Closing my blog for a while

Could be for a month or two but I have to concentrate on getting packed. I find it very difficult to focus on one thing so I must turn off all other activities till I'm done.

Yes, I'll be back but the blog will be on 'friends only' during that time, which I probably should do anyways. I won't be visiting, reading or commenting….just concentrating on packing, cleaning, throwing out. I don't seem to be making much headway here yet….just one box at a time…but at the moment it doesn't seem to have made a dent. Eventually it will be done and I'll be ready to load a truck.

Several things have transpired but I won't go into details. The move could be as soon as next month. Oooops, tomorrow is next month. Well, possibly by the end of July. A very hot time to be moving in Phoenix but the further north we get, the cooler it will be. Just hope my old Camie will make the move. CJ will be fine and I'll probably keep her a little sedated. Have never liked doing that but anyone who has ever had a Min Pin will know how squirrelly they can be.

I'll miss you all. See you in a while.


City Center Motel (built in 1958) Would love to find out who the architect was. This is a photo I took on the way from ASU to a job I had in South Phoenix several years ago. If you notice, the photo is taken from inside my car. Not really a good area to be roaming around but it has some great mid-century designed motels along this street. Especially not a street to be walking at night that's for sure.

About pam

I am retired from real 9 to 5 jobs. I do my artwork and occasionally write poetry. In September 2010, I moved to Fargo, ND after spending 60 years in Phoenix, Arizona. Now, five years later, July 2015, I'm back in Arizona. And yes, I love the heat!
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74 Responses to Closing my blog for a while

  1. derWandersmann says:

    GlΓΌckauf, Pam!Take it easy … it's discouraging, but a little at a time gets the job done.But don't be surprised if, when you get to the Northern Tier, it's not much cooler … but a lot wetter!http://www.flickr.com/photos/42353480@N02/3916377865/in/set-72157622468191385/http://www.flickr.com/photos/42353480@N02/4126660797/in/set-72157622468191385/

  2. Suntana says:

    Heyyyyy! Then by all means — GAME ON! :headbang:As long as your MOVE and journey to your newfound fountain of happiness is back on, we'll wait for some other day for you to bring us up to speed on what all went down. Yeah, we all know how moving can be. We never know just exactly how much stuff actually exists in our place until we have to move. Then it is OMG! It almost seems like the more we throw away or give away … something grows in its place. :eyes: Buena Suerte … Good Luck on your move, Pam! πŸ™‚

  3. L2D2 says:

    I will miss you Pam. I'm very curious about what went down because last I knew, you said you might not be able to make the move. Now you're packing. PM me if you feel like it.I have been trying to get rid of all the accumulated clutter in my mobile home. Have taken 3 carloads of stuff to the Salvation Army and Goodwill. And I still have a lot to clean out; also, I've moved 45 times in my life (I sat and figured it out one time—wrote it down)I know all about the headaches of moving. The packing is bad, but the unpacking was always hardest for me. Just try to put what belongs in the bedroom in a box labeled bedroom. Label each box with the room where it will live after the move. Makes it much easier when you unpack. My best tip for the day. hahahTake care Pam, and let us hear from you when you can find a minute. We all love you.

  4. PainterWoman says:

    Originally posted by Suntana:

    It almost seems like the more we throw away or give away … something grows in its place.

    Exactly! I've got two separate bags by the front door, one for books and one for clothes, that will be taken to Goodwill later. But I'm sure I'll be filling up more.Originally posted by derWandersmann:

    it's discouraging, but a little at a time gets the job done.

    Yup, that's what I'm doing. Besides it being wetter the further north we get, I'll expect mosquitoes too. Will have to start wearing 'OFF' all the time because they love me.

  5. PainterWoman says:

    Originally posted by Dacotah:

    If that's the one.

    Yes, that's the one. It looks like it's been painted since I last saw it. Wish they'd have put info about whoever designed the building. I think it's cool and would love to convert it to a house. Originally posted by L2D2:

    curious about what went down

    Nothing huge, just couldn't get a loan. But there are other things happening that make a lot more sense and will be good for me.

  6. Dacotah says:

    Hi Pam, best of luck with the packing. Have a safe trip. Here's a link for you:http://phoenix.gov/historic/midbrochure.pdf"City Center Motel (1958) 612 W. Van Buren St. Theasymmetrical faΓ§ade is most notable for its cantileveredportecochere. The sign beckoned travelers along what wasonce U.S. highways 60, 70, 80 & 89."If that's the one. πŸ™‚

  7. ellinidata says:

    :love: you will have many positive thoughts coming to your way from me! :heart:

  8. Unasia says:

    Best wishes in your endeavors Pam, may the road be smooth before you.

