April 26, 2010

Sheep and Wool Pre Festival Plan

Posted in Journal tagged , , , , , at 10:38 pm by Jenn

You know you are in trouble when you have to make a pre festival plan.  LOL.  I’m sure I’m not the only one, making lists, checking vendors, planning my attack for the big day…that’s right, it’s that time of year again.  The first weekend in May.  Time for none other than the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival.  A knitter/spinner’s idea of heaven. 

Last year was my first experience and while I completely enjoyed myself, I was a little overwhelmed.  Partially due to the fact that I was jet lagged from my recent trip back to the US from Azerbaijan, partially due to the fact that I had been having serious fiber withdraw from living overseas and lastly due to the fact that I was walking around smelling lamb cooking, but everyone was speaking english.  It was kind of like and out of body experience.  I remember passing many booths by just because I was too overwhelmed to look at anything but yarn or fiber.  I didn’t want to be tempted by notions or soaps, or dyes or paintings.  I do remember buying some maple peanuts though and while they were tasty, that’s $10 that I couldn’t spend on yarn!  LOL.

This year I plan to get an earlier start, take my time and really get into it.  I have my must sees, but I also want to do a little gift shopping while I’m there.  Since I come from a family full of crafters this is one stop shopping for me.  I would really love to go on Saturday and be able to do all my shopping and then go back on Sunday to see the animals and take a bunch of pictures.  We’ll see, the weather is going to be the determining factor.  I really don’t want to trudge around outside in the rain.  Rain + Fairgrounds = MUD!

Here are my must sees (in no particular order).

Creatively Dyed

Brooks Farm

Tess’s Designer Yarns (home of Man Candy)

Woolstock

Cloverhill Yarn Shop

Cormo Association

Spanish Peacock

Fleece Sale – looking for a white fleece this year, because my dye pot will be here soon, Cande will be living nearby which means - lots of white fleece will be needed for dyeing….of course, grey and light brown might be interesting too…..see the dilemma I face at the fleece sale.  I really am thinking BFL!

Sheep Incognito

I’ve been dreaming about a Majacraft Wheel lately.  I love the way they look.  Of course I also love the old antique style too.  Did I mention I’ll have my own place again soon…..mwahaahaa!

Ok, time to sleep and dream of the weekend…..I’m off to count sheep!  LOL.

April 18, 2010

The Search is Over

Posted in Journal tagged , , , , at 9:10 pm by Jenn

You know, I just don’t know where the time goes.  It seems like it’s been a while since I’ve blogged, but it definitely doesn’t seem like it’s been over a month.  I have been pretty busy over the past month.  Most of my time has been spent surfing the internet, looking for a house to rent somewhere in Virginia halfway between Quantico, Va and Largo, MD.  That was the easy part.  There are a TON of places to rent.  The hard part was finding something in our price range in an area that we’d consider living, and in a house that we’d want to be in for 3 years.  That was no easy task.  I spent one weekend riding around near Occuquan.  The ride there from Upper Marlboro was LONG which told me right away that there was no way that I’d want to make that commute everyday.  I didn’t see much that I liked in the way of houses so I wasn’t heartbroken.  I decided to set my limits.  Nothing more than 30 miles from Largo, MD or the base for Scott.  That put us in the Alexandra/Springfield area.  Ok.  I can handle that commute.  I immediately thought about Kingstowne which was a neighborhood I was familiar with.  Unfortunately, that area was a bit out of our price range.  I checked the rental listings nearby and seriously spent two weekends driving by the outsides of places to determine if I even wanted to walk inside.  I found a great agent to help me with that part – Jennifer Rivera from Move For Free Realty.  She was one of the only agents that I could get to help me with my rental search so I want to give her a huge KUDOS for showing me around the insides of some of these places.  She does rentals and sales and she’s an awesome lady so if you are in the market in this area, give her a call.  I looked at 6 properties that day with Jennifer and I realized that in order to be in the type of house I wanted I was going to have to come up on my maximum price.  The following day I looked at two properties that I found on Militarbyowner.com and thankfully my search was over. 

My mom went with me to look at the two properties.  I knew after visiting the first house that it was the perfect place for Scott and I to live.  It was in Kingstowne - just a little over what I originally said my “max” price was and it’s only 23.1 miles from Largo, and about the same to Quantico for Scott.  PERFECT!

So we signed a lease and we can move in starting May 28th.  I’m excited.  I haven’t seen some of my things for 3 years and most of my personal things for almost a year now.  It will be nice to have a place to go home to where I’m surrounded by my own things and best of all where I have the sweet sound of silence.  Ah, now that’s what I’m looking forward to.  Scott comes home in the middle of June.  Hopefully most of our household stuff will have arrived by then and I can have the house set up for the most part. 

Max will have a nice little fenced in yard, we have a nice deck off of the kitchen and best of all – a doggie door in the basement.  Max can come and go and do as he pleases, when he pleases.  That was the selling feature of course!

I have more to update on, and will do that later.  As for now, my search is over and it’s time for Desperate Housewives!

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