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Off the art topic and on the life topic

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

Because life and art co-mingle like besties:D
We moved out to Ojai in January (in case you are not a regular follower of this blog) into a real “fixer upper”, both the property and the house had barely been touched for some forty years. So, we knew we had a challenge on our hands and because the house hunt and then the moving in process and then the fixing up process usurped so much of my time I have only recently been able to start making art again and that has been like “going home”:D

Now I’d like to share the story of our back yard.

When we first moved in back in January it looked like this:

The terrain was very rugged with mounds of dirt from all the gopher tunnels, there must have been 40 gophers until the hub aka Jerry gopher hunter spent weeks eliminating them. As cute as they are we still could not have them because they destroy all manner of growing things and we have a vision for a yard that is full and thriving.

The ragged terrain also had many weeds and under the surface besides gophers we had wasps, and jerusalem crickets aka “Ninos de Tierra” ( Children of the earth) which give me the heebie jeebies and nightmares. CrEePy!!

Before we dealt with the ground we had diseased trees removed and all the other trees pruned, as they were completely over grown because they had not been touched in so many years. Then we had the ground tilled and graded to even out the surface and create an area for water run off.

The dirt was misery making, as it was very light and with the slightest breeze dust would rise and there would be dust layers on every single thing including the inside of the house where windows were open. The dirt would stick to the soles of our shoes and we would carry it indoors and so I was constantly, all day long laundering throw carpets and towels.

During a particularly stormy day the fence on one side of the property fell down!

So, we had to put up a new one or contend with the neighbor’s dog Thor coming over and doing his biz 😀 HA, anyway, it really freshened up that side of the property 😀

The redwood fence is so pretty!

We also put a new fence on the side of the house where we can drive a vehicle through and a shed because there is no garage.

here is a pic of the fence ‘before’

We had a sprinkler system installed and several stations for hoses with twice the amount of water pressure, now we can keep everything green!

We chose flagstone where the brick path use to be. We both love the colors in the flagstone.

section with spread out pieces of flagstone.

Section on opposite side of the house leading to a shed.

the back yard now, pretty yes?

During the past 7 months, our blind pug has had a hellacious time adapting to the dirt as the area for him to do his biz. So, he would not go until he absolutely could not hold it, during the middle of the night inside the house. He is accustomed to doing his biz on grass. It has been miserable for the both of us, all of us!

Look at him now!
Grass worshiping!! LOL As soon as he steps on the grass, there he goes!! yipppppeeeee!!

We have plans for jelly bean pebble border with maybe rosemary and Mexican sage.

The hub built two fantastic raised beds

(we clearly need to replace the back fence). With the left over sod we created a special pug patch for both the pugs to do their biz. 😀
And so a garden is in the near future, better green living, and a potting shed and composting bin. I also see more fruit trees, rose bushes and lots of flowers. It will take time, but I will enjoy the journey.

Hope you liked the story about our backyard and how meaningful a little grass can be haha..

Finally, from Calabasas, to Ojai

Friday, June 1st, 2012

If you have been following along with my blog posts you know that I have been transitioning from one house to another for months now. Well, today marks the end of that, it is our final moving day. We hired a small crew to help with the remaining items in the garage. Once everything is in Ojai we are going to disseminate more of what we don’t need. The purging, the cleaning and the organizing is teaching me that I don’t want to go through this massive amount of effort ever again. My new motto, simplify simplify simplify. If and when we do add on or expand to the current home, I still want minimal furnishings. I have so much art that we will never need to buy another decoration. Anyway, the end is in sight! holy good gratefulness. Yesterday was a whirlwind of activity in Calabasas, with an electrician working on exterior lights, the living room being painted, the carpets being shampooed and a cleaning girl cleaning inside cabinets etc. We have encountered several black widows in the garage and some other eerie arachnids, erghhhhhhh. So we sprayed the garage and today need to wash and clean once its empty. I am anxious to get to work in Ojai, so I can get back to creativity. right now my little studio space has only a path in which to walk through because of so many boxes of art and supplies. I’m looking forward to making rocks and some busts, some hypertufa planters, some mosaic stepping stones and of course painting. My life will be busy with that and gardening, heaven on earth, 😀 Thanks for not abandoning my blog and I promise, there is eye candy forth coming.