  9. derWandersmann says:

    Just don't exhale … it's the carbon dioxide that pulls 'em in.

  10. Dacotah says:

    Yep, sorry, thought it would of said who was the architect.

  11. Dudley says:

    Have a safe trip!

  12. Stardancer says:

    Best of luck, Pam! The move may be hard, but the destination will so be worth it.:smile:

  13. claudeb says:

    Take care of yourself, and read you on the other side!

  14. debplatt says:

    Pam, I understand your need to be off-line for a while. I hope the packing and subsequent moves goes smoothly. :up:Originally posted by L2D2:

    I have been trying to get rid of all the accumulated clutter in my mobile home.

    That's the one advantage to moving once in a while. Without a move, it's hard to get motivated to sort through one's stuff.I just had a service person in to check out our heating/cooling system, which means he had to go into our scary basement. We really need to get rid of some of this stuff.Originally posted by Pam:

    City Center Motel (built in 1958)…

    Thanks for sharing a photo of it with us. The architecture is interesting. πŸ™‚

  15. mebemon says:

    be back soon

  16. thetomster says:

    :heart: have a safe trip, Pam :up:

  17. Cynthia23 says:

    Please no apology needed, Pam. πŸ™‚ Looking forward to all the new updates in the future. Take care … :up:

  18. Olgita says:

    Pam, that was such a great desicion (just read your previous post). You don`t need to be alone when somewhere there are people who love and wait for you!!! Have a peaceful packing! πŸ™‚ and leave all troubles in old place πŸ™‚ Changes are nice! I am sure you will be much happier there! :happy:

  19. SittingFox says:

    Pam, you'll be missed on here. But I'm glad that things seem to be moving forward for you. Hope it continues to go well, and looking forward to your return! πŸ™‚

  20. slackwrdave says:

    That motel looks like something that would be near Grand Ave., and sure enough it is. I liked the looks of some of the places in that area. I think Mel's diner is out there, too, real name the Coffee Cup?See you soon!

  21. NLDH says:

    Pam, you will be missed :love:Happy packing and take good care of yourself. I like the shape of the motel, very unique and interesting.Keep us posted about your move process.

  22. Phantom2 says:

    I know when this is all over and you are finally get settled in a new place you will look back and say it's all worth the time and energy. It's not easy sometime to pick up roots and move.

  23. Weatherlawyer says:

    Originally posted by not Suntana he just happened to be handy. Sort of a drive by quoting.:

    not a street to be walking at night

    I live in Burslem, a seedy area of Stoke on Trent. If I was coming your way late at night you'd think I was one of them.You can't judge a book by its covers and very often some of the nicest people you'd come across are down-on-their-luck, live-for-the-moment types, that have ended up in pools they'd rather not be in.But such is life.A lot of the shit that happens when shit happens, is personal stuff brought about by personality disorders and alcohol stimulus. Mostly it is kept hidden except for the fevered shouting in the middle of the night and the other ventings that go on.Sober, these people would give you the shirt of their backs. (Because the bin men won't take them.)

  24. I_ArtMan says:

    that's the way, pam. don't overdo it. one day at a time and it will be over soon. this is very exciting; pulling up stakes. πŸ™‚

  25. studio41 says:

    take care and best wishes while you pack, Pam! I hope you are enjoying your Fourth of July even if you are busy and occupied w/ preparations. I'm excited for you- and hopeful that I'll actually get to meet you one day since we'll be state neighbors… πŸ˜€ all the best!!!

  26. edwardpiercy says:

    Best of Luck!!!!

  27. gdare says:

    Have a fun, as much as packing could be a fun, and return when you are settled. We will be around, anyway πŸ˜€

  28. cakkleberrylane says:

    All the best for a very smooth move! Will look forward to hearing how it all went!

  29. studio41 says:

    Originally posted by gdare:

    We will be around, anyway

    :wait: waiting for Pam's return… πŸ˜€

  30. NLDH says:

    Hi Pam, hope all is well :)Have a wonderful weekend!

  31. thaodp says:

    Good luck, Pam πŸ™‚

  32. PainterWoman says:

    Thank you one and all for your well wishes. Finally, I can see some progress in all this sorting, giving away, throwing out and packing. I've heard it said that it's good to move a few times in your life. It sure makes you get rid of stuff you don't really need. I no longer sit and ponder over every item. There is a sense of urgency now to GET IT DONE! Onward and out…..to get another box.

