Thursday, February 22, 2018


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


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.......