Yes, its been a while. Let's not talk about that.
My house is on the market and I am keeping my fingers crossed for some good news any day now. The first time home buyers rebate is only good for ratified contracts through April 30, and we are hoping for a buyer who wants to get in under the wire. I had a nibble from a serious buyer, but we couldn't reach an agreement. I have a feeling they panicked about the money they were spending, but who knows. I wish them well, and hope they find a happy home. I went home for a few days to take care of some things and get some spring colors planted, and now I'm back at the new shop.
The NEW SHOP! Its beautiful and cheerful and just as much of a happy place as the old shop. Its twice as big, so I am having fun ordering new things to fill the space. There are still loads of boxes to be unpacked, and shipments keep arriving. I suppose it will be a work in progress for some time to come. I am however, starting to take breaks at the shop and allow my mind to wander to something other than work. One of these days, I'll get back to knitting and my other crafts. This morning I spent some time visiting my favorite blogs and Ravelry and was thoroughly inspired.
Katie loves our new neighborhood - the pelicans and palm trees are wonderous, and she loves being outside. What a happy pooch!
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I am still learning about the flora and fauna of Florida. There are all sorts of wonderful plants in my yard here, and I am anxious to find out what they are, and how I should be caring for them. I even have a lawn! My postage stamp sized yard in Virginia was a shady spot, so I have little grass keeping experience. There's a giant tree with woodpeckers and blue jays visiting the yard, not to mention lizards!
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