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Memorial Day weekend has come and gone, with barbecues, giant bowls of watermelon balls, languid afternoon naps, final moving chores, mowing lawns, saying goodbye to the bright red poppies and the dark violets in our old yard, saying hello to light and afternoon breezes in our new place. My belly is growing, our little girl is kicking more and more each day, and I am just loving how summer is suddenly here!
Meanwhile, weeks have passed and we still don’t have internet at home, due to unexpected delays involving the condo builder and other mundane things, so I haven’t been online as much. Just wanted to drop by to say hello and post a few pictures.
Here are the salted caramel brownies we made for Memorial Day (click through for recipe on Flickr):
And here, slowly coming together, is my downstairs sewing-and-letterpress office:
It doesn’t look like much yet, and right after I took this picture it was invaded and colonized by the pernicious Miscellaneous Moving Boxes virus, but picture my sewing machine set up in front of the chair (that’s a piece of orange oilcloth I use so fabric moves easier, as the bare wood of the desk catches fabric in an annoying way), and maybe a letterpress project in progress down where my childhood dollhouse sits (waiting repairs and to be set up in the nursery).
Here is the letterpress space down at the end near the door:
During the two years at our rental house, we never uncrated the press, and our type is still saran-wrapped into its type drawers, and I have to find the rollers and ink and buy some new ink cleaner and and and. But I can’t tell you just how excited I am to have it out where we can use it again! Our last project was our wedding save-the-dates, and although I might just be insane, I have this notion that the next project will be a birth announcement card, if I can make it in advance with fill-in lines for the birth weight and time. I’m scheming and checking out some beautiful cuts and initials on eBay while I try to decide if I’m crazy enough to try this project.
My little office might seem like a dim space, especially with just its overhead lighting so far, but it is snugly insulated by the garage on one side and the next townhouse on the other side, so it very cool even on the hottest of days. I picture this as my sanctuary when my belly is at its biggest, the summer heat at its highest, and the need for distractions and nesting projects quite urgent. I will post more progress photos as it gets decorated and I start some of the projects I have in mind (letterpress aside, I have lap quilts, a baby quilt, and summer tops swimming through my head). It’s going to be a wonderful summer, I can tell already! A project-filled summer, a chilled watermelon summer, a summer in which I finish growing my baby and we make this home truly ours.
Moving never takes up one neat spot of time, does it? After one week, we still have no internet at home, and we have to wait until next week to get it. I have photos I want to share, but I am too lazy to cart my home laptop in to work and do it on my lunch hour. So it will be another little while before I will be back to share photos and stories. Our house is still full of boxes. I have a laundry list of things I need from IKEA (as much as I dread visiting it), I have a needy cat who next extra love because she’s still freaked out by the house, and that’s pretty much what life has been like since our move.
That, and watching adorable children do daredevil things outside our windows. And feeling the baby’s first real kicks. And enjoying the warm weather, now that it’s back. And and and. I will be back soon to write more! Hope you are all enjoying the beauty in your corner of the world, I know I am too.
Just a quick post to say that we went in for our first ultrasound yesterday, and we’re having a girl! It was so incredible to watch her move and tumble around. Everything looks perfectly healthy and normal. Here is a quick peek at her profile:
I think she looks like her daddy 🙂
This Saturday: the big move! I can’t wait.
May is my favorite month of the year! I am so excited to have bloomy, rainy, warmish May, so much better than soggy, trying-but-not-quite-there April. May is the month when summer feels tantalizingly close, but not close enough to sunburn me. May is the month when I met Mr. K, and this May will mark our seventh year together (though this August will only be our second wedding anniversary).
May is also moving season! It feels like nearly everyone I know has moved, is moving or about to move, and we’re next — after four months of house-hunting and one looooooong month of paperwork, we’ve finally closed on our new condo and we’re ready to move. I can’t wait! Goodbye dark, cramped rental house, hello spacious, light-filled townhouse! (It seems like I am full! Of exclamation marks! Today!) The movers arrive on Saturday, so you can bet we are just about drowning in packing paper, boxes, donation bags, and other detritus.
Another symptom of the interminable About To Move phase is that our pots and pans have been whittled down to bare bones for the week, cookbooks have been crated up, and it’s hard to cook much more than a one-pot meal. We kept just a couple cooking spoons out, and no mixing bowls, barely more than two plates to get us through. So of course I’m suddenly dreaming of elaborate cooking projects. Or rather, things that seem elaborate from this side of Moving Day:
- A friend at work has promised to share her killer toasted Granola recipe. I had a bit last week and I’m still dreaming about it. Words cannot describe the nutty, crunchy perfection. I will post pictures when I try it.
- I was so inspired by this post on Beauty That Moves, about a week of lunch items prepared in advance, that I am scheming about how to try it myself once we are settled in. I have been out of the groove of lunch-planning since Pregnancy Appetite invaded and disrupted my normal routines. But that’s not a real excuse!
- Bread. Oh dear, dear homemade bread. I will make you just as soon as I am able.
- Homemade yogurt! I must have lots of it to fuel my newly-discovered lust for yogurt breakfast smoothies with peaches, blueberries and cinnamon.
That’s what I’m dreaming about these days, when I’m not dreaming about arranging my entire house like a tetris screen and magically floating everything into the perfect slot. Or dreaming about toilets that work, or doors that close properly, or kitchen sinks that don’t clog every other day. Some dreams are simple, some are a little more far-reaching than others these days.
Instead I’m just going to keep my head down and pack like a packing wiz. Hopefully the next time I update it will be with pictures of our delightfully box-filled yet spacious and bright new home!
For now I’ll leave you with one image, dear Mr. K sitting across from me at our living room picnic this weekend, when we just had to go visit the new house, and when we ate our lunch directly out of a casserole dish propped on a packing box covered in a kitchen towel. Because some culinary experiences just don’t wait for complicated items like chairs and tables and plates to arrive!