Saturday, September 22, 2018

We're Here!

Hello, Dear Ones! I can't believe it's been over a month since I told you we were moving back to Texas - so here I go. We're here! We're in Texas now and in our rent house. I'll go back and share...
 If you haven't read my last post, we decided we needed to move out of the northeast cold and back to Texas, put our house on the market and it sold in less than a week, cash buyers so it closed fast! During that process we flew to Texas and found a house to rent and then we could take our time looking for a home to buy. Another move in the future but it will be easier than this one. We packed some of our stuff but had the packers do the majority of it. They packed for two days and then the movers came and loaded up the truck.
 We met the new owners and they were nice so I left them a few things they wanted in the house. We said goodbye to our home for the past four years, kissed our grandbabies bye and headed out on our loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong journey back to Texas.
 We bought a new car and guess who got to drive it to Texas??? Me!

This was my view for almost 2,000 miles. Mr. Precious driving Kiki towing Itsy. We were so intent on getting back to Texas that I didn't even record where we spent each night. Just drove, parked, slept, got up the next morning and kept going.
 Willow loves to travel and wanted to drive just a little but she can't reach the brakes! :) I can't believe she is a year an a half years old now!
 It took us seven days to get to Texas - almost 2,000 miles and this is our rent house.
These were the pictures of it online - a little enhanced - the brick is not that red but it really is that green. It's a little smaller than our New York house but it has four bedrooms. But alas - no basement. I'm gonna miss all the storage a basement has.

It has a two car detached garage. 
 Here are snaps from online. That's the front door with the dining room on the right.
 Dining room with dark wood floors. I know now when we buy a house I don't want 'dark wood' floors. They show everything y'all.
 Now the snaps are enhanced with a fishbowl lens to make the room look larger. I wish folks wouldn't do that. This is the official living room but we're using it for our den. The breakfast room to the left and the door to the backyard on the right.

The kitchen is a lot larger that my old kitchen. The countertops are granite with a nice backsplash. The cabinets have been painted a darker brown than it shows in the picture. My neighbor says the houses on our street were all built in 1991. Okie dokie!
 Here's the little breakfast room. I'm able to use my little kitchen hutch and my baker's rack! Yay!
 Don't you love it? There is not a laundry room but at least there is a washer and dryer as we left ours for the new owners of our old house. I'm not using those curtains. That's another door that goes outside.
 The master bedroom and bath are on the 1st floor and I really like that.  The master bath is a really nice size with a soaking tub and a separate shower.

This is the great room upstairs. I had it all figured out - our living room furniture and my piano would go up here and it would all be hunky dory!  Well, those movers couldn't get the piano up the stairs! Shoot!! That blew my plan. The living room furniture is up here ( and lots of other pieces) but the piano had to go in the den and honey, it's not very big. I tell myself - this is temporary!
 Now this is fun! This is an office upstairs. Mr. Precious didn't want it because  he has his own storage pieces so it's my sewing/craft room! Look at all of the shelves!! Yay! I'm trying to get set up in here and then I'll show you.
 Now this is (was) reality! Boxes! Boxes! Boxes! I have almost killed myself trying to get all of these puppies unpacked! I don't remember ever being this tired! So I took off for a few days and rested. I'm so delicate ya know! :)

You want to hear some funnies? Well, I was unpacking boxes in the kitchen, tossing the wrapping paper all around and grabbing dishes and stuffing them in the dishwasher. It was old and was loud and took forever to finish a normal wash. Well...I happened to see something out of the corner of my most gorgeous peeper and there were suds plopping out on the floor! Lots of suds! I could have taken a bubble bath in it! Called the landlord and he had to put another one in. Okie dokie - thank you.
Then one evening Mr. Precious and I had enough boxes unpacked so we could rest and watch TV. There is a ceiling fan in the den and I was cross stitching and watching TV. It began to get hot, hotter and even hotter! We checked and the air conditioning went out!! Oh, Lord! Yep! The old ac was dead as a door knob. Called the landlord again and he said he'd take care of it. But y'all, it's south Texas we're talking about HOT and it's still in the 90s here and the temp was rising and rising. We couldn't stay here. So we packed up Willow and some things and had to stay in a hotel from Saturday night until Wednesday! The landlord is a nice guy and said he would take care of our hotel bill. Well, we get back home, unpack, go to bed and notice we're hot! The ac stopped working again! Called the landlord again, a guy came out and fixed it. We're good now but heck this was not what we had thought would happen. It's all funny now. Our landlord probably thinks, these folks are killing me. Oh another thing...the washing machine stinks!! Yep, I've done everything I can think of. Bought a dishwasher cleaning ball. Nope! Poured baking soda and vinegar in it. Nope! Poured bleach in it. Nope! So, I took a spray bottle filled with bleach and decided to spray it behind the tub. Maybe that's were the moisture is holding its stinky self. So I think I may have solved my problem! I'm not going to tell the landlord as he may just kick us out! :)
 Today my little Campie is having his 5th birthday party. He is so excited and it's a Ghostbuster theme. We still miss our babies to all get out but we facetime and talk to them. We'll probably fly back up soon and kiss them.
 Things are settling down and I'm getting things set up the best I can. Still got lots of boxes in the garage with dishes and Christmas stuff. But I'm finding time to stitch - love it!  So that's my story and hopefully this new change will get me back to blogging. You know I love you. Oh, guess what? I thought about it the other day and have been blogging for 10 years! I just can't quit.
Before we left New York, Mr. Precious ordered a new Texas flag and she proudly flies out front! Love to you all and I'll start showing you stuff...

