Monday, April 14, 2014

WHY Didn't Someone TELL ME this was going to be SO HARD!!!

So here I am in the State of Minnesota in the middle of winter!
It has been about 4 months since I arrived in this frozen tundra
and am beginning to wonder 
"what happened to my plans to move in the SUMMER?"
Well, truth be told, the house sold in a couple of days and you don't turn down a "good buyer" so my only choice was 
I really don't think I was prepared for what was to be my "view" for the next 
several (4!) months
Here's what I mean

This the view straight out my front door!  
Wow!  A little different than California!

Well, it finally starting melting.   Before this it was over 30" high in the center of the deck
Here it snowed (again!) before I got to take the pic of the wonderful, almost melted snow.




But, the snow wasn't/isn't my only situation:

This is how the lower level looks right now...I thought I had cleared out, decluttered, threw away and donated a ton of stuff!  Seems I brought a lot of it with me!! 8-(

This is another corner with old dining room table, patio chairs and table...
and more "STUFF!"

Just a little bit more...LOL 

But don't be dismayed, here are a few "snippets" of some of the
corners and spaces I have been working on...

A corner fireplace which certainly bosses me around when it comes to furniture arrangement!

You may remember this cabinet from the kitchen in my other house...
Now it is in the dining area of the great room

And this painted (remember? It was orange Knotty Pine from a consignment shop)
hutch which is also in the great room...

This is a great, already distressed, wall cabinet I found here at a marvelous 
"HomeGoods/T. J. Maxx." store.  Haven't finished this yet...can't find some of my 
Stop laughing out there.  I know, I know!)

This is in my office/den.  You can see how "undone" things are...can't close the doors cause the cords are going out the front instead of the back!  LOL

This is a corner of my kitchen.  When I do a "real" house tour you will see this house is arranged almost like my last house.
Love this little framed picture:  It says:
Amen, to right back...NEED some...

These are the windows at the side of my eating area.  (Sorry it is so dark, but you get the idea)  The walls in this home were stark white when I moved in; not my style so I had the entire place painted.  The color is Valspar "Bamboo Reed" and it looks "cloudy" in these is really a little more intense.  I am using white accessories in the you can see in the next shot

This is a little built-in desk (honestly, sometimes a dumping ground) in the kitchen.
I had the shelves built by my new "Handyman" Mike.  Not finished with this area either...lamp laying down, bulletin board not will happen...

But you need to know WHY I came back to my original "HOME"...

This is my Beautiful Family (minus one, my only Grandson is a Senior in college and could not make it home that weekend!)  One granddaughter suggested we needed to "photoshop" him in... HUH, what the heck is she talking about...if you want to know about computers, just ask your grandkids!  HA!

I have never had so much fun (or worked so hard getting settled) since I have been here.  This move should have been many years earlier, but "it is what it is" and we have been trying to make up for lost time.  The whole family has helped me so much, even spending days here helping me unpack, moving furniture and flattening boxes and putting things away...
at least so I can get through the rooms that are sort of "un-done" know what I mean!

Thanks you to all my followers and commenters, 
and you can know I READ EVERY COMMENT 
and try to answer...

Just for fun, leave me another... 


  1. It always makes me happy to see you have posted. It looks like you have a beautiful place(minus the snow) Glad you are being with family and I KNOW they are so happy you are there. You will be happy to know Karen Martinsen is coming through my area soon and we are going to get to meet.
    I know she is one of your favs! Don't stay away so long my friend. We all NEED to hear from you.

  2. Well DANG! I will be in Sacramento next week and I had thought I'd contact you to see if I could come for a visit - guess that won't be happening now, huh? LOL Hope you get settled in - can't wait to see all your goodies in their new home.

  3. Oh dear it's still so cold..where is dear spring?
    Sending you big warm hugs..
    Love and kisses with African sunshine :)

  4. hi there joy.....I have been missing you....wish you would spend more time here with us....I wondered and worried about ya....looks like you were welcomed back home to a doosie of a winter.....but you had lots to keep you busy indoors .....cant wait to see your new home tour....what a wonderful family....I know you are enjoying being home with them don't make me wait so long for your next post....I want to see everything as you settle in....

  5. Oh my what oh my what a huge job and big change. I can't imagine all you are going through. I'm sure it is worth it to be near your beautiful family. I'm glad they have been so helpful and supportive . I'm sorry I missed your last post. I was terribly sick in the hospital then. I just read it and enjoyed seeing your move. You will get everything fix up soon and your house will be as lively as ever... You create a beautiful home.
    If you have a min visit my blog today. I featured my little grand daughter in my O is for opera post . Good luck and hugs, Lura

  6. Hi Joy! You have done so much with your lovely new home. It looks great and I am sure you will share more photos of your progress as you get settled in your new place. (I hope so anyway!) You have a wonderful family and I am sure you are enjoying your time with them. Spring is here and I can't wait to see what you do to decorate your outdoor space. Take care my friend!

  7. Hi Joy, How quickly you changed that cold, all white place, into your special place. You also found yourself a new carpenter also named Mike :-) I don't know where you get all the energy. I bumped into Joanie, with boy friend Jan. She told me to say hi from her. A number of our friends are moving back closer to family.

  8. HI Mom, You post pretty much sums up the last few months! A huge upheaval for you, considering a cross country move, packing, unpacking, etc. in the worst winter in history!'ve made it! We're all so proud of you and are SO GLAD YOU ARE HERE! Love you!


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