Sunday, May 20, 2018

5/20/18

I am still here in Boston for four more weeks. My one way trip out to Tucson gets closer and closer. My house is filled with boxes in all manner of disarray. There is bubble wrap everywhere with more rolls on the way. I hate using that stuff but when you ship everything so far away, especially the artwork, you need the extra protection that the bubble wrap affords.

I am still making art as you can see. I am so addicted to my daily art practice that I can't pack away everything until the very last minute. So I have left my Koi pens and Tombows out along with a few Micron pens and a pad of paper.

The schedule is as follows: Wednesday, June 13th, UPS comes to pick up the boxes, Thursday, June 14th the movers come to take all the furniture down to my son's house on the south shore, Friday, June 15th is the walk through and closing, and Saturday, June 16th we fly away. We will be staying in a local hotel for the nights of the 14th and 15th.

As it turns out my grandson will not be graduating from high school with his class. I am broken hearted over it but it does not change my plans. My life has been on hold for far too long as it is. He will have to figure out his life on his own. He says he will stay here with a friend. So be it.

We have many plans for the new house but mainly just living in it is the big plan. There is a restaurant called Risky Business near my house in Tucson. It is nothing fancy but they have great food. It is more of a sports bar with huge screens everywhere. You wouldn't think that I would enjoy something like that, but for me, it is my happy place because it means I am there. So right now I am focusing on sitting outside on their patio with my glass of wine admiring the mountains and thimble rock at Sabino Canyon. It is helping me get through this move. Kind of like when you are having surgery and they tell you to focus on the day after the surgery.....moving is like surgery? Well not really but the post move thoughts help.

I will possibly write once more from here in Boston but if you don't hear from me, I will of course, write once I have arrived.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

5/2/18



I have 45 days until I leave to move to Tucson. We bought one way tickets flying first class! We had been saving up our airline miles from all the many trips out there and we have enough for first class. That will be a real treat since I think I have only flown first class once in my life and that was back in the days of free upgrades if they had an empty seat. I think it was for our honeymoon. It should be nice!

Mostly I have been still packing and throwing things away. I can't believe how much I still have left to do. The last week will be very stressful since we will be staying a couple of days in a local hotel here as we move all our furniture down to my son's and go to the closing. Yikes.

It does feel like I have been moving forever though. It will be such a relief to finally live in my home.

In the meantime, I continue to make art in the form of Mandalas and I continue to take my exercise classes. That helps a lot.

June 16th is fly away day!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

4/12/18



So the news is that the condo has sold. We are thrilled for a variety of reasons! The move now feels very real. We close on June 15th and so we will move the very next day. Still waiting to see if my grandson graduates. But we will leave anyway regardless of whether he graduates or not.

I have been learning how to draw mandalas and they are so very interesting. The smallest shapes take on very different look when repeated in the round. Almost like pattern making only in a circular motion. I do miss my paints but this is really fun and I always do enjoy trying new art mediums and styles. So I will continue trying to make one mandala a day until we move. It is quite therapeutic.

Friday, March 30, 2018

3/30/18


It appears that I have found something I can do even when all my art supplies are packed away. I found a lovely little class on making mandalas which fits the bill nicely. I am working on copy paper, with 3 pens, one pencil, a compass, a protractor and a ruler. Talk about limited supplies!

But it goes well with my new found meditation class and Tai Chi class. Quiet and calming which I very much need now.

Next weekend is our Open House for the condo. I want to be excited and happy but as long as I don't know where my grandson is going to live, I am not going to feel good. I will have to live with that for a while longer I guess.

There is a lot of guilt associated with a move of this distance. Leaving him behind, leaving my elderly mom behind, leaving my son and his family behind. I know I can come visit whenever I want. But there is still a certain amount of upheaval involved. We have waited so long to make this move.

Almost too long.


Saturday, March 3, 2018

3/3/18


I am finally getting back to painting again and it feels great. I really do have a tough time functioning without my art. It is like a limb is missing or something. I am still on my Zorn palette kick. I never seem to tire of all the wonderful color combinations I can get from just four colors! Black, White, Yellow and Red. It is amazing. Oh and I have added gold for a little pizazz.

