Well, we made it! Walking on sunshine! Two weeks and counting. Most of the boxes are unpacked and there are not many nooks and crannies left open! It is amazing to me that before we moved we thinned out so much, yet not enough! My car is filled with things going to the donation center. I have a new found joy in letting go. And it has taken some serious consideration to get there! It's all working out!
We had an unpacking marathon yesterday. Gosh, it was FABULOUS to get all of that put away and reclaim the space inside this area for more important things! And the beautiful Heidi Fisher quilt is now displayed for ALL to see! I am starting a trend here in FL. ;-)
The comfort level is about 100%. It is warm (ok, hot ~ but the point is, not freezing). Vitamin D refills are right outside the door. It is gloriously beautiful. Not the same beauty as Grandfather Mountain, and this I plainly state. He is GORGEOUS in a unique and perfect way. But goodness knows, there is such beauty in sunshine. And this cactus lives in the corner of the my neighbor's backyard that is beside us. It is beautiful! I've decided it is a very old man, so gnarly and battered, but his flowers come out at dusk and last until mid morning when the sun heats up. It is spectacular to watch! The night we drove in from North Carolina, he had 2 or 3 dozen blooms. So beautiful! It is such a surprise to see something that normally looks very menacing and angry with prickly bits all over it to all of a sudden be the epitome of beauty with soft yellow flowers all over it. Surprises are happening to us every where. It's like being on a never ending adventure! A good thing for us.
We are both working...doing what we love to do and even having fun doing it! Paul is making some gorgeous iron work. The company he works for just finished installing ironwork in the Four Seasons Hotel at Disney. Gorgeous Hotel! Beautiful work! Happy man. Win/Win. :-) His badminton extravaganza continues with great gusto and he is organizing tournaments and all sorts of things. His enthusiasm for life never ceases to amaze me and I am so grateful for the positivity!
I stepped into the Dance Studio last Monday for the first day in a new season. The feeling of great gobs of happy was inside and outside, all throughout my entire being. It felt SO GOOD to teach again ... and to teach dance again was the bonus. And I was comfortable. And I felt like I was once again home. I am so grateful to Susi and Kelly, who still believe in me and invited me back.
The house here in FL is comfortable and we love it. It is small enough to manage but large enough to get alone time when needed. I have a perfect little studio with all of my treasures and art supplies, and a pretty long list of things that need to be made for sweet clients. I have most of it put together now, so this week will begin the parade of handmade gems from artsymatilda. :-)
And just for you, Cindy Michaud, here is my gallery wall thus far:
The state of the studio went from this in every square inch of the floor
I have stations because I do a variety of art ... this side is art related,
paints, brushes, gel mediums, etc. Plus weaving cotton and books.
journal making station here, plus the printer
mostly financials in the bins, big red bin on bottom is mosaic glass ... prep table in the corner where I cut out fabric, paint & doodle, etc.
sketching and notecard writing station also here
sewing center, obviously need to put the fabric on the shelf. Still in progress there ...
wrapping papers, cork for mosaics, glass for mosaics and some lovely happy precious artwork
My sweet desk ... my favorite piece of furniture. And upon it are a myriad of projects. All dance related today. Yay! Music gathering ... always fun but SO time consuming!
So my gratitude meter keeps pegging out! The things I am grateful for are, well EVERYTHING.
We are blessed ... we are thankful ... and we are comfortable in our own skins, once again. Personally, I am still seeking balance. This may be the first time that my word for the next year will be the same one as the word of the year before. Maybe 2014 is remedial balance, and 2015 will be advanced balance? It is already toward late August. Not that much more time in the year to get it figured out! Have y'all ever had a do-over? That's what this is feeling like. :-)
Amongst the giant list of things I am giving thanks for is my improved health. Goodness knows, this has been a CRAZY time for my poor body. I am continuing to regain strength, for which there is no replacement. I am able to do all the things I took for granted; walking around, cooking, talking to people, getting from the car to the store and back again, ingesting food & drink, staying out of the bed the entire day, yard work, laundry, etc., etc. There is no taking for granted any more. I am SO glad to be reporting the improvement! And now I get it. I understand when someone is sick, not able to regain footing, and all the things that are involved with illness. And I wish perfect health for EVERYONE, always!
Like Red Shoes Catherine! Who got this report back this week. Great news!
When I wrote I would be blogging more, I think I forgot to account for the unpacking! When all is said and done, I'm sure the writing will pick up its pace! Until then, I'll continue to try to update as time allows. But meanwhile, here are some other beautiful photos you NEED to see! Our very precious Tessa Jane in her photo shoot glory. This little girls melts my heart, delights me in ways I cannot even imagine or express, and fills my soul with love and light. She is such a HUGE blessing to our family. Along with the three grandsons in our lives. We are so richly blessed.
Blessings to you all!