Tuesday, September 01, 2015


Since I talked with you on Saturday I did finish organizing everything under the kitchen sink.  Which means I am done with the main part of the apartment and only have the studio left!
 I hauled some things to the garage and am pretty much DONE for now.  Here's the pantry--Cat box side...
...and above. 
Other side and back wall with the basket shelves. 
Just these shelf liner pieces out of place yet.  (This was a sheet of 4 X 8 foot wall covering we cut up to fit various shelves at the old place.) 
 Leah's talking about putting up another shelf in between Karma's food and the high shelf on that side, so might save them for that shelf.  Should have taken these to the garage, too.  Maybe today.  :)
Ignore the table--but the kitchen is done, too!  
So nice not to have the counters cluttered up.
I am totally on R&R for the week, though.  Much as I would love to dig into the studio...my body is the boss of me and, shall we say, is no longer feeling cooperative right now.  So I am writing letters, watching Chromecast, and reading the instruction manual for the new vacuum...with my trusty red cup always nearby, of course. (Hi everybody over at Elizabeth's for T-Stands For Tuesday!)
Karma loves lazy, quiet days.  
As you know, I've done a lot of purging and just decided a couple days ago that I am even going to get rid of my rose lamps.  I don't know if you remember the hanging lamp I had over my table at the old place, but this is the matching table lamp.  
Going to have Dagan and Leah unplug it (somewhere behind the desk where I can't reach, I believe) and I'll bring that to the garage, too.  Already hauled out the ceiling lamp.  I have had angels and pastels (mostly rose and sage) for 25 years now.  But these last couple years I had slowly been switching over to bolder colors and lots of red accents.  When I decided to do the apartment facelift (when I thought I wouldn't be able to move for years) it really felt like it was past time for a change.  As you know--lots of reds here now.  It's not Fifty Shades of Grey at my place--it's Fifty Shades of Red--ROFL!  And I am loving the new look. 
I'll never, ever get rid of all the angels--but the lamps are going to go.  
I even cleared off the table and put all the tools and hardware in the hall closet for the week...only to make room for me to spread out my stuff--LOL!  Bookcard letters, writing journal, bullet journal, coffee thermos--and my water thermos that is also nearby all day long but is rarely in the spotlight on T-Day--LOL!  You can see how glaring bright it is this morning! 
 And where was Miss Karma?
By the patio door, of course. 
She thinks she needs to do something when I take a picture--so she pawed at the door.  (But take a video and she doesn't move--LOL!) 
Just wants to be left alone to half-sleep in the sun and watch for birds.  I think she loves our new home, too--ya think?  ;) 
I haven't seen the grouse family for days.  They do go by quickly and I have been busy, but I tried to keep an eye out yesterday while I started my week of R&R.  No sight of them.  They may have moved on.  There are still sparrows and jackrabbits and the occasional bug for Karma's IMAX nature shows.
My only plans for the week are to go do some more chair shopping with Leah and Ian tomorrow.  Caroline shops groceries for me on Thursday and Dagan and Leah will probably come by one night to move the rug over away from the desk.  Just isn't working where it is.  Competes with the desk chair mat and we get these buckles on either side--like this.
When the rug is under the edge of the desk there's no way to flatten out these potential trippers.  So we'll have to pull out the furniture in the middle of the room (chairs and end tables) and move the rug way over.  If there's just a corner left under the chair mat it should be easy to straighten.  I absolutely LOVE the rug, so there's no way I will part with it.  Love the one in the studio, too.  Color!!  Protects the carpeting from grandkids and paint, too--LOL!
BTW--I had thought of some other names for the art & craft room, but nothing stuck.  What has stuck is "the studio".  So I guess that is what it will be--not the putter palace or putter place, the dabble room or the dabbler (most accurate), my happy place (but this whole apartment is my happy place)...just nothing else stuck.  So I guess I will be calling it the studio.  :)  That covers all the various types of projects I do--from bookbinding and card making to art journaling and paper making--so I guess it fits okay.  (I think I should call myself the dabbler!!  LOL!)
So, this week I promise to leave things alone...no matter how beyond ready I am to be done with this move...let my body heal...just appreciate how nice it looks with the rest of the place finished...before it turns into total chaos again with boxes piled everywhere.  
Break Time!
Have a wonderful week!!  :):)
"Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials." 
Lin Yutang

