The Garden of the Gods

I love living here in beautiful Colorado Springs!  It had been my dream to move back to Colorado for thirty years and I finally made it.  I looked at several places but I chose Colorado Springs for two main reasons: it’s abounding natural beauty, being so close to the mountains, and the lower cost of living compared to other parts of the State.  One of the most beautiful places to visit here is The Garden of the Gods, just a short drive from where I live!  While I was busy ‘nesting’ in my new apartment, my two grown children, who helped me <a data-pin-do=”buttonBookmark” data-pin-tall=”true” data-pin-round=”true” data-pin-save=”false” href=”https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/”><img src=”//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_round_red_32.png” /></a>make this move, took a hiking tour of The Garden of the Gods. Continue reading

Making a Rental Space Feel Like Home

My motto in decorating my own abode has always been: Keep costs down by using mostly what I have and arrange things according to convenience of use, as long as it’s pleasing to my eye.  I usually have to live in a space for a while before ‘convenience’ becomes apparent.  I’ve been here in this apartment for approximately 1.5 months.  And this is what I came up with:   Continue reading

How to Make a Cross-Country Move Fun

Hello all! Sorry it’s been so long since I posted but…well, you know…moving can be made fun but it sure takes up a lot of time and planning.  Say your prayers, cross your t’s and dot your i’s, and (as some Texans might say) “Git ‘er done!”  And that’s what I did.

Nikki, my Chihuahua, and I started out of Houston at 4:00 a.m. and picked up my daughter — my other traveling companion — on her side of town. Now, if any of you know anything about Houston, or Texas for that matter, you know things there are BIG. Houston is no exception. It took me 40 minutes to get to her side of town, and that was with little or no traffic!

This was one of the first pit stops we made after leaving Houston:

Leaving Texas

We were headed north to Amarillo, our stop for the night before arriving in Colorado Springs.  Continue reading

How to Prep for a Move

Checklist, To Do, Activities, Boxes, Checkmark, Chores

I’m sometimes guilty of procrastinating.  No, really, it’s true.  I may seem like I’ve got it all together but that’s just a façade.  Netflix streaming is a definite distraction.

I have learned a couple of tricks over my sixty-something years. however, to get myself out of a rut and motivated.  We all know that succumbing to procrastination can and often does lead to added anxiety in the end.  And who needs that when you’re already feeling overwhelmed???

One thing I found that helps motivate me is to start a checklist.  How do you eat an elephant?  Why, one bite at a time, of course!  There has been and still is a lot to get done to prep for this move from Texas to Colorado, so breaking things down into a checklist makes things a whole lot less daunting and a lot more doable. Continue reading

Time to Stop Thinking and Start Doing

For some time now I’ve been thinking about writing a blog.

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That’s me above…thinking.

Three years thinking, in fact.

April, Chris and me Thanksgiving 2014

 

 

 

Now that I’m about to turn sixty-something and my two kids are grown

(that’s my two kids on either side of me)

 

 

 

 

Cheyenne 2016

and my five grandkids are nearly grown (that’s my sweet daughter-in-law in the middle next to my son and me),

 

This was my family when I was three years old. That's me on the right, sitting on my dad's lap. And that's my sister sitting on my mom's lap. We're a family of five because our other sister is due in a few.

 

and I’m busy working on my newest adventure ~ moving back to Colorado

 

(that’s me on my dad’s lap before we left Colorado),

 

 

 

I thought this would be the perfect time to begin.