I think you'll enjoy this quiet little nook - especially if you're Facebooked/Twittered/Generally Social Media-ed out!
As a life-long resident of Long Island, NY, you'll have to tell me exactly where Navarro Mills is! I haven't visited TX yet, but would like to. I'm a secretary, too - for about 100 years! - I still enjoy it, though, along with the people I work with. However, I do need a Happy Place away from work, which is where knitting takes me.
Please post pics of the projects you mentioned when you're done - they sound beautiful!