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Worked the phone this morning and got several more things done on my list. Most important is I found a new Veterinarian for The Crew. One that is close to the new house, is accepting new patients (I had a list of 6 vets and half weren't accepting new patients due to covaid) and after June 1 we will be able to go in with The Crew for their visit. Bruce is in need of his annual check-up and shots. And there is no way I would just hand him over to a new doctor for this and wait in the parking lot. So I am happy this won't be the case. And we are down to ONE piece of paperwork needed on our new home and closing can be scheduled. Nothing to do but wait as it is the title and so we are at the mercy of the title company. Home sales are booming here so it may take awhile ...or not...fingers crossed. I think I will crochet a bit and then nap. The sleeping is wonderful I must say. I fall asleep so easily and so relaxed. It most definitely is what my body needed. #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #atchezdepre #keepingitreal #evansvilleishome #allfiberarts #crochet

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Good Mornin' Awake and ready to enjoy a steaming cup while I type this status. I do believe today and quite possibly tomorrow will just be repeats of yesterday and all it's self indulgent reading and sleeping. It just seems to be what my body wants and I am finally in a position where I can let my guard down a bit and do so. So I am. In a couple of days we are hoping to have a closing date on our home here in Evansville. Fingers crossed it is as early as June 10th. That would be wonderful as we are so very ready to cross that threshold and live in a sea of boxes! Some have asked about machine sewing here in the furnished rental apartment. I do have my featherweight machine in the apartment and a box of studio essentials and some fabric but honestly sewing here is not realistic. The table I would use is much needed for meals and Paul to use as a desk every morning and evening as he files reports. We are in a 3rs floor walk-up so the thought of bringing another table/chair in also is not practical as we eventually have to unload this apartment. We are trying to be as lean and mean as possible and just wait things out until we can finally be in our new home. Yes 3rd floor apartment...dog walking 3-4 times a day. Each walk is about 6-8 blocks. Let's just say between this activity and the amount of exercising I did while alone for 9 weeks...well there will eventually be some new clothes needed. There's a silver lining! Now let's have coffee...who wants a cup? #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #goodmorningcoffee #coffeeismydrug

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Good Mornin Again! I am going to enjoy a bit of time with Em's shawl...at least until the next color change in this yarn cake. And get another chapter or two of my audio book under my belt. Paul just called and we put together a small list of to-do's for later today so that will be nice. I will get to venture out of the apartment. I am truly not complaining at all. Just merely stating the fact that yeah I am a bit bored. But I think tomorrow I will head over to a furniture consignment shop with fingers crossed that a headboard/footboard/nightstand they posted on facebook is still available. Both of us agree it would be perfect for the guest room. #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #atchezdepre #keepingitreal #evansvilleishome

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Good Mornin and Happy Memorial Day! I hope wherever you are that today is the best possible day it can be under whatever circumstances. I was just talking with Paul and I told him I am just so tired lately. I don't know if I am crashing from the adrenaline rush of finally being here (today is day 11!) or my anemia is flairing because my protein intake is a bit off and I need to step it up. I just feel like I could sleep for days. And there have been many naps the last 3 days. And I am a bit bored so that doesn't help. I think I need to find a new book to read, project to crochet or space to explore. But right now I am going to crawl back in bed for a little bit. I truly hit the wall of fatigue again. I'll catch up with everyone in a few hours. Zzzzzzzzzzz. #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #goodmorningcoffee #coffeeismydrug

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So sorry I cut Gin in half on this very spontaneous pic. But the look on Bruce's face was adorable. I asked if anyone wanted to fold laundry....lol. #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #atchezdepre #dachshund #doxie #brucegingerdoxielove #shortlegsbigheart #DeuxDoxieSnap #bruceandginger #thebruceandgingershow

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Good Mornin' Saw Paul off to work at 6am (meaning I got up at 4am and walked The Crew and then hung out with him during his conference calls and morning routine) and then I went back to bed. Yesterday we took a ride to Elberfeld, Indiana and visited a small independent nursery. It was delightful to walk amongst rows of plants and banter back and forth about what we could quickly put where at the new house for some "instant" color/satisfaction. Yes we are failing at the "let's not plant anything this year" plan. Failing miserably when I disclose that the owner is calling us next week with an estimate for a 3 trunk clump of River Birch (my favorite tree) for the back left corner of the yard...lol. Yeah...gardening/landscaping is calling. LOL So much so that it took everything in us not to scoop up 3-4 clematis plants and "hold" them on our apartment balcony for a few weeks. Today I see a back to puttering day around here. Never got to the storage unit so still sans puzzles. But I am hand piecing so there is that! Making up an iced coffee for the balcony, anyone care to join me? #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #goodmorningcoffee #coffeeismydrug

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Good Mornin' It seems like I have taken a liking to a bit of a sleep in....lol. I woke up to Mr Motion already tapping away at his laptop. He researched and purchased memberships to both Costco and Sam's Club for us. The deals where very good and this way we can experience both and then decide which to keep after a year. We now have the storage space available to us to make bulk shopping feasible. And our new abode is considered "rural living" so stocking up is the thing to do. We can't wait to live out in the country. The idea of seeing a sky filled with stars at night is almost magical. Today we are just going to head to the storage unit we rented in February. I am on a hunt for a tub Paul brought down when he initially left. I know I put a couple of 300 piece puzzles in there for the apartment living time. Ok who wants some coffee, eggs and sausage. And some toast using the Seedtastic bread from Aldi. #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #goodmorningcoffee #coffeeismydrug

