Tuesday, September 29, 2015


Good Tuesday Morning!  
Lots of pictures today.  Same old stuff.  Still unpacking.  I haven't posted for a week so this is all I got done with my baby steps (15-20 minutes at a time), but it does add up.  Now that I see all these pictures I realize I accomplished more than I thought I did--LOL!
Anyways, we had a few hotter days in the 80s but then it cooled off again. 
Last we chatted I had emptied out the taboret boxes on to the new little black craft table.  I got all that put away.
Then I emptied out the boxes of stamps.
And slowly put them all away in the tall stamp cabinet.
Glad to have such a beautiful view with all the R&R time I have needed.
Next I found the paper bookcase boxes.
This one with the 12" X 12" (clear plastic) and 8 1/2" X 11" (black metal) racks on the top half is the paper bookcase.
Discovered I was still missing a whole lot of card stock that I had yet to unearth from the stacks of boxes.
 Karma does love when I start a new big black trash bag...
...with all the crumpled packing paper.
Especially before there's too much paper...
...for her to fit in easily...
...for a quiet snooze while I am on one of my many long breaks.  
The mystery box that the packing crew labeled on the top...well, it contained all the satchels from the art bookcase that had been next to the little art table at the old place!
I continued opening boxes to try to find the rest of my card stock because the two closest stacks here on the craft table are certainly not all of it.
I did finally find it...second to the last box I opened, of course.
Was kind of emptying as I searched...and started using the kitchen table.
The stack of satchels was driving me nuts.  Do I put them next to the art table again?  Or move a bunch of satchels around in the hallway so these could be with all the other satchels--but closest to the kitchen because I use them fairly often?  A lot of extra work moving satchels, right?
But I did.
Who knew we had so many of them!  
They were scattered in four or five different places at the old apartment and I have never seen them all together.  Turns out they fit quite nicely there...but they really do need to be labeled, that's for sure.  Leah bought a new labelmaker a while back.  Looks like we will be putting it to good use, eh?
I got sidetracked by shelves, too, in my hunt for the card stock. 
Had been putting off removing all the extra shelves from the four bookcases.
Had told them on moving day not to put the shelves back in because they were going to have to be rearranged...but they didn't listen.
So I spent an afternoon taking out the shelves and all the little metal shelf pins/holders.
By the time I finally found the box of card stock...all available surfaces were (and still are) covered.
The desk...
...the new craft table (didn't take a picture but the little art table is full, too)...
...and the kitchen table...
...are all stacked with various box guts.
Even the hall closet...
...and the bench in the pantry are full of stuff.  More empty boxes to go to the garage and the bag of crumpled paper is pretty full now.  Only one more bigger box to go through.  
Haven't opened that one yet because we know exactly where everything goes because it's everything from the low cherry cabinet that matches the tall stamp cabinet (and they both need new labels on all those drawers).
That box will be the last one and an easy one to put away--but there will be more crumpled paper so I am saving the big black bag till we get through that last box.  I'm sure we can smash the last of the packing paper in there.  ;)
Karma truly prefers less activity.  
Even if she does like to explore boxes and bags, I think she's about had her fill of this moving business, too.  ;)
Oh, and I haven't forgotten the ladies at Elizabeth's for T Stands For Tuesday.  Hi All!  :)  Am really enjoying my pour over coffee every day.  
It's a little more work, but it does taste so good!  Actually, I decided to go for a bigger pour over pot and forget about a new electric pot.  For now anyways.
Karma and I haven't gotten into a total new morning routine yet.  Really can't until the place is all finished and in some kind of basic order.  We are pretty patient...
...but we will both be glad to see the end of all these boxes!
Getting close!  Out of the last 41 boxes that Dagan brought in from the garage I am down to six left to unload...well, and there is all the box guts all over the place to clean up--LOL!  But getting so close!
Leah got some more picture shelves at IKEA this past weekend.  I'm hoping we might get those up soon, too.  
And so it continues...but is nearing the end.  Good thing.  My body has entirely had enough and there has been espionage afoot!  How else do you explain a bruised or sprained pad of your thumb?  Come on!  Have you ever heard of such a ridiculous thing?  And my good arm has decided that it has been so overworked that it has joined forces with my back and they are just bitching and complaining constantly...and going on strike every other day.  Ingrates! 
Meanwhile, Karma's enjoying the morning sun and cool breeze.
I will leave you with this very short video of Ian's first steps!  On the 26th Leah sent Dagan and I this video.  I can hardly wait to see this for myself!  
Have a rewarding week with lots of laughter!
All the best!!  :):)
"In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy." 
David Steindl-Rast


  1. What an amazing craft room you have - so much stuff! Like an Aladdin´s cave. I make my coffee just the way you do - it tastes better that way. I even brew large thermoses for guests with a Melitta funnel, of the larger size. All the same: Happy T-Day! :-)

  2. I think you have done an ENORMOUS amount of work, I feel tired out just reading about it! It all looks really good and tidy, gives me a bad conscience when I see how untidy my stuff is just now. Glad Karma manages to rest enough in between, she's a good example for you! Hope it will soon be really finished. Enjoy your coffee, happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

  3. You are making progress! Soon your studio will be all done! Look at your Iam walking...wow!! Now you better watch out more things are withiin his reach! :)

  4. Oh Rita! You really have made a hole in the piles of boxes! You have of course, by showing your stamp cabinet given me serious storage envy - and then you go and show all the rest….it won't be long before you are sitting at that desk now! Karma in the big black bag was so funny!! Best of all those first steps for Ian! He does look pleased with himself - and quite right too! Have a fun and productive week and hope the thumb feels better soon! Hugs, Chrisx

  5. That is a HUGE undertaking but Rita-you are SO well organized and I love how your craft room space is looking! Oh my Karma-what a chuckle-never heard of a cat going into a plastic bag before:):) And look at sweet Ian-how he is growing. Hope it won't be a whole lot longer before you can really rest up and enjoy everything in its place. Happy T day!

