Friday, June 10, 2016

Worst Move In History

Anything that can go wrong did, I just got internet yesterday. So happy. Let me say, I have moved many times before. I am organized and pretty darn good at packing. We got the truck on the 28th of  April and had our move out inspection the next day. The truck company wanted to charge us $800.00 to leave our stuff parked in the truck for the weekend so we could stay with relatives and unload on the 2nd of May because when dealing with low income housing they won't let you move in early because they won't get credit for the couple days, it has to be a full month and the other building wasn't going to let them have a month of their time. Ok, not going to pay $800.00 for leaving a few days of leaving our stuff in a truck when it is only $60. per day so we got a storage unit. That was $200.00 for a months rent because you have to pay for a month. At east it was cheaper. On the 2nd we finally got our keys to our apartments. My friend realized that she had left her meds packed and they were some where in storage. Ug! So she got a few days from the pharmacy. Now we needed to get our stuff moved. We couldn't find helpers and were out of money for moving our stuff anyway. OMG! What a mess. A friend offered to send us the money we needed and used Pay Pal thinking it would be quick. Nope it took 14 days. In this time I realized I would run out of my meds. I got a few days from the pharmacy and made daily trips to storage to retrieve all the boxes I could and search for our meds. I was on my own since my friend got the flue, I only got the head cold part for a few days. I made 2 trips a day grabbing boxes and found my friends meds first and it took a few more days to find mine. Our apartments came with cable so at least we had that. We finally got movers and got our stuff on the 19th of May. Meanwhile, I had no phone because I just got a phone from Safe Link and it didn't work. I used my friends phone to call and try to get it fixed. I, er, we spent an hour on the phone trying to get them to send me a new phone. They kept giving me the run around and telling me to turn on the phone and I couldn't. I think these places intentionally hire idiots to mess with you.
Our apartments are smaller than we had before so we need to et rid of some things. I am getting rid of my kitchen table and chairs in order to keep my 2 desks. I have my art desk and a few million art supplies. Then I have my computer desk. Right now I am having to use my lap top because my computer bit the dust. I have needed a new one for a long time now.
I love our balconies. My plants are enjoying the out doors for awhile and I got a hammock set up. It is tied onto the tops of the rails at an angle. It is just a hair long, but I managed to tie it so it hangs high enough. Most of the things I am keeping are put away now. I need to find space for my bottle collection and I have a ton of pictures. I managed to save a few spaces for my paintings. My bedroom walls are covered top to bottom. I still haven't put them on the ceiling yet. LOL
So there we have it. The worst move ever. Not to mention how expensive it ended up being.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Good Morning!

 I was rudely awakened by a howling kitty wanting breakfast this morning. She has decided that sunrise is a great time to wake up the slave and get food. I slide to the edge of my pallet on the floor(moving in 4 days) and put on my slippers to stumble my way to the bathroom. What the heck is wrong with my slippers??? I look down at my feet to find my slippers on the wrong feet. Oy!





Yummy delicious lunch. I picked up this yogert at Aldi's and it is the best I've ever had. It is not tart as some and it has little bits of ground vanilla bean. I added some ripe fresh strawberries. I'm in heaven. I really don't like yogurt with fruit added because of all the sugar. It leaves me with a funny aftertaste.
 On the flip side. This is gross! They used to be pretty good. Also from Aldi's. They recently changed them to gluten free. They didn't just add a gluten free selection but totally changed the product. The crust is sweet and soggy. So disappointing.  This watercolor painting is from April 12 live painting with Cinnamon, The Art Sherpa. I did the sketch freehand while she was teaching and then painted it. This is the first one that I have drawn without a pattern. Woman with Parasol Monet Acrylic painting Tutorial for Beginners  I'll give it a go in acrylic after we get moved.

 Speaking of devil cat who wakes me at dawn. There she is on the very top of a pile of boxes in what used to be my bed room.

 Ah, here is good kitty and demon cat on my bed, a pile of foam on the floor. See, her ears even look like horns ;P

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Almost Done War Pony

I like to draw faces. I don't plan usually who it is or anything. I just start drawing. This one actually turned out to look like one of my neighbors. I used olive and lavender undertones in her skin. 
During all the packing no one was allowed to pack my colored pencils and 1 coloring book and 1 sketch pad, watercolors(just 1 travel set) or a selection of acrylic paints and brushes that are on my desk. I have a couple of canvases to finish work on and a few more I wouldn't mind doing. Since all my packing is done except the necessities I will have 3 weeks to play with my art, that is if I can keep from killing myself before we move. I'd appreciate that! 