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Good Mornin Slept in...because this is our "Saturday". Paul's days off with his new position are the delightful duo of Friday/Saturday. Lovely. :) We have a few errands to run, fencing contractor, and groceries and then we are going to find a movie and feet up. We really have nothing more to do then sit and wait. That email I sent two days ago that shook things up again was because one party who shall remain nameless (but if you have been following along since this RELOCATION started in March) dropped the ball (again) and thus put our closing on the new house back about 10 days (2 work weeks). So now our hope is mid June...or about 3 weeks. I'm going to grab an iced coffee and just think 20 days from now. ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿฅคโค๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’› #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #goodmorningcoffee #coffeeismydrug

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Paul came home and I just wanted to escape the apartment for a bit. So we went to visit our house. And let the dogs enjoy their soon to be yard. And we met some new neighbors. Bruce & Ginger are quite the ice breakers! It was a good visit. #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #atchezdepre #keepingitreal #evansvillwishome

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My plan was to sit here and work on piecing a Ring Toss Block while I listen to a book. Then Ginger (and Bruce who is snuggled in off to the side) decided she wanted to hang out on my lap. ...as I said my plan is to sit here and wander thru Facebook Marketplace and then nod off into a nap while Ginger enjoys the view out the window from my lap. Priorities. #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #atchezdepre #dachshund #doxie #brucegingerdoxielove #shortlegsbigheart #DeuxDoxieSnap #bruceandginger #thebruceandgingershow

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So yesterday I wandered back over to the Laz-y-Boy website. I like Laz-y-Boy furniture. We had two chairs from them years ago which we loved to death and then sent off to college with Fric 'n Frac. And it is MADE IN AMERICA! Anyway I decided to look at the stationary back/leg lift couches. And then I saw the Edie collection. And then this happened with a chair and a half to boot. (Perfect for the one human two doxie combo) And now the cuddler seat at each end rounded sectional has competition. #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #atchezdepre #keepingitreal #evansvilleishome

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Good Mornin' Paul just left for the yard and I do believe, no I declare that today is going to finally be that "do nothing plunk on the couch and sew/crochet day" that I have been dreaming about. ...well after I strip the bed and wash the sheets etc. Then send an email to a closing party with some questions we have. Oh and I have to look up the requirements for getting a new driver's license in Indiana. And maybe I will do some more pricing research on the window blinds. ...well maybe I will just take the next 2 hours and sip coffee and read my book and then possibly start my "not really nothingness - I'll tackle a few things" kinda day. What's your plan for the today? #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #goodmorningcoffee #coffeeismydrug

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Well my day got a bit sidetracked when I had to put my executive secretary cap back on and shake up a few people. But now all is moving full steam ahead again. And I had a job offer tossed at me by one party when they saw the response I generated with one carefullyv worded email that was pleasant in manner but really got my point across. LOL. Thanks but no thanks. Now I am on the opposite end of the couch with this project that needs a haircut and a detailed grocery list for his food shopping expedition tomorrow. ๐Ÿ™‚ Life is good at Apartment Depre. #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #atchezdepre #keepingitreal #evansvilleishome

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...and our home in Oak Lawn is now under contract. I think I may actually sleep the entire night through...well until 4am when Paul gets up. Good night all....let's do coffee in the morn. ๐Ÿ™‚ #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #atchezdepre #keepingitreal #evansvilleherewearehome

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Good Late Morning/Early Afternoon Been up and working the phones since 8am. Basement repair estimate lined up and a counter offer negotiation on the house with a potential buyer. Now all we can do is sit and wait some more. Let's have coffee. #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #goodmorningcoffee #coffeeismydrug

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A fab rendition by Carol of a pattern by @victoriafindlaywolfe. Quilted all over in an undulating digital design #cascadequilt #habanddash #gammillstatlerstitcher #coolbranchquiltery #quiltersofinstagram #modernquilting #texture #glidethread #mdquilts

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Solving puzzles with dual doxies snuggled in to my side. Quiet afternoon in Evansville. #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #atchezdepre #keepingitreal #evansvillewearehere

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Good Mornin' We are definately settling into a routine here. And The Crew have been awesome. It was a very rainy evening here...the retention pond between this apartment complex and the one next door is absolutely full and to the curb on one end. And yes I know about the flooding happening in Oak Lawn, IL. And yes our old house has been affected. Why wouldn't it at this point. What more could go wrong regarding this move. I am just grateful that all my quilts and studio equipment are safe and in storage. There is the silver lining. I am just going to keep that positive in focus on all of this. Regarding the negative comments again on my explanation post yesterday. Later I will go in and delete/ban. And no you won't come off the ban list ever. I truly feel sorry for your state of mind when you feel the need to "correct/direct/scold" on a post all about not doing that and treating people as human beings and not your personal whipping posts. And on that note...let's have coffee. Because I think today is going to be a humdinger as my gramps would say. Who needs a cup? #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #goodmorningcoffee #coffeeismydrug

