A Moving Experience Part I

TSoldhe saga began March of this year. The big decision was to move after living in beautiful Medicine Park, OK for 14 years where we lived a very community active and friend surrounded life. Yet there was more practical reasons to move than there was to stay. The two of us are over 70 now (my husband having gone through cancer) and the maintenance of an acre of land on a mountain road was to much to take care of not to mention walking the “Rock” as we called it was getting to be more difficult. There was no way to fence in our land consisting mostly of granite and I was looking forward to having a yard for the dogs to run. Where to move was not a hard decision as our daughter Kim has lived in Tulsa, OK for 14 years give or take. Tulsa offered flat places to walk, ample yards for pups to run, shopping, medical care, culture and daughter (all within a few miles).

OurBungalowBefore we started we knew it would be a major undertaking. We’ve been married 46 years, that’s over 4 decades of accumulation. Of course every time we’ve moved we have divested of some of our stuff but we add as well. Before we put it up we spent 3 weeks of divesting. Many trips to Goodwill, random giving away of quality items including giving the right books to the right folks and the right LP’s, to again, the right folks. We tried to procure a storage locker to stash extras and declutter the house but to no avail. We ended up using every available nook and closet in the house, including our antique vase collection where we called on our friend Sally, an expert at packing all things antique, to come and help.

Meanwhile in Tulsa we were lucky enough to have a top-notch realtor who happened to be a friend of my daughter’s. Sharon Francis of Coldwell Banker figured us out fairly quick after the first house hunt test run. I’d been keeping a Google Map I created called “Tulsa House Hunt” showing houses in the price range and our prefered neighborhoods, Being 3 hours from Tulsa at that time I could send our realtor a list of possibles. She would add others so when our house sold in a short 2 weeks we were ready to travel to Tulsa to do some house hunting. We looked at 4 on one morning and put a bid on that afternoon. It was vastly different style than our custom mountain bungalow which we had designed. We found ourselves buying a 1959 ranch in Mid Town. 200 sq. ft smaller than our bungalow.

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I would like to say it was smooth sailing from there but that would a lie. Even though we had a packer, mover and cleaner we could not give them a date because our house was being sold VA, more hoops to jump through and minor repairs to be made. who are experienced at such things. We did not have a finally closing date until 2 days before. Yikes. VA loans can be a bit difficult to deal with but I am glad we could at least help those who serve but listing our house that way.

More to the story coming, getting to know the people we sold and the ones we bought from…

 

 

 

 

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Fairmont Creamery Breathes New Life

Today we drove into Lawton, OK.  Not for groceries for a change but to take a look at The  Fairmont Creamery Co. historic building be renovated and take photos. Fairmont2It was languishing amidst of other brick buildings long time abandoned and then fortuitously someone had enough imagination and the vision to see it brought back to life. As I peeked through the windows I discovered that major work has been done but there is a lot more to do and a load of bricks stacked up in front  of the building in the ready. These folk who take it upon themselves to preserve history are my heroes.

fairmont1 Fairmont3Fairmont Creameries were once spread out through the mid section of the US as far north as Minnesota, as far east as Buffalo NY and as far south as Lawton, OK. It all started about 1930 in Iowa. They must have been built to last as a number of them have been restored/ repurposed as Lofts and retail space which is the plan for the Lawton version

Check out these links to other Fairmont Creameries.


http://fairmontcreamery.com

http://thefairmontcreamery.com

https://www.flickr.com/photos/jimsawthat/6196730073/

http://www.ellicottdevelopment.com/portfolio/the-fairmont/

http://www.waymarking.com/gallery/image.aspx?f=1&guid=a66b0406-873e-4126-94b1-89e7d956ccf7

http://thefairmontcreamery.com/history/

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Kicking the Bucket List

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I had never even heard of the term “Bucket List” until the movie came out. Maybe its a good list to have if someone just gave you the news that you time is limited. We all have expiration dates we just don’t know when or how. The way I view my life I have done amazing things, gone amazing places, met and heard amazing people and experienced much more than most can imagine. I have no need for a bucket list.

Travelling

I have traveled and toured 45 states, toured and/or worked in 9 countries outside the US. To get to these places I took cars, trains, airplanes, bus and boats (mostly ferries). Among my favorite places: Ireland, Mexico, San Francisco, CA, St. Augustine, FL, Portland, OR, Taos, NM and Natchez, MS. I haven’t taken count of the Museums I have been to but no matter where I visit if there is a museum I go.

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I’ve seen near 100 live performances by some of the most famous bands and bands that would become famous like Elton John when he was the warm band. I have been present during readings by extraordinary writers, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Toni Morrison, Alice Walk and Scott Momaday. I took in two Broadway plays in NYC, “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” and “Sunday in the Park with George”. Being an illustrator I have the opportunity to meet and or talk to renowned artists, Tom Wilson (Ziggy) was my boss, Garfield creator Jim Davis, visited Laurel Burch,  Debbie Mumm and Mary Englebreit in their Studios. Lest I should forget was the chance talk given by Jacques Cousteau. FYI: Coincidently we share a birth date.

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I’ve ran down the center of Medicine Park dressed as Little Britches the outlaw. Performed Western reenactments for the likes of NATO visitors. Given demonstrations and talk before audiences of all ages and size of groups. Concepted and graphically illustrated characters for cards and licensing including Strawberry Shortcake and Friends, Care Bears and Get-Along-Gang. Slid down a 60ft concrete slide in the historic Castro district of San Francisco.

As you can surmise by my life experiences are more like a book of lists. I am 70, more Travel, Performances, People, Action will be added not because it is a goal because the opportunity presents itself.

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Artists Never Retire: My Recent Art

 

Muriel Fahrion lifts her glass to Creativity

Muriel Fahrion lifts her glass to Creativity

Just in case you were wondering what the woman who was a concept artist on Care Bears and Strawberry Shortcake and friends back in the 70s and 80s is doing today I have added a place you can view my are and if you are so inclined you can purchase a print. I do not do mass printings. I print them at home on high quality paper. Hand sign and date them. I know longer work for corporations but for myself. Click Here to view online portfolio.

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