Saturday, April 28, 2018

When The Heat Is On

So, while I regale you with Beautiful Imagery taken at some of my Favorite Shops such as Rust And Roses, Sweet Salvage and Antique Gatherings, the Post Story Line Today will have absolutely nothing to do with Found Treasures nor Shopping for them.   I just have to mix the good up with the bad so that the Post isn't a complete Rant that you just can't find adequate pictorial equivalents to anyway while you need to vent.  *LOL*  So... why am I ranting and having to vent you might Wonder?  Well, you're Wondering NOW aren't you?  *Winks*

And of coarse I'm going to tell you, that's the whole reason for Today's Post and you all are way cheaper than Therapy!  *Smiles*  So here's the gist of the whole thing and then I'll elaborate further:   After spending far too long in a Historic Home that was built like a Century old brick shit-house and which will likely remain standing another Hundred years without much incident and with mostly Original EVERYTHING that still worked just fine... I got too spoiled I guess and thus completely out of touch with the reality of just how shitty New Builds and their appliances really are.    There you have it... yep, more shit apparently is breaking down at the Luxurious New Build Villa Boheme' because geez, she's already over a Decade Old and why should I be Surprised then, that's completely Normal I'm being told!

You know, why would you think any Appliance would still be working just fine, if at all, after a whole Decade anyway?  Um... well... because the Hot Water Heaters at my Historic Home were from the 1940's and still functional, Stove was from the 1930's and no problems there either, Fridge was well over Twenty years old and still functional, Plumbing was done at the turn of the Century and wasn't crapping out all the time and the Air Conditioner was just fine 17 years in... so... I suppose that's why!!!!!   I think when you totally have a Love Affair with Old Things you just realize how excellent the quality of workmanship was compared to now, I dunno?   *Le Sigh*

It is no coincidence why they push the Home Warranty thing when you buy a New Build Home, you will mos def NEED one... and use it often... we have already and we're only 3 years in at Villa Boheme'!   And it won't cover everything anyway, but it will be a lighter hit to the wallet when everything craps out, usually in clusters... as in fuck... what's on the fritz NOW, before you even got the last thing taken care of that crapped out?!?!!!   So... I'd been putting off getting the order placed with Home Warranty to get Fridge guy out here to repair our Fancy Schmantzy top-o-the-line expensive Stainless Wonder whose Ice-Maker quite working AGAIN for the 2nd time and whose Freezer Handle literally came off in The Man's Hand!  No, I'm not kidding, I was still asleep when it happened, until I heard a loud clang, then Jesus, God and all the Saints being called upon loudly from the Kitchen by The Man and The Force chiming in, "Uh Oh, Gramma's gonna be SO mad when she sees this!"

Now, I'd like to Imagine my Old Man is really that strong that he just rips Stainless Steel door handles off stupidly expensive Appliances like the Incredible Hulk would... but I seriously doubt it!   I've owned a lot of Fridges in my many years of owning Appliances... my Parents and Grandparents owned a fair number as well... I can't remember EVER hearing that the handle was ripped off of one and just came off in someone's hand as they were just normally opening it!   But this one did... and it loudly clanged onto the equally expensive Tile Kitchen Floor and I can only tell you how freakin' relieved I was it didn't crack one of those lemme tell ya!!!  *Whew!!!*   So now, in my New Luxury Home, the Freezer Door Handle of my top-o-the-line Stainless Fridge is held on by Duct Tape and has a 6th Grader's hand written Sign taped to it saying  OPEN WITH CARE THIS SIDE ONLY!   Yeah, that's always a Good Look, huh?  *LMAO*

"That looks real Ghetto... I'm not inviting anybody over 'til that gets fixed...", was all The Young Prince could say after his Little Sister and Grandpa jury-rigged the handle back on so we could actually still access the Freezer portion!  *LOL*   I didn't really wanna spring for a Service Call on the Home Warranty, but now two things were broken on said Fridge, so it was Time... and of coarse the Door Handle thing isn't covered... yeah, no big Surprise there coz I sincerely Hope shit like that doesn't happen often enough that it would be, but ya never know?!?   I priced New Fridges comparable to it and OMG, so... we'll just limp this one along in it's alleged 'Old Age' of perhaps being a whole Decade old already and probably so far past it's prime who knows how long it's even got left before it goes to the Fridge Boneyard with a Daisy on it?!  *Bwahahahaha!*

And just because one thing crapping out at a time would never do... The Young Prince comes down and asks me why it's still Eighty degrees Upstairs when we had turned the Air Conditioners on last Week and Downstairs feels like the 76 Degrees we've set them all to now that it's triple digits outside already?!?   So up the Stairs I traipse to see if The Force had perhaps fiddled with the thermostat... nope... but it was sweltering up there and what was blowing out of the vents didn't feel all that Cool nor strong as it should.   Now, I might have told you the unfortunate Story of when we moved in and had the joint Inspected by a very Expensive Inspection Company before buying the place and they Blessed everything as top notch?   So, on the 3rd day of living here and feeling like our Boudoir and Informal Dining Area Portion of the Home just seemed hotter, we had one of The Son's Friends who does Air Conditioning come and take a peek at the three units which Cool this huge joint and he discovered one wasn't working AT ALL and had to be immediately replaced!

