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We’re here.

And, it’s not so bad. They did quite a few renovations since I moved out last year, and so far I haven’t had any problems with neighbors or anything. We moved in last Friday, and are still unpacking the last few things. 740 square feet doesn’t stretch very far. Oh well. It’s liveable, and it’s cheap. Things could be worse! D and I have been talking a little lately, and he’s making all his usual promises to start sending child support. I’d love to believe it, but I have to have cash in hand first. Until then…we’ll see. Kids are doing well, they like the new place and their new room. They are on spring break this week, and once school starts up again next Tuesday, we’ll have a little extra walk to get to the bus stop (different school zone now, but they can still finish out the year at the old school), but even that is not so bad. Overall, life is good at the moment.

Ugh, how I wish I had a digital camera right now! My mama’s birthday is tomorrow, and I whipped her up an art bag from scratch. Cool retro print canvas, hand stitched denim applique spelling out “art” on the front, blue cotton lining with a wicked pocket, and a cool purple leather handle. It’s for her to carry her supplies to her classes and such. I can’t even begin to describe how cool it is! Maybe I’ll get mom to snap a picture so I can share. I’m so proud of it 🙂 Oh yeah, in case you didn’t know, my mom is an artist!  She and I just had a really great time at Clay Day at Artists Oasis , and made several really cool pendants. One of the ones I made is going into a swap package for a buddy over on Craftster. I’m so excited to be into swaps again…this one is Fairytales and Folklore, and I’m having an absolute blast.

 So see, I’m trying to get back into the swing of things. Pulling myself out of the crushing depression of a few months ago. Living my life to the best of my ability, and enjoying my kiddos every day. Life is good 🙂

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Living

So, we’re still here. Not doing the best, not living on the street either. At the end of the month we will be moving back to the dreaded ghetto, where the rent is cheaper. Although, the complex has done a rather nice job of sprucing the place up since I left, and (so they say) have gotten rid of a lot of the bad tenants. We’ll see…stay tuned for more neighbor drama, I’m sure!

 So I’m on a packing/weeding out crap mission today and don’t have much time to post…but wanted to pop in and say hello. I’m selling off a bunch of my knitting/crochet books that I no longer need (I have a bit of an addiction, and this is only a small portion of my stash!) so let me know if anyone is interested. Later peeps!

All books will be shipped via priority mail with delivery confirmation (actual cost only), and I accept payment via paypal!
1. Vannas Favorite Crochet Gifts $5
Afghans, home decor, fashion and more. Excellent condition.

2. Hooked for Toddlers $8

By Margaret Hubert, brand new!

3. Afghans To Treasure $4

4. Annie’s Favorite Baby Projects $8
his hardcover book is full of the best baby projects AA has ever done! Heirloom christening gowns, stuffed toys, stunning blankets. This one was one of my favorites!

5. Crochet for Babies and Toddlers $8
y Betty Barnden- chock full of adorable patterns for wee people!

6. From Needles to Hook $8
Complete Guide to Coverting Knit Patterns To Crochet”. Says it all!

Now for the knitting ones-

1. The Yarn Girls Guide to Kid Knits $12
This book is fantastic!

2. Knitting in No Time $6
By Melody Griffiths- fabulous book!

3. Yummy Yarns Knits for Kids $4
Funky and fresh patterns for kids

4. Charmed Knits $6
Projects for Fans of Harry Potter. Brand new!

5. Knitting for the Pampered Baby $5
By Rita Weiss. Adorable baby dresses in this one!

6. Hip Knits $4
65 Easy projects- perfect for the begining knitter who wants more than scarves!

7. More Paintbox Knits $5
Mary H. Bonnette and Jo Lynne Murchland

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Thoughts…

It’s amazing how much promise a new home can hold. I love my new apartment. Absolutely love it. It’s bigger, has washer/dryer hookups, and NICE NEIGHBORS! Omg. I met my immediate neighbors today- two very nice college girls, who love kids and offered to babysit anytime I needed it! We had a wonderful conversation, and it was so fabulous I nearly cried. Seriously. You have no idea how isolated I am in the ghetto. The only white girl around. Hell, I’m one of only 3 white people period (and ostracized because of it). No one speaks English, and those that do use it to sell drugs. Normal neighbors. What a relief.

