Happy New Year Friends & New Team mates it’s been a long while since my last blog.
Friends have asked how are things going with the remodeling. All I can say is I’m doing my best taking it one step at a time, one day at a time, one project at a time. I’m using all the coping skills I have to deal with delays, excuses, moving furniture around again & again, having so many decisions to make, as well as dealing with the cold ice & snow, I’ve gone to resale shops to buy warm clothes that I never needed in AZ.
How are my furry boys doing? The boys happily have grown in winter fur, with it being so cold here their bodies have provided for them. In Arizona they never seemed to grow “winter fur coats” I don’t know how their bodies do what they do to take care of them, glad they do though.
Out of the three of them Baxter looks the most different, he’s always been a thin slick haired beautiful Chocolate Point Snowshoe Siamese. Now he has a furry fuzzy look to himself, yet still so beautiful & loveable. Prince has taken to sleeping more here, he chooses different blankets each day I even got him a little bed from Pets Mart for Christmas thinking he could go in there at night and be cozy since he doesn’t seem to want to sleep on our bed anymore. I’ve even set his bed near the heat vent since the heat goes on a lot all night & all day long here. Kasey has taken to sleeping in my chair on the blanket I wrap around my legs & feet when I sit down, then in the early morning he’ll just jump on the bed come up near my head & pillows and curl up in my arm under the cover, so I wake up cuddling him. When he was a baby he slept like that, so it’s familiar to both of us.
When we first got here the first week of November, we ordered 15 new windows to replace the old outdated, non-efficient windows from the 70’s when this mobile was built. From the windows we moved onto replacing flooring in hallways, kitchen, bedroom, den, both bathrooms, getting new thermal drapes to help keep it warm inside this house. I’m just not used to the cold!
WOW!!! This blog has been sitting waiting for me to finish it, so here goes just 6 months later. So much has changed we’ve set new records for rain, just last month we had 14 ½ inches of rain in a 10 day period, some of my 1st planted tomatoes have died due to water rain rot. Yet when I enclose the gardening photos I walked around and took just a half hour ago you’ll see the 2nd round of tomatoes planted, I have a square of herbs, a square with 2 tomato plants & one of my lavender plants, I have 3 total because I love the smell of lavender plus it’s a great bug repellent especially on the front porch.
I tried to take update photos of the boys however it’s their nap time right now and they don’t want to pose or be bothered, please just know they are all fine they’ve adjusted to the weather here, they are getting brushed several times a week right now to take off some of their winter fur they grew; now that they don’t need it since it’s finally warmed up here in Colorado Springs.
I’ve talked to people about gardening in the grocery stores & in the waiting area for pizza most of them told me don’t plant anything until after Mother’s Day, then it got moved to don’t plant until the Monday after Memorial Day, yet because this year has been so wet things have had a hard time. So I am doing a lot of container planting especially for the tomatoes I have them on the carport side on the pavement for the extra warmth the sun will warm up the pavement & then the container pots. I’ve started my fairy garden from branches from the pine trees for right now the gnomes & fairies will live together in my Fairy Gnome Land.
I have square planted with herbs parsley, sage, rosemary & thyme; I’m still waiting on the seeds I planted right in the dirt the garlic & regular chives & lemon balm. I’ve got yellow squash and compact white scalloped squash they are finally coming up in another square.
My friends you know how important gardening is to me, let me tell you for sure Gardening here is way, way different, it’s also different because I am still having problems from my fall back in January, it was slick & icy in the parking lot and I fell on both my knees. I came home and cleaned them up and took care of them the best I could, finally the skin has grown over what will be scars one day. Kneeling to garden is sure trying to my patience & pain level with the weather every day is different here.
I’ve had bouts of homesickness and do my best to just carry on and get through it, I’ve not made any friends yet, although I did try I went to the clubhouse to play Bingo & then Bunco but the people were so intense & some were downright mean, or maybe they just take their games “seriously”. After I drove around & got lost several times I finally found the Unity Church here and I like it, yet it’s another adjustment, nothing is like back home, I still keep in touch with my prayer partners back home they are my rock I may not know where everything is still but I have my spiritual life in order. Now that it’s finally gotten warm here I have to find where I put all my favorite summer clothes.
I have not put on any weight since moving here. I am so proud of that, all my winter clothes & summer clothes fit, I still have to find shoes & boots for this winter. I got here so late in the season that when I went looking for boots to wear in the snow anything that was in my size were long gone.
I had a hard time at first once all the move stuff was over I was tired & sore all over I needed help I needed a haircut, my toes & hands done finding a salon was a bit hard but I did it too.
When I finally found a nail salon to get my mani pedi’s done a woman talked to me and told me she has the same problem she has trouble finding shoes in her size so she suggested I go online to Zapos that’s where she gets her boots & shoes. I’ve not gone online just yet I’m afraid I won’t get the right size and have to send them back which seems like a real hassle, Has anyone gotten shoes from that site? I usually go into a shoe store looking for shoes in the right size & color and come out with something or nothing at all.
So life is still getting better each day, I can drive around now and not get lost, I still get scared at the way people drive here with so many drivers on the roads trying to get places at certain times.
I’m still looking for places to hike here; I miss my daily & weekly hikes from back home. Here I’ve been told when hiking you have to be on the lookout for bears, mountain lions, deer & antelope. So for right now instead I found Prospect Park I like to walk around the lake sit on the swings & watch the geese & ducks & people who fish there at the lake it’s a mile ½ around once so I go around several times then go up & down the hills they have there, it’s ok for now.
So my dear friends Thank You all so much for your goodies you’ve sent me, the comments you leave on my sparkpage. Spark people has still been here for me each day I log on and track my food, exercise. I’ve remained consistent that was the goal I set when I first got here. To be consistent for 6 months, on the 23rd of this month that goal will be met.
As always, thank you for reading my blogs I appreciate it so much. I hope I can continue to move forward in this new life it sure has been a challenge at times and at times I wanted to give up and move back to AZ yet that is not an option so I shall move forward the best way I can, one step one day at a time.
Take care & be well
Many Blessings Always Debby