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Good Mornin' Already walked The Crew and now snuggled in with the two of them on the couch. Paul is at his desk/table already crunching numbers and reading reports. Today Paul is back at work. I have a few "to-do's" on my list. All of them electronic research so I will be indoors. Looks like a very lowkey day here. I wish the same for you in your neck of the woods. ...now let's enjoy some coffee...with the early birds. #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #goodmorningcoffee #coffeeismydrug

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Yes it is bacon. A whole pound of bacon. Paul is killing me here. Pulled pork sandwiches with pumped up mac 'n cheese for late lunch/dinner here. Both of us adopted the cook for a week of eating one day a week strategy when were separated. So lots of things being made today. This will make life easier for the next few weeks. ....that plate of bacon is killing me...and Ginger. Bruce is hiding under the bed. The dishwasher is loud here and he is not a fan. Bruce truly is a little old man personality. #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #atchezdepre #keepingitreal #evansvillewearehere

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Good Mornin' We have actually been up for hours. Paul listened in to a few work conference calls (he is back to work tomorrow) and then we sat for an hour and went room by room of the house and discussed what furniture is going where, what is never entering the house (hello Facebook Marketplace) and what we will be "recoloring" (paint!). We did bring all our old furniture (table/chairs/couch/shelving unit). We decided to bring it instead of leaving it behind as we originally planned due to the virus situation. Our thinking is who knows how long it will take to get a couch order etc now. And there will be a couch order - we are splurging there - that blue velvet rounded sectional has been an inspiration! The couch is all picked out and will be ordered as soon as we are in the house. End tables and coffee table will be repainted. Oh this is going to look awesome. Color-color-color! ...and just wait til you see what we have planned for the dining area. I think we can redo the entire house for under $10-12k. And that includes the new king size mattress set. It's now my challenge. Lots of repurposing/paint & fabric. And yes I am going to make one of those rugs (see yesterday's post) for the kitchen area. Oh boy - my designing head has been on fire since actually seeing the house. ...did I mention there is going to be a "coffee bar" area? Oh yes there is...just you wait and see how awesome that is going to look! Ok...now I need a cup...anyone else? #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #goodmorningcoffee #coffeeismydrug

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Working on Emie's shawl. ...and loving this rug in our apartment. I think I will be making one of these for the kitchen area between the sink and stove! Has anyone made one of these rugs? #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #keepingitreal #atchezdepre #crochet #allfiberarts

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Chez Depre - Indiana! Just 3 pics. Honestly I forgot to take any more. I was like a kid in a candy store with her head on a swivel. Last pic is the pantry. A pantry that is easily half the size of our kitchen at the Chgo abode. ...now the countdown to closing! #mickeydepreย  #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #atchezdepre #keepingitreal #evansvillewearehere

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Our "new normal". Ginger has decided she is Paul's second set of ears while he listens to the manager teleconference reports for work. Bruce and I will be doing our own thing. #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #atchezdepre #dachshund #doxie #brucegingerdoxielove #shortlegsbigheart #DeuxDoxieSnap #bruceandginger #thebruceandgingershow

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Good Mornin' Back from our morning walk with The Crew. They are acclimating quite well. Bruce had a bit of a sour tummy for the first day but he is doing much better. He just does not like to travel. He is a stay-at-home guy. Yesterday I endured (err enjoyed) an ALL DAY MARATHON of American Pickers. Paul is one happy guy who has access to the History Channel for a few more weeks. I am happy I remembered to toss my headphones in my bag. Just sayin' The plan today. I am walking thru the new house! I can hardly wait. We took a ride out to see it yesterday and I was so overwhelmed by everything I saw. I can't believe we are going to live there. I will take some pics and share them later. We just were chatting about furniture and room colors and wow just wrapping our heads around the fact that we will have a big walk in pantry with shelves on every wall waiting for us. And we were talking last night about how we never lived in an apartment before (yes we owned a home together at age 21 before we were even married - we were those crazy kids) and these weeks now are part of the adventure. Right now I am enjoying the "Paul is making breakfast" part of this adventure- our apt kitchen is not big enougg for two. That will change at Chez Depre Indiana so I need to soak this up while I can. LOL Who wants coffee? Today that magic is coming back into my mornings. #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #goodmorningcoffee #coffeeismydrug #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #goodmorningcoffee #coffeeismydrug

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Good Mornin Yes we are all awake and Paul is already unpacking more of the jeeps into the apartment. Mr Motion. Gotta love him. The plan today. Not much. We need to get over to our small storage unit (that we rented during our Feb visit) and drop off the two bikes Paul brought down on his jeep. This way we can use these bikes now before our item delivery to the new house next month. The only other must do is a quick jaunt into a grocer for some fresh veggies/fruits. And yeah I think there is going to be a drive by of our new house. I have been in the "neighborhood" before. In February we drove by/looked at a house a couple of blocks over...but it sold before Paul even left on March 8th. The plan is tomorrow to meet up with our agent at the house in the afternoon so I can walk thru it. But other then that I am going to do some self isolating again as a courtesy to my new neighbors/city as I have come from a hotspot. And staying put other then necessary potty walks with The Crew is the best thing for them right now . We will not leave them alone in the apartment for at least 2 weeks so they know that this is now "home" and we will be back. Right now it is coffee time...who wants a cup? Btw I wrote this 90 mins ago and just discovered I forgot to push send..........squirrel! LOL #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #goodmorningcoffee #coffeeismydrug

