Saturday, September 29, 2012

creativity re-channeled

With a house move on the horizon and all that is entailed with that, I find my creative outlet of choice is now taking photos... see my blipfoto journal for a beautiful clear and yet colourful photo of the Gulf of Mexico flowing over crystal white sand here in florida. I may be able to squeeze in a little 'hands on' art in the next month or so before we move, I would like to for my own sake, but I am trying not to fret about it if I don't.

The new house we found is moving along nicely as far as the contract, so it looks like we should close by the middle of October. There is some painting in the kitchen to be done before we more in, plus I have my Nia White Belt Training October 13-19, so we don't think we will move until early November. I guess it depends on how the packing goes! So far, I have only just begun. It wil be worth it! Our new home is located on a short canal right off the Braden River.

A large screened "lanai" as they call it here, overlooks the water.
French doors go to the master bedroom.

Asia came by boat with Steven for the showing . . . see her running on the lawn!

Only a four and a half minute paddle to Lucas Boatworks where Steven is every day, amazing! I'm looking forward to paddling there myself and visiting with Dave's wife Helen, who is a quilter.

This space below is in the front of the house; a more formal "living room" and separate dining room. The dining table you see there was left behind and we wiill not use it . . . I have a lovely dining room table given to me by my parents. I will put this long table in the front "living room area" along with some of the furniture from my studio that would look alright there. Then I will use the smaller "dining room" area for my messy studio work table, messy storage things etc. In fact, the large table in the front room could double as a teaching spot or an extra work area, when covered! It is amazing I'll get to spill my studio over into 2 rooms....

This is the view from the kitchen (we will paint the cabinets white) into the family room, complete with a wood burning fireplace which we will use in December & January!! The "dining room" space is in front of the kitchen, facing the street and the "living room" space is in front of the family room. The large screened lanai is behind the family room. There are 3 bedrooms as well, so plenty of room for guests.

This is just a little update for you . . . everything happened very quickly, so you may have missed my mention of this move in my last post. We are happy and excited and flabergasted we could find a home like this, on the water. Our current home? We may rent it out or possibly try to sell it. We have not discussed everything with our realtor yet as closing on the house comes first.

October 1st is coming up soon. This is the 1st anniversary of my father's passing and also the 1st wedding anniversary of my son Dallas and his wife Liz. My family experienced both death and a life commitment - all on the same day. I could not be at their wedding understandably, but I am so happy to have made a celebratory animoto photo-video for Dallas and Liz for their first wedding anniversary. If you cannot see the video below, follow this link. And wonderful news, my older son Decklin & his partner Tina will be getting married next year on October 5th, 2013!

sending love


  1. I love how you've explained the lay-out of your new home. I can now imagine even better how wonderful it will be for the both of you to live in. And more rating space, always a good thing. xox

  2. Spacious and lovely. And couldn't be more convenient for the paddle-commute. Good luck with the move.

  3. Look what happens when I turn my back for 5 minutes - you change your blog background and header (both of which are gorgeous!) and you find a WONDERFUL new home, which is so perfect for you, Steven and 'the girls' :)

    Such exciting times for you - a 4 1/2 minute paddle for Steven to get to work? How cool is that?!!

    A bittersweet time of the year for you, Lenna. I'll be thinking of you. Many congratulations to Dallas and Liz for their first wedding anniversary and to Decklin and Tina for their wedding plans for next year.


  4. Your new home looks amazing Lenna...and how cool to be able to paddle to work each day!! Looking forward to our prayer flag swap...but no looks like you are going to be very busy packing and moving!! x

  5. I can't tell you how happy I am for you. Your home on the canal will bring you great enjoyment. When we lived in the Caymans, we lived on a canal, and it's pure magic. May you be blessed with many many happy years there. The video you made for your son and his wife is soooo beautiful and filled with love. You are all blessed. xoDonna

  6. Love the pics of your new home-and to have two art spaces-fantastic! PS- I can't tell Bill you're painting your kitchen cabinets white-as a woodcrafter he'd be mortified! I keep wanting to paint ours to brighten things up and he said that's the last thing he'd ever do. Many congrats to Dallas and Liz on their special anniversary.



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