On The Other Side Of Things

It looks like it’s been a month to the day since I went off the air here and as clichΓ© as it sounds, it feels like yesterday and a million years ago all at the same time. And while I’m not quite yet at a place where I can come back with full force, I’m here; sitting in our new kitchen, hotspotting off my phone, writing. The internet hook-up is scheduled for tomorrow as the hotspot isn’t the most effective so things are a little slow internet-wise at the moment, but today felt like a good day to touch base and reflect a bit nonetheless.

I’m happy to report that we’ve all made it. My husband would say there was never any doubt, but I certainly had them! Thanks to a lot of help and hard work from my mom and the kids (Mr KS had to make the move up for work mid-March), all the boxes of things to prep the old house for sale were checked (and then some) and it’s empty and officially on the market. I’m really happy with how I left it, nice and clean and ready for someone new to make their own memories. I was unsure how emotional it would be to leave after almost 13years there, but by the time I locked up for the last time that house really wasn’t our home any more. No family or Moose, no yarn or fiber or spinning wheel or loom or ridiculous yarn and fiber stash squirreled away. No familiar art work on the walls. It was just some (spectacularly clean) walls and a (good solid) roof over my head. It was a blank slate. And really, that’s what moving is. Leaving one place a blank slate for the next owners and moving into a blank slate left by someone else.

Our whole process moved very quickly — I met the movers at our old house last Tuesday morning. They packed up what I’d not yet gotten to and loaded it up and by 5pm I was on the road up to our new hometown, arriving just in time for a much deserved shrimp chimichanga and margarita with my hubby. The following morning we had our final walk-through and closed on the new house. Within about 2hours of closing, the movers met us at the new house to unload our things. My parents brought the kids and dog up later that same afternoon after having watched them while the actual moving was taking place and before long my mom — true trooper that she is — and I started cleaning and organizing the new kitchen. Now that’s a whirlwind.

If you’ve learned anything about me over the years, it’s that I really struggle to relax when there is work to do around me. Smart or not, I kind of just keep going until it’s all done. Suffice to say I’m not one who will live in what I’ve dubbed “The Sea of Boxes” for long. So at this point — less than a week since moving in — the only things not yet unboxed and put away are the basement storage/camping stuff that my hubby is in charge of, the garage stuff (which we need to figure out shelving for, and my own desk things because, well, I do not yet have a desk. The kids have finally graduated to their own rooms so my daughter has upgraded to my old desk and I’ll eventually upgrade to a new desk all my own. That’s on the long-term shopping list and it’s just going to be a list that takes time as we learn about our new space and curate the right pieces for it.

So the kitchen is set. A couple of my favorite spots include these little coffee shelvesand…

This rolling baking rack. Since we don’t have a pantry quite like we did in the old house, Mr KS came up with this little ingenious way to make baking easy for me — just roll my rack over to the counter when I’m baking so all the things I need are right there and roll it back when I’m done. Easy peasy — I love it!

And once I finally had the kitchen set and bathrooms scrubbed and the kids’ rooms and closets organized, I finally took the time to start organizing my yarn and fiber stash and tools. It was my hubby’s idea to use the big bookshelves we have to display all my yarn & fiber as a sort of gallery or living museum as a centerpiece in the room…

I’m kind of in love with how it turned out. There’s still some organizing that must happen in this area and a nice chair to pick out and a new spinning wheel to bring home (two more items for the long-term shopping list), but I really, really love it. And I’m just so excited to start creating in this new space. And finally, last night things were settled enough that I felt ready to get my wheel out…

The latest installment of the Three Waters Farm Top of the Month Club was thrown in on the top of my travel bag, so I went ahead and started with that. It’s been 7 weeks since I touched my wheel so I’m a little rusty and tuckered out quickly with it, but it felt GREAT to be back at it.

At my husband’s insistence, there have been some breaks to hike and get fresh air.And we found our FOY garter snake…

And frog.

And some really impossibly lovely scenery in nearby parks.

Knowing that the move has definitely took a toll on my hip, Mr KS also found me a couple fantastic knitting spots so I could relax while he hiked with the kids.

It’s officially not half bad up here.

I’ve got a backlog of WIPs & FOs to share that I’ve worked on over the past month, but I’ll save those for another day. Probably a day before I have a desk because that will take some time, but after the wifi is hooked up so photos are uploading a little more quickly. But alas, I hope y’all have had a wonderful month and I’m glad to say that I’m on the other side of things and will be getting back into the groove here soon. It feels great to be back!