And only a small portion of the few thousand dollars of replacing it was covered and suing the Inspection Company wasn't anything any Law Firm around these parts felt was worthy of their time and efforts since it wouldn't net a fortune for them and nobody died... so I'm still making payments on that Unit!   To think another Unit had departed from Service, you know, because it is so Old being it's now over Ten and all... made me feel a little bit sick to my stomach!!!   But, it's not like I'm going to wait 'til our triple digits get to about 119 before I put in that Order and so, along with Fridge Order, I ask Home Warranty people to send out Air Condition guy too so's he can find out why Upstairs is a Hellish Sauna?   The Young Prince in the meantime stubbornly refuses to leave his Suite, he Loves it up there with his Video Games and Privacy, so he said he'd just stay up there Naked to keep Cool, so please knock before I enter!   Well, at least he Warned me, but now I've got THAT Visual stuck in my Head and now so do you... Sorry!!! *LOL*

Okay, so now I've got a duct taped Fridge Door with Sign... a 6th Grader wandering around the house like a Lost Soul due to the extended School Strike denying her an Education for the time being... and a Grandson Upstairs playing Video Games Naked in his Sauna of a Suite... splendid!!!  *LMAO*  Of coarse nobody makes the House Calls on the Weekends so we won't actually have the Companies assigned scheduling the repairs until next Week.  I see the Dentist on Monday Morning to find out how much THAT will cost me out of pocket since we don't have Dental Insurance with our Crappy Military Healthcare Coverage... but at least they promised me a Free Exam and X-Ray plus a Military Discount, so perhaps I won't have to Sell a Kidney to fund whatever needs doing?   And the first of the Month, when The Man's Disability Pension hits, is fast approaching, so I might be able to actually pay any of these people??!  *Winks*

And so, when Princess T reminded me she still needed new Sneakers, you know, after the bottoms fell out of her other pair at the Park that I Shared the unbelievable Image of with them halfway up her Legs like she just GREW out of them as she sprouts up ever taller... 

  And The Young Prince comes angrily bouncing down the stairs with his now broken expensive Headset!  Which he claimed I caused the demise of when I didn't knock this Morning as I checked Air Vents and he was startled, you know, since he was sitting there playing Video Games Naked and needed to jump up and grab something to cover himself with!   So they need replacement again or he'll go thru Video Game Withdrawal or something equally unbearable and excruciating that happens when 17 year olds don't have their Technology in Order... so it was all too much at once and I kinda had a Mini Meltdown!!!   Okay, so it wasn't so Mini, it was pretty impressively Epic actually and everyone scattered and hid... until it was Safe to come out again and see if my Head hadn't exploded when the aneurysm I felt surely coming on ruptured!?!  You decide which parts of that are hyperbole!?  *LOL*   But apparently I can sustain ridiculous amounts of Stress by now and still manage to Survive just Fine... and even eventually Calm Down from Lunatic Mode, so here we now are... with me blogging about it all!  *Smiles*

And if all of the above ends up being too spendy perhaps everyone offers Financing... tho' I loathe Financing anything, often when on a Fixed Income it's practically your Lifeline for when shit hits the Fan and you haven't got enough Stashed away to cover every unforeseen Emergency that will crop up en mass?!?    "I suppose it's not a good time to ask you when you'll be able to afford my Driving Lessons and a Cheap Car?", The Young Prince implores with a big Grin... "Probably Not", I says, in fact I'm beginning to Wonder if there will ever be a good time for that Question when you don't have a Real Job and your own Pensions seem light years away, even tho' actually it's sometime next Year and I can hardly wait to apply for them!  *LOL* 

And even tho' your Oldest Special Needs Grandkid you're Raising will be turning 18 in early August and you're not entirely certain if they'll drop his Health and Dental Care or if he'll Qualify for Adult Disabled Services or not?!?   Since he's needed LOADS of expensive Medical and Dental Services due to his extent of Disability over the Years, that is a Big Deal you're dreading having to go thru the Process of on his behalf and keep him Well enough not to need any if he's Uninsured!!!   And I won't even go thru in detail some other unfortunate complex stuff involving the Psyche Meds he can't be on anymore that permanently wrecked his Health and we have a lawsuit pending on.  That our Attorney informed us recently he was put on it ONE YEAR TOO LATE to receive maximum compensation and a settlement... but they'll see what they can do!  WTF!!!   Like Big Pharma gets off without maximum liability for still putting Children on Meds they already knew causes seriously damage and withheld disclosure of to Families... because there was some Time Limit established Legally for their Full Liability!   Typical!!!