  6. oh my goodness...only 6 boxes left?! great work...even I am overwhelmed! Your Karma was so funny getting into the bag of paper...;)

  7. I cannot get over how MUCH stuff there has been to unpack and organize. And how much has been accomplished. Little Ian is so cute! Looks a bit like a drunken sailor, but they all do when they start out. :-)

  8. you have a ton of supplies! sheesh!

  9. Wow! So much craft supplies! It looks like you have space for everything, so that's good. It all looks so neat :) Happy T Day

  10. Wow! You are doing quite well and Karma is still going with the flow ~ smart cat ~ You will be glad to get back to creating I bet!

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

    ps. ~ Did you move to your children's house or just to another apartment in your complex? And thanks for your concern about my eyes ~ they are better some days than others and it may be something I just have to live with ~ but being on the computer less will help. xox

  11. Hi, dear Rita! Hi, Kitty Kat Karma! I'm surprised that your daily high temperature still reaches the 80s at the end of September. As usual it was a very hot and sticky day here in Florida. We still have more than a month to go before cooling relief comes our way. I admire you for plugging away at the task of getting unpacked and organized all these weeks. At times it must seem never ending but, if you keep chipping away at it, eventually you will come to the end and you and Karma can settle into a routine. Be careful you don't take her out and throw her in the dumpster when she's inside one of those bags! :) Happy Tuesday, dear friend Rita!

  12. Wow! You have worked so hard! I can't believe how much you have done!
    I love your cherry cabinet and stamp drawers. Beautiful (and functional) furniture. Brilliant that you got all your satchels together. You'll be so happy when it's all sorted.
    Aww! Little Ian is so gorgeous!
    Have a good week (and don't work too hard)

  13. You have been a productive & busy organizer--now rest for a while. Ian is adorable, as always!!

  14. Your body will really be thankful when you get everything done and you can get some good rest in!

    Loved the video of Ian standing up and walking to Leah! You can't help but grin when you see a child do it for the first time.

  15. I've tried to get here for what seems like FOUR hours. I rebooted six times and I still can't get my mouse to work. I am now using my old skills of arrows and F functions. You don't realize how much you use a mouse until you don't have one.

    Golly, this is looking GREAT. It won't be long until you have everything where you want it, labeled, and looking wonderful. It's already looking good, even though you had extra work due to the movers not following your instructions.

    Ian is adorable, and the coffee maker seems like something I should try.

    As much as I appreciate your wonderful and CONTINUED comments, I am simply thrilled that you shared your week with us for T this Tuesday. I'm sure it won't be long now until we have a look at the completed Rita studio!

  16. God bless Ian. That child is so beautiful. I have so much to do that I am overwhelmed. I make priority lists, but then something new happens that has to go to the top of the list, so I never get to all the priorities. Now the dishwasher is on the fritz again. One time I fixed it by shutting off all the settings, and resetting everything. It worked quite a while after that. I did the same thing tonight. I closed the door and pressed the start button. It made a noise! Joy! Five minutes later it said the dishes were clean when it hadn't washed them at all. Bah! Humbug!


  17. I love the photo sequence of Karma going into the bag!

    Wow! Ian is walking already!?!? He's growing up (too fast!)

  18. Wow! You have a lot of stamps and crafting stuff. It must've taken a long time to pack all of that.

  19. Unpacking takes time, and Karma as always is so damn adorable.

  20. Sorry I am so late in returning all your visits...all of a sudden I got busy around here trying to get a little fall cleaning started.........do people still do that, or am I the only one that still does this kind of thing???
    Your move is nearly completed....yeah!!!!!! Everything looks so neat and organized. I hazard the day I get to move, after being in this house for almost 40 years......yep, we bought that dryer just before we moved here....LOL
    Until you have to pack it and unpack it you never realize how much you own. I probably have move craft stuff than anything else....LOL
    Belated T-day wishes my friend.

  21. You have such great storage units Rita. I am loving your stamp drawer. Hope you have a great weekend!

  22. Anonymous1:32 PM

    I do love the views from those big windows of yours.

  23. ok - 2nd go round (google hates me). WOW look at your new place and LOOK AT YOUR VIEW! and just a short while ago you thought you weren't going to get it. It is awesome! Many many happy days in this lovely place for you!

  24. You're getting your new apartment looking pretty good. Lots of stuff already put neatly into place. I bet you'll be glad when it's all done.

    Karma loves those bags, doesn't she? lol

    I loved the video of Ian walking. Growing right up there. Ethan has been standing by himself, but he isn't walking yet.


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