"On the plains of Oklahoma, with a windshield sunset in your eyes like a watercolor painted sky, you'd think heavens doors have opened."
Fly Over States

Sunday, December 20, 2009

A Frosty Morning in Oklahoma

My Virginia neighbors tell me they got between 20 and 24 inches of snow and that it is beautiful.  They didn't have high winds so kept power, a perfect combination.  I've been worried about them so that was happy news.

As for us, we got frost. 

Oklahoma has gorgeous sunrises and we have a great spot to see them.

I took a video of the girls and it gets pretty cute about 2 minutes into it. 

The girls just love it, here.

Here is my yard fairy. 

I need to find a good place for her and anchor her down.  I didn't have a good place for her in Virginia so she perched on a dresser overlooking the bathtub.  Because of her location, no one else got to see her. 

Oklahoma City is a quilting haven.  I was out running around, yesterday, and stopped by Hancocks to get some felt to build a design wall.   It was the best one I've ever been to and that is saying something because I like Hancocks.  They had bolt after bolt of all different colors of felt (I got white).  It was easy to get to, closeby and there was a quilting center right next door.  Just incredible.  There are also 4 quilt shops within thirty minutes from the house and two more that are both excellent within 45 minutes. 

Husband picked up some insulation boards at Lowes so I can put together a design wall in my sewing room.  He is skeptical that it will work but we'll see.  I'll post pictures unless it is an unmitigated disaster, and I am probably even more likely to post pictures under those circumstances. 

One of the best things about this place is that the way it is laid out, there is space and privacy for both of us.  I have my sewing room in the house and my office in the barn: 

I was thrilled to discover that I can get internet out there.  I plan to set up my desk, paint the walls, put up pictures, etc.  I like that it is away from the house where I can hibernate.  I also have a desk in my sewing room so if the weather isn't good, I don't have to go out to the barn to pay bills.  But walking out there won't hurt me.  I'd gotten so sedentary in Virginia that it wasn't healthy.  I am going to see if I can fit a futon in there to serve as an extra bedroom. 

And I also have my longarm room:

Okay, I admit it, all those boxes are full my my stash and I also have six plastic bins of the "good" stuff. 

I'm thrilled to have those bookshelves to put my stash.  Of course, I'll keep a lot of fabric in my sewing room but shopping in the longarm room will be a delight.  And probably frightening to non quilters. 

In contrast, Husband has an office in the house.  He also has a room for reloading and for his brewery out in the barn (the barn has four finished rooms plus a bathroom.  He also has a huge workshop out there (which is currently full of boxes but that won't last much longer).  

The barn also has an entire second floor for storage.

I've got the Christmas decorations up and am looking forward to my kids coming to visit.  Here is a picture of Rudolph that someone made me in the late 80's. 

Over on the HGTV message board, we discovered that quite a few of us have these reindeer because a  magazine put out a pattern at that time.  I just love the silly thing. 

Ahem, yes, that is a menorah to the right.  Husband insisted.  He isn't jewish, either.  He would like to be jewish but has been too apathetic to follow up on it. 

Ahem, yes, that is a dancing Shiva behind the menorah.  Our Budda is in the other room and I put the tarot cards in the barn. 

Moving on...

We'll be making the rounds to see family and friends over the next week in addition to unpacking.  Have I mentioned that it is great to be home? 

Happy Quilting,

Penny, Evelyn and Pearl


Anonymous said...

What a nice setup you'll have when all is done. The barn, too, is great! You're lucky ducks, that's for sure! You must just bounce out of bed each am just itching to get started on your day.

I am so happy for you and wish you the Merriest Christmas ever!


Paula in Studio City, CA said...

Marry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Solstice! (Bring those Tarot cards into the house - I keep mine near the menorah so they can be bathed in the candle light.)

We have a favorite poem for this time of year, called "The Shortest Day". It's based on the Solstice celebration, and written by Susan Cooper for the Holiday Revels. Here's where you can read the poem: http://www.thelostland.com/shortest.htm

Enjoy! And blessed be.....

Penny said...

Hahaha, Blessed be, indeed!

Bring on the Solstice! We're all ready for the wheel to turn and the days to lengthen.

BilboWaggins said...

I am a day late to wish you Solstice Greetings but that sunrise sure makes up for it. Just like you commented when you saw my sunrise recently, a day which starts like that is such a blessing.

Am impressed with that barn, trying not to be envious (not a pretty emotion) but - oh baby - I could put all my husband's junk out there and never see him again [giggle}!