I know that we said goodbye to the summer some time ago, but down in the bayou it has still been sweltering. Our green trees are evergreen and, while the days have gotten suddenly shorter with the time change, the sun is still blazing in the sky! It’s a hard time, the holidays are firing at you but you just don’t feel like it’s November when you are struggling to breathe through the humid heat. This week, however, I was able to open the windows for a few hours TWO days in a row. There was a lovely chill to the mornings and it crept back around noon only to return in the evening and tuck us in.
Around here the holiday season is in competition with the fact that we are looking over the next year at a move and a change that seems but natural yet HUGE! lol I keep getting swept up in the fact that every time I look away from my girls they seem to leap into the next stage of life.
Seriously, we’ve been downsizing and cleaning to prepare the house and we just sold the kitchen. The simple wooden play kitchen that Lou ♥ got from Santa when she was four. The little pastel kitchen she passed to Mavis, darling! only a few years later. Yes, that kitchen. My
girls young ladies and I sunned and hung out in the breeze and watched as a young family drove away with the kitchen of their little baby girl’s dreams.
Halloween came and went and the kids and I got a special TREAT – hehe, see what I did there? Halloween = trick or treat = special TREAT! lol Okay, here it is: for the first time in YEARS my wife was home for the trick or treating and we got to go as a family! It would have been nice anyway, but considering that this is probably our last time going in this neighborhood (if at all as the kids get older) it was extra special.
There is a lot going on around the house, a lot of art in my mind and a lot to be done. For now, I am starting Christmas gifts with the kids and looking to plan our next jewelry show. I also have a tone of writing rattling around my head – so I hope to see you guys more!
We got ourselves a new vehicle last weekend. It was MUCH needed and I am excited, while nervous about having a note. There is a lot going on with my art and face painting so hopefully that will boom now that I can get where I need to go I can book jobs!
I knew your light was flickering, but I truly thought you would recover. I never imagined it any other way. I can’t believe you are gone. I am shocked.
Few things are as sweet as a seriously killer thrifting find! Few. As I have gotten older I have found it harder to find that spectacular item at a great price at the commercial thrift stores. Goodwill now has the “Goodwill Boutique” which means that any high quality, high value, still tagged, amaze-ball items get pulled and priced WAY high and hung in the front of the store. I know that Red, White & Blue and Bridge House do the same. This kind of sucks. It sucks because for people who shop at Goodwill twenty dollars is a lot, even if the jeans are brand new and would ordinarily cost ninety dollars. For twenty dollars I can buy one of my daughters a whole new seasonal wardrobe. Basically it sets those things aside for the hipsters and the thrifters who are thrifting for the sake of the find – not need. I thrift for both reasons, and it still bothers me. A great find isn’t really a “find” if someone else found it, tagged it and hung it in the open. Just saying.
Still, every once in a while it works out. Usually because what I think is a GREAT find is overlooked by the people who pull for the boutique items.
How perfectly perfect? They were 5.99!!!
Last time I thrifted with Evan I found some amazing shoes for her, she found mine this time! Karma!
Of course these shoes were everything, but I had so much fun because Ev found a wedding dress and we got to play for a while. My children were so not amused! lol
Seriously, let’s just call it what it is instead of chasing a dream over the rest of this month. It’s the 8th and I have already failed at Blogtember in an epic way! Instead of holding on I am letting go. Letting it go and making an announcement:
Over the last week my wife and I have made some big decisions. We spoke with a broker and a loan officer to get the information we needed to come up with a plan, and we came up with a plan. Not a dream, not a “in a few months let’s revisit” timeline, a real plan. We decided to consolidate debt and purchase a new (used) vehicle for me and the kids. (That happens soon, I have to tell you that I am still so nervous about it!) We have decided to put together an action plan to get our house sold and to move. WE ARE MOVING.
We are leaving the bayou and river that has always been my home. We are leaving the skyline of New Orleans that has always cast a sleepy shadow over my life. We are going to the country. To land and animals and farm-ish life. I am excited, but I am sad. It is time, but it still stings a bit like a loss.
The good news is that with these decisions made I feel some relief, we have a plan and a road map if you will. My eating is better already, my nails are growing (as in I am not destroying them with nervous chewing) and my workouts are on track. I think the release of fear and finalizing a direction has had an awesome affect.
I am ready to look and to take you guys on this journey. I am praying for an art room in the new place, a space to create and be and set up just for our art things! It may be a pipe dream, but it is helping me get uber excited! I also can’t wait to add our first farm animal which will be a small cow I hope to name Alice!!!
Today is a twofer, who is lucky? You are! Two for one blogging all day today – or, you know, for the rest of the night since I am straight blogging this at 8:54 pm.
Yesterday’s blog topic: Wednesday, Sept. 2: Describe your ideal day. Where would you go and what would you do?
This is a hard one. Mainly because I have like – at any given time – between 6 and 50 mees living in my head. So it really depends which Sonya you ask.
- My perfect day spent with my sister would be a thrift shop run, and then pizza and ice cream at home while we paint our nails and watch trashy TV.
- My perfect day with my wife is spent staying in bed, eating sushi and snuggling with the windows open and November air blowing through.
- My perfect day with the family is spent painting and cooking while they paint and hang out.
- My perfect loner day is a run and then coffee in a dinner while I write or paint tiny watercolors.
Today’s topic: Thursday, Sept. 3: Create a collage or inspiration/mood board that describes your blog.
I am working on this one still! I think it kind of feels like the time to send you to my Pinterest. Thing is I made like half my boards secret, because I am a shady chick sometimes! lol
Today is a big day in our house. The beginning of a whole new world. It’s strangely uneventful, normal and slow. Hard to imagine that EVERYTHING has changed, and yet it has. We are now the mothers of a teenager. 13. It’s funny when you look at them through the years and you think, “I miss my babies!” or, “They are so grown up!” Only to look back again six months later and realize how young and small they still were. Somehow 13 seems final. I know she is still our baby, still our child with so much growing and learning to be done. I know that, but she is a teenager now! I am so proud of the little woman she is. She is so full of ideas and creativity. She has convictions and beliefs and – let me assure you – she is entirely her own person! lol She is the tiny human who first made me a mother and I could not be more grateful. Happy birthday, Lou ♥, you are an amazing person and I thank God for you daily!
So, across the interweb there are always little daily challenge type deals. If you are into health you can find squat challenges, arm challenges, body challenges. If you are an InstaFreak (like me) you can find instaChallenges. Whatever your deal there is a community of people challenging you to be the best whatever you are being… This September there is a community of bloggers do the Blogtember thing, so what happens is that there is a list of topics and a bunch of linking up. I am not a linker, I don’t know how and I don’t understand how to follow from on to the next. I am a blogger/vlogger though, so I am going to be vlogging/blogging all month. I figure, what the heck? It is nice to have a topic to spring board from!
Today is : Tuesday, Sept. 1: Introduce yourself however you like! Pics, vlog, collage, your choice :)
I think the best way to introduce myself (to the world here, who knows me already) is to dump all the fun little bits I have screen captured or stolen from the book of faces. Here you go, this is me: