Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The NEST...and the Saga goes on....


This what is a studio begins to look like when you are moving.  My house is completely packed and at this point in time, nearly everything I own is at the new house.  So....time to begin on my NEST.
I have just begun....(those bags hold lots of fabric.)


As you can see it's a mess....only to be a larger mess before the weekend is over.    I have a very good feeling about the move, but realized yesterday that my cute new house will not begin to hold as much as I thought.  It was shocking.  The odd thing is....it didn't worry me at all.  I must have reached a whole different level of consciousness or something.  My only thought was...well, I'll just be creative and work it all out....no worries, and if needed more will find a new home.  It's all OK.  So, few words are needed concerning these photos...just some of the things being moved around and packed these days.  Where will I put my beloved green chalkboard?  Well, as it turns out, I decided to place it in my garage on the wall in front of my car.
That way, I can write inspiring quotes, things to do, reminder lists, and whatever else I imagine I want to write there. When I get in my car, there right in front of my eyes will be a reminder of what I need and where and when to get it.  Or, maybe just a cheerful thought.  And, it will greet me as I drive back into the garage...I thought it was a neat idea.  You?


Today, while over at the new place doing a few necessary things (just about everything is stacked in the garage and the living room, with several exceptions, such as beds and such)...I took a very good look around so as to imagine what I could do with all my stuff.   I have a lot ready for Habitat for Humanity.....they will pick it up tomorrow or Friday...in a truck, which is what they will need.  Since I had mistakenly thought more would 'go' in the small bedrooms, one of which I was intending to use as a small studio (not going to work at all), giving things away has become an even more important thing to do.  I'm ok with it...just have to decide what goes and what stays.  This will take a while.
Those two rooms have lovely closets.  I am the only person in the house....so, there are two bedroom closets waiting to be filled and organized with studio stuff. That will help.  There are two very large closets in the Master bedroom.....I'm not a fashion person, obviously, so need very little in the way of clothes storage...so, the largest closet being almost the size of a room...lots of organizing and arranging of my studio goodies in there will certainly help.    And, there are two closets here and there...aside from the linen closet, where more stuff can be organized.  I will set up my desk and sewing table in the Master Bedroom...roomy and able to be arranged in a pleasing way to sew in...I am quite sure.  And, being in this different 'level' of consciousness, or whatever you want to call the state I am in right now...I am thinking it will all work out just fine.  And, the really oddest thing....I don't seem to care as long as I can work somewhere and like the 'feel' of the place.  And, this I do!  (Can't wait to show you the pantry!  As you may remember, I have a rather large one here...but the new one is going to be just fabulous!!!  I'm almost more excited about it than the whole rest of the house.)

Daughter/Realtor Kelly, fixed up my little front porch for me and also the back patio.....they are so cute!
So...really, what could I possible have to be fussy about...it's going to be just great.  AND, I will be purging lots of unnecessary stuff....I figure it's almost like losing weight.  Oh....that should be this easy!

This morning I had a long talk with AT&T.  Seems they like to put a kink in things....so I'm posting now because I may not be able to until after August 1st.  Yes, I said, August 1st!!!  It couldn't possibly be that late in the year, could it???  Anyway, I will think of you and will plan on posting something about my new home asap.

I hope you all are well.....stay cool...til then, pat♥

By the way.....as for the name of my blog and studio..."the old navy man" gave my workspace that name years ago.  Wherever I live, wherever, whenever and however I work,  it will always be in a place called "Bird Nest on the Ground."

Thursday, July 10, 2014

THIS KITCHEN IS CLOSED......As The Saga Continues!


This kitchen is now closed!  Well, for the most part.  Still available...just enough food to keep me going for a bit.  We were supposed to close yesterday...but a kink....as there sometimes is.  Nothing serious though, so still going forward.  Almost through with the house...attacking the Nest later.  As I got all my mixer 'stuff' together I felt I needed to say a word about them....that little hand mixer (GE) was a wedding present, making it 48 years old.  It still works.  Imagine!  The Kitchen Aid, which I call "Architecture for the Kitchen," was a gift from my mother several years ago.  There's something interesting about the old with the new.  Worthy of noticing, I think.


 This is for fun.....I had this cute doll out on the porch of the Nest.  She got rather dirty sitting out there day after day, so I brought her in to spruce her up a bit before packing her away.  Seems they don't make clothes removable on dolls any more....so her clothes were glued on in strategic spots.  I managed to get them off and put them to soak and plopped her down on the sofa..as you see her.  Seems to me she is saying "What have you done?  Where are my clothes?"  In a rather agitated way.
Or, as my mother would say....she was being "prissy," which you shouldn't be, I was told.


