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March 30, 2015

i'm finally home...

It all started here once I found the mobile home that I knew, without a doubt, could be my home for the rest of my life.
It was such a simple transaction. The seller and I went to the State Housing Department and then to the window where the sale and title transaction took place.
Within minutes I owned my home, easy peasy!

That was the beginning of  making a home out of the "diamond in the rough" that I envisioned.
I am so happy and feel so blessed that I want to share the before and after (so far) pictures.
The transformation has been amazing.

After pulling out the carpet and padding that we knew needed to be replaced, we discovered there were more problems with the front room floor besides the smell.

Numerous spots on the sub-floor needed to be cut out and replaced.
Luckily my son (top) and my sweet tattooed man (bending over) knew what they were doing.

Here is the kitchen prior to pulling the carpet from the front room.

My  son below working on the bedroom closets before the new carpet gets installed.

My sweet tattooed man is taking a well deserved break on the cleaned off deck. 
His little Chihuahua Saver is standing guard on the deck, lol!

Ready for the after pictures?

Front room, cozy and comfortable.


The bathroom was remodeled a couple years ago however it needed new flooring and repairs on the toilet and piping.

I did invest in a really good bed.
With everything going on with my body, a good bed leads to a great sleep!

In the bedroom are built in cabinets and drawers with a vanity,
how cool is that?
Don't need to worry about having a dresser and there are two closets!

Remember that dark, ugly deck? Amazing what tearing down years of growth of jasmine, a little paint and tearing up the crazy rainbow colored indoor/outdoor carpet can make.
I love jasmine and luckily we have the other side of the yard covered in it.

The yard is big and being worked on every day.
It's looking beautiful!

And yes I have my hummingbird feeders up (three so far) to get some great pics of my little friends.

Setting up my art area is next. Since this is a one bedroom, my art table will be in between the front room and kitchen, or laying on the couch, or outside.
Regardless I need a home-base for it all and I am so excited to finish all my WIPS and repair and paint the various faeries and other treasures we have found laying around.

Thank you to everyone for continuing to follow my blog even when I was absent for long periods of time and not out visiting any of you as much as I would have liked.

This is the new beginning of the rest of my life and I am going to live it to the fullest.
I'm so ready for the ride!

Hugs, blessings and lots of laughter to everyone!

Make it a GREAT week.

February 07, 2015

still trying to find my home and a gift to keep me busy while i search...

Happy Saturday evening.
I have been away trying to find a place to call home.
This has been much more difficult than I had imagined.
I haven't given up and am trying to search everyday,
with an occasional tear or two.

In the breaks between searching for a place to live and doctor appointments for something new every week, I was given a wonderful, empowering gift from my Sissy:

I had already started the book "The Gifts of Imperfection" by Brene' Brown.
I saw her on one of Oprah's Life classes on OWN TV station.
Her words and perspectives really resonated with me,
especially realizing how wonderfully imperfect I really am!
For more info on the class, go HERE!

I did find a mobile home that would be a perfect fit for me.
The spare bedroom has a half bath, how PERFECT for my studio!
A sink (and toilet) in my art studio.
The rest of the house is just as good.

The only problem is the inspections have found the house needing some serious repairs.
So I have taken a break from paperwork and inspections
to come out from hiding,
although not for long as I will have to really figure out what I need to do with all this information I have now on the house.

I really thought it would be easy.
I am praying everyday for my home and myself to find each other.
Whether it is this mobile home or another,
The right one will be shown to me.

I have several new doodles done,
now I need to take pictures of them.
Where did I put my camera?

Big hugs and have a great rest of the weekend!

January 11, 2015

just doodling...

Last week I went up the hill to my oldest son's house.
I had a BLAST!!!

The only art I did was doodling.
I finished this one up while I was there:

Being around my son, his fiance and her daughter, my lil' N
and my younger son coming by to visit was great.

I took lil' N, who is 6 years old and doing art with me for as long as I can remember,
to her first trip to Michael's!
I gave her a budget and she got so much for her money.
I stopped over at Aaron Brothers after Michael's,
My lil' N likes Aaron Brothers better!

Oh, and she has started to call me Grandma!
And that was before the crafting trip.
I got to watch her get on the bus to school,
the same school that my sons went to!

Started this one at the VA during one of my son's appointments:

It was going to be a tangle but the marker had a mind of its own, hehe!
It's been a fun one except that I have been doing all my doodles in this
Sharpie Extra Fine Point dark indigo blue-like color.
My marker ran out of ink so I had a standby waiting.
However the new marker was much more blue than the first.
I guess it's like material and dye lots?

I've also been very busy looking for a HOME!
My own place again!
And this visit, even though it was less than 20 miles away,
reminded me why I love this area so much.

HOME will soon be back up the hill in the beautiful foothills
of the Sierra Nevada Mountains!
I am so excited...the search for a home is on!
And so are the prayers.

Thanks for stopping by and 
Have a great week!