28 thoughts on “On The Other Side Of Things”

  1. Looking great, Sarah! You are very close now to where I grew up-Hudson-maybe someday we’ll meet up for knit and a chat in person! I have only ever had an iPhone hotspot as an internet source so I feel your “pain” uploading photos at a snail’s pace…Iowa is very very bad at connectivity. Congratulations on the move!

    1. Maybe! And Oy! That sounds painful indeed! We have some spotty cell coverage around here, but I’m hopeful the wifi will be good. 🀞🏻🀞🏻

  2. it looks so much like home already – I love the King Arthur Baking center – and coffee central as well. That wall of yarn – holy cow, you have some beauties there! Glad to hear that you had a chance to do a bit of spinning – that is a long way to be away from something you love so much. So, to paraphrase Mary Ann at TWF, what are you going to make with all that yarn? πŸ™‚

    1. I realize I unpack a lot faster than normal people, but I like to be settled. πŸ™‚ And I think the more accurate question is, “What am NOT going to make with that yarn?!”

      1. I think that the unpacking fills all the time you give it. We have given it 9 years, and so we STILL have not unpacked all the books. You were smart to just attack it and get it done. Then you can settle in to learning about your new town, and getting the kids on track with all the changes, finding the local yarn store, knitting groups, spinning groups so that you can build your own network. Having a settled home makes all of that much easier.

      2. We did try to cull the things we didn’t use or need before we left which has helped. We will have a couple book boxes that may remain packed for a while as we figure out the space, but that is what it is. I’m definitely going to push on with getting a desk so I can relieve those boxes of their contents – those are going to weigh on me otherwise because I’m weird and can’t function with full boxes around. πŸ˜†

      3. I don’t think that is weird! You just like things organized! I imagine culling instead of blindingly packing it was very good and helpful. The last time I moved I didn’t have that luxury, so I did it while I unpacked, which was much harder. And it needs doing again. πŸ˜–

      4. There were still things I donated when we were unpacking the kitchen just because the storage options are very different here. It’s all worked out though, it always has to, right?!

      5. It does work out, even I not as we anticipate. In a year you wont remember the aggravation and work, but will be all settled in and comfortable. It will feel like home. πŸ™‚

  3. You and I are quite alike in that I have to have the chores done before I can sit and relax. We moved a great deal in our early working years and I always tackled the kitchen first – when that was done, the rest was downhill. I’m so excited for you, settling in and getting into a routine. That yarn organization is just wonderful and you’ll be touching and project-dreaming every time you walk by (which is what I do with my own!). Congrats on a successful move. It’s nice to have you back!

    1. Thank you! It’s nice to *be* back!

      Yes, the kitchen really has to happen first. Always, especially with kiddos. I’ve only got one or two boxes left upstairs, the rest is in the basement and is mostly just storage for camping get and what-not. I have about a month before my desk arrives, but other than that, mostly settled. Definitely feels great!

  4. So glad to see you have done so well in getting settled. I have moved many, many, many times over the course of my life and the last time I moved was nine years ago. I see myself in your experience as I was always eager to get settled, but this last time, and being a senior, has given me permission to just lay back and love the fact that I still haven’t organized my books on the many bookcases I have and I’m a former librarian with around 4,000 books. But age tells me, it is certainly OK. I will get to it eventually. But I do envy your energy and steadfastness!

  5. Congrats on the successful move. Love the yarn shelves! It sounds like you have had a good balance of sorting out stuff and relaxing too – and what a lovely hubby to find you knitting spots on your trips out! Sounds perfect!

  6. So glad you had a successful move. I love your yarn stash decor! I’d love to be able to display mine like that but I’m too afraid of dust & dog hair. We have a great pyrenees which means we have a LOT of dog hair! Looking forward to seeing your FO’s.

    1. I’m afraid of dust, dog hair, and fading in the sun, but we’ll see how it goes. I can always find a way to display and contain — for now, though, it’ll do. πŸ˜‰

  7. If you haven’t already checked out Power’s Bluff, you definitely need to go. It’s not very far at all and it’s beautiful year round. I grew up in Wisconsin Rapids and we used to go there all the time.

      1. I love Sandhill! I hope you saw buffalo and that you’ll get a chance to see the cranes there when they’re passing through.

      2. We didn’t see the bison this time around, but we did see them the first time as we were leaving. πŸ™‚

        Eyes will be peeled for cranes! We’ve seen a number flying over town here, so they must be around.

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