Moving Sale! Selling a House is a Pain in the…

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So…my husband and I are in the process of selling our home and looking for a smaller, less expensive place. We simply don’t need a big house with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a full basement, and lots of other room just for the two of us. I have quickly learned that getting a house ready to sell is a nightmare in some ways though! Here are a few things we are dealing with:

*This past weekend we had a moving sale. Man, that was rough! Getting stuff ready for the sale, dealing with all the people the day of the sale (two of which got in a heated exchange over a tea cart they both wanted), having people trying to wander off and take stuff from parts of the house that were NOT for sale (one even took a couple pictures off the wall), having to get the leftovers ready for charity to pick up, and throwing out my back so that now, two days later, I can barely do anything.

*My idea of clean is obviously not a realtors idea of clean. I am not an extremely dirty person, in fact, I’m normally quite organized, but I am kind of bad about dusting, washing windows, and other stuff like that I simply don’t think of much. I also tend to have to pick what tasks are most important due to my health problems, so when I do clean, obvious messes, stains and frequently used areas get first priority.

*Having four cats makes it really rough to get a house in showing shape. They constantly make messes, and get cat hair in every square inch of the house.

*Apparently, when showing a house you have to “stage” everything. I’m supposed to take a normal, lived-in home and make it look like the showcase floor of a furniture store or something. Not enough furniture = bad. Too much furniture = bad.

*I never realized there were so many things wrong with our home until seen through the eyes of a realtor! Other people often comment that our house is really nice, but after listening to the realtor, I felt a little bit like I was living in a shanty or something.

*Trying to fix the timing so that we will have a new home to move into at the same time we find a buyer for our current home is stressful. Really hoping we don’t end up having to live in a motel or something in between!

Video: New Drawings and Sketches!

Lately I’ve felt like drawing again, so I’ve been busy:

Art, pop, garbage and meditation – the stuff that is my life!

Just a quick update about some stuff that has been going on in my life!

1) I have sold several artworks recently and am thrilled about it! It seems like more and more people are connecting with my art and that makes me so happy.

2) I have made a huge leap towards better health habits by almost entirely cutting pop out of my diet. I have been wanting to make the change for a while, but was pretty much addicted to Coca Cola. Finally, I just decided to go cold turkey and have felt quite a bit better physically. I do think it has helped my CFS and Fibromyalgia flare-ups quite a bit. Definitely something I would recommend to others who suffer from similar problems.

3) Call me the garbage lady 🙂 Recently I have really been making an effort to make the world and especially natural areas better by simply taking the time to occasionally pick up trash and litter that others have left behind. I know this may sound odd, but I actually LIKE picking up trash. Why? Because it makes me feel like I am making a difference. Not only is it a chance to help keep beautiful places beautiful, but to take care of all living things by removing things that could cause them harm. For instance, while at the riverside the other day, I found an intact glass Christmas ornament…no clue why it was there, but the thought that I could possibly save an animal or even a human from stepping on it and hurting themselves, really made me feel good.

4) I have started a daily mediation time and actually stuck to it for at least a couple weeks now and I can really feel the difference mentally, emotionally and physically. It doesn’t magically make all my problems disappear, but it makes me feel so good that the problems don’t seem like as big of a deal. My favorite kinds of meditation? Probably chakra healing and compassion/lovingkindess meditation.

Well, I know it isn’t the most exciting post in the world, but that is the stuff that is my life and right now, I feel that it is a pretty good life. As always, thank you to all of my family, friends, supporters and fans out there. I appreciate you all more than you know.

Attn: Original artwork for sale!

One of my pieces already listed for sale on ebay. More coming soon!

One of my pieces already listed for sale on ebay. More coming soon!

Hi everyone! Just a quick note to let you all know that I have decided to start selling some of my original artwork on ebay! Most of the artwork I will be selling are pieces done on paper in either colored pencil or marker. My style is typically something akin to children’s illustrations/cartoons, so it might be a great place to look for original artwork to decorate a child’s room with. Please note that the artwork is NOT framed, but could easily be framed.

Also note that if I start to turn a profit from selling my artwork, I hope to donate some if not all of the extra income to charity (most likely charities that help animals, children or those with autism and other disabilities). So please feel free to check out my ebay account!

New ebook! “Whiskers and Hairballs: My Life as a Cat”

 Hi everyone! I just wanted to write a short post to let everyone know that I just released a new ebook entitled “Whiskers and Hairballs: My Life as a Cat”. This photo-illustrated picture book is a humorous look at the ups and downs of daily life, seen from the viewpoint of a house cat. With short, simple prose, this book is perfect for beginning readers, but the funny pictures and keen sense of humor will also appeal to cat lovers of all ages!

I hope you will check it out soon! You can buy this new ebook from Amazon for only $2.99 per Kindle download!

Download the Kindle version of my newest book for FREE this weekend!

Just wanted to post a quick note to let all my fans and friends know that my brand new young adult poetry book, “Not Afraid to Be Real”, is currently available as a FREE Kindle download today, tomorrow and Saturday (July 26th-July 28th). This is a great chance to try the book out without having to lay any money down! If you do download and read the book, please consider leaving a review on Amazon or sharing the book link with all your friends and family on Facebook & Twitter! I appreciate all the support you guys have given me in the past and hope you enjoy my latest creation!

PS. Not only did I write all the poems in “Not Afraid to Be Real”, but I also took the photos that are included in the book and even came up with the idea for the cover design. So in many ways, this truly was my baby!

I joined the ebook revolution!!!

Guess what?  I just published my first eBook on Smashwords!  So excited.  The story is entitled “In Memory of Dad” and is geared towards upper elementary and middle school kids, ages 8-14.  The story is based on the real-life struggles I went through when my dad passed away.  I was only 12 when he died, but I remember it as clearly as yesterday.  I wanted to share the experience with other kids who may be dealing with loss in any form.

You can get the eBook on many different formats, such as Kindle, pdf, online reading and apps for various hand held devices.  The best part?  It’s only $.99 to download!  I really hope that you will check it out and share it with your kids.  Please feel free to tell anyone you know who might be interested in this book as well!  Word of mouth really is the best promotion, whether it be in person or on a social networking site!

Soon the eBook should be available on Amazon and other top online retailers, but now you can buy it here at Smashwords.  If you do read it, please leave a quick review on Smashwords to tell me (and everyone else) what you thought!