Are ya SURE he wasn't put on it in 2006 they asks, coz then he'd get fully compensated for the damages to his internal organs and the tumor it caused?  Pretty Sure I says, since he was only Born in 2000 and was Diagnosed Seriously Mentally Ill in 2007 because they rarely, if ever, diagnose earlier than that since it's not conclusive!   So No, it was definitely 2007 he began being prescribed and using it and he was on it until Age 15 when his Kidneys and Liver began crapping out and he got a Tumor in his Chest from it!  Then we had to slowly wean him off, due to serious agonizing Withdrawal symptoms making THAT necessary... you know, so he wouldn't freakin' DIE... and they had to finally tell us what was causing all this!!!  I couldn't help but add, so lemme get this straight, since by 2007 Big Pharma KNEW it was causing these serious side effects and should have pulled the Drug or fully disclosed the risks and didn't... and kept prescribing it anyway to Children and Adults... the same damage it caused to anyone using it after 2007 isn't worth as much as the damage it caused to anyone up to 2006?!?!?!   Seems ass backwards to me, shouldn't the ones AFTER they KNEW get MORE?!?   I mean, at least up to 2006 they claim not to have KNOWN it was a Bad Drug!?!   BTW: They still commonly prescribe it!

So The Young Prince was really bummed about that News, since he cannot regain his Health, but at least a Settlement would have paid for his Driving Lessons and a Car.   Guess my Liver and Kidneys plus sustaining the Stress of having a Tumor in my Man Tits caused by said Drug {yes, it also caused Gynecomastia in Young Males} isn't worth that much he lamented.  Sorry, Guess Not!   Damaged Organs, body deformity and wrecked Physical and Emotional Health only worth something prior to 2006 apparently, ruled by I don't know what Idiot Judge who decided that Deadline for Liability and screwed every Victim after that Year... but just sayin'... Life ain't Fair or bras wouldn't come in sizes.   Wonder how much Big Pharma paid someone off to get that Ruling he mused?  We both rolled our Eyes... pretty Sure someone's pockets surely got lined... follow the Money and you always find out how and why shit happens... or doesn't!!! 

And that's Why I like to follow such things as the Medicinal MJ Debate because as soon as Big Pharma can find a way to cash in on that Cash Cow and have it as an exclusive, well, Laws will change so fast your heads will spin my Dearies!   The entire Western Medical Community will suddenly have a change of Heart and Pandora's Box will have been opened and shut numerous times as the Debate vacillates wildly depending on whose gonna make the most Money off of it... regardless of actual benefit to those it would medicinally Help... which I don't think has ever been the REAL Question IMO.   And that's what really pisses me off... not how much Money anyone makes, or doesn't make... after all, Medicine IS BIG BUSINESS and probably always will be... but how dangerous Drugs are either pushed upon the unsuspecting Public or beneficial Drugs are withheld simply over the Politics and Posturing of it all without a thought to the actual Patients, Families and their overall Wellness or Well Being!

But, you kinda gotta let some of it go, unless you Desire being a relentless Activist Full Time, which frankly, I used to be, but now I'm just getting too advanced in Years, too Tired and Worn Out to go that Hard anymore.  I'll pass the baton onto someone with more Youth and Energy who has more Fight left in them I suppose, I've gone too many rounds over the Decades to not have it take a heavy Toll already.   And it's just easier for me to use Words now and my tiny little Blog as my Platform every now and again to rant a bit, vent a bit and just get whatever is left of it out of my System so I can just come back to Center, a place of Calm, moving Forward without excess Baggage dragging along behind me like a great Weight upon my Psyche.  My Mind, Soul and Spirit just Need more Positive than Negative lately and so I seek THAT and cut the rest loose... flinging it out here in the Blogasphere, not really Caring too much about where it lands actually or whose in Agreement... or not.

You see, nobody HAS to be... in Agreement... I think Society isn't capable sometimes of realizing we can actually Agree to Disagree and be just Fine and still seek mutual Harmony, if nothing else.   I don't have to change anyone's Mind ever... I don't have to dislike anyone who doesn't think, Believe or act just like me, it's not important that they BE just like me at all, I'm Okay with that myself.   If they can't handle me or anyone else being different in our thoughts, Beliefs or actions then that's their problem to work out, not mine at all.  If someone isn't capable of realizing everything isn't all about them all of the time and recognize differences will always exist within Humanity and it's not necessarily a Bad thing at all to have that diversity... they've got work to do on themselves before they attempt work on everyone else.   And when the Heat is on I'm always reminded of what my Dear Wise Ole' Dad always said, "Nothing sorts people out quite like Trouble..."   Amen to that!


Blessings, Love and Light from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Friday, April 27, 2018

Saying Good-Bye To Booth #502 For The Summer

Well, after next Month I'll be closing down my smallest Booth #502 for the Summer at our Antique Mall The Brass Armadillo West.  Sad to have to let it go but necessary during the slower Season when it's so Hot and I'll want to be busy Sourcing Inventory over the Summer and doing other things.  I'll still have Showroom #114 and the larger New Booth #317... and Booth #502 will remain Open during May to finish out Spring... it's been a good profitable little Booth and I've enjoyed the Journey of renting that space.


Blessings, Love and Light from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Creating A Zen Spa Retreat

I'm taking a brief break from finalizing coverage of The Sweet Salvage Finale' Post, but we'll get back to that in the very near Future.   I don't think I've covered my Master Bathroom finishing touches here in The Land Of Blog, tho' I'm pretty sure I did on Facebook.  My Memory ain't what it used to be so forgive me if this is a rehashed Post done recently and promptly forgotten!!!!!!    I like my Smaller Rooms because I can Style and overhaul them efficiently and keep them Nice and Orderly most of the time.   It feels good to have a room completely done even if it's one of the smaller spaces of your Home.   I happen to J'Adore our Master Bathroom, it's the biggest Bathroom I've ever had and has become my Zen Spa Retreat in how I've chosen to Style it.  Walking in there always brings me to a place of Calm and Happiness, bringing me back to Center no matter how hectic and draining the day might have been.

