What news heareth thee, pray tell?


Today is the first day since early November that I have been able to walk outside in short sleeves, no sweater or coat needed. It’s in the mid-forties Farenheit, but to most of the GTA, it feels as though Spring might actually happen.

To help move things along a little, I pieced together a brightly coloured block, and I mean eye-searingly bright.



Very Bright Quilt Square

Eventually, there will be other squares in similar colourways, and someday, there may even be a Quilt. Meanwhile, Melody and I are girding our loins for our next big adventure: We are thinking of buying a house.

Melody and I still want to go back to the States, but her job hunt hasn’t merited any cakes and wine this year. 

Add that to the fact that we finally have been granted Permanent Resident (PR) status in Canada, AND the fact that our landlords have chosen not to renew our lease (last day is June 30) so that they can sell the house, and well, there’s an invitation to Adventure if ever I heard one.

For the curious: PR status means we can stay in Canada indefinitely, with all the benefits other Canadians have—except, of course, that we cannot vote. We have to live in Canada 3 out of every 4 years (I think I’ve got that right), and we are eligible to apply for Canadian citizenship in about two years. 

I write that, and inside I’m shocked a bit: Wait a minute. We moved here temporarily. The Canadian Job Adventure was only supposed to last 2 years, max, and then we’d be on our way back home where we belong.

And now we’re permanent residents? Now we could be Canadian citizens in three years or so? What the hell happened?

Life happened, as usual. Blink your eyes, and Pow! Bang! Shazam! Life has showered you with magic arrows, all labelled “Surprise!”.

And this time, the final magic arrow said, “time to move house, you wacky kids!”

So we are going to our bank, and then seeing a mortgage broker (good to compare) and while Melody gets jerked around by deals with the traditional Toronto Universities’ Winter Strike, I have been glued to websites, scrolling through the “Properties for Sale” listings, looking for something we might be able to both tolerate and afford. (I am also looking at rentals, just in case.) We’re first-time buyers, and I have a little notebook full of advice from current homeowners: get your own inspector, shop for mortgages, research the neighbourhood, time the commute, find the grocery store, and so on. It’s pretty daunting, and we’re taking this at a slower pace than we’d like, simply because we are learning.

It is no wonder I am obsessed by House Quilts.







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About sandi

Knitter. Spinner. Quilter. UFO Wrangler. Sometime bead artist and weaver. Almost 2-yr-old kittens, 1 permakitten, 2 grownup cats, 1 beloved dog angel, 1 spouse, 1 crazy life. I suppose that the 5 cats make me 1 crazy cat lady; OTOH, apparently, yes, I do need that much feline supervision.
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13 Responses to What news heareth thee, pray tell?

  1. Cat says:

    Good luck with house hunting and buying.

  2. Kelly says:

    Congratulations on the adventure and good luck with the house-hunting! I love house hunting… all the fun of shopping without any of the body-insecurities.

  3. molly says:

    congratulations on the adventure! i know you will do well!

  4. Barbara Bonn says:

    Heh — “neighbourhood?” You are already spelling like a Canadian, m’dear! Best of luck in this new adventure, wherever it leads you.

  5. Lee says:

    What a great quilt square! Just the thing to cheer you up. And the best of luck house-hunting ~

  6. ck says:

    So glad to see you back to blogging lately! And the house quilts are fabulous, even if you weren’t house hunting. I’m just wondering if I missed something — and you don’t have to answer this if it is painful, depressing or just too personal — but what happened to Nicholas and when did Melody arrive on the scene? Or are they one and the same person? I’m a little befuddled but will keep reading in any case so don’t feel obliged to respond.

    • Tamara says:

      I’m curious about the same thing in terms of Nicholas and Melody, and also wondered if he/she might not be the same person as it’s sounds like you’ve been together for a while, but…. ? And yes, just curious, but not so much as to want to make you uncomfortable in the telling. You needn’t disclose to anyone details of your existence you don’t want to tell–it’s your blog! 😉 And nothing would change the fact that you’re one of my favorite writers, and people. So welcome Melody, happy trails Nicholas? and let’s hear it for successful house-hunting! ❤

      • Tamara says:

        Oh!! And you might want to check out zoocasa.ca and realtor.ca for home pricing, location, etc. We have Zillow and Trulia down here, but these are your Canadian equivalents. Good luck!

      • Melody says:

        I consider us different people, but Nicholas lived in my body for a while.

    • Melody says:

      Last time I checked, Nicholas was a creation of Melody’s imagination. A character in real life, played by an actor named Melody. Melody is quite happy to have gotten rid of Nicholas. Sandi even has a blog about Melody, called lovingmelody.

  7. Tamara says:

    Thanks for clarifying Melody! I’m very happy for you (and Sandi) that you’ve given Nicholas the heave-ho, if that’s what you needed.

  8. Tamara says:

    OMG, I LOVE the colors of the blog and the little circles around the buttons and can’t wait to start reading!

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