Thursday, April 26, 2012


Hello all!  Greg, Layla and I are squuuueeeeeeezed into our rental in Fredericksburg! The move went VERY smoothly.  Which is a little surprising.  I have moved many times in my life and it seems there is always a story to tell....Oh WAIT THERE IS!  This is the move of the permit and highway road signs.....

Close to the last minute I discovered that the City of Charlottesville required us to buy a road closed permit and to acquire two road construction signs.  (Our old place was on a busy road with no roadside parking.)  After several days of frustration (and I admit some tears)With NO help from The City, I finally was able to find a local utility company that would rent us the signs we needed.  Our movers were fantastic, they helped put up the signs along with all their cones....STILL some City Rep called the City to report us.  The City Permit Person (no names here) actually called us to state that apparently we did not have "Appropriate Traffic Control" installed!  I had to remind her that SHE was the one sold me the permit!! UGH.  Though she said she was going to come by to check us out, I have no idea if she ever did since no one stopped.  (Ha!  No parking remember???) But that is our 2012 moving story.  It seems so innocuous now that I read over it.....but at the time it was stressful enough to make me feel that uncomfortable feeling in the pit of my stomach.....(And in case you are wondering there were no signs, no permits and no issues when we moved in 1 1/2 years ago.....)

The other good news is that we had two gloriously sunny days for the actual moving.  It POURED on Monday and it is pouring as I type this.  It's a Moving Miracle.

So today we head back to the old house for one last time.  A few more boxes to move ourselves (I have to remind myself that rain today is a small payment to make for two sunny mover days....) and the last minute cleaning.  Then back to our cozy, albeit crowded, little rental on the river.

I'm sorry I have no pictures in this post.  But as I am a bit shocked by the change in the looks of Blogger it probably is for the best that I learn how to work with it SLOWLY!  (But YAY!  It has spellcheck now!)

I'll be back soon!

Friday, April 6, 2012

This and That...packin' up!

My mind has been scattered these last couple of weeks. I partially pack a box in one room, eat a cookie, check the kiln, sort the weaving tools to keep from storing them, pack the spices, sweep the front porch, finish a box in the laundry another cookie. So this post is a bit scattered as well!

I finally treated myself to one of Tracey Broome's houses...doesn't it look spectacular next to Dan Finnegan's tree with birds (he created this just before his imagination opened wide and released his fantastic flock of birds.)

Spring is officially here and the wisteria is blooming!  I think I trimmed it back at the wrong time a year ago...since this is the first time I have seen it bloom.  A sweet good bye.

AND I have been throwing pots.

My friend Lynette requested sheep themed garden stakes...I'm making more of these!  They were so fun to make.  Though made like tiles, the fact that some warped a bit was not a problem since they are now on posts and in her garden!

I've temporarily closed my Etsy shop.  I've priced and packed pots for the Retreat I'm vending at at Graves Mountain Lodge on the Saturday before our move, I've moved most of the other pots to Fredericksburg....the roof is being repaired one last time as I write this, the kiln is being moved next week and stored (unfortunately.)  Closing is scheduled for the 23rd, official packers and movers the 23rd and 24th.  We are almost there!!!