Funny but I've never Dreamed of having a mini Manse or Luxury Home of any kind, but I sure have always Dreamed of having a big Luxurious Bathroom and now I have it, so I can die contentedly now having Lived The Dream!  *Winks*   Seriously tho', Luxurious Bathrooms to me were always the pinnacle of Luxury Living at it's Best.   Any Impressive Home lacking a Luxurious Bathroom isn't going to Appeal to me at all... any Average Home that went Bananas with their Luxurious Bathroom indulgence will!   I guess we all have our hangups, mine is definitely geared towards how Impressive the Master Bathroom is in any Property?  *LOL*   And after Styling our Master Bathroom I'm leaning towards adding more Zen Elements thruout Villa Boheme'.   Because if it can add a similar Atmosphere of Peace, Tranquility and Zen to our days and Home, it's worth going in that direction Style wise.

I have always felt a strong Connection to this Aesthetic and Vibe actually, being a Preferred one Visually and in how it just makes me Feel on a Sensory and Spiritual level.  The Vibe to reach your transcendent state of Nirvana may be different for each person, for me it is this Vibe and Atmosphere.   I recently Sourced these Cute Hand Towels at a Big Box Craft Shop of all places... with Quotes on them that I happen to like and believe in, so was jazzed to find Quoted on these Towels.  It's getting easier lately to Source this particular Style of Decor, which is a relief because previously it was difficult to find a taste of the Exotic and Eastern Influenced Decor.   I haven't walked into too many Homes here in the Southwest that choose a more Exotic selection of furnishings or Style with a Zen Vibe in mind, so Retailers just weren't offering it much previously.

So while they are I've been buying up what I particularly like now, just in case they go in another direction when the Seasons or Trends change?!  Sometimes if you like a particular Style and it's being offered, you might have a brief window of opportunity to Source everything you might want and need to get that Vibe in your Home before they discontinue that Line and move on to something else you're less attracted to!   There have been Lines that were madly popular at the moment and then fell out of favor quickly even if they were really Awesome and I absolutely Loved them.   Others have lingered that weren't so Awesome but were clearly Selling well and folks were crazy about, it's all so subjective when it comes to Style, isn't it?   Since I like what I like I'm not so concerned about what is Trending or falling out of Favor, if I dig it then I'm Styling with it regardless of popularity or lack thereof.

The quality Statement pieces are often more difficult to Source and take more of an Investment anyway, so it's a good idea to make sure you really dig a Style and Aesthetic on more than just a superficial level before shelling out the bucks.  You have to ensure you could Live with an Atmosphere for a while... and sometimes that is tricky because you might LIKE something visually and then find out that Living with it full time is something entirely different if it's just not your Essence and you don't really have a real Connection to it.   I have felt that way about certain Styles that visually I think are Lovely, but I could never LIVE with them around me all the time, it's just not My Style and I have absolutely no real Connection to them.   Contemporary and Mid Century Modern instantly come to Mind for me, done Well, visually I totally dig it... but would not feel like it was MY Home if I surrounded myself with it full time... it's not a Style choice I could Live with.

But I do know what I can Live with full time and for the long haul, I know what I gravitate towards and what Imagery makes my Heart sing and just feels Right for me to reside with.   My Master Bathroom right now has that exact Feeling for me and so I really do like spending time in there.   Some of the rest of our Home is a healthy compromise since I don't live alone and you do have to consider the rest of the Family when Styling a Home, so that everyone's tastes and comfort level are considered and accommodated.   I do draw some lines in the Sand, Princess T went thru her Pink Phase and I'd let her have all the Pink accessorizing for her Spaces that she Desired, but drew the line about painting any Walls Pink!!!   *LOL*   She quickly moved thru and out of her Pink Phase, as Kids will do as their Tastes change and they Mature... and it's much easier to change out Accessories to whatever she's diggin' right now!

She's actually moving into her Goth Black Phase and Gramma can totally roll with that... Black is one of my Fav Decorating hues and Wardrobe hues.  Along with Sepia and Jewel Tones... which just seems to be my preferred Palette that  abides over the test of time.   I have attempted the Colorless Palette off and on since visually I do Like it, just can't Live with it long without Color creeping back in.   Not to mention, keeping a Colorless Palette Pad clean enough is just a lot of Work when you have Men, Children and Pets residing there too!   And once White isn't Clean or Pure anymore and gets soiled, it just looks awful and I can't stand it.   That's why New Chair scared me at first and because everyone in the Family just Loves the New Chair and wants to sit in it now, I'm going to have to get a big ole' can of Scotch Guard and spray the Hell out of it!  *Smiles*


We never want to have that Home that isn't Comfortable and being used in a functional way, if it's all just for Show or opted for Form over Function, then it's just not for us.   I think that is why I'm drawn to things that already have a lot of use, Patina from time worn elements affecting them, History and Character already imparted but in a pleasing way... it's just a lot less anxiety or work to own such things and have them in the Home to be Enjoyed and actually used.  

