Snowing in New Mexico today? not hardly but I wanted to join Loll's CAS Christmas Card Challenge. This is the first card I have made from my new crafty space and it felt so good to be playing with paper again! : )
There is still time to join Loll's challenge! I hope to see you there : )
Penny Black Supplies:
A Blizzard #51-268
Snow Time #51-177
Thanks again for all your prayers and well wishes for our adventure! : ) I wanted to share a little about the move itself and then a tiny bit about our new place. I am not known for short posts! LOL but I will TRY to keep my stories brief (ish). heeheehee
Off to a great start!
The crazy thing is this actually happened TWICE!! on the same day! The first time, pictured here, it was bad but at least it was light out. The second time it happened after dark on a busy rural piece of freeway in a wind and rain storm. The second time BOTH tires blew at the same time. When the Highway Patrol walked up to our truck window the very first words out of his mouth were:
"Sir I am very sorry that you are having such a bad night but it could have been SO MUCH WORSE!"
My husband responded with "I know, I cannot believe I was able to keep this rig on the road" and the policeman said "I can't believe you kept this rig on the road!"
Praise God who answers prayers!! : )
We hired loaders and unloaders to help us on both ends of the trip. The delays we had threatened to really mess up the schedule for the unloaders but incredibly they worked with us and came out on a Sunday on Labor Day weekend when we called to say we were in town! Nice guys!!!
I have a great big craft room that I have managed to stuff full! LOL it will be fun making it really "work" as I go along but basically I'm set up! including a place to leave my "photo studio" area set up full time. I am especially excited about this so that spontaneous card making for challenges etc. will be a breeze now : ) The picture is really distorted because I took a "Pano" with my phone but these panoramic images are neat! my sister showed me how to take them - now I'm a "Pano" addict! giggles
This is by far our favorite place in the whole house! A climate controlled sun room stretches along the entire back of the house. We are taking all of our meals out there and lots of breaks in between. We planned to buy a new living room set when we got here but instead we are shopping for rugs and plants and a nicer table and chairs for this beautiful space. There are tons and tons of sliding windows with removable shade screens. It is incredible really. I could just live out there full time LOL
I didn't mean to lie when I said all our surprises were happy ones! Actually as far as the house is concerned it is true but about the second day we were here I went in to the garage to get in the car and a giant Wolf Spider was sitting on a 4' wooden crate just opposite the car. I called my Knight in Shining Armor to come remove it! and he arrived with his protective armor and javelin!!
The thing is, what we didn't know - but now we do know, is that a characteristic of Wolf Spiders is that they jump! Hello! This spider was about the size of the palm of my hand! Well when "the javelin" came down the spider jumped.............. into the open window of the SUV! Gulp!!! Yep! Welcome to the South West!!
I promised not to let this get too long by sharing the whole ordeal but even though a friend of mine suggested we set the car on fire! LOL we called for "Gloria" our exterminator, and current best friend, to come and........ exterminate!
Here is another Pano of our view from the back yard. The distortion makes it look like these mountains are a long way away but really they are only about 4 or 5 miles at the closest part. The sun rises behind these mountains but when the sun sets it casts such beautiful lighting and color and we call it our mini Grand Canyon. When this picture was taken there was a storm over the mountains and we were treated to a beautiful shot of a rainbow. I hope you can see it in the picture.
The landlords are having some construction done on the property right now so the grounds are in terrible need of WATER! but we easily overlook it in favor of the pretty view beyond.
That is it for me today. Thank you for hanging in there with me : )
Have a wonderful day!