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

The Eyes of Texas Are Upon You

I once did know a President, Away down South, in Texas. And, always, everywhere he went, He saw the eyes of Texas. The Eyes of Texas are upon you, All the live long day. The Eyes of Texas are upon you, You can not get away. Do not think you can escape them At night or early in the morn- The Eyes of Texas are upon you 'Till Gabriel blows his horn. Sing me a song of Prexy, Of days long since gone by. Again I seem to great him And hear his kind reply. Smiles of gracious welcome Before my memory rise, Again I hear him say to me, "Remember Texas' Eyes." ~ sung by me


  1. So glad you are settled in your new rental. Sounds like most of the "kinks" are getting worked out. Hope you enjoy it and find a real home soon.

  2. It's SO good to see you here. I'm glad to know you had a safe trip to Texas and are starting to get settled in. It sounds like your 'new' home had some issues that someone - like you - has to work out. I've missed you here but kept up on Facebook. Sending hugs to you, dear friend.

  3. Sheila, You are stronger and braver than I would be driving that far and all that packing. Oh I am so shocked at what people try to rent and sell even. Would they like all those indeed. Hard to believe that young fellow is 5 already. Where did time go? Hope everything goes much smoother now. Blessings to you and your hubby. xoxo, Susie

  4. Congratulations on your move, hopefully you will find your forever home soon.

  5. So glad you are back in our great state! :)

  6. Hi Sheila, I'm so happy to see your post and know you have safely arrived back in Texas!! Have been wondering how things were going for you.......I don't envy you with all those boxes, but I'm sure you'll pace yourself and soon be all set up.........your rental place looks beautiful! Thanks for sharing all your adventures and your ever constant happy outlook and attitude.........inspiring for me right now. Blessings.....Linda

  7. You moved back to Texas!???? Oh how did you find the nerve to leave your grand children? You are so brave. Yes, NE winters are brutal - heck the summer was this year - but oh my golly leaving those kids. That's gotta hurt.

    Anyway, on a positive note your rental home is gorgeous.

    I wish you a smooth unpacking, and I know you will have a nice winter. Think of us in the NE and please invite us to your mild winter to visit. Hugs. ♥

  8. Goodness you have been busy, Shelia! You must have a lot of energy to move about so many times. We've lived in our home for 45 years, and I can't imagine moving all the things we've accumulated. Your rental looks lovely and hopefully all the kinks are solved so you can settle in. ♥

  9. Welcome back, Shelia! Your new rental home is gorgeous and I'm sure it will more "gorgeouser" (teehee) when you get it all set up! It sure is a good thing you can laugh about all of the times you needed to call the landlord...and it's a good thing he is a nice! All the more to blog about, right??

  10. So good to see you again. Be looking forward to more.Very nice house.

  11. So glad you arrived safely and are getting settled!! Also glad you will still be blogging!!

    You did all this so fast, you were sure in a hurry to get out of there.. You are tireless and amazing, wishing you clear sailing from now on...xoxoxo

  12. Wow Shelia, you have made a brave decision. You will miss your grandbabies no end. I understand about the cold, I hate it and we don't get a lot of snow, more the wind that comes off it. I wish we were brave enough to move but my GKB is a real born and bred southerner (I'm not) so I don't see it happening anytime soon. I wish you both well in your search for a new home and know you will be lead to the perfect place.

  13. Shelia, oh my goodness sweet lady! What a time getting settled with AC going out in Texas! Sounds like you two just rolled with it as well as the landlord. So happy to hear all is good now. What a wonderful home! It’ll be gorgeous with all of your pretty things soon, I’m sure. Love your Texas flag flying proud!
    Email me if you need anything!