I think I mentioned to you that I have been taking a Tai Chi class twice a week. It is really helping me with flexibility and concentration. Today I was even able to get down on the floor. Something I have not been able to do in quite some time. It was very exciting. I am still swimming 3 days a week but the Tai Chi is more for strength, relaxation, and balance. I just love it and plan to continue when I move out to Arizona.

We are inching ever closer to our move. The painter is coming next week to paint the kitchen and do some repairs.

My husband is back from his two weeks in Arizona. He had very cold weather when he was there. Unlike me and the nearly perfect weather I had for my entire month there.

Well soon we will both be there in the heat of June. There will be nothing cold about that! I am looking forward to taking some trips this summer to escape some of the heat.  One to San Francisco to see my aunt and another to Sedona to see Sedona! The place I take my Tai Chi class has some type of residence there which I am looking forward to visiting.

Well, have a great week!


Thursday, February 22, 2018

2/22/18




Ever since I returned from Tucson at the beginning of this month I had been having a bit of a hard time getting back into my usual daily habits.

As I mentioned before, I have been getting the condo ready to sell. With that comes a certain nullifying of my own tastes in order to make someone want to buy my place. According to the realtors your home is supposed to have just enough stuff in it to make someone be able to picture themselves living in it but nothing that looks like your personal tastes.  Huh?  In the old days you just put your house on the market, refrigerator magnets and all, and eventually it sold and that was that.

Now everyone wants a place that is move in ready with fresh paint, modern kitchens and baths etc. Think Ikea.

I am certainly not doing any renovations at this point. I don't have granite counter tops in my kitchen or a Wolf Stove or all the other fancy equipment that people who never cook seem to want.

Everything is supposed to look like a Pottery Barn catalog. That is so NOT me. But I did make some concessions and covered over all my murals and hand painted trompe l'oeil. I took down all or most of my art. I gave away or shipped almost all my possessions. I changed all my lovely switch plates to plain vanilla ones.

 The condo looks great for selling but for living in it, well that is another story.  I feel like I am living in a hotel.

But since I am here for another 3 months, I really need to adjust. So I started taking a Tai Chi class, which I really love. It is just what I needed to change things up a bit. It is both relaxing and rigorous at the same time. I am also getting back into my swim routine as well.

Today I painted for a while and it felt really great. Getting going again after 3 weeks of not painting is not so easy. I did a lot of smearing of paint and then covering it over with gesso. Whatever it takes to get back my painting mojo. I also sold two paintings and so that helped me get going as well.

My grandson had all 4 of his wisdom teeth out this week. It went much better than I expected. I had been dreading it for so long. Now he seems to be milking it a bit with me waiting on him more than need be.

Oh well, that is why I took a month away and it worked well for me. If I hadn't gone away I would not have had the patience for any of this.






Wednesday, February 7, 2018

2/7/18

Tucson Desert Flower

I have to be honest, I haven't really done any artwork since returning to Boston from Tucson.  I have been extremely busy packing and getting the condo ready to sell. We have a tentative date for the open house on the weekend of May 5th. The condo has to be ready for photos by April 23rd and since we are going to be out in Tucson for the week before that we will need to have it all ready before we leave. So the drop dead date is April 13th.

My husband leaves next Wednesday for 2 weeks in Tucson. I plan on shipping out another 12 or 13 boxes to him. That should take care of a lot of items. I have been packing about 2 boxes per day as it is quite exhausting and grueling work. Packing boxes was much easier when I was younger. I could do the whole thing in a matter of days. I hope I never have to pack and move again.

This morning I did some paint touch ups around the condo. There are still a few more places in need of touching up. Originally we had planned on painting the entire condo but we got an assessment for waterproofing the entire building at a cost of $4000 per owner. That pretty much killed the budget for the painting plan. It will look fine though, once we have gotten rid of some of our furniture.

My son is coming this weekend to take bookshelves and any other furniture that we can live without. the realtor told us we had to get rid of half our stuff. Including half of all my artwork on the walls.

I am on the fence about most of my older artwork. Why keep schlepping it around. I will try and give it away and what I can't give away, I will put downstairs in the trash room. Nothing lasts long down there as my neighbors are voracious scavengers!

Stay tuned.......