Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A Home Not Our Own No More

March ended up being a doozy of a  month, but my family and I survived it.

We packed our belongings and gave The Place a thorough cleaning.

As stressful as it was, we made over to the other side.

Recent rental search was a nail biter.

But here we are... together.

It's a good day.

Here's to new beginnings.

Welcome, April.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

The Place ~ A Story: The In Between Part

Leaving Home

A Future Unknown

…and how we got here.

No, there was no mention of “a place” end of October 2012. All we had sorted out as we drove away from the house was that we were on our way to stay with relatives in California. In California there would be a job for my husband to start at as soon as we arrived.

I, desperate for answers and unable to cope with uncertainty, ending up requiring hospitalization for emotional collapse first week in Southern California was quite unexpected. Those were the longest two weeks of my life, and the following three months separated from my family by a hundred miles were extremely challenging. I began doubting if we were ever going to be together again. I missed them all so much. I missed our normal… the normal that had eluded us during the time my husband was either on years long absence in a job out of the country, or flat out out of work for two years following.

We arrived, the four of us and our two dogs, in California with whatever we could cram in our 8-seater SUV. We drove like this for more than 1,500 miles.

To be continued.

Friday, March 13, 2015

The Place ~ A Story

The Place...

…and how we got here.

This should be easy, but it’s not. This post has been over two years in the making, and I still can’t seem to figure out where to start. It doesn’t start from the last time we walked out the door of our foreclosed upon home in Colorado. But, to make sure I never forget that time, and by some freaky coincidence, Google Maps happened to capture our final moments there. I still have mixed feelings about this occurrence...

Oh, Google.
… oh, so bittersweet.

To be continued.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Kitchen At The Place

Thank you, kitchen.  You have served us well during our time here at The Place.

Update:  10 days searching rentals... nothing yet; 18 days to pack up and move out... who knows where.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Place: Twenty-Three Days & Counting

The Place move out date, check.  New Place move in date... TBD.

Illustrated by Lillian Carilo, February 2015
Microsoft Windows 7 Paint

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Card Catalogs, Yellow Pages, Microfilm & Want Ads, OH MY!

... so don't forget to dig out your library card, pull out the white pages phone book that's replacing the bookcase caster, haul out the microfiche reader, restart delivery of newspapers... *sigh*

Oh, and landlines, answering machines, beepers, VHS/VCRS, Moviefone, blind dates, Thomas Guide maps... holy shit, eye contact!

And, mother of pearl! Students, you are screwed.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Month-End Report ~ March 2014

For starters, I shall have to grade my NaBloPoMo blogging for the month of March 2014 with a solid D.  I made an effort, but follow-through, well, fell through. I don't know how people do it. People with actual jobs and families to tend to on a daily basis. How. Do. You. Do. It?

I guess creativity has a lot to do with it.  Regretfully, my range in that area is extremely limited. I can come in in a pinch and produce an quasi-impressive effort, but everything has to be just right... you know, the stars must align.  I can't see straight.