of course) really thrilled to start a phd program again. I'm crossing my fingers that finding a job in our new town will go as smoothly as it did here in Murfreesboro. I'm also excited about the prospect of doing art shows again!
We're not totally sure when we'll be heading north just yet, but I'll be sure to update you here when we know more.