Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Pictures...at last!

Whew....it's just been 2 1/2 weeks since we moved in to this house.  In some ways, it feels like forever, but then when I think about all the events of the last two weeks, I think I'm doing pretty good!  I also want to thank all of you for the kind words and thoughts from so many of you about Whiskers.  It really touched my heart.  I know so many of you have "furbabies" of your own and understand just how important they are in our lives.  Hugs to all of you!

Most of you probably know, we recently moved to a new assignment in Wyoming.  It's amazing here.  We love the location, the weather, the people, the town...just everything.  We definitely feel "at home" and that's a feeling we don't often get moving so frequently from place to place.  

We arrived just a couple weeks before a huge local event....Cheyenne Frontier Days.  CFD is one of the country's largest rodeos (they pride themselves on being THE largest rodeo 13-14 times out of the last few years!), and there are also various "county fair" type activities such as concerts, Midway rides, and funnel cakes.  :)  The whole city of Cheyenne gets involved with parades, pancake breakfasts, and other celebrations.  Being a capital city...the governor of Wyoming gets involved as well, along with the mayor and other city and state councilmen.  I never realized how big "rodeo" is in this part of the country...there are people and contestants that have traveled here from all over the US and Canada.

The base plays a big role in all the festivities from hosting "Fort DA Russel Days," which is open to the public and includes re-enactments from the civil war and displays of other aspects of life in that period.  Also the Wing (base) Leadership act as representatives throughout the community during the various events.  With that said...we have been busy, busy, busy attending lots of socials, receptions, and dinners honoring various visitors and dignitaries.  I have a few photos to share...beware...it's actually more than a few.  Lots of pictures!!

As you can see, we have "cowboy'd up," right down to Wranglers, hats, and boots!  This picture was taken at the governor's mansion, just FYI...yeah, that's how we roll.  :P  Not....man, we are just regular folk...I'm not used to this highfalutin' stuff!

To kick off the rodeo festivities, there is a traditional "cattle drive," where 400 or so bulls are brought down from a little north of Cheyenne to the fairgrounds.  These are not the bull-riding bulls...these are the "ropin' ones."  Whatever that competition is called...where the cowboy races along side a bull, throws his lasso, ropes and ties their legs....  The big "8 Second" bulls aren't friendly enough to take a stroll along I-25.  :)

Another reception welcoming Air Force Chief of Staff, General Welsh and his wife.  My hubby is up there in a blue shirt on the right.  :)  Also present were Miss Frontier and her lady-in-waiting...they seem to be the mascots of the event (don't tell them I said that!)

This was a day at the rodeo (which is everyday during the event!), and we've also been to a Journey concert, as well as Alan Jackson.  Later this week, we have tickets to Rascal Flatts and Toby Keith!  Yay! 

Okay...so enough about Cheyenne Frontier Days...I'll share a little bit of our house on base.
This is by far the most amazing house we've ever lived in.  These historic homes were built in the early 1900's and have been maintained to keep most of their original charm and beauty!

There are about 100 of these homes along our street...some are single units like ours, some are duplexes.

So...now for some fun stuff...here are pics of my sewing room!  This is the smallest bedroom in the house, but makes a nice, cozy sewing area.  :)
This is looking through the door...I would still like to put a nice throw rug on the floor.

I kept the shades closed for pictures, otherwise they were too dark...weird, huh?

Just a view of the other side of the room...

Two nice big closets...

Look quickly...because they will likely never be this organized again!

And how wonderful is this....this is a bedroom across the hall from my sewing room...it's perfect for my long arm!  I feel incredibly blessed to have this space....guess it's one upside of not having kids in the house anymore.  :/

Another view from the opposite side.  Those quilts on the bar are waiting to be hung up...I'm waiting on some "3M Command Clips" to come in the mail.

 Here are a few pics of other parts of the house...not everything is completely picture-ready at this point, but I thought I'd give you a little glimpse.
This is the entry way...it's bigger than my sewing room upstairs!  :P  To the left is a small "study," which used to be the Military Officer's "office."  It has it's own entrance from outside as well.  To the right is the living room.

