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Monday, April 8, 2024

One room at a time.....

It's been a little over a month since I last wrote. I've gotten ALOT done in that month!

I was on such a mission to get all the boxes unpacked in my house. So far, I've done really good, but my spare bedroom is still not a bedroom! One side is piled to the ceiling with boxes, though I'm slowly emptying out one or two at a time.

The little bookshelf to the left of the window holds my overflow of crafting supplies.

Ironically, the big white cabinet still sits empty! That is where I'll be storing my fabric and projects, and hopefully squeeze in some craft supplies.

Right now, the spare bedroom is still my "cat room"! 

My bathroom needs updating. It wasn't painted like all the other walls in this house. It has that wallboard that you see in mobile homes, with the slats up the seams. I DON'T like it! And the cabinet is a dull blue which I also don't like. Painting that will come hopefully this summer. 

For now, I think my bathroom is OK, and I was able to get most of my stuff in there! I'm pretty happy with how it looks, and will like it much better when I get it painted, and the cabinets painted white!

The wood shelf for my towels was really a floor standing bookshelf. My son suggested he put it up on the wall and I like it! 

I love my white wicker shelf I bought at a yard sale many years ago. It holds many things that I couldn't find room for in drawers.

My little bookshelf  holds misc. things. I've since moved it!

No drawers in this bathroom, so I'm using my plastic drawers, and also a new cabinet down below that has one drawer and a cupboard with two shelves.

Of course, the first area I set up was my craft space! I love it. I still don't have EVERYTHING out of boxes, but for now, this works really well for me. It's along the one empty wall in the kitchen, next to the pantries. 

I used half of my wall space so far. The wall to the left of this area had some moisture in it, so that needs to be pulled off and fixed. I'm trying to keep it empty for now.

This photo was taken before I put up the brown 3-shelf display shelf, to the right of the tall narrow wood shelf. I had it earmarked for another room, but decided I needed more shelf space! I've used every shelf I could find, that had been used in other rooms in my other house!  I could actually use my dining table!

I even used the side of my white wood pantry, that I brought with me from Madras. It's made of solid wood, and it's mine, so why not put some nails in it to hold more stuff!

Of course, room for a sign from one of my dear blog friends, Marilyn from Mountain Top Spice!

Trying to take advantage of every few inches of space. I bought a narrow rolling cart from Amazon. It's just the right size! Holds almost all of my punches and trimmers.

My bedroom is still a work in progress. Next post I'll showcase my living room which I really am loving, with my furniture the way I like it, and my new rug!

We've had almost a week of sunny days this last week. It gave me the opportunity to break down all of the boxes that I had thrown out to the porch, and take them to be recycled. That was my second trip!

Hope everyone had a nice Easter. I'm looking forward to some warmer days so I can plant some flowers..... who has planted flowers already?

Hugs... Marilyn


Monday, March 11, 2024

Arrival at new home

And the move began........... on February 6th

I said goodbye to my house of 8+ years..... was kind of hard to believe I was saying goodbye. 

My husband and I had thought it would be our "forever" home. I thought it would be either of our forever homes, once the other one passed. But with time, I realized it was not a safe home for an older person, and just too big to handle. It had a super steep driveway, uneven rock steps with no railing, and weird angled steps up to the front door. Not safe, as I can attest to when I fell in November of 2022! (on the steep driveway on black ice). Although the yard was a small lot (5,000 sq feet), it seemed huge to me!

I was in such a dither on the day of the move, I forgot to take pictures of loading up the moving van! I hired a moving company, and they had to hire the UHaul themselves. It worked fine and they were fast and efficient! I had planned to just pay a few guys who were friends of friends, etc., and rent the Uhaul myself, but it was HARD finding anyone who wanted to do it. That's why I ended up using a company.

Here are photos of the 840 sq foot mobile home on the day I first looked at it back in November. It was a dark rainy day, and the pictures look a little dreary, but I really liked the layout, the bay windows in the kitchen, the large new shower, and the new wood floors and wood blinds. It actually had a decent sized 2nd bedroom which I liked alot, and a nice large covered deck. I also liked that it was in a 55+ mobile home park out in the country.

COLOR ALERT! I did NOT like the color of the kitchen cupboards! Painting those is one of the first things on my "to do" list, once I get boxes unpacked!

Shiny new stainless fridge - love that!

View out of my bedroom window which I loved!