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The house is almost finished except for the large items (beds/couch/tv table). We are hanging out in the yard to make it easier for them to go in and out. Bruce and Ginger have been so calm and just want to watch. #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #atchezdepre #keepingitreal #evansvilleherewecome

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The most beautiful sight ever! #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #keepingitreal #atchezdepre #evansvilleherewecome

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Good Mornin' And much like life has been for most of us...let's try this loading the truck/moving situation again today. I couldn't help but feel like a pin-pricked balloon yesterday when it was discovered that the truck was not arriving. So this morning I am hesitant to be anything more then wary. And when they do show up I would hope that they move with the speed of light. As soon as the semi is loaded and pulls away so do we. Honestly I can't wait to put Chicago in my rearview window. I don't think I will ever return. I don't know what the future holds for me. I will get there one small step at a time. I am going to just spend some time in Paul's relocation apartment (yes that is how I view it - he has lived there for 2 months so it is his place) and hope we are in the new house in a few weeks. Right now I just want a long hot shower, a large coffee and movers who show up. Can I get you a coffee? #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #goodmorningcoffee #coffeeismydrug

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Good Mornin' We have about 90 mins before the BIG TRUCK pulls up and the loading begins. First all the boxes we are told and then a 2nd team called dissemblers will show up around 9:30am and will get to work on our two desks. And another team of small packers will also arrive and they will tackle building boxes for the 4 odd sized items we have that couldn't fit in the general packing boxes. While all this special packing/dissembling are going on the furniture will then be jengaed into the truck. And finally the garage items and the dissembled/special packed items will be loaded. We are hoping that if they could pack our house in essentially was 5 hours that they can load it in 8hrs. This will mean we can leave tomorrow morn. It is a 5-5.5 hr drive to Evansville, and with Bruce who doesn't travel long distances well it will be more like 7hrs (frequent stops will happen) so we will make a whole day of it. And guess what...TWO more requests for showings last night...all of a sudden our house is being discovered. Ok Paul is making a breakfast run...what does everyone want? #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #goodmorningcoffee #coffeeismydrug

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Paul went on a quick tour of the house and reports back that a solid 40-50% is packed. The Crew went for a walk and is back asleep next to me. Working on Emie's shawl. #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #keepingitreal #atchezdepre #evansvilleherewecome #crochet #allfiberarts #packingthehouseday

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I am currently on the couch with two sleeping doxies on my lap. Ginger is totally covered and just off to the side. Packers are in every room of my house. My husband has been in the garage for an hour. And now is chatting up the home inspector. How's your day going? #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #atchezdepre #dachshund #doxie #brucegingerdoxielove #shortlegsbigheart #DeuxDoxieSnap #bruceandginger #thebruceandgingershow #keepingitreal #atchezdepre #evansvilleherewecome

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Good Mornin' Well I have been up for awhile. Not so much with my better half. Anxiety has hit and I need to finish the "getting ready for the packers tasks" ...like stripping the bed of it's sheets etc. But Paul just doesn't seem to want to move. I should of told him they would be here at 7am. LOL. Oh wait he is moving now. He must of heard me typing. Looking around here, with all the additional decluttering I did during my 9 weeks of lockdown and the 3 days of compressing we just did together, honestly they just might be able to pack this place in one day. All depends on the number of people they can send in. Time will tell. I am skipping coffee this morn. Anxiety. But happy to make a cup for you...who wants one? #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #goodmorningcoffee #coffeeismydrug

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Bruce is being camera shy. And of course Ginger is stuck like glue to her man. One last bath for The Crew here. This house is ready to be moved. Paul and I have gathered all items necessary into the "safe spot". We ordered Chinese food and then promptly took a 2 hr nap... lol. ...now it's time for round two of chinese food! I started another shawl also. Must keep hands busy. I'll say it again. It is all happening at warp speed now. 2 weeks ago when Paul said...I'm gonna make this happen...well he did. He is my hero. #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #atchezdepre #keepingitreal #evansvilleherewecome

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Good Mornin' Happy Mother's Day! I am up early on the day we said "let's sleep in"....story of my life. There is a lot of little things to do today. Things that actually will take 2-3 hrs total at most...but still things that need to get done. And until done...I will be slightly on edge. My guess we will have them all done by noon. Well at least by Ipm hope...lol. Then we wait for tomorrow when all the real crazy begins. The house packers arrive at 8am. Packing is scheduled for Monday & Tuesday. Loading is Wednesday/Thursday. We will depart after the moving truck has left, so either Thursday afternoon/Friday morn. The front stoop has been a stream of social distance goodbyes with so many neighbors the last two days. Paul and I are so touched by the number of people who have made an effort to stop by to see us off. Thirty years of living here has certainly feathered our nest with so many friends. And yes...we are headed to a brand new house! Well after a few weeks in the temp housing apartment. It will be a big change from living in our much loved 80 yr old abode. But it is time for change and we felt let's go big and enjoy the plethora of electrical outlets this will bring to our lives. And it is basically a ranch with just the bonus room/studio having stairs. And yes - 2 bathrooms. And an attached garage...that I think is going to be the biggest life changer of all. Well we shall see in June. Now who wants coffee? #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #goodmorningcoffee #coffeeismydrug