We take Care of things but we've never had an accidental spill or stain be the end all of our World.   And if something is precious enough I couldn't risk damage, I am mindful of placement of it within the Home so that it's less prone to an accident.   We're not a Careless Family so things generally survive just fine around here and everyone is mutually respectful of our possessions and each other's personal spaces.   I've been fortunate that through raising two generations of Children I could always still have Nice things around.

My biggest challenge is keeping things orderly and cleaned up so that clutter and daily use doesn't backlog and make things look messy.   I'm not exactly a domestic goddess and it's doubtful I'll ever become one, tho' I do like a Home to be clean enough to be healthy and dirty enough to be happy.   I want a Home that is both welcoming and inviting for anyone coming thru the door.  Who wants a Home that is Attractive yet makes people Feel ill at ease... not us!

The primary reason I want to downsize and curate possessions is to have less to take Care of, because even tho' I do Enjoying having nice Decor and surroundings, it's a lot of Work to Care for it all.   The Incurable Collector in me is often in direct conflict with the Simplistic side of me that would like to Simplify Life more for convenience sake. 

I do know that once it's just The Man and I living at Villa Boheme' it will be a whole lot less Work involved to keep it in order and clean, since we both tend to be tidier people than the Kiddos.  Though they do go thru their phases of OCD Activity that can be pretty extreme when they're in that Head space of Organizational Mode and suddenly become obsessive about having Order.   Especially Princess T... so they do have the capacity for Order and Organization within them... just sometimes repressed!  *LOL*  Princess T, with the stress of the Dental thing and the School Strike thing recently got obsessed with Organizing stuff, my stuff, not the stuff in her own personal spaces that actually NEEDED desperately to have order and organization!  *Bwahahahahaha*  But still... whenever she's inclined to be in OCD Mode I am entirely supportive of whatever she's wanting to tackle and get out of her way and let her go at it... coz hey... less for me to do, right?!

So my fridge has never looked so ORGANIZED my Friends, she was to the point of wanting to categorize contents and make lists!  *LMAO*   Now, until she fell out of OCD Mode we all had to KEEP it that way or she would have short circuit and had an epic meltdown.   I 'Get' it, when I've finally gotten everything just right in the Home and somebody messes it up I almost implode and lose my Mind too!   She purged the contents too, so Quality Control was as if she was on Staff at the FDA!  *Smiles*  The interrogation of when everything had been bought, how long it had been leftovers, etc. was brutal and if there was any question, out it went!  *LOL*   That left The Man and The Young Prince later wandering into the Kitchen, opening said fridge and going, "Where's my ___!?"

She was a Trooper tho' at the Dentist... her molar fractured while being extracted and a sliver couldn't be removed without causing some significant gum and permanent Tooth trauma and so they left it in there for now.  Either her body will absorb it or it will work it's way to the surface like a piece of shrapnel eventually and can be removed later when it won't damage the permanent Tooth coming in.   She's now waiting for the Tooth Fairie to give her extra money for that Tooth due to the complications of it coming out.  *Smiles*  She's also hanging around like a Lost Soul now that the Teachers are on Strike and without the usual School Schedule she's not quite sure what to do with herself.   Special Needs Kiddos thrive on their Routine, and when it gets interrupted, it's actually difficult and stressful for them.   

With most of The Young Prince's Friends being Seniors this year and still in Public School he's getting the lowdown on how much it's screwing up the Plans of their Families.   Some of which have non-refundable Summer Vacations Planned that now may have to be cancelled and they'll lose a considerable amount of money.  His one Friend was supposed to be going to Europe directly after Graduation and they're on pins and needles about whether those Plans now have to be aborted and they'll take a hosing on the considerable outlay.  Since she'll have to complete the required amount of missing School Days after the Strike is over and the School Year has to extend... she cannot therefore be in Europe instead!  

I'm just Glad he's not in Public School anymore and this isn't an Issue for us Dealing with a messed up Graduation... I don't know how the Class Of 2018's Graduation is going to play out?   I know the News covered some Star Athletes who were on the Radar of University Scouts and might lose the Scholarships they could have been awarded if the Scouts don't get to see them play sufficiently and they can't go to Play-Offs.  So some promising Futures could be compromised as collateral damage in this dismal crisis situation playing out in real time Academically.


I can't even imagine how stressful it is for Teachers as well, risking a paycheck while they fight for better Salaries, which I understand haven't been upgraded in a decade and Dealing with underfunded Classrooms equally as long.  Crisis situations always have damage control to run behind and this will certainly be no exception.  I find it all rather tragic and frankly have felt Public Schools have been in Crisis Mode far too long and I understand why so many Families have no Faith in Public Education now and are strongly considering Alternative Academics for their precious Children, such as being Home Schooled.

 I've known so many Parents who have pulled their Kids out of dismal situations in inadequate Public Schools and gone Alternative or been forced into Alternative situations.   We went down that road ourselves and it's extremely frustrating knowing your tax dollars pay for Public Education but not every Child can weather a poor School experience or even feel Safe or receive an adequate Education in Public Schools anymore.  I for one will be so relieved when I don't have a Kid in School anymore!