Looking from living room towards the kitchen. Along that right wall will be my crafting area.

From realtor website - it is gray now!

My arrival! There is my Van.. it made the trip with me!

I think I was more excited to see this neat big shed built onto the home, with lots of cubbies to store things! Not having a garage or even a carport, I knew I'd need every bit of this space. There is also a 10x10 shed out in the back. Notice that the yard is all gravel! Not sure I like that, but it can be changed.

I remembered to take pictures, once the truck was almost unloaded!

We got to Astoria in the dark.. it was a good 5 hour drive. I drove my Van... my son and fiance had come to help, so she drove my car back, and he drove his truck back, which was full of most of my outdoor furniture and misc. things (forgot to take a picture!). We were so blessed to have a nice day for the move, with sunshine and no rain or snow! It had been weeks since we'd had a nice day like that and I had been praying for moving day to NOT be full of snowy and icy roads.

Move in night - kitchen was FULL of boxes!

Even though I had all the boxes labeled in detail, it was still a nightmare to try to find things!

My dining table was buried for weeks!

I made a spot for the kitties to lay on my coffee table.

My bedroom closet. 

I had given up my king bed in Madras, as I knew it would be too big for my bedroom here. I slept there on the floor for a good week, then slept here on the floor for at least 3 weeks, until I bought myself a new double bed.

My bed at the Madras house!

My bed here..... finally got my new bed after about 3 weeks. I was READY to get up off the floor!

Views from my kitchen windows, these are all huge cedar trees!

I did downsize, that's for sure. Going from a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home, with a nice big yard and a single car garage, to a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom, single wide mobile home, in a park, is quite a change!

But.. this is what I wanted, and I've realized my dream of living closer to my son (16 miles apart), in a climate that is green and lush, with the mighty Columbia River 1 mile away, and creeks and rivers close by, deep woods all around me, the sounds of rain pattering on my roof, and the ocean only 20 miles away! 

Here is the Bible scripture that helped me make the decision to move:

12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.
I count my Blessings.

Until next time...... 



Thursday, February 29, 2024

New town, new journey

Hello all!

It's been 7 months since I last posted and alot has happened!

It's been a VERY BUSY time for me, and although I thought many times of posting something, I just couldn't get it started, or if I started the post, I couldn't finish it. I didn't want to jinx myself by telling  my news and then have it not happen! And there WERE times I didn't think it would happen.

There finally IS some news!

I've moved!

My dream of many years has been realized.... to live closer to my son and his fiancĂ© on the Oregon coast. It took a year of planning, stress, worry, hard physical work, hard mental work, driving back and forth to the coast, and many other towns in between, and lots of prayers... oh so many prayers. I wanted to follow the path God had in store for me, after my husband passed a little over two years ago.

I didn't want to make any snap decisions after he died... so I waited a year before starting with my plans, to be sure the plan was right for me and what God approved for me.

There were many ups and downs.. many times I thought maybe I was not supposed to move and was supposed to stay in Madras. I questioned that many many times.... besides wanting to live closer to my son, I did not like the climate where my husband and I had ended up back in 2012 (he wanted to move to the dry climate of Oregon - I preferred the wetter, greener climate west of the mountains). 

I did not like the dry, brown area, with no rivers or creeks or streams, no big trees, no green, no misty air, and nowhere to walk in the woods! I had dreamed of moving back to west of the Cascade Range for years. I could not stand the hot summers, where it reached sometimes 114 degrees! or the frigid winters with weeks of air inversions, and feet of snow. 

I dreamed of moving back to the place I grew  up, but it seemed like I kept hitting roadblocks all along the way this last year. I sure did pray alot and read many scriptures on how to make decisions and how to listen to the Lord. 

Last May or so, I did found a scripture that just screamed at me.... to MOVE! Yes.. "move" He said...... find your joy and feed your soul....... and so that is when the real search began, for a little (downsized) cottage, hopefully by the town of Astoria where my son lives . After I had found that scripture though, and began my search in earnest, there were times I wondered if I was right to pursue my dream, when I was so comfortable in my nice 3 bedroom home there in (dry) Madras, and brick walls hit me left and right! 

As I said, MANY ups and downs, much soul searching and much second guessing myself and God's plans for me.

I'll find that scripture and put it in my next post, as right now, I can't find it as haven't unpacked all of my "desk" stuff.

