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.


Maureen Neville said...

This is VERY funny, Roberta. Especially when you mentioned the refrigerator magnets and the fancy stove for people who never cook. Yep, a different market these days.

Robbie said...

Hang in there!! You know how fast time can pass and this too will pass quickly. Best of luck with your selling....hope grandson is doing well and getting back on his own. HA

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

From the beginning of your post, I realized that it is difficult to be creative or focused when you are not comfortable in your surroundings. Apparently the artwork that surrounded you in your decor was a catalyst. As you countdown to Tuscon, I have my own countdown going on. My end is closer than yours. I'm tapping my fingers and waiting patiently.
xx, Carol

Aimeslee W. said...

I know you will hang in there, Roberta. This will pass. Good for you for exercising and taking care of the stress load. xoxo