Saturday, June 27, 2015

Have Litterbox .... Will Travel......

 I wanted to write about this while it was still fresh in my mind.... while the thought of it still brings tears to my eyes....  In moving to Arkansas we had no alternative but to stay with my husband's wonderful sister..... Staying in a long term hotel or getting an apartment ... was just financially out of the picture while trying to secure a home...  So this meant living with her two cats .... which translated to Jinx living in a laundry room (with a window) for what turned out to be a little over a month.... You see he has no front claws and they DO!


Meet Lela .....  a neurotic, skitzo ball of fur WITH claws.... who would just as likely eat you than look at you... And yes that was her expression the whole time we were there..... Lela did not warm up to us the whole time ........ and one of the main reasons Jinx was in the laundry room....




 Meet Bright Eyes...... believe it or not this is Jinx's sister.... Still not friendly and did not warm up to us at all but still a much more mild mannered cat than Lela.... 

I often entertained myself taking pictures of her in the window... I love this one with her peeking thru the lace curtain....

Another 'Home' postcard..Thanks Eileen!

I don't know what was worse.............. Jinx trying to run out the laundry room door everytime you opened it or ............ when he stopped trying to get out and accepted his fate.......... You see i couldn't tell Jinx that his situation was only temporary.... that the end was in sight......  He must have thought that , that little cubicle was going to be his life from now on and he accepted it....... And the thought that he had resigned himself to that existence just about broke my heart.......I could cry now just thinking about it......  I was so worried it would change him somehow... change his personality. Eventually we did manage to work it out that we could lock up her cats in her bedroom while they were napping and let Jinx out to roam around for a short while.... 

Oh but what a trooper he is........ I have to say almost immediately after getting into our own home i had the old Jinx back....  Perhaps a little more needy and clingy for awhile and he had so much to talk about .... but eventually even that has settled down..... He has found a routine... that includes much watching of birds and squirrels and rabbits and staring wide-eyed at the deer....  In the header you can see he handled the drive from CA to AR pretty well.... He would look out the window for awhile and visit with us for awhile but then i think all the cars whizzing by and noises was a little too much sensory overload and would curl up somewhere and i would thow a blanket over him and he was content..... We all survived the move... a little worse for wear but we survived......

This post is a little early but i'm resurrecting an old coffee cup picture...from back in CA ........ Its one of my favorite... this way i can link up with Elizabeth and the Tea Gang when the time comes... okay......... I'm gonna go blow my nose now...... Thanks for listening....... Hugs! deb

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Flights of Fancy............


Hello Tea People!!   Elizabeth and Bleubeard from the Altered Book Lover .... host a lovely tea gathering every Tuesday called T stands for Tuesday.... There are few rules and even those are bendable .... I hope you'll consider joining us... You don't even have to drink TEA! 

Now i hope you remember that fairy doodle in my sketchbook last week.... when i told you it was an idea i wanted to pursue... The possibilities for that one sketch alone just seemed endless... So even with my limited available supplies while we are under construction i decided to attempt three postcards playing with the different possibilities for her wings... I really like this top one the best... Aaahh if only my stamps and inks etc... weren't buried... scrapbook paper... 



This one (above) is hubby's least favorite.... He says it looks like she flew into a 'butter storm' and its dripping off her wings... I thought it was a rather ingenious idea... I watered down the yellow paint and applied it rather heavily and then blew on it... ..lol 


I like this one.... but i still like the idea of using scrapbook paper and stamps and ink to decorate her wings so i know i'll be playing with this idea again in the future...  I'm afraid you will just have to imagine the glitter coming out of her hands as it doesn't show up on the scan.....  I have three wonderful ladies that i exchange MailArt with and three lovely fairies... so they will be flying off soon to new homes... If anyone else would like to exchange MailArt postcards please do let me know..... nothing formal .... no deadlines... no stress.... just fun... I'll send you one.. you send me one....or visa versa... easy peasy... 

This morning at 8:19 am 48 years ago i came into this world... I laid crosswise in my mother's belly and she spent 30+ long hours in delivery until they called a specialist in to turn me around... 9 months earlier she had walked into her doctor's office thinking something was really REALLY wrong with her .... and after the exam the doctor walked back in the office and tossed a baby bottle her way and said ' Are you ready to do it again?'  My mom was 38 years old... already had two boys crowding in on their teen years.... needless to say i was 'unexpected'...lol  

I apologize to the Tea Gang for a late entry this week.... and i will be a little late getting around to everyone..... i'm off for more Birthday Shenanigans.... :) Big Hugs! deb

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Art Infusion......


This blog needed an art infusion! So i apologize for the crappy photography... I haven't quite figured out the lighting in this new house but i wanted to show you that some drawing and doodling has been happening during the transition...  Infact its pretty much all i've been able to do art-wise .. my journal has seen lots of attention... In the above picture i'm fascinated with dangle doodling... I don't quite have the hang of it but i had a lot of fun...In reality those colors are alot brighter... 


Each and everyone of these photos will enlarge if you click on them and i hope you do... On this page i wanted to try my hand at drawing a fairy.. I SO don't do people but thats what an art journal is for IMHO is to experiment and play... there are no mistakes in my art journal... Its where i work out ideas and techniques... That sometimes transfer to a new project... Never fear you will see this fairy again.. the possibilities for her wings seem endless to me.. If you only knew how hard i worked on those hands...  I started with the wing on the right.. it was sooo not going right so tried a different idea on the left wing... and the glitter coming out of her hands ... i had to make that show up better.... trials and tribulations... all FUN! The quote... ' Its not about the color of your wings.... Its all about the fairy dust' ... Just something that popped in my head... doesn't sound 'quite' right but its a work in progress..




