18 January 2014

Movin' on....

Now that we have completed the repairs,
we are ready to move on.....

We have loved this house.

We have renovated, painted,
remodeled, ripped out the old in order 
to install the new....

It is beautiful.

We love it.

But it is time to 
do something 
different....

The following photos are not mine, 
but they are all wonderfully created.
If you need an excellent interiors shooter,
I know just the man you want to hire.
(email me for his contact info)

This is the Video Tour Link









Yes,
it will be hard to leave that BAKW!
I have sat there and observed the world for hours at a time.
I watched the film crew working on the Pilot for 
from that window.
(Carrie's apt interiors were shot in a neighbor's condo)

It feels very strange to think of leaving here.
Have you ever left a place with ambivalence?

How did you deal with those feelings?

I'm sure it's time, 
but there are doubts.
smiles



15 January 2014

Wow....what a year...

So
Very 
Grateful
2013 
is 
over.


It was simply one of the most difficult years we've had to endure.

Things are looking up though.

But, first...
Someone stole my other blog when I was cleaning up after the flood.

Remember
Not Yo Mommas Handbag?
named for my Etsy shop?
Created by me to chronicle the making of my 
Handbags?

Yes,
well, someone stole it.

Now if you go to the old site, 
there is one post
months old
of a vacation somewhere.

Not mine.

So, here is my new 
blog for the shop,
(which will be re-opened as soon as we move)


Hopefully, 
I can hold on to this one....
smiles!



11 November 2013

Gratitude.....

I am grateful for all Service Members,
past, present and future
that make a huge sacrifice
for us all.

My brother went to Iraq,
twice.

I am so very grateful that he came back unharmed.
smiles.





08 November 2013

smiles......Friday.


My Uncle David attached this photo to one of his emails....

I love Sunflowers.

LOVE.

They always make me smile.

I hope your day is filled with 

love

smiles

and 

sunflowers......

01 November 2013

WTF.......

On February 27th 2013,
I was in my downstairs office
and noticed a wet place on the carpet.

The beginning of a nightmare.

truly.

on-going......


A water leak from outside into our condo,
began a long string of events
that I am unwilling to 
re-tell.

However, 
after many sleepless nights,
and much "hoo-ha"
the work began......

The front yard was trenched.
The water-proofing was installed.
The front steps were replaced.
And
work
began inside
(after months of no work in between)


The young men began to remediate the 
"MOLD PROBLEM".

Haz-mat type plastice sheeting went up.
Blowers were installed.
Protective breathing apparatus were used.
And
then
it 
came 
to 
HALT.

"Ms. Reed, please come down here, I have something to show you...."













water is still coming in to our home.

I am so discouraged.

I want desperately to be optimistic.

But, I am done.....

no smiles today.

24 October 2013

Today, I am grateful.....

so, here's why....

life delivers things you don't expect, sometimes.

usually, I find myself totally unprepared....

But,
I have learned
that when I've been blind-sided,
I can get out my toolkit of chaos busters.....


My Gratitude list is the best on I can think of when I have nothing else to say.....
so, here tis....

I am eternally grateful for coffee


I am grateful for roses.....


and sunflowers...


of course, the beach....and sun....and quiet....


I am so very, sincerely, honestly grateful for my sweetie....


and magnolias....


and waterlilies.....


hydrangeas....by the bucket full!!


pasta.....;-)


homegrown tomatoes.....


and, as Wallace says, "CHEESE!"....


and bread.....(I am noticing a pattern here....)


and different types of CHEESE!


from assorted countries.....(thank you Whole Foods)


and lastly (but never leastly, is that a word?)
Chocolate!


There, I feel much better now....
don't you?

now
can 
smile.