Hmm, well, not really troubles, per se, but I could not resist. :) Say instead, busy-ness of various kinds. :) I flew into the Kansas City airport on Sunday, October 30th. I am here to visit my sister, her children and their families, and to help my brother Kevin settle into his new home.
Dodi (my sister) and I bought a house in Olathe with the proceeds of selling my Mom's farm - it is big enough for Dodi, my two brothers and her daughter, Kimmi, to live in. Well, it _will_ be big enough. We have yet to finish rebuilding the finished basement which needs a fair bit of repair and is going to be Dodi's apartment when it is done. For now, the upstairs is a bit full, but livable. I quite like this house and the neighborhood it sits in - peaceful, established, with nice trees and quiet folks. :)
Kevin seems happy with his new room and the house. The room is smaller than his one at the farm but more well organized (and certainly in better repair!) - newly painted walls, curtains and sheets all in colors he chose himself ... with adequate closet and room for his much-loved television and game machines. :) I made sure that he had a key so he can go out walking if he chooses - and I am thinking to go explore the neighborhood on foot with him soon. There is a pharmacy nearby where he can refill his prescriptions and plenty of places to walk for lunch if he chooses to go.
The house has a very nice back yard (the plot here is larger than mine in Maryland by a bit - we have just under 0.25 acres and this house has 0.33 acres) with several trees and a nice low deck. There is a good four chair table to sit at and my Mom's wicker porch furniture as well. The deck is a wonderful place to sit and just enjoy the breezes - I've been captured several times by the place. :) My sister loves wind chimes and there are three differently toned ones hanging out there. True to stereotype, there are many winds and breezes here, and each one sings with the chimes. Lovely!
We have managed to do some of the 'settling' chores already that I came to accomplish - chiefly getting the Town & Country van re-titled into Dodi's name and transferred to Kansas title, registration and tags. We still are pondering how to establish a bank account for my brother, transfer his SSI payments to the bank here, and get his Medicare account transferred to Kansas. Onward and upward, eh? :)
We have also made several trips to get 'stuff' for the new house - and have a couple more to go (gotta buy a lawn mower - my sister was living in a rental townhouse without grass to care for). Some of this is entertaining for me - Dodi is a _much_ better housekeeper than I am and really knowledgeable about storage options (as well as a bit of a neat freak - between the two of us, averaged, we might be two pretty calm and decent housekeepers:). I am taking mental notes as I have about two years worth (hopeful estimate) of house work and cleaning and clearing ahead of me. LOL!
I like Olathe, as places go - the weather is mild here and the terrain not quite as flat as one might suppose it would be. My niece, Amy, and her family live here, too, and I've visited a number of times in the past (usually in April, around her birthday). This area reminds me quite a bit of northern Virginia in that it is mostly growing suburbs of Kansas City (rather than D.C.) and full of vigorous family people to all appearances. Drivers here are certainly no more mannerly or well behaved than those in D.C.! LOL!
We managed to make a visit to one of my favorite quilt shops last Friday (it was Amy's 'day off' so we hung out together) - Quilter's Haven. They were written up several years ago by the best quilt shops magazine and, as far as I can tell, they have only improved in the time since.
I bought the makings for the piece shown in the photo at the top of this post - a multitude of fat quarters of various Japanese reproduction prints to make a table runner in the pattern shown. If I can scare up a cutter and mat while I'm out shopping again tomorrow, I'll start making the thing as I mean it to fit my sister's table here at the new house. :) All of my sister's crafting supplies are in storage right now (while the basement gets rebuilt) - hence my having to buy new. Always can use another mat and cutter. :)
When I packed to come out here, I was more concerned to bring assorted important and pertinent papers than what projects I could work on in my free time. I did not pack any knitting and only one piece of embroidery. I managed to finish my sashiko octopus and need to finish it up into a book pillow soon:
Clearly this needs a good press ... and then it will get quilted and turned into a pillow front. It is about 14" square now - a goodly size for a small boy, I think. :)
The only other hand work I brought along is my chain mail jewelry making. I finished the lavender Shaggy Loops with Beads bracelet today and worked some on the second half of the Helm Weave ring. I can only work on those tiny links for so long before my fingers are irretrievably clumsy. :)
Tomorrow we will go out to buy more stuff for the house. We have agreed to seek out the two knitting shops listed for this area (the formerly nearest one, The Knitters Nook, closed last year, sadly). Maybe I will find something I want to knit while I'm out gadding about?