Category Archives: house

merry christmas :-)

It has been absolutely crazy since Thanksgiving. A few weeks ago, we got our tree on a snowy Sunday.

I decorated

while Mr. T hung lights. I helped hold the ladder for the higher up ones – it was freezing that day!

Last weekend I decorated sugar cookies with my friend. I’d never frosted a cookie before and certainly not with colors and fancy designs!

warm for winter

When we moved into the house, we knew the chimney was old and non-functional. We figured that to avoid lighting the attic on fire, we’d get the chimney relined so we could build fires. After a bit of research, we discovered that the stovepipe on a wood-burning stove would fix the chimney and the stove would provide significantly more heat to the house than a fireplace.

We have to burn a couple small fires to break in the stove and finish curing the paint. We had a small one the other night – I can’t wait to dry yarn and sweaters in front of the fire this winter 🙂

Now to buy some wood…

Pretty flower




I have no idea what this is. I didn’t even think the plant would ever

flower because it looked like a decorative grass. Yay for pretty

plants that came with the house.

the rock wall

When we moved in, our backyard fence had a hole making our yard continuous with the parking lot of some small businesses. Mr. T took a bunch of the rocks that were lying around the yard, piled them behind the garage, and made a rock wall.IMG_3518 IMG_3517

Although the rock wall was very pretty, I was still a bit concerned about strangers wandering into our yard from the commercial district. Mr. T went to home depot with his dad and fixed the fence!

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I’ve been knitting some (finished some top down mittens in the grape koolaid colorway) but I haven’t taken many pictures because I can’t find the camera. Here’s a picture I took a while back of the first thing I knit in college (it inspired the koigu sweater).

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A huge group was knitting in the tv lounge in my dorm and while I mostly crocheted or made macrame bracelets in college, I knew I could knit too. I don’t think I’d touched knitting needles since elementary school except briefly in high school when I tried to knit a sweater – I made about 1/3 of the back before giving up which is good because there is no way I had enough yarn for a sweater. Anyway, everyone was making super oversized garter stitch scarves from acrylic yarn and when I went home for winter break, I skimmed through my sister’s copy of the reader’s digest needlework book and found this awesome cable pattern. I was going to make it a scarf but a) the edges curled b) I got bored and c) there wasn’t enough yarn for a scarf. And yes, I’m pretty sure the yarn was acrylic but I found it in my stash and it was actually soft.

welcome home

Mr. T had a conference in Silicon Valley. He gave a couple talks and was gone for a long time. The day he left, I dropped him and a couple other people at the airport and went to my parents house where I ran 9.5 miles with my sister and then had brunch with my family. Brunch was awesome, especially after a long run. I had a couple helpings of salmon and far too many canoli’s and other delicious things. It was a late mother’s day celebration since my brother and sister weren’t home from school on mother’s day. Yum Yum.

When I eventually made it home, my first stop was the internet (duh!)
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where I found the cutest note ever from Mr. T (who, btw packed in the 20 or 30 minutes before we left the house – no idea how he had time to leave notes without me noticing). Then into the ladies’ room
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Eventually I made it into the bedroom where I found a couple more notes
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it was super cute. I missed him a lot so I left the notes up the entire 6 days he was gone. For his return, I went to Wegmans for some welcome home treats.
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not in the picture are the first 2 discs of season one of 24. We watched season 6 religiously until it finished last week and actually had no idea there were so many previous episodes (we both thought it was maybe season 2 that just finished).

We are moved out of the old apartment except I have to be there for the utility meter reading tomorrow morning and grab the last few things (including a bunch of bottles to return). Then again, there is usually someone walking the streets asking for bottles – maybe I can give them away!
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We lived in the left for 3 years. It was nice to have an attic and basement until we started moving! We still have an attic and basement and plenty of junk to fill them.

Moving (part I)

The internet is back! I moved my desk and computer along with everything else last Saturday but couldn’t get RoadRunner hooked up until today. I think my unpacking progress is diminishing rapidly now that I can surf the web. I convinced myself that I was doing chores since I had to change my address but then I started catching up on blogs…

Our house is old and at one time was converted into 2 apartments and then converted back. The conversion explains why we have 2 full baths (yay!) and is responsible for the one moving casulty. I present ‘the boxspring’:

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yup. the boxspring (queen) wouldn’t make it up the stairs so it’s outside thinking about what it’s done. I’m inside researching split boxsprings and beds that don’t require boxsprings.

I know where all my knitting needles and yarn are but it seems more important to weed, vacuum, and unpack. I am currently fighting with a stranded 2-color hat because I’ve run out of my main color and didn’t have a backup plan for finishing.

I have to apologize – there will not be much knitting here for a while but I am going to show lots of pictures of the whole moving and nesting process. It’s very exciting to arrange furniture and find little decorations for all my cute built-in shelves; I might even be enjoying yardwork.

the time vortex

Mr. T and I got this today! It has sucked up lots of time already and is anticipated to require even more of our time in the future. We love it and are so excited to be done with apartments and landlords.

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on the knitting front, I haven’t had as much time – the beautiful weather is luring me outside to run around and bike. I still carry print o the waves around in my knitting bag and I’m working on some stranded colorwork. I found out that I can’t knit ‘normal’ with the colorwork – some of the stitches get lost behind other stitches. I switched back to twisted stitches and everything looks great.