The internet is now working! Above you see a different setting for the potting bench than you saw before. Only thing is, I purchased this rooster fountain from Decor Steals, but it is missing the fitting that connects the tubing to the rooster, so I can't try it out!
I've emailed them, so hopefully they'll send it to me. I'm excited to see what it looks like working.
I'm exhausted. Judy and John are beyond exhausted. Today I feel like I was blown from one end of Oklahoma to the other. I'm not getting as much done as yesterday because frankly, I'm just pooped out.
But I will be on this decorating thing so fast your head will spin. I have all kinds of ideas for this place that you have not seen at my digs before. I have high hopes for this small 1960s place that could use some updating. On a renter's budget of course!
I plan to write more posts about small changes that pack a big punch. Because lots of us are at the point in our lives where we're scaling down and trying to live a life on less. It is possible to take a standard patio home dwelling and put your own mark on it. Or a studio apartment or any place else.
You just have to look at the glass as half full instead of half empty, and use your imagination. Look at it as a challenge and have fun with it.
I am excited to tell you that I am writing from my new desk, which is one of my old sewing machine tables. Because it is smaller. And guess what? I'm looking out on my very cluttered but filled-with-possibilities patio!
Yes, I can sit here and write to you and gaze out at my beautiful space. That is...when it actually IS a beautiful space. Right now it's a jumble of things.
I want to get more done inside first. And do you know what this crazy Oklahoma weather is up to? I had to cover my plants that are clustered together out there, waiting to be repotted with pretty colorful annuals and given new life. The wind is blowing like crazy.
The day before yesterday, Judy and I carted things over here in the snow! And I was wearing shorts because I don't have enough sense to check the weather, and had most of my clothes over here already.
This is for Judy. My rock. My port in the storm. My very bestest best friend. Who has gone above and beyond the call of duty of any friendship so many times now I have lost count. Who is now over at my other house getting things ready for an estate sale.
I tried to talk her out of it. I'd just donate it all. She said we'd donate what doesn't sell. Lots of the living room furniture will be in that sale. I would help her, but she wants me to stay here.
This living room looks quite different. And I hope you're going to like what I do here. Change is good. It means you are evolving in new ways. Moving forward.
In my younger days I'd have already had everything in its place and the pictures on the wall. But I'm not young anymore and have to pace myself. I will be taking photos as I go. I have tons of boxes to unpack inside and outside.
I know it's just been a couple of days, but I've missed you all very much. I want you to know that I've managed to move each and every plant you sent to me after my move to Oklahoma in late 2011, that didn't die from the harsh winter here. I did lose a few. But the rest are out there in pots just waiting for me to give them some love.
Those plants for me symbolize what a wonderful bunch of readers I'm lucky enough to have. I am extremely fortunate.
For your words of encouragement in my darkest of days. For your loyalty when I've faltered and felt things closing in on me.
And as I've said before, when I was embarking on my trip here a few years ago: you guys are the wind beneath my wings. Truly. I don't think I even had wings before I started blogging. I have learned a lot in just a few years. And much of it from your kindness when days were dark.
You proved to me that there really are some fantastic people in this world. And not to lose faith. Because my voyage thus far has been filled with people who care. Making sure my little boat didn't tip over in a storm. You helped guide me safely to shore when I felt lost at sea.
And now we're on a whole new journey! I can't wait to share it with you.