::Later::

After posting the above entry, I decided to take one more load of stuff over, and met 3 more of my neighbors! Everyone is SO NICE! The couple across from me has two children, a 2 year old boy and a 6 year old girl! The kids hit it off right away while the mom and I chatted, and then hugged each other when it was time to leave. Everybody say awww! This is so freakin perfect. I’m so happy!

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Mixed feelings

Not about the move, I’m totally jazzed about that! However, upon returning to the ghetto, I discovered that someone has popped open the lock on my mailbox AGAIN and stolen all my mail. AGAIN. I had the rental office place a brand new lock on it about a week or two ago. It was fine yesterday, so someone did that today. So, I just called the police. Again. They’re supposed to send an officer out, I suppose they could dust for fingerprints. Not only is this NOT the first time it has happened to me, there were other broken locks a few weeks ago. Although, as far as I can tell mine is the only one broken now. Bastards. What concerns me is the package I’m waiting on from the publisher- I swear to some higher power it had better not have been in there. I also forgot to mention to ya’ll that someone stole my package from Good Yarn Karma right out of the rental office. Karma baby. I hope it kicks this person (or persons) in the ass. Twice. Oooh, and someone was tampering with my deadbolt lock over the weekend. I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO out of here.

I’m off to download my “before” pictures and have a slightly better evening…I hope!

::Later::

On a happier note, here are a few quick shots of the new place. For comparison, first there is a picture of my current building (taken from my car, because I don’t want to flash my camera in front of any of these theives). And the last picture is the view from my new balcony (I’m on the second floor)

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Crap.

The other apartment that is. So it’s on to the more expensive place in about a week!

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The Move..

I received a call from my rental office this morning. They had an apartment open up in their building (same complex of course) and wanted to know if I would like this one instead of waiting for the other complex. Now, it’s not the wait that’s the problem, the only worry I have about the new place is the increase in rent. Especially since D is no longer re-enlisting. As much as I wanted to move out of this place, the building the office is in is much nicer than my current building, and it’s away from all the crazies. I would be able to keep the same rent amount, and probably not have to sign a new lease (I’ll have to double check on this, but I’m reasonably certain). I’m going to check out the new (but same) apartment this afternoon before making a decision. I feel like that is the better solution, at least until I know how things are going to play out in the future. As much as I like the 2nd complex (I was dreaming of the washer dryer hookups last night…) I think staying in the cheaper place at least until my lease is up (end of Oct.) would work. I think. I don’t know. Sigh…I hate having to make decisions like this. I’ll know more this afternoon….

However, it doesn’t matter where I go, my new kitchen will also be painted orange- so don’t worry about a change Stacey! 🙂 I’m totally excited about the Fiber Freaks swap!

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Monday and Tuesday…

Today I learned that there are at least 3 registered sex offenders living in my complex. One is in the building next to me. **chants…”2 more weeks…2 more weeks….”** I can’t wait to be out of here!

I’ve been busy these past few days. The LCT is in time out, because seaming gives me a headache. The seaming is actually all done, but I needed a break 🙂

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Gabe and I baked chocolate chip cookies today. He loves to help in the kitchen, and cookies are one of his specialties!

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Yesterday we went out shopping with my sister Kacee. We stopped by her work (Plato’s Closet) and then hit Chic Fil A and Target. Kacee was just accepted to UNCW (University of North Carolina at Wilmington, for those who don’t know 🙂 ) last week, where one of my brothers is about to graduate from. The Smiths are taking over Wilmington!! There is another little tantalizing tidbit for you- my maiden name was Smith.

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Drooling over pool toys in Target

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Natalie and Gabe in the car 🙂

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The boys again…(Gabe has to jump in every time I take a picture of Jack!)

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And finally, my other crochet work for the day. The design group I belong to on ebay is working on something very special- A group launch set to debut in 2 weeks, using Heather Bailey’s FABULOUS new line of fabrics called Freshcut! And whats more exciting is the fact that Heather herself is joining us! How totally cool 🙂 Here is my progress- (Kim, I told you I couldn’t draw worth squat, but I try!)

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(FYI, the picture under my sketch is a sample of the Freshcut line. To see the full line, go here- http://www.freespiritfabric.com/core-pages/gallery.php?gal_id=108&PHPSESSID=1600481057c4f7b42b10e1aa1f0af423 ) 

And thats all for now!

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