Greetings armadillos! As promised, I’ve dropped off the face of the earth, and even though I’m checking in for a little chat, I don’t have much in the way of sewing news to relate. Nevertheless, I thought I’d drop in with an update on the doings around here.
So! Last weekend Mr. Bug and I made the 3 hour flight to Texas to check out the scene and start the house search. Thanks so much to all you who’ve chirped up with your comments, suggestions and other helpful hints! Here are the highlights from our trip…
For any of you who follow my instagram, some of this will be old news! First off, these restroom signs in DFW totally crack me up!
Hmmmm… here’s Mr. Bug and I EXTREMELY overexcited with the giant french fry – everything being bigger in Texas and all that. And on an unrelated note, the iPhone camera view that makes pictures like this easy to take is so ODD! My face is backward!
Saturday night we had dinner with Elissa from Dress With Courage and her helpful husband! They were lovely and gracious and gave us some great tips on our new Texas adventure! Also, I had country friend ribeye with WHITE GRAVY! Freaky!
Sunday gave us a chance to practice some gold old fashioned Minnesota snow-related snootiness. It snowed. Like, there was snow coming out of the sky, but not really staying on the ground. This is a nice shot of the 10 o’clock news. There were reporters all over the place, doing on-location check-ins on the 8 flakes of snow.
Monday we met our realtor and checked out houses. Let me tell you all – there was a swingin’ bachelor pad straight out of the Brady Bunch that was calling my name! Luckily, it wasn’t calling TOO loudly. But if Mr. Bug and I were looking for a quirky retirement house I don’t think they would have been able to pry me out of this place. Obviously, we would have had to buy the furniture along with the house!
And check out this CRAZY tree! It’s growing right in the middle of the road! There were reflecters nailed to it and it was very nicely paved in!! The guys I work with – landscape architects – were totally like THAT TREE IS GOING TO DIE!! The thing is, that tree is obviously old, and the houses all looked to be at least 40 years old as well…. Apparently this tree can stand the asphalt!
We DID actually find a house and put in an offer – alas, there was another interested party and they were more willing to pay the asking price than we were. The house was in a charming neighborhood, but it was circa 1993 – VERY Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And pink. With blonde wood WHITEWASHED cabinets in the kitchen and a very overwhelming foyer. So Mr. Bug and I are back to reconsidering other options (aka: I’m pressuring him to go for the house I fell in love with!)
In the meantime, our house is going on the market next Monday and we are busy, busy, busy bees. I snapped some before and after photos of the work we did in the living room. There is some sewing involved!! In ALL of the work that we’re doing to prepare the house, most of the changes won’t show well in pictures because it consists of me crawling around on my SUPER HARD FLOORS, touching up the white paint on our trim. My next house will be 100% wallpapered. I will never paint again. We’ll save those photos for tomorrow.
In the meantime, check out these awesome prints! I actually found them in an antique shop and got them for Mr. Bug as his wedding present – he played the trombone in high school, I played the flute. We never framed them, but realized that they fit in regular old Ikea frames!! We framed ‘em up and swapped them with the oversized pictures of Lucy in our living room. The staging experts SAY to take down family photos after all. Although I’m not sure if giant pictures of basset hounds count as family photos or just crazypants artwork…