Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Stash Busting 2010 - Week 14

Boy its been a while since I last posted.  Life has definitely been busy for us.  Work is very busy despite our manufacturing workload being low this year.  Our upper level management pulled in a lot of funding to do advanced design work since we didn't have a lot of customer orders last year and into this year.  Its great that they did that because they've been able to not have any layoffs.  Even our manufacturing crew hasn't had any layoffs...but they do have unpaid furloughs this year because there just isn't enough work to keep them busy.  We're starting to get more customer orders now, so we think things have turned the corner.  The only downside is that if we get half the number of orders they think we'll get...we're going to be seriously understaffed.  To the point where they may have to institute paid overtime for salary workers to get all the work done.  While we all put in extra hours each week...its a whole different ball game when you NEED to work 60 hours every week just to get the basics done.

We've also been busy with trying to sell our house and buying land to build our next home.  Our house still isn't sold, but we've seen a lot more traffic the past few weeks and we're hoping someone will eventually make an offer.  We're kind of tired of keeping the house spotless -- its amazing how much effort it takes to do that all the time.  There's a certain kind of clean that you have for your own family...and then there's another level when you're showing the house.  On the plus side, I think we've found a really great piece of land.  Its 16 acres total, with the section where the house would sit being about 230 feet wide.  The house would be setback about 550 ft off the road (which is good considering its a state highway with a speed limit of 55mph).  Its all treed right now and its absolutely gorgeous.  Rich and I spent about 2 hours wandering around the lot on Friday afternoon and sat for about 20 minutes beside a small brook that runs across the northern edge of the property.  It was very nice and quiet.  We just need to finalize our building costs and get the right tests written into the contract for the land.  Since there's no well or septic on it, we have to have both of those tests done before we're willing to buy the land (both tests will be on a contingent contract for the land).

Aside from doing stuff for work and house hunting/selling, I haven't really gotten a lot done.  I did however finally get my mid-arm machine setup and start sewing a quilt on it.  The quilt is probably about 2/3rds done now.  It took me a little while to get the setup that worked for me, but I think I have it now.  I'll definitely  have some pictures on here later this week to show the progress.

Anyway - from a stash front...because I put the quilt on the frame and started quilting...I used stash for the back of the quilt. :-)  Here's my numbers:

Used this Week: 2.85 yards
Used Year to Date: 16.2 yards

Added this Week: 0 yards
Added Year to Date: 0 yards

Net Used for 2010: 16.2 yards

I've been good and still haven't bought anything new!  That may come to an end soon though. ;-)

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