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Both showings are done. ...and per the 2nd person thru -" I wish I had a contract on my house right now. But as soon as I do." (We can't entertain a contingent on sale contract with a relocation scenario) So today was a good day. Tomorrow we need to gather all the items we are keeping in our possession and I need to pack a suitcase of clothes. Tonight we are watching some movies and soaking up our final Saturday night here. And I am finishing up this block. What's your plan for tonight? #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #atchezdepre #keepingitreal #evansvilleherewecome

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Good Mornin' I am already dreaming of typing Good Morning to everyone from the back patio. I can hardly wait. I spent some time yesterday picking out some comfy chairs and a little table for in between. Today was suppose to be a bit of a lazy day for us. Just some paperwork signing (with a mobile notary ) this morning and then just starting to make one last gather of the items in the house that won't be packed. That we will move with us. But...yesterday brought not one but TWO requests for showings! So Paul, The Crew and I will be off on two walks while potential new owners take a look around. Keep your fingers crossed please! But right now I am grabbing coffee and pretending I am on the patio. Who wants to join me? #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #goodmorningcoffee #coffeeismydrug

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While waiting for Paul I am going to finish up my shawl. Two more rows and then the edging and it will be done. It will be perfect for porch sitting in the late Summer/early Fall. #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #keepingitreal #atchezdepre #crochet #allfiberarts #DeuxDoxieSnap #BruceDoxieLove #dachshund #doxie #brucegingerdoxielove #shortlegsbigheart #bruceandginger #thebruceandgingershow

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Good Mornin Yes I am wide awake at 4:45am....because Paul is on his way! And by this time next week we will both be back in Evansville. And yes we have bought a house! Well we haven't closed yet but you get the idea. And no I have never stepped foot in it. But Paul has and I trust him completely. It is exactly what we have been looking for. Not big at all by today's standards, 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. Just the right size for us and The Crew. The only thing it doesn't have is the fireplace I wanted ...but it does have a large roofed porch off the back that more then makes up for no fireplace. Closing will happen sometime in June. The movers will hold our stuff in storage in the meantime. The most important part is we will finally be in the same state and under the same roof. I was telling a friend yesterday that I have changed some after this experience. Spending 9 weeks absolutely alone and going a span of 7 weeks without touching another human being effects you. It began to feel like a jail term and yet I committed no crime. I'm in no rush to race back into society. Once we are in the house I look forward to days on end of unpacking slowly and setting up house. Dinner with Paul and evenings spent together sitting on that back porch watching The Crew run around in their new yard. Who knows what the timetable will be to do things like buy a new mattress, couch, table & chairs. Even getting shades ordered and hung may take a while as businesses open up slowly and manufacturers open also. It will be ok. Because we will finally have no where to go and all the time in the world. And I can be very inventive with a roll of butcher paper! LOL Now who want's a cup of coffee? #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #goodmorningcoffee #coffeeismydrug

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Why Hello nice big room...can't wait to see you in person. ๐Ÿ˜ ...it's been a very busy day here at the soon to be Old Chez Depre #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #atchezdepre #keepingitreal #evansvilleherewecome

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Good Mornin Everyone How are you today? I have one last inspection (termites - part of the relocation package situation) will happen today and that part of my life will be over. Things are back on track but the rails were full of some sharp twists and turns over the last 4 days. Relocation moving during a pandemic from one of the hardest locked down states is not easy. But it will happen. Right now...coffee is happening. Can I get you a cup? #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #goodmorningcoffee #coffeeismydrug

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Both Paul and I just shared with each other that we see some light at the end of this tunnel. One more hurdle - it's just a waiting game now. ...honestly we have never been tested as much as the last 10 months. Saturday and Sunday were pretty ugly for me. More floodgate opening. But today I am beginning to see some light. I am only human. But then so are all of you. I just sat and read the comments. Thank you for being an incredible source of support. Give me another day or two. I just need some more quiet steady forward movement. Much love and sweet dreams to all. #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #atchezdepre #keepingitreal #evansvilleherewecome

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Yesterday we decided on a house. And then the rug was literally ripped out from under us again by the relocation team. More hoops to jump thru. Hoops we were just made aware of. Hoops that just make all the dominoes tumble...again. Honestly I just give up. I am most likely going to be just be staying here in Chicago area until our house sells...which is never going to happen in the current situation. I have done everything I could. But 8 weeks of being alone and all the stress from so many different levels. Well I just need some days/weeks of nothing. Take care and remember to be good to yourself. Because in the long run YOU are really all you have. I am just going to do that for awhile. #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #atchezdepre #keepingitreal

