If you wondered why I haven’t posted this morning, I was right in the middle of writing my post when the power went out all over town. So I took my chances walking to the car and drove to some stores that were open and warm.
So now I’m back and shall resume.
One Month Has Passed Since I Moved Here:
Today marks exactly one month since I moved here. That was January 26 and boy were we all tired!
During those first couple of days, I had a recliner delivered that I thought I’d love, but found was uncomfortable once I sat in it for more than a few minutes.
To have them come back to get it, I had to pay the $99 delivery fee and I can’t recall exactly what the restocking fee was. But I think it was $150. I probably will never darken their doorway again.
I decided my old recliner was more comfortable, even without the lumbar support addition the other one had. The one that was going to cost me around $2000.
“Moving” right along…I got an estimate for a tall toilet to accommodate my ankle and subsequent hip problem. They were going to charge me over $1200 and Kendra got on the phone and put the kibosh to that idea.
I still had to pay them $100 just for coming out here.
So I now have a sort of toilet insert that is almost as good. But not quite. I still would rather find a tall toilet once this supply chain problem has been resolved.
I’ve met quite a few neighbors and learned quite a few names (mostly, I think).
Ivy & Her Hissing Habit:
Every time I get on here and praise Ivy for no longer hissing at Gracie, she starts hissing that very day.
So I’m not bragging about her anymore unless and if the hissing goes away altogether. That little stinker.
I’ve decorated quite a few rooms. Still, I have one bedroom and two bathrooms. The hallway, such as it is, is blank as a chalk-scrubbed blackboard. I don’t know if I want to do much there anyway.
The Kitchen Is Almost There:
I’m just about finished with the kitchen, which was my biggest decorating obstacle. Of course, you know about the weirdly placed boob light and mirror over the sink. I’ve just about got that ready to show you once one more item is delivered. Hopefully today.
Have you noticed that when you order something you really, really want along with other things that you’ll be needing soon, the things you’ll be needing soon come long before the item you really, really wanted?
That’s what is happening with that one thing in the kitchen. Still waiting and everything else has been delivered.
Kendra has put up lots of curtain rods. I’ve hung up lots of curtains. Just about there on that.
Kasi was a big help too. And you know how Teri has helped for weeks on end.
So today I’m showing you how far we’ve come in decorating this place from one month ago.
The Coffee Bar I Didn’t Plan:
This coffee bar, which I had not really even intended to have, was done early on before I did much of anything else. It just worked out that way.
But I do like it in this spot. It’s very handy and off to the side so it’s not in my way.
The bedroom is full of nature paintings.
Here there are calm, soothing paintings with lots of pathways that I think of as leading me from one place in my life’s journey to the next.
I’ve actually gotten Gracie’s photo a few times to show you how much she has grown. She’s such a sweetie. And she never ever hisses.
I decorated the mantel early on as well. As soon as I saw the spot above on the fireplace, I thought: Now that’s where that antique sign I have should go.
I’ve decorated using faux plants and real plants.
I love to watch a little TV at night and turn on the faux candle in the plant stand to provide a little light.
It’s so pretty with the soft flow in the darkened hallway.
Last weekend I found the little red colandar I hung on the wall. I can’t imagine my kitchen without all the red and white. Can you?
The Dining Room Space:
I created a spot that defined my dining space just off the kitchen with similar paintings. And used lots of green and white plants and flowers.
I ordered new pots and pans because I didn’t need any at the other apartment. Of course, I purchased my signature red.
I haven’t even gotten around to doing whatever it is I’m supposed to do before I use them.
I’ll need to find the directions that came with them. They’re around here somewhere.
There still are several decor items that I haven’t found after moving. I have no idea where they are. Maybe they’ll turn up eventually.
Snow In Tulsa:
It has snowed twice since I moved here, which is really saying something. We don’t get much snow around these parts.
Teri brought me some of the house plants she was fostering for me. I didn’t have her bring back any that were toxic to cats because of Gracie.
I did the same when I brought Ivy to live with me. Put them outdoors and then brought them in slowly. But Ivy didn’t seem interested in the plants.
I’d summered all my house plants outside at the other apartment and when Gracie came early last fall, I put them out there till the weather got cold and Teri took them home. I don’t think she’d ever experienced living in a jungle before.
The old apartment complex surprised me by sending me a check for a $200 deposit. That kind of shocked me.
I’ve called the elderly neighbor there a few times and chatted with her. From what she’s told me, they haven’t done anything with my old apartment.
Ivy and Gracie hid for a day or so when we first moved in, but they’ve quickly adapted. As long as they have food and water and a clean litter box, they adjust pretty fast.
Ivy has managed to turn on both the CD player and the vacuum player. I’m wondering if she’s developed superpowers.
My beloved portable fireplace had a very hot-to-the-touch cord, so I’ve had to stop using it.
Now, what do I do with it? I called the company that made it and got some guy from a foreign country who had no sympathy. And he was abrupt, if not altogether rude.
The Bedroom TV Went Out:
I tried to use my old TV in the bedroom the other day and it no longer works. It’s probably at least 15 years old, so I guess it just wore itself out.
Teri and I have arranged and rearranged furniture. But the couch is right where I had it envisioned before one stick of furniture got moved in.
So you’ve seen lots of photos and gone along with me on this fabulous journey and I’m so thankful, so very thankful, for all of you and your suggestions and comments.