Thursday, December 12, 2013

Aging in place

This is an older article, but still timely. Many people, as stated in a newer article in AARP (85%) of "older" people want to remain in their homes. This kind of remodeling can make that possible.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Thanksgiving-Selling my mommy's house part 5

Thanksgiving came to my family (siblings mostly) in the form of a thank you text message and happy buyers for my mommy's house. We couldn't be more pleased that this nice couple bought the home, and plan to live there with their multigenerational family. Here is a shot of the happy homeowners.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Selling my mommy's house part 4

So now we had to clear out the home, clean it, paint some rooms, repair a few items, have the gutters cleaned and the windows washed, and...then stage it. I think most people know what staging is now, where a designer comes in and places furniture, artwork and accessories in a home to show it's best features. I'll connect you HERE to the photos of the home after staging. Oh, by the way the investor told me he would pay $185,000 for the house. I don't recommend answering those letters and calls that come to the executor right after a person has passed. I recommend hiring a professional to give you advice.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Selling my mommy's house part three

 We now need to clear out all of the belongings in Mom's house to get it ready for sale.

An investor called me to make an appointment to see the house.
Against my better judgement, I said yes.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Selling my mommy's house part two

 The city of Tukwila hired a contractor to replace the storm drain alongside mom's house. It took three weeks. Here are some rainy day shots of the day they took the big hemlock tree down. Iplanted that one when I was in the 6th grade after a trip to Camp Waskowitz. Back then, they stopped the schoolbuses alongside I-90 LET THE KIDS OUT, and we used our lunch milk containers to dig up seedling trees (with a spoon, I recollect) and we got to bring them home to plant them. That neighborhood has quite a few trees of the same era. This one had to go, though.

Sunday, September 8, 2013


Got a new scanner! Now I can upload some
crazy little sketches I've been saving.

Someday I'll have a sketch show.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Landscape painting in the city

A little sketch I did on Capitol Hill.   Fun in the
Seattle summer, painting outside!

This and That

How is this connected to that? What have I learned from studying art for four years at Gage? Persistence, patience and a deep appreciation for how the mind works. I now see things I never noticed before. Thanks, Gary Faigin.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Maple Valley Creative Arts

These pieces were juried in at the 15th annual show.

The Chair painting won Best of Show! Very exciting.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Selling my mommy's house

My dear mother died and it was up to me to sell her home. This took quite some time, as she and my father built the home and in 1965 moved in, raised four kids there and kept quite a bit of "stuff".
The city of Tukwila also had plans to repair a storm drain that ran through her yard. It took several months of planning and cleaning to get the home ready for market.

Here I am with my mom before her cancer took her to the other side.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Spring has Sprung!

 Love spring! My favorite season. Time to clean up the garden...
snow drops

witch hazel

star magnolia