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Good Mornin Bright eyed and awake early today. Actually working on training The Crew that my being awake does not mean immediate "let out" for them. With our abode being a 3rd floor apartment in less than 2 weeks they need to realize it may be 15-20 mins before I am decent enough to take them out for their morning piddle. LOL. Yesterday's showing was a good thing. Even if nothing comes of it. It was a move towards positive energy. And then late last night we discovered our purchase of the blow up mattress for our "adventure in house camping" event that will be happening during the packing phase was approved. Another positive event. Today I will anxiously await Paul's video call from each of the 3 houses he is touring. We just wanted to at least have one of us go thru the top homes on our list. This way if the status on our IL home changes before I get to Evansville we can act quickly on a possible new abode. So see...more positive movement forward. And after all that...guess what...I have an errand to run. How long has it been since I typed those words. I am going to take The Crew with me as it is curbside pickup - but another skein of the shawl yarn is waiting for me (with maybe 2 more skeins in different colors). So finally my days are filling up with some new activities. More positive energy. Ok....who wants some coffee? And this morning I am going to enjoy some Dark Chocolate Chip Banana Bread I baked last week (lock it containers found on QVC keep things fresh for a long time). Yep dessert now for breakfast! LOL #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #goodmorningcoffee #coffeeismydrug

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This girl just ordered a cheeseburger & fries. It's been a long day. Here's hoping for some good news tomorrow. Or another showing. #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #atchezdepre #keepingitreal #evansvilleherewecome

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Good Mornin...err early afternoon Everyone Been awake for a bit but went into full on new house stuff" with Paul as today is his "Saturday" and tomorrow he is off to actually step foot in a few homes. Life is just anything but normal. #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #goodmorningcoffee #coffeeismydrug

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Spent three hours in the studio. Went thru all my aged out workshop material and culled it down. And cleared and cleaned all the drawers in my cutting station. Cleaned off some shelves in the back of the studio also. Did some machine sewing on the Ring Toss Quilt and now going to wander back upstairs. There is a pinata colada frozen fruit bar in my future. Dessert seems to be happening before dinner more and more lately.... lol. #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #atchezdepre #keepingitreal #evansvilleherewecome

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My afternoon plan. Sew & Read My local shop, The Quilters Trunk is in the latest Quilt Sampler! So excited for them - well deserved recognition. I am sad I can't visit to say goodbye in person. I will miss this wonderful shop. #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #atchezdepre #keepingitreal

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When I sit at the table and either do computer work or work my puzzle The Crew now demands that I move their bed over so they can sleep next to me. You know because what if I were to sneak out of the house and go roaming down Cicero Ave - headed south to Paul- on my own. (Yes that is cheap barb to them and their antics a month ago). You can see they are still a bit perturbed over yesterday afternoon's nail clippings. I can't win. LOL #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #atchezdepre #dachshund #doxie #brucegingerdoxielove #shortlegsbigheart #DeuxDoxieSnap #bruceandginger #thebruceandgingershow

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Good Mornin All Sitting here with two sleepy doxies, a cup of coffee and my latest puzzle. Just turned the heat back on to take the chill out of the air...but all and all it looks like the start of a much better day. Yesterday was just so overwhelming and frustrating. Deluged with calls from what seemed like dozens of people (all regarding the sale/relocation). Everyone needs something done (ie paperwork/appointment set) and needs it done 10 mins before they even contact. And yet we still can't get a darn blow up mattress approved by the reloc team. Yes we will be sleeping on a blow up mattress in our home during the pack/move phase because we cannot book a hotel during the stay-at-home order. But apparently this common sense solution (and at a savings of approx $500) is just too much practicality for the relocation team. We just ordered the bed. That will now get here just days before it is needed. We are tired of waiting for them to decide our fate. Yes we have been trying to explain/problem solve this situation for a week with them. There is so much more but I will just share that little tidbit because it kinda sums up what I am dealing with every day. So frustrating. But yes in the end I will be with Paul (and The Crew) in a new/new to us house (3 abodes presently in the running). I dream of simple days, coffee with Paul, quiet day in my studio and an evening beverage enjoyed while sitting on a patio. Well right now I am dreaming of cup #2 and some pancakes. Let's make that happen. Who wants to join me? #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #goodmorningcoffee #coffeeismydrug

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Btw I just need to share my ribs. I am really cooking now! They are so juicy and full of flavor. There may be seconds tonight. Best to have a full stomach before my whiskey shot right? #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #atchezdepre #quilterswhocook #keepingitreal

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This is what I got done today thanks to the anxiety brought on by the relocation team. They are suppose to help us right? That is what they get paid for right? You know I am stressed as this is the most I have said about them in 6 weeks. I did make up a slab of ribs for dinner. Slow cooked for 3 hours. The freezer is down to 4 items in it. I am going to have some dinner. Followed by a shot or whiskey and I am heading to bed. Yeah...my hands are shaking again. These people are anything but helpful. Tomorrow will be much better. #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #atchezdepre #keepingitreal

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Good Mornin' Went back for a bit of a sleep in after taking care of The Crew this morn. It is a cold and rainy day here so I am Going to keep an eye on breaks in the clouds so I can get them out the door when possible. Both of them can be very stubborn with rain. I have nothing on my to-do list today. I may wander into the studio and sew up some more of the floral blocks. Would like to get those all into block stage for packing. I finished the scarf and it is already packed for shipping, sorry I forgot to take a picture. Yesterday I was asked via a private message to give some input on a new project someone was contemplating and I loved seeing her vision and helping with some design/color choices. So please feel free to ask always if you wish. Right now my days are wide open. If their not I will just let you know but I am always happy to see what your up too. It is such a gloomy day out. I am really not even feeling breakfast. I think I will just have some coffee and see how I feel in a bit. Can I get you a cup? #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #goodmorningcoffee #coffeeismydrug