Saturday, August 29, 2015


Just popping in with more organizing pics.
The handmade ink pad and refill holder arrived!  Goodness--did I even tell you I ordered it?  
Bought it here on Etsy.  Leah and I have been looking at these since I ran across them maybe a couple years ago.  Splurge item for the new studio!!
Since Tuesday, been baby steps.  I worked on the spice cabinet in the kitchen... 
...while Miss Karma bathed... 
...and slept. 
I reorganized everything on this side of the pantry (since I had to switch out the three liners on the left half of the shelves because they hung out too far off the shelves and we finally found the shorter ones). 
So that side is done. 
Just so you don't think it is all looking good...this is the mess sitting on the other side--LOL! 
The high top shelf was waiting to be filled.  I needed to find the wood liners in the garage that we had for the shelves over the washer and dryer at my old place.  These new wire racks they put everywhere these days...well, things tip or fall through them.  Sometimes you just have to find something you can use for a liner.
Karma not only loves the new carpet and rugs... 
...she likes the new linoleum (that looks like and I keep calling tile), too. 
Dagan and Leah wanted me to have a new faucet for the kitchen.  I wasn't really sure why I needed a faucet with a built-in sprayer...but Leah was sure I needed one.  She was over Thursday and installed it.  Pretty fancy, eh?! 
Well, come to find out the main reason was so that I can fill my big pots for pasta and my big PUR water jug right on the counter so I don't have to lift them out of the sink with my bum arm!!  Awesome!  How cool is that?!
It will still be a while before all the tools and hardware will be off the table...
...but Leah came back on Friday and got a lot more done!  She brought the vacuum cleaner that I wanted (on sale at Costco) and set it up for me...and even vacuumed to test it out.  Wow!  I am impressed!  
For over 20 years I have had two (cheap at the time) vacuums--an upright-only Oreck and a small canister vacuum.  They have both been replaced by this one Hoover upright that also has a hose--and that actually has SUCTION!  Whoohoo!  Won't Caroline be surprised!  Has a cup so no more bags to replace and a washable filter, too.  Nice!  I can even vacuum on the tile, too!
Of course, the old two are out in the garage as back up.  The way they make things these days the new vacuum might not last 20 years...(sometimes not a year or two)...and both the old ones still work.  Dagan and Leah just shake their heads because they think I should give the old ones away on freecycle, but I am keeping them for now...just in case.  ;)
You may have noticed some dangly strings in the above picture.  Well, Leah put up the ironing board holder and to the left of it...a (repurposed) holder for cat toys!  
What the heck is it, you may ask?  Well, I found this on Amazon.  It's a wall holder for fishing poles!  LOL!  Was inexpensive and now Karma has a spot for her string toys on poles--her favorite toys in the whole world.  And I have totally exhausted her this morning--LOL!  She's conked out on her chair, but was she EVER thrilled to see her toys again!  :)
Dagan came over, too, on Friday.  We went out to the garage with vacuums and such--and found the wood liners for the shelves.  Dagan put those up there so we could move some odds and ends up to the high shelf in the pantry.
 I put a liner piece down (too wide, but what the heck) and organized Miss Karma's precious food supply.  (Which, if Karma had her way, would have been the first item of business as soon as the movers left the premises--LOL!)
Yes, that a lot of cans--LOL!  Costco has a huge box of 48 Friskies that Karma loves (pate) and it lasts her for months.  
Leah got the sliding baskets installed under the kitchen sink last night, too. 
Can't resist--one more shot of my awesome new faucet.  Who knew I needed one of these in my new forever home to make my life easier?  Dagan and Leah, that's who.  :) :) :)
Oh, almost forgot!  I found the black box in the hall closet under some stuff--tada!  I also had my backup doohickey for my laptop in there--whew!  The only thing I really thought was in there that wasn't was my blue tooth for my cell phone.  So now I have absolutely no clue where that went.  Could actually be lost for good because I have looked everywhere else I might have put it...and I do think that I packed that myself.  *sigh*  Well, it wasn't holding a charge very well anymore.  (Had gone from 4 hours down to about 30-40 minutes.)  Maybe it was meant to be lost, eh?  Oh well.
I haven't been getting pictures of Ian because he comes over and goes right into Gramma's arms and then we go watch nature shows while tool-girl-Mama has been working away over here.  We have been watching bears and whales and penguins...all kinds of fascinating stuff!  And because he likes to "help" Mom, when he's scooting around on the floor I am trailing behind to steer him clear of the work zone--LOL!  I have got to get some pictures soon, though...or a video!  
Only plans I have for the weekend are to get all the cleaning supplies and such under the kitchen sink and organized...if I even get to that.  I am really just plain worn out right now.  But happy-happy-happy!!
My mom should be flying to Minnesota with Blaine and Kathy tomorrow.  She's been sounding happy, too.  Back to watching her sports and CNN...going out to eat now and then.  Good to hear her sounding more like her old self again.  :)
The hot weather has returned.  Supposed to maybe get up to 90 today.  But I have an AC that works, my new Chromecast, a Netflix DVD, have found all my letter writing materials, and am now living with a cat who knows where her string toys are residing.  That's all I need for a cool, pleasant, interesting weekend.  Hope you have a good one!!  :):)
"Do ordinary things with extraordinary love." 
Mother Teresa