Anyway, she's off until at least Monday of next week from what we've been informed for now... but it could be extended further and is subject to change without notice really, so we're Dealing with it day to day actually.   She's been very quiet and subdued this first day of the Strike as it's set in that School has been Cancelled and that's set a precedent that has never happened before.  I don't know if any other States or Countries are Dealing with Educational Crisis, I just Hope that Arizona gets it's shit together on the issue real fast, it's disgraceful for it to have come to this. 

 Lately it seems as if a lot of things in our Country are coming apart at the seams and I find it very unsettling actually and I'm typically a Hopeless Optimist.   This is particularly why I really needed my own Private Sanctuary here at Home to keep Centered and have a Spa Retreat to enter into when the World just gets too mired in the Madness and other Negative Vibes clearly out there.

On a Positive Note I bought myself this Adorable Betsey Johnson Cat Necklace as an early Mother's Day pressy to myself.   I was going to wait until it went on Sale but they were down to the last one and I knew if I didn't get it and they Sold Out, I'd regret not having just bought it.  Several Stores carry her Line but every Shop tends to order a different variety of her Jewelry and Accessories, so I'd checked every location to find what I liked best.   All of her Line is Fun, but some of it I like especially well, the Animal Jewelry and Dia de los Muertos Skully Jewelry being some of my Favorites.

I've put a lot of places in the Master Bathroom where my Bling can be adequately on Display and not hidden away in some Jewelry Box where it couldn't be Enjoyed when I'm not wearing it.   Well, not just in the Bathrooms, I have my Bling Displayed all over the house actually and accessorize a lot of Vignettes with it.

I am quite certain I've inherited the gene from Mom that had a penchant for da Bling!  *Winks*   Princess T has too since she's also J'Adores Jewelry and Accessorizing.   We don't particularly Care how valuable something is or isn't, so long as we like how it looks and how we Feel when we're wearing it.   I tend to gravitate to Unique pieces and Artisan Jewelry... but I equally Enjoy costume jewels to precious ones.

Some Friends have been asking about the low short-legged Antique Chair I can't get out of anymore and whether I'll be Keeping it and what it looks like, so here you are.   Yes, I'll be Keeping it since it's in great condition for it's age, is very ornately carved and I just Love the intricate stitched Royal Blue Needle and Petit Point back cushion and the Raspberry Velvet upholstery.   It's never been cut down so I'm assuming the legs were meant to be so short and that didn't bother me when I was younger, but now it's just too low to be practical.   If my ass is below my knees while sitting down, I often might need help getting up and out of it anymore!  *LOL*

So we'll Keep both Chairs in the Library since this is a Room that The Force and I hang out in a lot.  It's also one of the favored Rooms because it is so Inviting and is completely finished being decorated.  Well, except for perhaps hanging some ambient lighting fixtures from the vaulted Ceiling, which I'll need Help with that, and why it's not already done.   We Love the enormously high Ceilings here because visually it's Awesome, but it's difficult to even change a Light Bulb or Air Filter without Help and going up a Ladder Of Death!

And now I've been perusing the Web to find Inspiration for how I'd like the Inner Courtyard to turn out when we get it covered with a Fancy Pergola Structure... I'm leaning towards something like this, whaddya think?  It would be a good Use for my Hoard of Antique Stained Glass Windows to be Displayed around the Walls of the Courtyard and give the entire Space that Conservatory Vibe, which would be another form of Zen Retreat at Home.


Blessings, Love and Light from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Sweet Salvage ~ Color Stories ~ Part IV

Well, I hope you're sitting down comfortably because this is going to be one of those epic Share Posts.  Turns out I had really gone to town in the pathological picture taking at the Event and had way more good shots to Share than I had Posts up during the run of the Event!  *LOL*  Sometimes that happens, but lets face it, how many Inspirational Eye Candy Images is really Too Much, right? 

If you Enjoy coming to The Land Of Blog as much as I do then you really can't get enough of Beautiful Imagery even if you don't always have the Time for an epic Story Line that might go along with it.   And Today you might just get both since I might have a lot to say.  *LOL* There are more Images than I could cram into this Post and so a Finale' Post might be coming up in the near Future to round out the Sharing of what could have been had at the Event... and well, it's too late now to buy any of it... but you can still Lust after it!  *Winks*

My Talented Friend Kenny has expanded his Spaces in the Warehouse section and so this is some Imagery of his expanded Vision, which was Awesome!   Kenny's Vibe could be described as a Funky Gentleman's Club with Cool Vintage Industrial atmosphere thrown in... so I totally dig it!   Kenny is an amazing Fabricator so he Creates a lot of really Fab OOAK furnishings too.