I just finished the War Pony with the exception of getting my nephews little paw prints on it. I asked their mom to have them print on tissue paper so I can attach them. We'll see how that works. I would have them do it directly on the painting, but I could just see my little minion sliding his hand across the whole canvas and I just can't get that picture out of my head. LOL

Moving and the Subconscious Mind

Yea, so we, by that, I mean my friend and I, decided to move to the burbs to be closer to her grand kids, my "nephews". The long story is, we have been friends for about 25 years, used to be roomates until the last move when we got separate apartments in HUD housing for disabled and elderly. Separate apartments are great because she gets to be the minimalist she loves to be and I get to have all my art supplies and other stuff all around me. How we ever managed to live together for so many years is beyond me. She loves to help people, I love to be by myself. She has a car and would never be without one. I owned one car that got squished by a semi and none since. They are so expensive to upkeep. I have always used public transport or walked or borrowed a car when needed. We have been through surgeries and heart attacks together. Anyway, we decided to get into housing out in the town where her daughter lives to be closer to the grand babies and since neither of us is great at night driving any more we will get to spend more time with them. The apartments are slightly smaller but have either a balcony or a patio. The place we live in now wants to go no smoking, because apparently it offends some nonsmokers to have people smoke in the privacy of their own home. Carole quit smoking after her heart attacks and I still smoke. Anyway, if all housing goes nonsmoking at least I will be able to just go out on my balcony to smoke. Here, I'd have to take an elevator to go downstairs and go outside.
 Anyway, last month, I was helping my friend unload her groceries and dropped a box of cat litter on my foot. The point of the box hit me in the ball area of the foot but luckily between the bones. I did think it broke because I heard a loud crack, but everything seemed ok and it is now all better. So, we finished packing my apartment and went to get our stuff from storage last night so everything would be in one place when we moved. I was helping move a steamer trunk onto a dolly. I stepped up and back onto the curb. I could already see it in my mind more like one of those out of body experiences. It was going to happen. The fall! I stepped on the back of my boot and I swear in slow mo fell on my bum and dropped the box on my foot. Also not broken, thankfully. It has 3 weeks to heal before the move. I am thankful that I didn't fall on my tailbone. I did that in JR. High gymnastics. There I sat gasping for breath on the gym floor with tears coming out of my eyes and the teacher said "get up and do it again". The first words out of my mouth were F---k You! And to the office I went. No one bothered to ask if I had hurt myself or take me to a Dr. Nope. No sissy shit for you. So I spent the next few years unable to sit still in a seat because of the pain. I never did find out if it was broken or fractured. About 10 years later I had xrays and the doctor told me I had a deformed tail bone. So I am assuming I was still young enough that it was fractured and healed crooked. Anyway, back to my fall, honestly, I didn't even know it was possible to fall on your anus. Not my big bubble butt. No, those suckers took off and left my poor anus to take the brunt of the concrete. It felt like a painful fart going in the wrong direction. I am just thankful it wasn't my tail bone, cause, I like to sit. It is what I do best these days. Of course then I realized that I had dropped the steamer trunk on my foot. Right now, it just feels swollen and stiff and making all kinds of pretty colors. Either I have a very high pain threshold or it is going to be really bad when the swelling goes down.
I swear, If I move again, it will be to a tiny house with a trailer hitch, with all my crap stuffed in it,. I am seriously to old and feeble to do this any more and I have to much crap. Maybe one of those bus campers. Definitely a bus camper. I shouldn't be allowed on stairs. 

Friday, March 25, 2016

Moving Again!

How many times have friends told me they would never again help me move.....every time. LOL  Just look at that sad exhausted little face. It's her own fault. She is my bestie and want's to be closer to the grandkids. The poor thing used to live with me, but now we have separate apartments. At this point we will continue to live in the same building. I don't know if that will ever change. You never know what the future holds. She put up with my stuff long enough. Not easy for a minimalist to do. I love stuff. I love having my stuff surrounding me. My art supplies keep multiplying. I want to try everything and I tend to hold on to those things because I may not be wanting to do that now but again in the future pick it up again. So if my friends want to try some new craft, they come to me to see if I have it. I probably do. That being said, moving is a bitch. Yea, not fun. Most of my friends know better than to come around. LOL  I really thought when we moved here, that we would stay. Don't keel over. We are only a few days in. 

The view from my desk. 

This was the dining room area. Now floor to ceiling boxes. 

Come to think of it, this looks much like it did when I moved in. Oh my. You'd think this was an entire homes worth of stuff. I do pack most items in small boxes to make them easier to move, especially since all of us are rather falling apart. Aaaand since all my friends have gone missing, I have to be able to lift it all, just in case. Fortunately, my bestie is great at talking others into helping. I think I am at least half packed. I still have my over sized paper, acrylic paints, fabric, pictures and mat board. Oh and finish packing the drawers and break down my cabinets. We left them whole when we moved here and the sides started to break where they are attached. I'd like to have them remade in solid wood if I can afford it, but for now, they need to make yet another move. 
Then there is cleaning. Yea, this is 3 years of smoking by my computer. I had cute vinyls up and this is right where I sit the most. The drippy on the top is from when we had bed bugs and they sprayed.

I am trying to keep some polish on my nails so they will grow. I just did these today. A light lavender, #43 Broadway Nails and deeper lavenderish periwinkle,Wet and Wild Megalast #213C On A Trip, with 2 different top coats.    Over the Wet and Wild is a glitter Pure Ice called Over You and on the Broadway is L A Colors CNP688 Cutie                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Please ignore the grayish stained cuticles. I had black base on last week and it just refused to come completely off.