I wanted to make up some MailArt postcards to announce my new address....... so i doodled 4 different houses... I'm using a new to me paint set that was gifted to me a couple years ago.. I used it for the background and the smoke from the chimney ... I didn't realize when the white dried it would be sooo opaque so the smoke is a little too heavy handed for me because i kept adding more and MORE white... uughh... But in the end i made it work...  The house itself is colored with colored pencil then cut out and glued on... I apologize for the glare at the bottom...sigh..And again i feel it is brighter in person... I forgot to take pictures of the other three postcards.....Maybe the recipients , if they read this, can help me out? However i do have a copy of the black and white drawings .. i think... I'll post them when i find them ....lol

And last but NOT least... I'am linking up with Elizabeth's T stands for Tuesday... Where a wonderful group of ladies get together to talk about their day... their artistic endeavors... whats in their tea cup or glass or mug or just about anything... just something drink related... This here is a coffee mug i picked up at the Ghiradelli factory in Manteca , CA... just a hop skip and a jump from where i lived.... They don't produce the chocolate there ... its only a distribution point but they do have a little store and cafe where you can buy a $10.00 chocolate sundae.... did i? Oh yes i did ... :) 

I hope you had a fabulous weekend and your week is off to an auspicious start... Lots , lots going on around here... I'm ready for the merry go round to stop any time now... but i know it won't for quite some time as we just made some decisions that will keep us in disarray for an extended period of time... but we are determined to make sure the bones of the house are in the best working order we can manage..... so we can enjoy the rest of retirement... Please check out Elizabeth's Tea Gang! We'd love to have you!  

Monday, June 8, 2015



Hi there my Tea People!.... and everyone else! I'm so glad you popped in for a visit .  Today ends our little tour of my 'Disco Queen'.... Oh my goodness this week has been so crazy... Still dealing with plumbers....  They dug up the old lines and laid new lines up to the house... the house has old cast iron pipe and it is on a slab foundation .... the $$ would be astronomical to try to replace that pipe so we are trying to not have to do that... he is giving everything a good rotorotor and just hope for the best...  You should see my poor back yard... all dug up to lay not only the plumbing lines but the gas lines for the fireplaces... and run a gas line to the deck for our grill and a line into the kitchen so i can have a gas stove... and a gas line out to hubby's shop so he can work out there this winter... 

I just finished cleaning the last room upstairs and now i will move downstairs... this top to bottom... wall to wall cleaning is for the birds aaannndd... a much younger person...uughh... Along with everything else Hubs and i are trying to celebrate our 26th Anniversary! With everything going on this one is kinda low key.... but hey some years are like that.... We did manage go out for a nice dinner and a movie... We saw Tomorrowland and i highly, HIGHLY recommend it. We loved it! Then we sang our heads off along with the 70's station all the way home... sheer bliss... neither one of us can carry a tune... good thing the windows were rolled up and the air cond running...lol 




Okaayy! If you made it this far with all my rambling then lets start the tour!!!!  Remember this photo above?? You had just walked in the front door... Well last week you went up the stairs... lets go down today shall we??? 



At the bottom of the stairs... if you turn left you walk out into the garage... Which will soon be renamed my craftroom!!  


As you stand in that doorway .. look to your left and above is what you see.... two windows... i'm happy about that!  Hubby has come so far working on my craftroom!  I'll show you that another day. 




If you look to your right... above is what you see... It will be an incredible craftroom!  See that door on the wall??? Open it and below is what you will see...



Its like a little storage room. Love it!  Great for storing xmas and other stuff... Even some pantry items... Look forward to putting this to use... 


There is a bathroom down here too....  bathroom /laudry room as the washer and dryer are in here too... it even has a shower which i think is overkill  buy hey.. whatever... 



Keep going and you come to one of my favorite parts of the house...  This will be our entertainment area... hubby would love to see a pooltable in front of that fireplace... I could take it or leave it but if he wants one ... hey i'm game... 


Turn the corner a little bit and thats where our tv.. entertainment unit will go....

Keep going around the corner and it even has a wet bar.... not that we are keeping that... Alvin wants one of those roll around old fashioned looking popcorn machines.... sigh... but hey.. i'm game...lol do you see a trend here??? :)  We each have different things we want out of this home and new life in Arkansas.... and it all meshes together beautifully... Thats what happens when each person wants to see the other person happy.... Aawwwww thats just some mushy Anniversary talk....:) Big Hugs! deb

PS... I remember my coffee mug today!!! Yipee!!! 

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Cleaning, cleaning, cleaning.........



Thats pretty much what i've been doing since we moved in....Now i don't want you to think i'm some cleaning Goddess or something... I'am not known for my spotlessly clean house... but there is one thing i insist upon....


That it be all my own dirt....  the previous owner was an 89 yr old bachelor and boy..... what can i say... its a dirty house... So i'am spending my time cleaning from top to bottom....We had the carpets cleaned before we even moved in...



I'am nearing the end of that... should be all clean by the end of the week me thinks... I'm cleaning the fans and the windows and the baseboards etc, etc, etc.... Whew.. and Arkansas has decided its past due for summer to arrive... its very warm and humid...not too bad as long as you don't move and you have a fan on...

But not moving at the moment is not an option... I just thought i'd take a break and pop in here and share a few more photos... Theres a mini back hoe in my back yard digging ditches for the gas lines for the fireplaces etc.... Hubby is in my soon to be craftroom  putting in insulation and lighting..... yeah so when i have my craftroom the dust bunnies can run rampant but hey... they will be MY dust bunnies... Hope your having a great week! Hugs! deb