A Moving Experience Part ll: Buyers and Sellers

Moving is not new to us but I must say each time is different. In this day of digital everything selling and buying although in a way easier is also some ways more complicated. Preparing the house not only for showing but for its photo op was exhausting. Had my husband and I been younger he not gone through cancer and me constantly dodging kidney stones maybe it wouldn’t have taken so much out of us. We put so much into our house we knew the right people would find it and love it. It would not be your “average” buyer. Much of our collections and art had been stored. I was doing a last minute check and realized I had one of my (tasteful) nude drawings up. I decided to take it down not knowing if it would offend some one’s sensibilities. In the back of the closet was an original Mongolian watercolor of a Mongolian bride. I had sold a number the artist’s works for a friend and in exchange kept this painting. I put it up to replace my drawing. The next showing was to a Master Sergeant and his wife. We had not known before the showing but we’re told later that the wife was a Mongolian artist! Unbelieveable!. the real estate agent excitedly described to us the moment when the Mongolian artist saw the painting she was flabbergasted. She kept saying it was a “Mongolian Princess”. Also in a whimsical moment I also had placed an minature antique door knocker on the door to the under the stairs storage. The doorknocker was of a half timber house. The Mongolian Artist had lived in Germany for many years attaining her art degree from the University of Nuremberg. The half timber reminded her of home. Later she was to tell me that she felt that both the painting and the doorknocker were signs she should own the house.

The new owners of our mountain bungalow are an exuberant and creative family. The Mstr Sgt of Filipino descent was thrilled as well since we were leaving him the grill and the smoker, he being the creative cook in the family.  A had been thinking of leaving her the Mongolian painting. Our realtor cautioned “only if they were nice”. The painting stayed in the mountain bungalow.

Meanwhile back at the Tulsa move we found out we were buying from first time home owners who were still in the 20s! They turned out to be a creative duo as well, she involved in inventive DYI projects (see the urban acres blog) as a homemaker and he a musician and videographer. The house we bought felt homey and personal when I first walked in and even without being told we knew we were buying from creative types because of the guitars hanging on the wall, the shelves of material and the eclectic mix of furnishings and decorative accessories (old suitcases, vintage lamps and the like).

Moving is not just buying and selling it affects a whole chain and change of lives.

More to the story coming, Kids to the rescue, learning the ins and outs of Craigslist.






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.


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…





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.








Kicking the Bucket List


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.


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.


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.