Living room...the fire place is functional, though it is just a gas insert these days.  (can you find Smokey?)

Another view of the living room...you can see where the front door is.  

The dining room (looking from the living room).  See the beautiful built in cabinets?  Everything is original to the house, including the mirrors and glass.  (disregard the big fan...no a/c in these old homes, but truly, it's not really needed...the temps are quite mild here!)

Another view of the dining room...most of the rooms have original fireplaces, though only the living room is functional.  Unfortunately, one of our dining room chairs was a casualty of the move.  It's at the woodworking shop at the moment, hoping it can be repaired.  :(

Well, there you have it...a little update of our new location and what we've been up to the last few weeks.  We are finally feeling settled and we know we are going to enjoy the next two years in Wyoming!


  1. Look at you dudes! Now you can hop on over to Utah for the Days of '47 rodeo, parade, etc. You would fit right in. You are initiated to the ways of the West!!
    LOVE that house. So cool--even without AC. : )

  2. The house is looking BEAUTIFUL!!!! Of course, I love your sewing and long-arm area. Being familiar with the space you had for the long-arm in Dover, I can easily see how this new space must feel heavenly to you!!! I can't wait for us to do our big roadtrip in 2014 and get to see all of this in person. Have fun at the remaining concerts and Frontier Day activities. You sure had had a whirlwind of activity since you arrived! I really enjoyed this post!!!

  3. What a beautiful home! How about a view of the kitchen? I LOVE looking at other people's homes!

  4. It looks like you have a beautiful house there! And how wonderful to have a sewing room AND a quilting room! Lucky you! :0)

  5. What a beautiful place!!!

  6. Thanks for sharing all the pictures......It makes "imagining" you sewing and entertaining much easier :)
    We miss you on the east coast but with the cooler weather where you are, it sounds like this was a much better place to be the last 2+ weeks.....
    All the best of luck in Wyoming!!!!

  7. What a beautiful home, I love old homes like that! When we lived in PA, we lived in a flat that had been built in the 20's and it did not have a/c either. We had window units in the bedroom and kitchen for the few days a year it was needed. :)

  8. Wow, Michelle, you guys seem to fit right in with the lifestyle and new home! It's stunning, I love older houses. I hope you are never moved again because this cannot be topped! Much joy in your new life! (When you get a minute on FB, accept my friend request please, again! Sorry, I'm a klutz there.)

  9. Looks like you are getting settled in. Glad you have lots of room for your quilting...with room left over for when the kids come home for a visit!

  10. Enjoyed your photos~ Your home so nice, pretty & cozy~ Wishing you the best there is Wyoming.

  11. Wow....that is a gorgeous home. I hope your stay is a long one there.

  12. Michelle, sounds and looks like you are in heaven! So, moving the Gammill wasn't too bad, right? Looks like you got it down and back up with no problems! I'm goona have to come visit so I can see everything up close and in person...lol. Get all your own projects onto the Gammill before you start building a client base again....trust me its the only chance you'll have guilt-free Longarm time! Miss you LOADS! Irene

  13. Your new home looks wonderful Michelle and you guys certainly fit right in to the wild wild west by the looks of it! All the pics are great ;)

  14. I see Smoky in the blue chair (recliner?) Barbara sent me to follow your blog and see your longarm. I am considering getting a longarm when I retire and move into a place where I can set one up. I love your place , it looks great.

  15. Wow! What a lovely job you've done setting up house! Your spaces are terrific and it looks very warm and welcoming and fun! Welcome home, Michelle!! :)

  16. Imagine being welcomed to town by a rodeo! Your new home looks fabulous! How wonderful that you feel so happy and settled already. All the best to you and your family Michelle!

  17. I'm glad you are feeling right at home in your new place. The ;house is gorgeous and you have a great sewing space. I'm so sorry to read about Whiskers. Our furry friends sure do become a huge part of our family. I hope the many, happy memories you shared will bring you some comfort.

  18. I love your new home. The moulding, built ins, wood floors, all of it. Love your sewing room too. And I'm glad you arrived at such a fun time. Looks like lots of fun.

  19. I took a stroll through your blog today, beautiful work!


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