Has anyone moved recently? We have lived here in the same house since 1997. That’s 20 years in September. We are talking about leaving as we have equity and can move to Louisiana and live comfortably for at least a year on what we can sale the property. Now that being said, how do you decide what goes and what stays. We have 4 dogs and 5 cats that will be moving with us.

We decided last week on this move and have given my son first chance at purchasing this property. The next thing is getting a camper shell for the truck to convert to a place for the animals to travel. We will also need a trailer to pull behind the truck. This week we have went to see 2 camper shells. The first one is too big and the 2nd one has a leaky roof and damaged flooring. Neither one will work so we will keep looking. For the trailer, we do have a boat sitting on a nice trailer. To convert it, we would need to remove the boat – Ugh – and then put a floor and sides on the trailer frame.

The idea of moving is overwhelming. We have collected so much stuff. We will probably leave large appliances and furniture but take the generator, power washer and tools. We will most likely sell the motorcycles and car just so we don’t have to move them. We will put the golf cart up for sell next week and should be able to get a couple thousand dollars. How many small kitchen appliances, pans, dishes, glasses, etc. should we take? Then of course paperwork and pictures will be going. I have collected quite a bit of holiday decorations. Do we take them or leave them? We have wood and projects in the shop. Should we take any of that stuff?

The one good thing right now is that we only work on Saturday and Sunday so we have 5 days a week to plan this move.


Photo Storage

When we arrived here in Southern California 20 years ago, we started saving photos in a 2 drawer safe. This safe is stuffed to the gills with all kinds of things: memorabilia, pictures, empty photo albums, letters, cards, etc. Yesterday I began the process of going through everything to get organized.  This sudden urge was a result of us talking about moving.  We definitely need to downsize before moving so I thought this would be a small start.  I got through the top drawer and have gotten rid of some cards and removed the albums that were in there. I did put the things I am keeping back in the drawer for safe keeping until I go through the second drawer and than decide how to organize everything that is left.

Should I make albums for the kids with there school stuff even though they’re in their 30’s? Do I digitize everything and give them a disk?  Do I fill the albums I have and than take pictures of the rest? Do I buy new albums so everything is in some type of order?

Many choices. The cool part is that we have found some pictures we were looking for and some pictures we had forgotten about. This will definitely be a trip down memory lane. Have a great Tuesday!




This week I am trying to organize a couple of things. First I cleaned out my Christmas wrapping paper bin so it was ready to be stored until next year. Yesterday I went through my movies/DVD’s to make sure my list was accurate. Today I plan on reorganizing my fabric and craft/work area. That leaves preparing files for next years bills & receipts as well as boxing up 2014 files and destroying 2009 files. That should take care of this week before the new year.

One of the projects I would like to accomplish in 2017 is going through a two drawer safe that has pictures and papers. This is where I have been throwing stuff for years with no organization just somewhere to put them. This will probably be very time consuming. But as you know starting a project can sometimes be the real challenge.


Does anybody use cameras anymore – other than photographers?  I know we all have our camera phones which makes snapping a pic or selfie easy.  The last camera I used was a Polaroid Instant Camera.  I was never the photographer in my family.  Mac is the picture taker even before camera phones.  Have a great day and take some fun pictures with your “camera”.


***Each year on June 29, it is National Camera Day.  This day celebrates photographs, the camera and its invention.  Today the camera is an irreplaceable tool used to record and replicate memories, events and people/places.  Before the invention of the camera, the only resource to document a vision was a painting.  As there are not many people that can perfectly replicate something into a painting, the power of a camera provided many people with a simple, inexpensive and fast solution.

The camera was made popular by a man named George Eastman, also called “The Father of Photography”.  While he did not invent the camera, he did invent  many additions that improved the use, ease and production of a camera, making it widely available to homes around the world.

The original camera was large and bulky, but has now evolved into something that can be as small as a pen.  Cameras today have many features and variations, making them appealing to men and women of all ages for personal and professional use.

To celebrate National Camera Day, go find something or someone that you enjoy, snap a picture and cherish the memory.