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Sometimes you just need to put on a facial mask and scare the dogs a little...hehehe. #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #atchezdepre #keepingitreal

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10am. My work here is done. I know this is going to make the packers job much easier and save me hours on the other end also. I think it is time for a walk with dogs and then some crochet time. I really want to get that scarf done and in the mail tomorrow. #mickeydepreย  #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #atchezdepre #keepingitreal #evansvilleherewecome #prepackingmystudio

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In the studio doing my task/job for the day. Packing up my fat quarter (some slightly more but under 3/4yd) fabrics that wound on Paper Pieces/Polar Notion boards. This will ensure the fabrics are kept together by color and not just tossed in boxes by the packers. I think I will be done in an hour or so and will post an after pic. #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #atchezdepre #keepingitreal #evansvilleherewecome #prepackingmystudio

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Good Mornin' Sorry for the post fade yesterday. There just wasn't anything exciting happening here. I played with Bruce & Ginger A LOT! They just needed a day pretty much about them. I have never tossed the stuffed unicorn (presently Ginger's fav toy) so much. She is a big toss, fetch, return - repeat girl. Bruce not so much. Bruce wants you to toss his favorite squeaky toy (presently Piggy) once and then he is content with settling in and squeaking it for what seems like hours (time to turn on my Mom ears). We had THREE intense play sessions during the day. I make sure we play for 30 mins every day at least once. They were so worn out that when I went up to bed at 7pm (no nap happened) to watch an episode of "Win the Wilderness" no one even cuddled in for the TV time. Nope they both just headed straight to bed. Yes there has been some change of sleeping arrangements during this time. No longer sleeping with me. Cuddle for an hr and then off to their own beds. Everyone is happy. Naps...they are allowed to cuddle in. Today there will most definately be a nap. Ok...making a big breakfast...who wants some eggs, hash browns, sausage and of course coffee? #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #goodmorningcoffee #coffeeismydrug

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Well is it a good thing or a bad thing when you finish all the "work" items on your to-do list by 9:30am. I did have a crochet to-do added to my list. A dear someone asked for a scarf. So I think I will get that done and shift then to hand piecing by mid afternoon. Started "Win the Wilderness" on Netflix- my apologies I can't remember who suggested it- so that will happen while I hook & stitch. (Yes even the fabric packing in the studio is done...and I did one quarter of the FQ wall before I stopped myself....lol) #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #crochet #allfiberarts #keepingitreal #atchezdepre

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Good Mornin' Stretchhhhhh - I didn't sleep well at all last night. Toss and turned all night long. There will most definately be a nap today. Not much on my agenda. I think today I will try to sew up one or two Ring Toss blocks. A small goal. And today I am going to bag up the yardage folds of fabric on my shelf rack in the studio. Then I can use those shelves to also hold the FQ's/smaller cuts when they are bagged/bricked on Tuesday/Wednesday. At this point all but one of my booked engagements til October have been rebooked. I think I will be contacting the last hold out in June and work on rebooking. ...and the "For Sale" sign is suppose to be placed in front of the house. Mixed emotions on that. Thirty years we have lived here. I think my mixed emotions are more that I really am not sad to be leaving. Much of the "gloss" of this house wore thin for me these last 2 months. Maybe when I am actually moved away I will feel sadness. Right now I feel happiness as the Keurig is doing it's thing and I smell coffee....who needs a cup? #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #goodmorningcoffee #coffeeismydrug

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The plan is to lay out 4-5 blocks of row three using the first two rows to help orient fabrics/colors. Take a reference pic for future piecing. Then rebag the block. ....maybe I will do the entire row of 9 blocks. :) #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #MicsAtticPicks #RingTossQuiltBlock #handpiecing #zensewing #slowsewing #newbednewquilt #evansvilleherewecome

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So my MIL is down to one "new" puzzle left in her stash. This info came to me via my dear daughter. I called her up and said "hey I have some puzzles here you gave me 2-3 yrs ago. You can have them back for a rebuild. She got very happy but then asked the size. I replied 500s. She said no...she is only doing 300s now. I told her she could do the 500s. I know she could and why not try. She said she would think about it. We hung up. I called back 5 mins later and said....you know if you and auntie (MIL's identical twins sister and also a puzzle builder) want I can hook you up with some yarn and crochet hooks/knitting needles. My MIL bust out laughing and I did also. Truly not her thing..anything crafty...nope I have known the woman almost 40 yrs...never gonna happen. We couldn't stop laughing...downright giggles. She finally hung up saying....I have got to call Lydia (sister) and tell her this. Made my day. #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #iluv2jigsaw #jigsawpuzzle #onemorepiece #zenjiggin

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I think this is my Sunday Morning plan for an hour or two. (Btw this is a brand new puzzle since 3am. I am a machine...lol) What's your plan? #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #iluv2jigsaw #jigsawpuzzle #onemorepiece #zenjiggin

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Good Mornin' Ginger let me know at 3am-ish that she needed the door opened. I was ok with it and expected it as it was still a steady rain the last let out last night and she doesn't like the rain at all. So out The Crew went and I settled at the table and worked my jigsaw for a bit...let them in and sat down again at it and before I knew it it was 5am. No coffee yet...so just going to tuck back into bed for another hour or two and rise 'n shine again. It looks to be a low key puttering day ahead so might as well set that tone from the get go. :) Help yourself to coffee I will be back. #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #goodmorningcoffee #coffeeismydrug

