Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Brown Cuddle Scarf

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now. - William Hutchison Murray

For the longest time - years - I've been in stop mode. In an earlier posting, I talked about the land between and how if you're there that it's most likely to rest, to heal, or to prepare. I was there for all three and then a few months ago I started to feel as if that time was coming to an end. It was. Things started to shift.

When I was in Oregon at the end of May, Diane made a comment about me being prepared enough and Gwen said she felt I needed to be more visible. Those comments resonated. I knew it was time for a significant change and that I needed to do something in order for something to happen. I needed to risk, to take a leap of faith. It's almost as if the minute that thought popped into my head, God tapped me on the shoulder and said what about moving to Salmon Arm?... a town I love... and have talked about moving to more than once.

I came home and told Howard I was moving and although I am at times both excited and terrified I've never wavered in that rock solid confidence that this is the right thing to do and my confidence has allowed him to make some changes that will allow this to work for both of us. Last Friday morning - before we looked at houses - I was journal writing and praying that I would have that same confidence about recognizing the right home for us. I already knew which one I thought had the most potential; every time I looked at the on-line posting, it felt like "my" house.

When we got there, our real estate agent said that an offer was being presented on that house that afternoon but that we were able to look at it in the morning and that no one else would be able to view it until we decided if we wanted to make an offer. If we did, our offer would be presented with the other one. We did. We offered and it was accepted with no negotiating and no bidding war even though there were four other parties lined up to look at the house.

The amount we offered was 20% less than the amount we'd been pre-approved for by the bank so we knew that financing was not going to be an issue but it still had to be formalized. Yesterday, we had a bank appointment at 11:00 and by 2:30 everything was approved AND... they were having a sale. All registration fees, appraisals, and in-house lawyer fees are being paid by the bank. Providence is certainly moving to enable. It's exciting. We have a home inspection on the 3rd and the subjects need to be off by the 10th. Once that's all done and it truly is ours, I'll show pictures.





On Saturday, I finished the creative study I was working through and started researching books on creativity to find a new one. I found two lists of about forty books and the first book on each list that I hadn't already read was Manage Your Day-To-Day. Our local book store had one copy. It's about developing a rock solid routine, taming your tools, learning to focus, and sharpening your creative mind - all areas I'd like to improve.

I've been thinking about my routine when I move and how to blend it with Howard's schedule. He'll be here four days a week and in Salmon Arm three either Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Saturday, Sunday, Monday. My plan is to work three days a week - Tuesday to Thursday - and clean and shop on the Monday or Friday that he's at work and spend the weekends with him. YES YES. A couple of days into the new study I'm impressed enough that I ordered book two and three in the series.





I'm not sewing but I have been knitting - just knitting. These four scarves need the ends tucked in, the edges finished, and blocking. I'm not doing that. I'm sitting on the couch churning out scarves while rotating between feelings of excitement and terror and thinking about all that I need to organize and do to get moved. We get possession the second weekend in September and the first order of business will be to get the suite painted and rented since it'll pay most of our mortgage and give me the freedom to work on my creativity. Another YES YES.





These two scarves are still tucked in the ziplock they came home from the cruise in. One needs to be measured to determine if it needs to be longer and the other needs to be cast off with a large needle and the edges finished. Both need blocking. The second one is a gift for Claire and hopefully she'll get it before winter but... don't hold your breath Claire. This week I'm home and next week I'm helping my daughter look after my grandson because she's at the end of her pregnancy and quite tired. Then I'm home again for a week and then back to look after the four of them when the new grandbaby is born. I'm getting my snuggles in and then I'm moving.





Churning includes the brown cuddle scarf. I don't like brown but if a yarn has to be brown, this is a nice enough shade. I'm not sure why I bought it except that I do like the yarn and it was on sale. Churning means I prefer to knit at a reduced rate. It's a triangle started with one stitch and increased at each end of each row. It'll be as big as using up all the yarn will make it which will in turn be big enough to cuddle on the front porch or while reading OR... it may go in the guest room as a throw for my friends when they want to read in bed. They like brown.





I've started shopping. I have all the furniture I need except for two twin bed frames and mattresses but I need some sheets, duvets, bath towels, and a few pots and dishes. Not much though. Fabricland carries really nice duvets and pillows and this week they were marked down 60% so I bought one king and two twin duvets and four queen size pillow for a ridiculously inexpensive amount. They were out of queen duvets and that's okay. I can cut the king down if I need to.

Howard and the boys are leaving on their annual holiday this morning. They'll be back on Sunday night. I'm going to clean house, start refinishing the dresser, do a bit of packing, go to knitting in Salmon Arm on Friday, and spend time with friends. Since I'm packing or I'm painting are not the most exciting things to follow on a blog, the plan is to post once a week until October and then see how things are looking. Hopefully, I'll be settled and into a new routine and - finally - have some jewelry and sewing to talk about then.... and maybe even some finished scarves - LOL ! ! !

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - Providence moving to enable

16 comments:

  1. You are a force to be reckoned with, Myrna! Congratulations on getting the right house and on the lovely payoff for all your hard work before hand!

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    1. Thank you. I'm quite confident the deal will go through but you never know until it's all signed so I'm trying not to be too excited... and failing.

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  2. As you well know, excited and terrified is good...stopping because of fear is not.....

    A lot of work for you ahead, but fun for us to see how it all unfolds!

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    1. No stopping. I'm really looking forward to seeing how it unfolds too. I feel like there's stuff I can't even know about yet that will be coming my way.

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  3. Your post really resonates. Some of us have a long germination period, but when we're ready, it's ready, set, go! Congratulations Myrna. Your hard work is bearing fruit. Well done!

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    1. Thank you. Yes, it's time to bloom.

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  4. Myrna, I'm so happy that everything is working out for you. I'm already dying to see pics of the house and of your work going forward. I'll miss the daily blogs but know you'll be busy, busy, busy for the next few months! Have fun!! Extra big hug, Charmion

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    1. I'll definitely post pictures as soon as it's a for sure deal - the before - and then you can follow along on the "making it ours" journey. Thanks for the hug.

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  5. WOW! Many congratulations on all the house stuff and even more on the wonderful forward progress. You and Howard are inspiring in your creativity and adaptability. I'll be thinking of you and your changes as we make our move from Wisconsin to Oregon - we'll be househunting in September ;-)
    JoyceP in WI (for a while longer)

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    1. When we signed the papers, I thanked Howard for being so amazing and supporting what I needed and he said any husband would do that. SO not true. Good luck with your house hunt. Oregon is wonderful.

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  6. Wow Myrna, I love how you have set this move in motion. I am excited for you.

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  7. I'm so happy things are working out so well for you, and hope everything continues to fall into place. Know you're going to be extra busy the next couple of months, but hope you'll miss blogging as much as I'll miss reading your blog and you'll make it a little more than once a week!!! Will look forward to your new adventures, and wish you all the best.
    Marian

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  8. what fabulous news!! it will be awhile before I need a warm scarf! No worries on my end!

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