See, you can tell she is not happy with this turn of events by the look on her face.  I think she is rather disgusted with the whole thing.  But, I know she will be feeling better with clean clothes and a brand new place to live.  (Yes, I do have an on-going dialogue with inanimate objects around my house.  Yes, I do talk to them, and sometimes they talk to me.  I also talk to myself.  I get the best answers to my questions when I do that.  Just saying.)


Then, there are the bird houses.  They will have a lovely home on my new patio.  I think they will like it there.  And, it won't be long til they find out.  It's getting down to the nitty-gritty part of moving....I am trying to be patient with lots left to do, but progress is being made.  I'll post at least one more time before I have to unplug my lovely computer for the move.   There may be a little time lapse, as I don't know how long it will take to get everything back up and running.  Perhaps not as long as I am imagining.  Anyway....I'll plan on at least one more post before the unplugging.  Meantime, you all take care. 

Until then, pat ♥

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Always find something pretty! (as the Saga continues....)


Hope you all are having a wonderful 4th of July weekend.  I've been packing....seems for months now, but you know it hasn't been that long, of course.  I'm sorting through stuff as I pack....not all of the million tons of stuff here can go with me.  It's a chore.  I am comforted, however, by the fact that after I move, all that sorting will be over and the 'playing house' will begin as I find each item a new home.  I have a feeling I will be getting rid of even more stuff after I move and find there is no room for some of my things, but the preliminary 'sort' is going well....it's just taking a long time.  And, I had forgotten to remember that I'm not as young as I used to be, so it's going slower than I'd like.  I find that annoying.  In my younger days, I would already have this job done!

As you have heard me say the last couple of years...the old navy man and I tried to find at least one thing a day to laugh about.  Some days it was fairly easy and some days we struggled with that, but usually we did find a few silly things to give us a laugh.  When he got too sick to try, well, I tried to find something myself...he would try to grin and that would help us both.  So, now, I am doing my best to continue with that policy.  Finding something to make me laugh...no matter how small a laugh...still counts with me.  And, now, it is a bit easier, although sometimes accompanied with a few tears.  It's ok.  One of the things I have tried to do since a child is find something pretty to enjoy at some point during the day.  (I think that is why I began to sew.)  How can you be blue if there is something pretty to see?  (And create!)  So, today looking at those sad looking brown boxes....I brought in this Stargazer Lily growing in a galvanized tub in my backyard.  It's been in the kitchen for the last few days...and today I thought a photo of it amongst the boxes would cheer me up.  It did.

You can probably imagine, having seen my 'hoard' around the house and in the Nest, that there are many boxes...and you would be right.  But, I know there will be relief coming soon......and then, I will concentrate on seeing those pretty things each day, finding that one good laugh a day, and discovering things I can show you from my new home.  Yes.  Something pretty, at least one good laugh a day, some creativity....sounds like the making of a different, but lovely future to me.  Hope you are well and I'll try to post again asap.  

Until then, pat ♥ 


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Saga Continues


So, the Saga Continues along, slowly it seems, but moving in the right direction anyway.  You know, you just can't get 'good help" anymore!  (I'm saying that to be funny.)  This hardworking, sweaty and tired little person is my daughter, Kelly.  It just so happens that she is my realtor!  And, saying my patio needed pressure washing, she took it upon herself to come over in the heat the last two days to clean my patio and deck.  Did I say awful heat?  Now, I happen to know she has done this very thing for others recently.  Far and above what a realtor should be doing, if you ask me.  But, then, maybe I did accidentally raise her right...or maybe I just got lucky...either way...she is a delightful person and quite good at helping folks.  I told her I was going to post these photos on my blog.  She was too hot and tired to protest.  So, I'm showing you this...to joke around with her AND also to let you  (and her) know that I appreciate her beyond belief!


 She doesn't normally have this silly face.....what she was doing was smiling while trying to tell me at the same time NOT to post these photos.  Well, how could I not...she's adorable!


As long as I've known her, and that is from her stay in the womb until now.....she has always made the best of every situation...and that is what she's doing here...knowing full well that I AM going to publish these photos.   Bless her!


I'm showing you this photo to prove I might write on any surface at any time, so I couldn't resist trying my hand at writing with the pressure washer.  She did the hard work, I was having fun!

 

While Kelly was hard at work outdoors, most of the time I was in packing tons of stuff, fretting over every little thing.  As I do.  Then, I went out to get my mail and found a little cartoon there, sent by my sister.  It made me laugh.  It's me and my son ALL OVER!!!  So, I laughed a good bit and decided I would post it on my blog also.  There we are.....as the moving saga continues....still trying to have a laugh or two.

I will try to post again before the move, if possible.  Otherwise, expect something ASAP!  I hope you have a wonderful 4th of July...be safe, have fun!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA!!!

Until then, pat ♥

The Bird Nest on the Ground Studio

The Bird Nest on the Ground Studio
Right in My Backyard

A Bit of Heaven

A Bit of Heaven
An original designed wall quilt with my vision of heaven on earth.