  33. I_ArtMan says:

    very exciting. a new beginning. we're all rooting for you pam. :happy:

  34. studio41 says:

    Originally posted by PainterWoman:

    It sure makes you get rid of stuff you don't really need.

    more power to you!

  35. Olgita says:

    Nice to hear from you, Pam :happy:

  36. debplatt says:

    Pam, glad to hear the process is moving right along. πŸ˜€

  37. NLDH says:

    Good to hear from you πŸ™‚ Keep us posted. Take care, Pam.

  38. Frlmnk says:

    That sounds like my usual routine on here. Maybe that's why it took over a wk. for me to see your post!Take it easy lady and drive safe! πŸ˜€

  39. Frlmnk says:

    πŸ˜‰ :happy: :ko:

  40. studio41 says:

    didn't see the picture the first couple times through- really like that photo, Pam! it's got a lot of atmosphere. hope you are doing well and feeling a sense of accomplishment!

  41. lumbar35 says:

    hope the move goes wellhear from you on the other side of it

  42. Weatherlawyer says:

    I just moved.I bought 4 of those large plastic storage cases to augment my stacking boxes that are half the size (by volume) Β£10 a pair and worth every penny.I selected one room for them all to go in (the spare bedroom) and now it is just a matter of flooring. I'm faced with the saame decisions Pam had to get over tooty sweaty.I can get floor ties for about the same price as vinyl but there is so much more work in them. But so much more practical for a room that opens directly onto the street.Also the house is old and tends to damp having had little or no maintainance in the last few decades.Then it's a matter of getting an ISP and sorting out my discomruptors.I haven't sorted the washing machine out though. And things are starting to get fragile.

  43. JanndeSmit says:

    I'm full of shame Pam for reacting so late. But this evening I thought: Where is "PainterWoman", one of my favorite Opera friends? And now I read your blogs and understand.Wish you all good with packing and moving and having you back in the Opera family when you're settled.Love, Jan :heart:

  44. studio41 says:

    wondering upon your return… hope all is well with you, Pam!

  45. Dacotah says:

    Hi Pam, have a safe trip to your new castle. See you when you get back. :sst: Ask the moving company how long it will take them to deliver your truck. Very important to know. I've heard stories that some companies don't deliver for over a month or three. :faint:

  46. PainterWoman says:

    42….or is it 43 boxes I last counted. All different sizes. Large kennel boxes from Petsmart hold 18 canvases! All 24 x 36. Large 'mirror' boxes from Uhaul hold the larger art work. Only three paintings at a time in those however. The little food market close to me has a continuous supply of very strong liquor boxes. Can't have any broken booze bottles can we? Haha. My ceramics will go on those with bubble wrap. Good to hear from you all and good to be sitting for a few minutes sipping coffee. Wow, what a process this is. There have been days where I go very slow and ponder over things. Then the next day, I throw out right and left. The back of my car is full of books to be taken to Goodwill. I finally let go of probably a hundred or more. It needed to be done. I know I've read them but I don't have to keep them as trophies. That's sort of what they were. It always gave me a good feeling to look at them and say "hey, I read that!" Not important anymore. The days I went a bit slow were when I had my son take some of the stepping stones and bricks I'd done things with outside. I got really weirded out when he was taking apart my spiral of red bricks. I felt it was my home being taken apart one brick at a time. I kept humming 'another brick in the wall'…..you know, the Pink Floyd tune. It was a short lived down time though. I will make another brick spiral at my new place…..maybe. Or, I'll just paint it in a painting from the photo I have of it. The moving truck will be dropped off in a week or so. I load it myself then I call the terminal. I decided to do it this way rather than me driving a big truck. My sister and I will make the drive a few days later in my car. That's all for the time being. I'll post again when I get to my new place. Would love to take a bunch of photos of the process and the journey but, alas, the old camera isn't so cooperative anymore. See you all when I get to the 'new' castle.

  47. Cynthia23 says:

    πŸ™‚ See ya' then :up:

  48. derWandersmann says:

    You'll probably pass a camera store on the trip … get a new camera.:D

  49. PainterWoman says:

    dW: I may buy a cheap digital in the next day or two. Yaaaay!Carol: The truck will arrive, supposed to anyway, a few days after I get to my destination. The company is ABF Upack. It was recommended by a couple of places I called here who didn't go out of state. I'll have clothes in a suitcase with me along with a few small boxes in the car….things I don't want to get lost. But the truck will have my 'life's art work' inside. It will arrive safely I'm sure.Cynthia: See you then too!

  50. PainterWoman says:

    Back to packing! :happy:

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