Saturday, January 3, 2015

2015 Home for the Holidays

What a wonderful holiday season this has been.  This has been our first Christmas at home in 4 years and it has been simply wonderful to be in my own house with all our family at home for a few days.  The cold weather has made it feel like Christmas.  Somehow the hot temperatures of Christmas in Australia just isn't like home.

Our time in Australia is coming to an end.  I will return one more time to close out affairs and prepare our personal effects to be shipped home.  It's about time!  DH said we would be going for 18 months to 2 years.  That was back in October 2009.  We've been there over 5 years.  We have met a lot of nice people and made a lot of good friends.  The quilting group there welcomed me and made me feel right at home.  They are such wonderful ladies.

I have shared pictures of some of the wild life in some of my earlier posts.  We spent Christmas 2013 in Tasmania and we saw our first echidna in the wild while we were there.  Isn't he cute!

These are also in the area where we live, but we have never been lucky enough to see one.  I will miss going out to see the wildlife.

I have spent the past few days in my sewing room cleaning and organizing.  Since I have been away so long, it is like shopping for free as all of my stash seems like something new to me.  I have found a bunch of UFOs that I hope to work on in 2015.  In addition, I will have the Cathedral Window coming in the shipment from Australia.  There is still some work to do, but I would consider it 80% complete.  It will be queen sized when finished.  I am currently working on English Paper Piecing hexagons.  I had to have something to stitch on the flight home and that is something I could prepare and easily stitch.  The flight from Sydney to LA is usually about 13.5 to 14 hrs. so there is plenty time to stitch.  The most difficult thing is how to cut thread.  AU security does not allow scissors.  In my next post, I will take pictures of the little sewing kit I use when I fly and share them.

As I begin to make entries again, I plan to use my blog as a record of my work.  Entries may be fairly random as I plan to devote my time to quilting more than blogging.  It is good to be back

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