February 25, 2007

Challenges and Blessings: Sampler Sunday

The past week was quite an adventure. We closed on the new house Tuesday, and on Wednesday the movers showed up bright and early while I was still transferring our six cats and the bunny, some of whom were traumatized by the trip. The bunny is typically calm during all events; a couple of the cats are real nervous nellies. BF greeted the movers and pointed the way to the furniture and the roughly 80 boxes we had packed, and 7 hours later and a busted lamp or two, we were in our new home.

Thursday day was a blur of unpacking and running back to the old house for things that we didn't want the movers to transfer (electronics, etc.) and to start the final clean-up before the painters and carpeters come and we put the place on the market. Friday was more of the same, but we took time on Friday evening to make a proper meal in our new kitchen--yummy meatloaf. At that time we noticed a little odor of gas which we shrugged off; the gas smells a bit when you first turn on a burner. Besides, the smell of the meatloaf filled the air. Exhausted, we went off to bed. We got up early the next day to the overwhelming smell of gas, so we called the gas company, who advised us that a tech. guy was on his way and to get out of the house immediately. We stood around in our pajamas in confusion processing this information and wondering where our glasses and keys were and if we should take the cars out of the garage. At that point the gas guy showed up with his wand and meter and shouted at us "get out of this house, don't make any phone calls or turn on any lights." Seems we were in far greater danger than we realized, and we could have blown up! Seems also the lame previous homeowner decided to substitute or fix the old gas range that conveyed with the place by installing a part inexpertly. Words fail me--even though I have the vocabulary of a sailor IRL generally--when I contemplate the danger that person put us in to save a few bucks.

But all is well now, things are largely put away in the new place, and the old house is looking clean and spiffy (I've been putting about five hours a day into the place while I'm still on vacation). We bought a nifty new electric skillet until we can get a new range delivered sometime next week and went grocery shopping for food that can be cooked in the microwave or the skillet in the meantime. This morning we woke up to this:

Tonight I am finally, finally picking up my needle after almost a week away from my needlework and stitching in my new needlework room. Later, I might soothe away my aches and pains with a bath in my new tub.

This is a UFO I pulled from my stash. I can't remember what it's called, although I would imagine it's probably "Watermelons." It's from a book that I loaned out or lost long ago, but fortunately, I made a working copy of the chart so I could tote it around. I haven't finished it (I started it probably 20 years ago) because it's on aida, not my favorite cloth to work on. But it seems a shame for it to languish in a drawer, so I'm going to try to get it finished soon.

13 comments:

Annemarie said...

Oh Glenna, all that and the gas problems too! Yikes! I'm glad you're still blogging and breathing... Love the sampler! Once you finish it and display it, you won't notice the aida. Well, that's how it works with me anyway.

Katrina said...

OMG, thank goodness you are okay. I would definitely give the previous owner a piece of my mind.

The watermelon piece is so pretty, I must admit when I switched to linen, I threw out all my aida WIPs. I just couldn't make myself stitch on them anymore.

sammyjo said...

im glad your ok, i know what its like we had a carbon monoxide leak in our house last year but we were all ok including my pets. and i love the sampler it wonderful.

sammyjo x

p.s. thanks for the lovely comment you left.

Anna van Schurman said...

Aida or no, that watermelon sampler is really cute!

Glad you're okay. People and their half-assed fixes are unconscionable. You will no doubt enjoy your expertly installed stove all the more.

Vonna said...

Congratulations on your move and new home! I'm so happy for you!
Isn't it about the best feeling in the world to start out "fresh"?
Sorry to hear about the gas issue...that terrifying.
But am happy that it all worked out positively.

Carol said...

Wow, your move sounds exhausting (as they all are), but you must be so excited to be in your new home!!! Congratulations :-)

Lana said...

Wow! I am so glad you and BF weren't hurt with the gas problems! yikes! I love the watermelon sampler, though! Very pretty! Good luck with getting settled in your new home, and with the adjustments at work.
~Lana~

June said...

Hope you settle into your new place nicely. Glad you are okay after the gas episode!!

The watermelon sampler is a little beauty. :)

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

Oh my Glenna! thank God you guys are all right! Scary! I like your little watermelons. Very cute!

Red said...

Yikes!

monique said...

Oh my goodness... moving is always a bit of an adventure, but that gas thing is over the top!

Wendy said...

Quite a scare! I'm glad to hear the move went well and I'm sure you are just nicely settling in.

Michelle said...

Congrats on finally being in your new place. Although, I am glad you are all ok!! I LOVE the watermelon sampler. What a fun piece!