Really, I haven't posted a blog since before Las Vegas?! That seems like years ago already. By the way, we had a great time. Much better than I expected, if I'm honest. And, I'm always just a little too honest...
I framed some of my photographs from the trip. Made some cute curtains.Repainted this old medallion that was laying around and stuck it to the ceiling. The green was really dark for such a small space.
So, here's what happened. Rich woke up in a mood one day and announced he wanted to leave Illinois. He was sick of the taxes, the cold, you name it, he was sick of it. I believed him. So, we researched where his employer had plants that he could be transferred to. We landed on Beaumont, TX or Orangeburg, SC. Well, my brother referred to Beaumont as hurricane bait, so we noped the heck out of that idea quickly.
That left Orangeburg. I was looking at properties, redesigning kitchens in my head, picking out paint swatches. Planning day trips to the ocean when my kids came to visit. I'm an "all in" kind of girl. Really long story, short, we aren't moving. Rich is WAY too OCD for that. But then, he had the idea of swapping rooms so that my studio was no longer over his head when he's trying to sleep. It's one of the things that frustrated both of us. (We have separate rooms because he works shift work and I didn't want to murder him for keeping me awake while snoring.)
So, he gets the cute green bathroom that has been turned into a man bathroom. And my beautiful, large studio is now beige. Beige!! Ugh... Rich however, has been sleeping better than he has in years so, I guess it was all worth it. I guess... I'm still adjusting. Perhaps just a little salty about the whole situation.
While all this was happening, I have also been struggling with what I think is arthritis. I've been taking a B complex for years now to combat carpel tunnel. For the last few months my fingers and wrists have been aching terribly. Enough that holding a needle was painful. So, I decided to take up painting. Bethany and I had a day of paint pouring. They're super cool but I don't know what I'm going to do with them. Maybe new art for my new room?There is a YouTuber by the name of Elle Byers that does abstract floral tutorials. This is what I did following her lead. It was a lot of fun. Rich was not impressed... Then I decided to take a class through the Edwardsville Art Center before prom season started and this cat was the class project. Also fun. Sierra liked it so much that she asked for it. I'm still experimenting and have to remind myself that I sucked at quilting when I started that, too. I'll post a picture later of my first landscape done in a class at Hobby Lobby. So bad... for real.
Okay, that's all my crazy that I'll share today. Believe me, the story continues. Rich is currently painting the downstairs bathroom as part of our room swapping deal. He's the salty one today... and yesterday... probably tomorrow, too. Let us all remember that it was his bad mood that started this in the first place! I've started on glucosamine and picked up the needle yesterday for the first time in months. Just like visiting with an old friend.
Stay safe, my lovelies!