My New Apt


With a view like this, snapped Sunday morning from the living room window, you can see why I don’t want to hang heavy drapes in my new apartment.  All it needs is night shades and something to cover the malfunctioning draw rod.  I recycled broken mini blinds (found in a closet) into Roman shades with some free cotton fabric in a pale print that blends well to the surroundings.  Pulled up, they barely show up in photographs.  Here is one I snapped today, on this cold and cloudy morning.


So there is a sneak view of my living room.  Want to see the rest of the place?  A glance in the bedroom, where I hung the mock pleat drapes originally sewn for the living room is next.


I snapped a view of the courthouse from the bedroom window yesterday, when it was bright and sunny.


Downtown is fairly deserted on weekends unless an event or something is going on.  Most business are closed and I have seen more traffic down a main street in a small town on a Sunday than what passes here.  Even the walk signs blink for no one.  On a good note, for friends and family wanting to visit, parking is not so hard to find and the meters are not attended on weekends.

Want to see the kitchen?


That’s it.  The tall thing on the other side of the fridge is a pantry closet with wide spaced shelves.  Between the stove and fridge is a bank of drawers.  There is ONE under cabinet & drawer located on the other side, with open space running under the sink counter from there to the wall.   I put my cookware in the lone cabinet and my Corelle plates and such in the drawer above it as I didn’t know where else to put them.  There are NO overhead cabinets in the entire kitchen and that pantry unit is in dire need of some organization.  Perhaps something to add additional shelves or maybe some baskets in there would help. 


Does this look stupid?  I am a bit shy on cash right now after moving with deposits required and everything, so it is a “use what I got for now” time and figure out what to buy to make this kitchen more functional later.  Once I get used to living without overhead cabinets, it will be fine.  I don’t plan on spending a lot of time in the kitchen cooking anyway.

One of the reasons I moved downtown was to be able to get out and about more.  The apartment is ye set up now, but oh so not done… no art up yet and more boxes to unpacked are still stacked in a storage closet, but it is slowly coming together.

Well, that’s a quick view of my new place… thanks for reading!


Cog Engaged

Yes, the cog engaged and it will take a bit of oil to get going, elbow grease that is… but the wheel will turn.

I pretty packed my beading supplies, organized into decorative hat boxes.  I’m not going to tape them shut yet.  Even if I don’t move, having things rarely used neatly stored away is a good thing.  Ye gads, I’m quoting Martha?  Sewing supplies are next on my list.

I really want that space… once the seed planted, the idea took root.  If it is to be, it will be… if not there, then somewhere else. 

Art for today? 

Let’s see what’s in my phone… awe… a self portrait in colored pencil expressing how I feel here?  Half hidden, half trapped, yes… the time to exit is drawing near. 


I look around this place and it is going downhill.  Garbage piled by someone’s back door (told he’s saving cans) in view of my porch and the street, along with broken down lawn furniture – none of it mine – littering what should be MY yard space.  I have my flower beds, that’s it.  Weeds almost as tall as my sunflowers grow in patches by the fence and overgrown grass around the firepit, both the result of lawn care service laziness, compliment the baby maple trees growing in the rain gutters.  Boarded up window across the way, boards hanging off falling apart tilt out windows on other apartments, as ghetto as that gets, it is still better than next door.  The tenant on the other side of me took his air conditioner when he moved out, never put the window back in so now it is just a hole in the wall, easy access for anyone to crawl in.  Management changed the door lock, but left that window as is… I am waiting to see how long it takes, counting down from August 1st.  Every day that passes cements the desire to move.  Anyone or anything could crawl in there, do whatever.  I am not so much worried about humans as the critters… cats, rats, vermin.

Thankfully, the stove is electric because thieves just blew up a vacant house in Youngstown stealing a gas stove.  Utilities must still be on in there as I’ve seen lights on.  If I hear noise over there, I will call the law.
It is the little things I don’t like…  if the owners of this place don’t care about keeping it up, I won’t stay long.  I am off lease now, free to go.  So, even if that space I want doesn’t pan out, I will be looking for another place to call home.

Dollhouse #2: Front Facade

Shuddering with indecision… does this colonial saltbox house need shutters? I just laid shutters down for this show & tell photo, along with window boxes, to get an idea of what it would look like. Opinions appreciated! Do you think it needs shutters, shutters and window boxes, just window boxes, or nothing at all?

This house will NOT be a house, per se, as it will not be furnished as a dollhouse… keeping exactly what it will be under wraps for now. Let’s just say this house was re-purposed for a business.

I love the “pale daffodil” used to paint the clapboard siding, think it makes the stained wood pop, much more so in person than what this photo captured. It won’t be long before the walls are raised. Yes, it is much easier to paint inside and out, plus install windows and such with the walls laying flat on the table.

I still haven’t decided what color to paint the crown molding. Inside will have white walls and white ceilings, so white would do but it sounds a little boring. I’m thinking maybe a hint of color, a pale tint of blue or green, maybe lavender?

Well, thanks for reading & happy St. Pats!