2018 Recap and Planning for 2019

As we get closer to the end of the month, I have been looking back at a year of changes, stress, new adventures and so many memories being added to the collection.

We started the year in our lovely 3500 square foot home with the monster 30 x 60 shop and are ending it in a 500 square foot apartment temporarily.  The adventure getting here was a massive purge, sorting and cleaning.  It was full of highs and lows.  Facing the reality that DH does not need/use his construction tools was difficult for both of us to face.   The good thing is we were able to re-home them at his son, Tom’s place (along with the billiard table). Now if DH (or me) ever want to build something we can go to Tom’s place and have bonding time while visiting and constructing

I managed to sort, purge and pack the house without too much trauma.  My Guild did get a few (?) boxes of donations of fabric and other finer related craft items.  It was difficult to let go of some of the treasures, but I had to make a conscious effort to decide if I was ever going to make jewelry, do 56 needlepoint kits,or sew clothes and costumes again.  Once I determined which crafts to limit myself to it was easier to let go.  I kept my quilting supplies, my machines (even the serger), my wool and felting supplies, my paints and my beading/embroidery supplies for embellishing quilted pieces.  The leather, lace, velvets and brocades are packed away to take to a niece who does costuming.  My quilting frame was dismantled and put in storage.  I was in the storage unit and discovered the rails were destroyed by the movers so I am guessing my frame just became a storage shelf.  No point in worrying about it.  It’s not like I will be able to afford to replace it so might as well figure out how to repurpose it.

I have submitted our application for all of the Seniors Housing in our area and all of my Threads friends are keeping an eye out for a little house for us.  The ladies have decreed that we are not allowed to leave the valley.  It is nice to know we are wanted!  I’m hoping something comes up before our March 15 deadline to be out of our cozy little apartment.  Fingers crossed for a 2 bedroom so I can get my studio back along with a spare room!  I have also discovered we need a shower.  DH is no longer able to climb into a tub/shower combo.  I think anything that help him to maintain his independence is a good thing.

The year of the real estate nightmare is coming to an end.  Our lawyer has the signed paperwork from the buyers lawyer in hand.  With any kind of luck, the contract will be correct this time.  I’m so tired of proof reading, correcting and amending the contract it will be good to have it finished.

 It’s just in time, too!  We have 4 doctors appointments on Wednesday for DH.  Then early Thursday morning we are heading to Sandpoint for Liz’s birthday.  If the paperwork is really finalized we will likely head south for our long planned vacation. Fingers crossed because we are long overdue for a holiday!

The year was a family oriented one with several visits to my kids, grandkids and greats?  It is so much fun to see the changes in the kidlets from visit to visit.  I was so excited to hear that great grand#3 will arrive in February.  I’m also expecting to hear “Hi Nana” which is my son’s way of starting the “we’re having another baby” conversation.  

The year has seen DH’s condition deteriorate some.  He is still mobile but the MS shuffle is more pronounced.  The treatment he will be starting in the New Year has had incredible results in both America and Canada for neurological issues and for MS patients.  The PONS machine was developed in the USA with funds being invested by the government since the results are so incredible.  I thought that he would improve after getting off of the pain medication he was on.  I can only hope once the stress of the never ending real estate deal is gone he will get a bit better.  

In the meantime, I am still finishing up some projects and trying not to start anything new until next month.  I have my UFO list up to date.  I have my 2019 To Do List written.  My New Years resolution will be to work on those 2 lists and I am resolved to link up with ELm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal. I have decided that I am not committing to anything else until we get moved.  If something intriguing comes up, of course it will be added to my list.  Otherwise, 2019 will be my year of going with the flow and definitely No Stress Quilting!


Published by Carol Andrews

I have been fondling fabric and creating things with fabric and fiber for as long as I can remember. My children had homemade clothes, blankets, canning and quilts most of their lives. Now I create goodies to share! Hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I enjoy making them! When I am not creating with fiber or fabric I keep busy with Dear Heart, kids, grandkids, great grandkids.

4 thoughts on “2018 Recap and Planning for 2019

  1. Hi Carol! You have certainly had a lot on your plate, but it sure sounds like it is nearing an end. Thankfully. I hope after all the legal stress is behind both of you that DH will see some improvement, and that you will also find just the perfect place to land. I am convinced that the plan is already there for you – it just isn’t the right time for you to see it yet. {{Hugs}} I hope you enjoy the holidays and that soon-to-be grandchild #3. Happy Tuesday. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  2. Happy Tuesday Roseanne. It has been a year with highs and lows but the joy of seeing my sweet grands and great grands growing up sure was a high. Today is DH’s birthday so we are planning a quiet one! I believe the plan is there as well and the landing will be just another adventure. Who can resist being happy when we have time to create and share our creations with others. I just found out #3 great grand is a boy.! Have a wonderful holiday season and snuggly baby girl lots when she arrives. 😀 Carol


  3. What a year! I hope all goes through and you are heading south very soon. Will keep hoping for good news for you on the housing front. We downsized a year ago and I did a lot of purging, but still keep purging as I go. Some of it was painful and some of it is still with me but heading out soon!

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  4. Funny how the memories connected with “things” can make it more difficult to let go of stuff. I only cried once and that was as I was heading down the nightmare driveway the last time. I realized I would never have to drive it again. We are just heading out the door to see DH’s favourite Sister In Law for her birthday. The legal stuff is ongoing but we are taking a break and I will deal with it all when we get home. Have a wonderful holiday season. Wishing you all the best.


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