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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Apartment Re-Org: Done

My apartment re-org is officially done. I started in 2013 with some new furniture and painting.  That took a lot of time, energy, and money. That was Part 1.

This year was Part 2.  And it's done. I started in the Spring, around April-May.  Again, it took a lot of time, energy, and some more money. Things were a little chaotic for a while, but that's all done.

I do still have a few things that I need to go through and sort, but it's not that much and it is put away neatly. And I do still need to go through my books, but it is ok for now.

Everything is organized.  Everything is clean. Everything has a home. I know what I have, and I know where it is. My entire apartment is clean and organized from the inside-out. Best of all, it has been staying like that!

Over the summer, Daya outgrew literally ALL of her clothing.  All of it.  Even socks and underwear. So I had to buy two new wardrobes for her in the past few months- warm weather and cool weather. That was *REALLY* expensive.  I need time to recover from that. But it made cleaning and sorting really easy- there were no "maybe's".

Daya helped tremendously with the whole process- she did all her clothing and toys herself.  Keep, donate, trash. And she did a wonderful job.  It saved me days of work, and she learned how to go through the process. She has ownership and accountability- and control- over her space, which is her bedroom.

We threw out a lot. Between the two of us, we donated 17 (or thereabouts) REALLY LARGE bags of clothing, toys, and other items.  They went to a friend's daughter's charity, which directly helps families who are in real immediate need. I heard back that one family in particular, with four girls, was so happy to receive Daya's outgrown clothing. I shared that with Daya, and that made her happy. so everyone benefited.

Moving all that stuff out cleared out my storage space for things I need and use. Because I have a small living space (NYC apartment!), anything that stays in the apartment needs to have a purpose. There has to be a justification for stuff to stay. Otherwise, it has to go.

This clearing has made all housework incredibly manageable, all over my apartment. I can honestly say it is no longer the bane of my existence.  It's fine, easy, not a big deal. I'm not even sure how that happened, but it did. I'm a bit baffled, but definitely not complaining.

This has been a long ongoing process. I have turned a corner, I have finally arrived at my destination as far as having a nice orderly living space. It is very humble, very simple, but it is mine.  I am proud of the work I have done. It is an accomplishment. It is something I can permanently mark off my Life Issues List.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015


The world was supposed to end yesterday. Again.

I really have to wonder how people who staunchly predict the apocalyptic end of the world feel and think when it doesn't happen. That's just...really embarrassing.

Some people put a whole lot of effort into this Armageddon.
And it was just one of many in a long line of failed predictions.

Everyone talks about massive change with fear and destruction and horror- but what if this massive change is beneficial and positive- say, the end to the mass oppression of daily life?  Things coming back into balance, such as more equitable distribution of wealth?  Things coming to an end which should end? Things we, as a human collective, would welcome?

For what it's worth, I actually like the Pope.  He has a better message of compassion and tolerance, which is a major change the world really needs.

He was here in NYC as everyone knows.  I didn't get to see him but a friend of mine did.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Strange Fruit

In the deli on the corner of 5th ave and 22nd street...

Sunday, September 27, 2015


Pebbles could not make it to the cat bed before falling asleep.
Please note proximity.

Clearly on her way.... close......

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Color Junkie

I have had these for almost a week now, and they haven't gotten a blog post!

Urban Decay released TWO new color palettes!! Urban Spectrum and Vice 4.
Oh man are they awesome.  Love.

Seriously, LOVE.

Urban Spectrum

Vice 4

Friday, September 25, 2015

Great Minds.....

..... buy the same stuff!

When visiting Dru, I have noticed that we have a lot of the same stuff. And I'm not just talking about art supplies, though we both have our fair share of brushes...

part of Dru's brush farm

Most of my Brush Farm
cats are stunningly absent


Dru also lives in Paper Heaven.
I *love* Dru's papers.

This is not even all my different papers.  
I know I missed some, like my 4x6 watercolor block.
And my tracing papers.
I also have several pads of wonderful 18x24 papers
that I didn't feel like pulling out.
NOTE: Not included- a lot 
of assorted panels and canvas

(I always thought Dru should get into oils. She disagrees.)


Dru has me beat in the gouache collecting.

My Gouache
I think I have a few more tubes
in a drawer somewhere

In the art store, Dru showed me her favorite fur-painting brush so I have one too.....

But aside from art supplies, which really is to be expected, there are other, less-expected samenesses.

1. We have the same camera. We both got the same bundle of accessories with it.

Rebels in the graveyard

2. Matching Dustbusters!!!! Really, how cool is that?



3. Urban Decay Naked 3

4. Essie "For the Twill of It"

5. Tea.  We both have a whole lot of tea.

Dru protects her stash with knives

6. Fridge child-proofers, which she saw at my apartment and got for her fridge.

Keeps the cats out.
Does not keep the child out.

7. Holey noses.  Yep, both of us.

8. Matching West Side Highway rats!

Q-Tip and Munchie!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Evil Kitty Plot

Isis attempted to keep Nancy from leaving yesterday but she failed.

Evil Kitty Plot

Aren't these great clouds?

Wednesday, September 23, 2015


Today Nance and I went back to the Met to sketch in the sculpture garden in the American Wing.

Nance made two (2) drawings and I made one (1). Mine is the dark one in the middle.

Here is some nice Tiffany glass.

Then we went down to Jerry's Palette Shop to see Rosemary from Rosemary's Brushes. Her brushes are seriously superior in every way.


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

We Met at the Met

Sid came from Maryland, Dru came from Hudson, Nancy came from Oklahoma, I came from right here and we all went to the Met to see Sargent.

Nancy confessed she loves Sargent a little bit more than she loves me, but this is understandable so i forgive her.

Anyhow, we all had a really lovely time and the art was wonderful and the company was even better.

There are crabs on the roof of the Met

What an awesome show.

I had to visit my favorite Memling painting.

We went to dinner after.  Sid of course had to get a complementary color drink.

While I took Sid to Penn Station, Dru and Nancy went to Sephora.

Then it got late and we all went home.

Welcome to autumn!