This month's Take It Further challenge is all about change and that's a major topic/theme in my life...so big that I'm having a very hard time crunching it down into a tiny 3x4 inch piece of fabric!
I know there are people in this world who can move into a house or apartment, arrange the furniture and leave it that way until they move out....I am NOT one of those people. I also know there are people who live in the same town/city their whole lives...I am also not one of those people.
My dad was career military, so we moved a bit when I was young. When it was time for me to go to college, I left home and attended college in a town half a state away from my folks' place...then I met my husband and we did quite a bit more moving...too much moving for our son, I'm afraid, but we didn't realize it at the time.
Now we've been living in this area for 17 years and in this town/house for 13 years and those are both records for us.
Six years ago, I was getting a bit restless and we considered selling our place and becoming fulltime RVers but then I was diagnosed with breast cancer and we had to stay here to deal with that.
This spring, I'm finally beginning to feel like I've turned the corner and may be healthy again...and I'm finding my thoughts turning to changes I might make this year.
I'm pretty sure this isn't going to fit on my TIF piece, lol!


paulahewitt said...

I am sorry to hear about the cancer - Im glad you are better. I couldnt imagine a bead studio in a RV...

artandtea said...

Hi Bobbi,
Thanks so much for sharing your story about the challenges and changes in your life. I'm so glad to hear that you are feeling good and healthy once again.
Like you, I have moved many times during my life, most of them when I was a child and my Dad got transferred from state to state with his job.
This month I am moving once again, this time from an apartment to a house so I am looking forward to having a studio space and a garden once again.
Good luck with your TIF challenge!

Denise said...

Hey! I didn't know you had been ill, wow, great that you are better now and can face new changes. I bet you will do this TIF piece beautifully, you are an amazing beader!
My dh and I made the decision to stay in Ottawa because my oldest couldn't cope with change and my dh new what it was like cause he moved so much as a child. It's really hard to make those decisions and to know what it will leave behind.
I'm looking forward to seeing how you reflect all this! Oh and I love the colour in the new bracelet!
Cheers, Denise

beadbabe49 said...

I don't particularly want to write about the cancer but I don't want to avoid talking about it either, so I mention it if it's relevant to what I'm writing and keep quiet if it's not.
And thank you for your kind wishes and comments...I love reading about your lives and why you all make some of the choices you make.
Paula, most of the RV beaders I read about just go RVing part time...the fulltime ones are what fascinate me for just the reason you mention...I can't figure out how to get a whole studio into an RV either but I love thinking about it. The very idea of paring our possessions down to a point where they're portable has always interested me. So when I see other folks who have done it, I'm fascinated!
Karen, good luck with you move and congratulations of getting both a studio space and garden! The garden that my husband has created is probably the most important single thing that will keep us in our current home. I can picture paring down stuff, but cannot figure out how to do without a garden for him!
thanks, denise! You and your dh are wiser than we were...but I try to remember that we did the best we could at the time. And our son is a beautiful, healthy, happy adult, but his bad school experiences have kept him from the many joys possible in getting a higher education...

freebird said...

I don't think you will get all that on one little piece either! Thirteen years in one place! I think we are doing great at going on six years! We never lived even two years in one place before. My daughter added up all the moves she has had in her life (starting with cross-country at two weeks of age) and she just wants to stay put now. We use her as our "home" base.

It is tough on kids to move a lot. I had my sisters and brother who were always with me as I grew up and my two kids had each other when they were amongst strangers yet again. I think that makes it easier. I'll bet your son stays put, right?

beadbabe49 said...

yes, freebird...he was born in portland and spent his first 7 years there and he moved back there about 7 years ago and will probably stay there...not the same house, but the same town, at least!

KV said...

Would you believe that the longest I have lived anywhere in my entire life has been in our house here in Las Cruces -- 20 years. And I will be 68 at the end of May. Don't even want to think of where we would put all our books and special interest supplies if we had to downsize! Throughout my childhood we moved a record 26 times.

I bet you find a way to cram most of the things you mentioned into that TIF PIECE.

Glad to hear you got a healthy prognosis recently. Keep well and bead on . . .

beadbabe49 said...

I would, kathy! If we stay here until I'm 68, we will have lived in this house for 23 years! Wooo!