View Full Version : So busy with new house...

April 4th, 2016, 08:27 AM
I was so excited to start sewing again now that I have a sewing room again. Unfortunately so far we are staying so busy with unpacking and home improvement that none of the sewing stuff has been set up yet. The family is all doing well though. Sometimes we even wear funny hats!

While I'm still itching to get the sewing stuff sorted, I have had a chance to play with some of my other power tools which I finally got back from storage. I made this gate for our back porch to keep the little ones from falling down the steps. The treated wood needs to dry out a bit before it can be painted to match.

Me and Wiggles made a new friend up the street too. She was having a garage sale and I stopped by to talk to her about her iris collection(her front beds have hundreds of iris coming up). She gave us a full garden tour. She had two bags of polyfill for sale, I asked what she wanted for them-$1! I mentioned that I'm a quilter and she said she had some more stuff inside. $15 later I walked away with 2 garbage bags full of polyfill, and packaged cotton quilt batting. She also promised me some iris when she divides hers this fall. Overall a very successful walk around the neighborhood.

I hope to get the sewing stuff going soon and get back to participating here about sewing stuff.

Sandy Navas
April 4th, 2016, 08:34 AM
Welcome to the JOYS of home ownership!!

April 4th, 2016, 09:43 AM
Beautiful kids, beautiful LIFE... so happy for you all... keep sharing... I LIVE for this stuff....
I am not a gardener. I live with the memory of my childhood home with such a fabulous assortment of lush and abundant flowers and trees that anytime i tried it just wasn't enough or fast enough when i tried...
The back area of our home (a 2 family, Nana and Grampa down,, Mom Dad and Sis and I up!) called the "bulkhead" , was an area of iris that ran the length of the house and was 3ft. deep...
There was a "hedge" of white and fushia colored PEONY that divided our house from the neighbors.. no lie,, it was at least 5ft. tall and 4 or 5ft. deep, under which grew a thick carpet of fabulous smelling "Lily of the Valley"..
I'll bet your new home will be all this and more in your capable hands:)) Hugs, GB

Granny Fran
April 4th, 2016, 09:45 AM
Oh, Ryan, you have such a beautiful family. May you enjoy your new home in good health and happiness. What wonderful neighbors you have as well.

Jean Sewing Machine
April 4th, 2016, 09:52 AM
So glad to hear how things are going. I am always amazed at our iris plants. They've been transplanted from 5 different houses, originally from Ed's parents yard, and still going strong each year! And so beautiful!

Grandma Nan
April 4th, 2016, 10:06 AM
Sounds like you are settling in Ryan. I absolutely love iris- for me it is my northern orchid. And they are so sturdy, only wish they lasted beyond Spring. We'll be happy to see your sewing room once you are able to unpack it. With a family, our priorities have to change, but I know you will be sewing again soon.

April 4th, 2016, 10:40 AM
So many new things going on for you. Last I was around you were considering a new job. Will have to peruse around and get caught up on what's been happening with you. I see your second little one has arrived and is growing lots! Can't wait to get caught up!

April 4th, 2016, 11:09 AM
So many new things going on for you. Last I was around you were considering a new job. Will have to peruse around and get caught up on what's been happening with you. I see your second little one has arrived and is growing lots! Can't wait to get caught up!

I did take a new job. We were in Maryland but thing were not going well there economically so we moved back to Tennessee.
I took a job as the irrigation specialist for a private university in Nashville and my wife left the USDA to take a job in healthcare management.

My daughter (Daisy) was born in November (she shares a birthday with my late father) and turned 5 months old over the weekend. Sawyer absolutely adores his "Baby Daisy". 128719

We just bought a house with a ~500sq/ft sewing room but I haven't got it set up yet.

I think that is the high points of what is going on at the Cooper house.

April 4th, 2016, 11:27 AM
So goid to hear that you are having such a goid time "settling in".. I hope you can get into that new sewing room soon!

Love seeing the little ones..

April 4th, 2016, 11:51 AM
Thanks for the pics & update, Ryan. Love that one pic of Wiggles & Daisy all dressed up. Such cute kids!

I love iris. Years ago I had a yard full of them. I shared them with neighbors. However, they got to be too much care, so I gradually eliminated them from my beds. I have none now. They quickly become root bound & need to be divided up maybe every 2-3 yrs. It just got to be too much work for these old bones. Although they are spectacular when they bloom, their blooming season is so short.

I hope you find time to set up your sewing room soon.

April 4th, 2016, 05:57 PM
I divide my Day Lilies every couple of years. We have sent some all over the western states and as far east as the Mississippi. Let me know (come Fall) if you'd like a shovelful (I am NOT a landscaping expert) and I'll gladly send you some from WA state. We also have Peonies that were brought from the Midwest and go back 130 years (but I wasn't there when THOSE were started...hahaha).

April 4th, 2016, 07:56 PM
Glad you are getting settled into your new home. Sewing will happen in due time. For now it's important to make the house safe for the kids, and getting bargains from the neighbor's garage sales. Love seeing pictures of the kids. They are such a perfect combination of you and Tabitha.

April 4th, 2016, 08:05 PM
Love the family pic. You have gotten quite a bit done in the short time you have been there, IMO. The deck looks great. You scored at the garage sale....and soon you will be stitching away.

April 4th, 2016, 08:26 PM
Wow, it sounds like you are settling in, but it all takes time....your children are so special....I can't wait to see pictures when you get your sewing room set up...

April 4th, 2016, 08:34 PM
Looking good Cooper Family. You WILL get into that sewing room, hopefully sooner rather than later. Good luck. Have fun, garage sale season will soon be upon us.