The Museum-like Library Vignette he'd set up in his new area was really Interesting and layered with Cool merchandise, so I spent a lot of time perusing that area even tho', after buying The Chair, unfortunately I had no more money to spend... dammit!  *LMAO*

And now you're probably wondering why I think I might have a lot to say, right?  Well, first of all, I've spent the past few days mired in Doctor Office visits for Princess T and The Man.   Princess T had an ear infection and was up crying all Night Sunday.  So I got no sleep and we had to make an emergency Pediatric visit to get her ear flushed out and a LOT of some really gross Fear Factor stuff got flushed out of there lemme tell ya!  *Yikes!!!*  She's now on antibiotics to rid herself of the infection the impacted debris caused.  I hoped it was just some grossly deformed ear wax and not something that had crawled inside her ear and died, but I said nothing so as not to freak her out and scare her! *LOL*

And Yesterday the entire day before my Shift at Work was spent at the VA with The Man and I cannot begin to tell you what a Joy forever and ever that always is!  *Bwahahahahahaha!!!*   First of all he gets extreme Anxiety even going near a VA Facility and so his Blood Pressure immediately elevates and then causes his Docs concern.  Secondly, there will always be sensory overload in the Waiting Room and Lobby area with something Going Down dramatically after some Veteran loses it after being jerked around too much or too long by The System, which is still very broken lemme tell ya!!!

Since most of the Vets have considerable Combat related PTSD, including The Man, when things escalate and it begins to sound confrontational and War Zone Like due to Hostility and heightened Emotions, well, it could trigger some shit!  This day there was one particular Old Wounded Warrior in a Wheelchair really having a hard time of it due to being shuffled around for Months and by now he was standing his ground and getting really rowdy about it!  Uh oh, we just happened to be sitting right behind him when he Went Off... I never was so relieved when our turn FINALLY came up and we could Exit, Stage Left, before VA Security had to be called to Calm the Old Fella down!  *Whew!!!*

My Old Fella by now was saying he really didn't want to be there anymore, since he knew he hadn't been compliant with his Med Regimen and shortly I was going to find this out when his Doc exposed The Truth!  *Uh Oh!  Busted!!!*   Did I ever tell ya how very stubborn and covert The Man can be?   When he's made up his Mind he's not going to do something then Hell or high water you'd be hard pressed to get him on board or know what Covert Ops of Avoidance Tactics he's been using that you don't even know about.   I told him I don't mind going to Bat on his behalf, but dammit, he's got to at least be in The Game with me!!!   Since he's not exercising either and won't make good choices about diet when he has a choice we go rounds about THAT!  So, now knowing he had been ditching his Meds TOO without my knowledge, when I thought he was taking them, we knew this was now not going to be a Positive visit with The Doc AT ALL!  *Le Sigh*

We have a Darling Female Asian Doc assigned to him that we really like and tries to take good Care of him, Thankfully she is stern but has a sense of Humor about dealing with Stubborn Old Male Veteran Patients, of which I'm told, there are more than just mine!  *Ha ha ha*   I know they don't Train them to be so damned Stubborn in Boot Camp and they had long Careers knowing how to take Orders without Question, so does that just come with not HAVING to take Orders now they're Retired, so they just get so that they don't wanna do anything anyone tells them to do anymore I Wonder?!  *LOL*

So there mine sits, glaring at the Doc and I because we're both double teaming him about Compliance with his Health, Med and Weight Loss Regimen, so that he doesn't drop dead prematurely or end up surviving yet another Stroke or Heart Attack!!!   The poor exhausted Caregiver in me just would not be able to sustain him getting worse again to where I couldn't look after him at Home but we couldn't get anyone to accept him in a Long Term Care Facility again either!  That's IF we could afford one, which we can't, and I don't have Staff, so I told him his antics don't just affect him, it affects the Kiddos and I very much too when he won't do what he knows he should do to stabilize his Health sufficiently!

So of coarse we can't have his Labs done coz they would suck for sure now knowing he hasn't even been taking half his Meds like he was supposed to... and now I'm back to watching him take them and making him open his mouth afterwards so I know he swallowed them and isn't spitting them out!  It's not that I'm not used to that, with Caregiving for Seriously Mentally Ill and Brain Damaged Loved Ones so many years I should have never gotten out of the habit of doing it EVER, but you just Hope they improve enough that you don't have to watch out for the sneaky shit they're prone to doing when they don't like taking their Meds or refuse to!  So I'm back to being in Nurse Ratchet Mode and we're back to being in a scene from 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest'... The Man doing Jack Nicholson's Role very well too!  *Bwahahahaha!!!*

Then we go thru the very convoluted Process of getting him Enrolled in Dental since he Needs Dental Implants becoz the TBI caused it so he can't wear Dentures anymore without choking and so he's been gumming it for almost six years now and mostly eating soft foods.   He's a 100% Disabled Vet and Qualifies for all Services but somehow they forgot to ever enroll him in Dental and so we're moving thru that Process now.  He got Qualified that day... which was a Given but still hadda be formally Approved and Verified by a Dept. that does that, so back to the chaos of the Waiting Room again until we could see that Guy.  And now he's Enrolled we wait for a Blessing from another Guy in Charge of Dental, who is presently on Vacation... who will determine if he's eligible for Implants and Assess him!?

