Thursday, July 19, 2012


I popped all the air bags with my box cutter and lined the Amazon box with them for Karma to snooze in yesterday.
Dagan came over right after work.  We ate dinner and then we moved the art table into the hallway.  Dagan had all the drawers out of the dresser when Leah showed up after her chiropractor appointment.  Turned out they cancelled the meeting at work, so she was there the rest of the evening, too.  She ate and then the long and laborious job of sorting through all the cords and wires and cables began.
They looked through my "junk drawer" box that I keep in the coat closet... see what I may have had that they could use in the process. 
I didn't get many pictures because it was so crowded in this room that one could barely walk between the dresser drawers, TV, assorted equipment, boxes, and wires in the living room and the art table in the hallway...well, you can see the mess. 
Oh, as if she had ESP, the second the blockade was removed that kept Karma from trying to get behind the dresser...she was over there in a flash!  And she was actually trying to fight Dagan and I to get her chance to investigate the forbidden territory--hissing and spitting!  I had to shut her in the bedroom, naughty girl.
  I had to block the dresser off when we moved it into the living room 4-5 years ago to support Dagan and Leah's old humungous TV that they gave me.  Karma kept trying to go behind and underneath the dresser like she did when she was a kitten.  But since she was three times the size she had a heck of a time crawling about under there, couldn't figure out how to get back out, and she'd cry and carry on for the whole hour or so it took her to figure out her eventual escape.  But then, in a day or two, she'd do it again!!  Duh!  Whether it is just cat curiosity or a childhood memory she simply cannot resist...I had to block her entrance with a big folding wooden portable desk.  And last night she was willing to put up a fight to get back there!
When the dresser got moved over far enough...we could get it past the heat register...and up against the wall.  We all chuckled at foiling any future plans Miss Karma may have had to get stuck under that dresser ever again--tada!  Another added plus to switching the furniture around--ROFL!  And you can see Karma was dismayed when she was let out of the bedroom after Dagan and Leah left.  She immediately checked out both ends of the dresser.  
Another plus---the end of the heat register is now accessible.  It only goes part way along that wall and the actual thermostat is on the end of this particular register.  So, if anything goes wrong, we had to move that triple dresser for the maintenance man to get to it!  And the dresser blocked the air flow so that the thermostat on the wall always read warmer or cooler than it actually was in here. 
I'll be able to hang the shelves a good 8-10 inches lower on the wall there over the folding art table.  Much easier for me to reach stuff.
The bookcase won't block the light half as much as the triple dresser did.  Even this morning when it is very dark and foggy I have more light there than I used to in its old spot.
Sorting out all the mass of wires, cords, and cables...switching power and rearranging everything on the dresser...dusting a few places that hadn't seen the light of day since the dresser arrived in that spot 4-5 years ago...blowing out the computer box...getting everything working and communicating again...well, all of it was a huge project that took all evening.  But phase one was finished without any additional purchases.  :):)
Phase two (putting together the shelf unit) is planned for Sunday afternoon.  Hopefully we can also get to phase three (the mounting of the shelf unit on the wall), too.  We'll see how it goes on Sunday.  ;)  
I have some new pics of the progress on Dagan and Leah's house, but I think this is enough for today.  I'll post them soon.  
We're still predicted to be in the 90s through the weekend with a chance of rain or thunderstorms every day.  Hot and sticky prevails.  Wherever you are, stay comfortable and dry.  :)
"Your heart is full of fertile seeds, waiting to sprout."
Morihei Ueshiba


Beth said...

WOW!! Mission accomplished! Your kids are great.

Poor Karma. :-(

Megan Adamson said...

I'm pleased to see that things are finally taking'll be there soon!

The books I ordered are nothing like the ones that you showed in your last post. I'm still waiting for them to arrive, but I'll post them and let you see.
I find doodling really relaxing.
Pleased to see that you are {hopefully} feeling better now.

Hugs to you and naughty Miss Karma!

TexWisGirl said...

i am so glad you have those two! they are angels. :) karma, you're a devil kitty! :)

Janie Junebug said...

Poor Karma. She should be able to do whatever she wants and then be rescued from her foolishness, and so should I.


Furry Bottoms said...

Your son and his wife are really helpful. Your chest is beautiful... and quick, tape that box up with Karma in it and ship her to me! I need a kitty fix.

carol l mckenna said...

Wow! Lots of activity around your place ~ sounds very efficient and convenient for you and Karma (even if she doesn't like part of it) Wonderful ~ now hoping for lots of time for creativity for you ~ be well, be happy ~ always good to have you 'pop in' ~ thanks, hugs, ^_^ (ArtMuseDog

ChicagoLady said...

Looks good! I think Karma is a typical cat and enjoys causing trouble. She does look peaceful sleeping in the box with the popped air bags.

betty said...

LOL on that Karma!! She has to have her nose in all the business going on, doesn't she? I think it was cute the way she was sleeping in the box with the packing lining it. All your "remodeling" looks great; glad Dagan/Leah could help you get it done!


DJan said...

Isn't it wonderful to have such competent helpers? And I don't mean Karma! She is a riot, Rita. :-)

Cindy Lane said...

Wow! Your last 2 posts have me feeling exhausted - Karma & I need a nap!

Extra light will make a huge difference to your art work space. I hate it when the light leaves my studio in the afternoon with these short daylight hours (winter has a lot to answer for).

Re: your book order. There is no worse let down than when a book's cover doesn't deliver the goods. Still, you got one good one - looking forward to seeing what it inspires!

Far Side of Fifty said...

Looking good..that was a good move! Poor Karma foiled again..maybe she had really good dreams back there..or stowed some catnip there:)

Harvest Moon by Hand said...

That must be a relief to have everything done! Karma looked quite comfortable there with all the activity going on. Sounds like you're experiencing the same heat wave we are in Minnesota. I'll be happy when it's over and the cooler temperatures return.

Toriz said...

I'm laughing so hard at Karma over here Kelly stopped playing his computer game to find out what was so funny. When I could finally tell him he started laughing too.

Glad you got the dresser moved.

AliceKay said...

Quite a task moving things around like that. Looks like everything will be much better for you now, tho. Hopefully, putting the shelving unit together and getting it up on the wall will go smoothly, too.

I guess I never realized you had an open area between your living room and kitchen. I thought it was one solid wall. Looks nice. :)

Dee said...

Dear Rita, I'm so glad that Dagan and Leah come and visit with you and seem so helpful. They are true blessings in your life. And Dagan's exceptional selflessness shows what a fine mother you are. Peace.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

What great kids you have. I would LOVE to have them for a day, myself. I bet I'd get a LOT more done, if I did. Don't you just hate messes? I know I do. Here's looking to Sunday!

Serena Lewis said...

Karma was certainly on a mission of her own until you spoiled it for her and shut her away. lol I love hearing about her antics. Her curiosity is in full force, that's for sure.

Dagan and Leah are just great! It looks like the swap around was a success. I have places that haven't seen the light of day since we moved here five years ago either. I know there must be a mountain of fur-bunnies living there but I can't get to them. OH, and great that no additional purchases were required!

I'll look forward to seeing the progress pics on Dagan and Leah's house. I'm so excited for them. As you know, Michelle dreams of owning their own home one day too.

Love and hugs,
Serena xo

laurak/ForestWalkArt :) said...

kitties...they just have to be on top of...or under...EVERYTHING!

thanks to dagan and leah...what GREAT helpers...AND company!!

happy sunday!

Intense Guy said...

My neck hurts just looking at Karma sleeping that way.

Looks like Phase 1 was ahuge success! I'll see see how Phase 2 went. :)