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Put in two hours in the studio doing some light packing. Going to just do a few hours every day. No need to rush. Made some late lunch and then I am going to rewatch (because I fell asleep during the last 2 episodes) Bosch and work on this crocheted Bobble Stitch pillow for the new house. I finished up my skein on the shawl and want it to be bigger so I have another skein on the way. I'll probably finish that up later next month. I also plan to lay out the fabric orientation for the 3rd row of block kits for the Ring Toss quilt and take pictures for easy reference when I start to work on them. And that is the excitement happening here at Chez Depre today...lol. #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #atchezdepre #keepingitreal #evansvilleherewecome #crochet #allfiberarts

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Good Mornin' In just an hour or two Paul will be back on the road to Evansville. And he has one more trip home. In less than 2 weeks. And then we are both exiting the state of Illinois to the right. It has been a looooooong journey and I won't lie the last almost 6 weeks have been very brutal at times but we are almost there. Over these last 4 days we shared some stories between us that neither had shared during this situation out of concern for the other. Times of panic and deep sadness. Even crazy thoughts of never seeing the other again. Myself, I began to feel a bit abandoned and left behind. My head knew this wasn't true but my heart was breaking. But now no matter what I am out of here. I will be ok these last 12 days, I have a job to complete and I know having something to do every day keeps me feeling like things are moving forward. My job. I have permission from the house packers to pack up the "small bits" of my studio into clear bags (so contents can be viewed). So I will bag/brick up like colored/genres of fabrics. And drawer contents of pins, threads, buttons etc into sandwich/quart size baggies. This will make unpacking easier on the backend. And as I said it is a job to do. Right now though my job is to scoot over to the table to enjoy breakfast with Paul and of course have some coffee. Who wants a cup? #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #goodmorningcoffee #coffeeismydrug

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Good Mornin' My last full day of Paul...he departs back to Evansville tomorrow. But only for a short time. Yes the movers have been scheduled and I will be joining him there in a few weeks. The numbers in southern Indiana are near non-existent compared to here - I am better off there. We have a house in our sights in Indiana and once we vacate this house we are hopeful we can move forward with that house. Moving is a giant game of chess moves under normal circumstances...it is at a crazy Level 3 under a relocation situation and Level 6 with a pandemic tossed in. So please no kind words of advice regarding us moving in the midst of all this. As in any situation the parties actually living it/experiencing it know all the underlying reasons and you need to trust that people are doing what is best. Now let's have coffee...and then Paul and I have another much shorter to do list to tackle today. #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #goodmorningcoffee #coffeeismydrug #atchezdepre #keepingitreal #evansvilleherewecome

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We are exhausted. All the papers have been signed. Our house is officially for sale. The backyard is looking beautiful (12 more bags of mulch today) and we are exhausted. We have decided the next few hours are "Bosch Time" and maybe later we may take out a shelving unit that is not moving with us. We will post it's availability (free) on our neighborhood page and hopefully it will have a new home soon. I am going to work on the shawl. Too tired to walk downstairs to get another Ring Toss block ....lol. #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #crochet #allfiberarts #keepingitreal #atchezdepre #evansvilleherewecome

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Good Mornin' Please excuse this quick post. I know I promised so more details but we have 3 hours until the realtors (husband and wife team) get here and we have a few more things we want to get done. We are excited. This paperwork signing and getting this house listed was literally suppose to happen on the day the State of Illinois went into the lockdown/stay-at-home status. Then the real estate board went bonkers as it tried to figure out how to operate as an essential business with it's own rules. Now finally cooler practical heads have prevailed and we can get the house listed and begin moving forward. BTW Paul is here til Saturday afternoon. So we are going to cram this day away with small to-dos and then hopefully veg out tomorrow. Wish is luck! Grab a coffee for yourself...the k-cups are by the machine. #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #goodmorningcoffee #coffeeismydrug

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Guess who I am having coffee with this mornin... Yes after 38 days apart we are together again for a few days. Life is good. #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #goodmorningcoffee #coffeeismydrug

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Progress Pic! And just so you know I am piecing another Ring Toss Block also. Every hour I switch projects. #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #atchezdepre #keepingitreal #crochet #allfiberarts

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A few days ago I spent some time on Ravelry tracking down some patterns (knit or crochet) for the Lion Brand Cupcake yarn cakes I bought. These are DK weight (light 3) and 590 yards each. Long five color cakes of yummy yarn. Just like the hats I wanted a super simply mind zen pattern. Something to just pick up and not have to truly keep track of rows/stitch design. I found this Corner to Corner Shawl pattern by Nurturing Fibres. I am liking it. We will all see how big it will be at the end. #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #atchezdepre #keepingitreal #crochet #allfiberarts

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My lap right now. The Crew is feeling much better today. Gin is even giving you a semi-smile in the picture. I just watched them evict a rabbit from the yard. Trust me there was no lag in their gait. They are fine....so is the rabbit. #mickeydepre #mdquilts #quilt #quilting #atchezdepre #dachshund #doxie #brucegingerdoxielove #shortlegsbigheart #DeuxDoxieSnap #bruceandginger #thebruceandgingershow

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