trying to take it easy today… am hurting with back & sciatica pain. That said… I weighed myself, and have lost 11 pounds since moving here a couple weeks ago. I think it’s going up and down the stairs with ZeeZe.




….working on photos of my son and daughter. Hope to update some framed pieces I have for the apartment.




Today would have been my grandmother Appleby’s birthday. I think about her every day.



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And.. back on Pleasant Ave....
Windows are cleaned, walls are patched, carpet and linoleum are being selected for installation.... and the lilacs are blooming. We are doing some painting and remodeling before we list it for sale.




There is a gorgeous hedge of honeysuckle growing near the dog park. And although most of the blooms are fading.. the scent is amazing. I had good intentions of getting things done this weekend… .but ended up going to bed early, sleeping late… AND taking a long afternoon nap. Guess I was tired.

The photo at the bottom of this post, is one I took last night from the 4th floor stairwell of our building.




For some reason, I am completely exhausted. The fridge is on the fritz… and I will probably be ordering food for dinner. I think it’s a good night to watch a movie…




This afternoon I had the 3hour "tour" of the DMV here... but now I have a VA driver's license, a plate for the car... and I got a grande tea at Starbucks afterwards 🌺

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Today I worked on some of mom’s financials, and got things straightened away. It’s been a painful process, but I think it is one that is winding down. Just another brick in the wall?? as seen in Old Town Alexandria.




Well, we’ve been in our new apartment here for just over a week. I think on a certain level, I have been waiting ‘for the other shoe to drop.” I am not really a pessimist… truly. But, upon reflection, I think I have been in such a harsh state of stress for so long now… that my body and my mind are in a constant state of anxiety and foreboding. With this move…. I am hoping for a sort of “dead stop” to the chaos… and a time to recoup and recharge.

In light of this…. I kind of went full on, and we are now completely unpacked. Granted, nothing is where is probably will end up being…. but at least things are not in boxes and stacked around the place. I’ve gotten a new phone (the other one was causing endless problems). We ordered a new couch and it arrived yesterday. I ordered a jeweler’s bench… and it should be arriving this week. After 20years of making jewelry, I went ahead and “splurged”. And, I finally got caught up here on the blog; which I have sorely neglected.

In the next couple days, I hope to get our finances organized, address and phone updated everywhere, and look for a doctor/ dentist/ veterinarian. I need to order myself new glasses (haven’t had any in 7yrs), and hang some art on the walls. So much to do…. but taking small steps.




Today our new couch from JoyBird arrived. It is amazing. … and thankfully, a sleeper so our son doesn’t have to sleep on a futon. This weekend, I was also able to get a new phone to replace the one that has been giving me fits for over a year now. Yay! So…. new phone…. new couch….. new apartment… whoa. Things are flying!




Happy Mother’s Day! So. We had planned a totally different dinner.... but we ended up at Hawwi Ethiopian Restaurant. to celebrate the day. And WOW!!!! was it amazing. I cannot thank them enough for the delicious foods.

We chose the lentil sambusa appetizers, the "family style" dinner platter that contained Beef Alicha & Awazi Chicken tibs... and all the extras.... and then Ethiopian coffee afterwards. SO GOOD.




We are in our new place... and surrounded by boxes to unpack :) 

The sun is shining... the pup is dozing... and the radio is playing. Life is good.




Stuff is being moved into our new apartment… and I am trying to set things up a little. Yes, I know this is supposed to be a dining area, but you do whatyagottado…




Tonight we are safe in Alexandria… although I am staying in a hotel until the bed is up in our new place. On the way here, we stopped at several of the gorgeous waterfalls in the Quehanna area on Wykoff Run. ZeeZe loved frolicking in the creek.




The movers packed all our stuff, loaded it into a truck… and off they went. Destination —-> Alexandria Virginia. We spent a couple nights in a hotel (my back can’t handle sleeping on the floor). We visited with many friends and family wishing us well on our journey…

My wishes of thanks to everyone.
May this area be blessed with peace. May your waters, skies, creatures, and woods stay wild and pure. May clear heads and wise counsel prevail that will nurture you and keep you safe. Keep strong.... and know that I love you.