So I'm finally here......... and I will tell more on my next post and have photos to show of my journey so far. This new journey has really just begun..........

I'm still recouperating from the move, but have gotten alot unpacked since I arrived here 3 weeks ago. 

Bye Bye beautiful Irises..... I'll miss you, but I did bring a few with me.

Bye Bye Madras house. I'll miss you too......  you managed to wrap me in  your arms and keep me safe and warm for 8 years. I admit that I did NOT like your climate though! But you WERE a wonderful  house for my husband and I. It was time for me to move forward.

Oh what a journey it's been!



Sunday, July 9, 2023

Mother's Day beach trip 2023

Hi friends!
I'm finally taking a minute to post some pictures of my Mother's Day beach trip with my sisters and friend. I meant to post again in a week or so after my last post but life has just been too busy!

Our trip was to Lincoln City on the Oregon coast.

We had visited last Fall, 2022, and discovered the beautiful gardens there. Here are a few pictures from then.
This was Fall of 2022.

Fall of 2022.

Fall 2022.. I guess there were "some" flowers still blooming!

Fall, 2022.

 My "baby" sister had discovered the Connie Hansen Gardens a few years ago, and we walked through it in the Fall of 2022. Not too much was blooming then, but the brochure in the little gift shop told about the Mothers Day tea every May, so then and there we decided to go! 

Connie Hansen, a botanist, had bought the house and 1 acre right in the middle of a town, back in the 1990's. Over the years, she turned the 1 acre into a beautiful sanctuary right in the middle of the city. When she died, 20 years later, the neighborhood people wanted to keep it intact, so they went together and bought the property! It has been maintained and run by a neighborhood foundation for the gardens, ever since.

We had fun there last Fall too! We also went on a Haunted Halloween Walk in the little town if Taft. It was a perfectly spooky, foggy and misty night. The guy who led us told the group about several ghost stories and legends around Taft. 

Below - DB Cooper paid us a visit, dragging his parachute and suitcase full of money! Who is DB Cooper you ask?
D.B. Cooper hijacked Northwest Orient Flight 305 out of Portland (Oregon), demanded and received ransom money upon landing in Seattle, then parachuted into the woods and was never found again.

We ran into Sasquatch too!
 The legend is that Sasquatches live in the Pacific Northweset woods.

So.......that was last Fall. And as I said in my last post, we DID go to the Mother's Day tea this year at Connie Hansen's Gardens. What a fun treat!  Get ready for lots of photos!

Beautiful weather but a little windy....but warm!

The ocean view from our beach house. Gorgeous!

We caught stunning sunsets both nights. I took at least 100 photos of them!

My "baby" sister, Barbara. We all got to pick out vintage hats to wear! The lady who set up the tea is a hat collector.. she has at least 100.

My sister, Linda, who is 4 years younger than me. Our birthdays are on the same day, but 4  years apart!

Me of course!

Delectable foods, all made by the volunteers.

The gardens were just unbelievable! We just missed the big spring blooming of most everything, but the azaleas and rhododendrons were so gorgeous! You leave the little cottage, walk along little winding paths, over foot bridges, up and down slight hills, and end up back at the little guesthouse, which is where Connie lived. It has been remodeled and is now the area for the teas and other events, and it also has a little gift shop.

I made a pretty paper purse for each of my sisters, and our friend, Irene. Each one held some little pads that I made, some treats, a handmade card, and a candle.

And oh... the sunsets!

I stood in the yard of our beach house and watched the sun go down, down down, until it was gone. It was pretty amazing!

We arrived at the coast on Friday, May 12th and spent 2 nights. On Sunday, after we checked out, we were going to go have our Mother's Day lunch. The tea was on Saturday. But........... the town of Lincoln City, OR is a VERY popular town! And do you think we could even find a restaurant to eat at that didn't have lines of cars and people waiting to get in? Nope. The parking lots were all full, with cars lined up waiting to just get into the parking lot! Lines of people waiting, just everywhere. I should have taken pictures!

We ended up going through the drive-through at Dairy Queen, a national franchise you can find just about in every town in the U.S.!!! We have one in Madras, and that is my main "go to"... so I really didn't want my special Mother's Day lunch to be there! But we did go there, and it WAS our Mother's Day lunch. Sigh... oh well... we had other special times that weekend.. and the best part was.... I was with my two sisters.