Tuesday, August 25, 2015


Good Tuesday Morning to Everybody!
I still get a pretty good view of the sky from the new place.  Love the addition of the green grass.  Snow will be up close and personal this coming winter, too.  (If we don't have a brown winter like last year!)
After we last chatted I started organizing the books in the hallway bookcases.
I am definitely not taking the time to organize in the OCD detail I would normally, but they are in the general places they are going to stay--LOL!
I have to say I am a little less impressed with Linda's moving crew as I unpack...although I haven't found anything broken yet.  She bragged on so about how they could put everything back exactly the way it was.  I found one random shelf with a lip out on the darker brown bookcase in the hallway that obviously didn't belong.   And Linda herself packed my TV cabinet.  She put everything else back inside my TV cabinet, but not the black box I had under there with all my chargers...like for my camera and bluetooth and batteries.  Still can't locate that box so some of these pictures today were taken with my now dead camera and some with the cell phone.  Until I find that box...it is now the cell phone for pics and I'm praying no batteries die in the meantime.  I still can't find my postage scale, either, that was in the glass bookcase they packed.  No clue where these things ended up.  I know I'll find them eventually, but it's quite annoying because of all that bragging she did, you know?  
Anyways, this is where I see Karma a lot of the time...unless...   
...the grouse clan are wandering by.  :):)
They go by 2-4 times a day!   
Karma has spent more time by the patio door--LOL!  She loves to watch them like she did the swallows, so she's quite happy.
I grouped up the satchels as best I could... 
...and even had room to spare! 
So we'll find something along the way that's less kid-tempting to fill in there on the bottom of that one bookcase. 
I swiped this picture of my Mom and Connie, the manager at the Denny's where my folks were regular customers, off my brother and SIL's facebook.  This was the day after she was released from the rehab center.  Blaine and Kathy arrived and took her out to eat.  She looks so happy!!  Glad she's back home.  :)
A few of you asked how old my mom is.  She's 86.  On the 30th she'll be flying up to Minnesota with Blaine and Kathy.  
I caught Karma lounging in Ian's toy cubes.  Whenever there's an empty space, you know.  LOL!  And she could still spy out the patio door for birds or jackrabbits.  ;)
This is my view the other direction from my resting spot.  And--yes--there's my red thermal mug for T Stands For Tuesday!  :) :)
Karma's gotten quite used to her giant CatTV screen. 
But she still bolts when the yardwork guys come... 
...whether it's on their mowers or carrying those wicked weed whippers. 
We have come to look forward to the grouse family visits.  It's hard to shoot pictures through the screen, but you can see most of the group--blurry as they are. 
Mornings when the light is too bright right smack in my eyes to do anything but crack the blinds for a bit...Miss Karma loves to spy through the cracks...no matter how tired she is... 
...her ears are open. 
This morning we had a gathering of sparrows hopping about right on the patio.  Karma crouched and took a lunge behind the blinds...even though she knew she could only scare them...she dreams she is a lioness, I think.  (We won't remind her that she couldn't even kill the intruding cricket.  LOL!)
Well, have a wonderful week.  I have the spice cupboard and the pantry to organize this week...and then I will be basically down to the studio...the last room!!  That's the goal, anyways.  Leah and Ian are coming over tomorrow...and maybe Dagan after work, too.  Nice!!
Keep smiling and hug somebody today!
Virtually or in the flesh!  
Spread the love!  :):)
"Joy is the simplest form of gratitude."
Karl Barth