  14. Where have I been? I don't know how I missed your last post. So glad you had a safe move. God leads us where he wants us to be. You are brave to move like that though. I know you miss the kids something awful, but at least you will be able to see them with facetime and visits. I sure understand about the cold and brutal winters. They are not my favorite either. And especially as I get older. Hope to see you around blogdom soon.

  15. Moving is so hard but I'm so glad you are in Texas. Hang in there and keep blogging! Hugs!

  16. Glad to see you blogging again! And I appreciate you sharing with us all the trials and tribulations of moving. As Chester Goode said on GUNSMOKE, "Life can't be all honeysuckles and catfish." Both my sons moved north and have told me they don't mind the cold, but know I couldn't handle it. Best wishes and looking forward to many posts on your blog.

  17. Welcome back to Texas! I know it was hard to leave those grandbabies and make that long trip back, not to mention moving all of your things. We love it here in Texas and would hate to move to another state, especially where it's so cold. Glad to see you back blogging again! Hope everything settles down so you can enjoy being here.

  18. Welcome home! A hard decision to have made, but the need for milder climate is what you need. I hope you find a home that will meet your needs. Looking forward to your posts.
    Thank goodness for Skype FaceTime and good old fashioned phone and mail:).
    I'm only about 15 minutes to my Granddaughter and one on the way. There are times when I don't see them during the week, but videos and pictures on the phone makes it more bearable.
    Gosh the greenery! I wish!
    Kathleen in Az

  19. Happy Fall, my sweet friend! I am so glad to see y'all have arrived safely and are unpacked and safely into a place to live, even if it's a temporary one. That house is lovely though!!--I might just stay if I were you, LOL. Looks like plenty of room and I'm so glad it's all working out for y'all and in plenty of time for the holidays and all. You have your pretty little doll houses with you, right? Looking forward to seeing them all set up too! I just know y'all are going to enjoy your new home and back to a nice climate, congrats on your move and your new home my friend.

  20. Praise the Lord Sheila for a safe trip to Texas and you look so sporty in that new beautiful ride of yours! Loving the rental home. It is amazing at how God went before y'all on the selling of your home! WOW! His timing is always perfect. I know you will miss those precious grands but thank the Lord for technology. Hope you have a good day and glad to see a post. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  21. Oh sweet Jesus, you 2 are crazy!! LOL! I can't wait to see how soon your find a new house. But all that packing and unpacking?? No way!! We're all moved from Chicago to Kentucky and I do not want to deal with moving again. You've got guts sweetie. xoxo

  22. Happy new settlement in a rental house having moved north four years ago and now back in Texas again with the prospect of moving again into your new forever house ---- a very long, bad sentence, but all of your activity has tired me out!!!!!

  23. It's a darling rental and I know you'll be so happy to be "home" in Texas!

  24. Yay! I'm glad you are back to blogging! Love your posts. Welcome back to Texas. We just got back from Minnesota and Branson. Got to have some cool weather.

  25. We're not neighbors any more!!! Glad you made it safely to TX and I agree about the dark wood floors - with my light colored dogs I see every dog hair!

  26. I'm so happy for you! I love living in the South and of course TX is special to me too! I think you'll be happy in the warmth of the sun! And just keep running some old towels in the washer and dryer with bleach and vinegar in the rinse. It will be fresh soon! Lots of hugs!

  27. Nothing like going through a big move when getting on in life. Blessings to you. Enjoyed this post and wish you all the best.
    d from the prairie

  28. Hello, I went by to say hello, since I've been disconnected from everything for a long time. As always I love your work. That I still think that they are not chapucillas, but great works. A kiss.

  29. I have been thinking of you and this big move! We are just about to head out to Colorado and leave some grandchildren and children behind. Just like you we have been praying and packing.
    Wondering how you have coped with the emotional part of leaving family. I am really struggling.
    Thank you! Hugs too,

  30. Wow !!! absolutely fantastic blog. I am very glad to have such useful information.


  31. I think we just like moving. We are buying another house will be moving next month. We both moved in 2014 you to NY me to town now I'm going back to the country you back to Texas, not looking forward to the moving part as I'm sure you weren't. Hope all is well as you haven't posted in a while. Take Care

  32. Wow, that's some trials and tribulations! Hoping your rental house will settle down and show you some love soon. Welcome back to Texas.

  33. Thinking of you, Sheila! and hoping y'all had a great Thanksgiving!


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