So he might actually get Teeth before he dies... or not... you just never know for Sure!?!  We don't have Dental Insurance but at least he has the VA, I do not, and so I'm still procrastinating on my Dental Visit, which I know is going to be epic and expensive due to the Diabetes which wrecks everything, including your gums and teeth even if you try to take good Care of them.  I'm fanatical about my teeth but with the Diabetes not being up under Control, and we're still working on that with my Docs experimenting with whatever Rx concoction might bring it in line, I Need some Dental Work and have to find an affordable Dentist soon!   And I'm scared of the Dentist... I ain't gonna lie... so I've been in Avoidance mode and bought a Chair instead last Week, what can I say?  *Bwahahahaha!!!*

No, it's really not Ha-Ha Funny but I'm keeping it 100% with you my Friends... I've got most of the Cash stashed for this Dental fiasco I'm sure I'll have, but I just loathe going and getting all the bad news and scary shit done and not knowing how much it will even Cost?!  And I'd be much more inclined to prefer having Dental Insurance since I've had Friends who can't get their Dental Work done after getting Quotes that were so far into the Stratosphere, you'd have to be independently wealthy to even consider shelling that much out of pocket... and that part scares me too... what if?  I mean if it goes into the Thousands of Dollars, can't swing that right now, don't have Thousands just laying around idly waiting to be spent on ANYTHING!  *Bwahahaha!!!*

I'm just so Thankful that for now anyway, both of The G-Kid Force are still covered under Adoption State appointed Health and Dental Care, because Princess T has to go back to the Dentist this very Afternoon in fact!   We FINALLY got the Approval from her Insurance to extract a Tooth that won't come out and is causing her permanent Tooth not to be able to come in properly.   She's had very stubborn Baby Teeth which won't fall out on their own or be able to be pulled out except by a Dentist... but every time it requires Approval and that can be lengthy with AHCCCS Insurances. 

 Well, any Approval can, it took over a Year to get Approval when she was Younger to get a Tumor removed from her Throat that was strangling her, making it impossible for her to lay down flat to sleep and could have been malignant and kept growing!!!  Thankfully it was benign and got Approved, but then we had the Dog and Pony Show of me not being allowed to sign off on the Surgery since at the time I was a Kinship Placement and Child Protective Services had to be the ones to Sign for her!  I'm so Glad I Adopted them now and we don't have those delays, obstacles and complications anymore where complete Strangers are having to Approve a necessary Surgery for my Grandkids!!! *Whew!*

The Young Prince opted to Work overtime so that I can get his Little Sister to the Dentist on time this Afternoon and not have to Rush picking him up and then speeding to her Dental Office in another Town.   I feel rather like an unpaid Uber Driver lately providing Transport for the Fam... ha ha ha... and our Calendar is looking more than a little cluttered nowadays!   So anyway, since the Arizona Teacher Strike Fiasco is going on and most Schools already had the Walk Out and ours will by Tomorrow, Princess T asked if she could just stay Home due to her Appointment since I'd of had to take her out early anyway?  And as the Strike initiates it's open ended as to when the Kiddos will be returning to School or how extended their school year will have to be in order to be in compliance afterwards?

Which brings me to the Topic of Public Education and how dismal it is in our State due to lack of adequate Funding and a whole host of other problems that I won't even get into because then this would be a freakin' Mini-Series Post!  *LOL*   Arizona ranks like about 49th in spending per Student and it shows... any of you who have been following the ole' Blog any length of time know the theatrics that have played out with our Family and having Special Needs Students being inadequately Educated... funding is even worse for a Child with Special Needs and typically Public School tries to dump them anywhere else they legally can!

I am therefore conflicted... since I am 'with' Teachers receiving adequate salary and Training... and Schools being adequately Funded since the Youth ARE our Future and we're short-changing them ALL right now!  It's a pay now or pay later scenario that they need to straighten out STAT and hopefully the Strike will finally pressure the State into responding... we'll see???   In the meantime it's an Educational System now in more Crisis than it already was... and with a Special Needs Child who is already Academically Challenged and floundering, well, the trickle down effect for a Kid like her isn't Promising so I don't know how to Feel about it all actually???

All I did know was that she was already having pain with her Ear infection, Anxiety about her Tooth extraction, Concern about the School Strike and what that will mean for her Education... it was a LOT all at once and so Yes, I did keep her Home Today and call her in.   What the Hell, after Tomorrow she won't be going to School anyway til' Lord knows when and since there doesn't seem to be a whole lotta Concerns about that length of absence I don't wanna hear any Drama from Attendance about her missing one extra day for a Medical situation being resolved!  *LOL*  You do get the Attendance Hate Mail and Threats to Prosecute you BTW even if you have a Chronically or Seriously Ill Child, just sayin', the level and layer of added Stress that causes doesn't Help when you're trying to Parent the Sick or Disabled Child lemme tell ya!

So mebbe they'll be too busy Striking to send out the Hate Mail and Threats this time, since she missed two days in one Week due to Health Issues and Doc or Dental Visits, Wishful thinking on my part perhaps?  *Smiles*   So anyway... let us now fast forward to the 'Issue' I had at Work Yesterday... when I found that one of my $125 Antique European Bicycle Lamps went Missing and is now MIA and couldn't be located anywhere in the Mall!   Loss Prevention, it's a real big Issue nowadays for any Retail establishment, since Society as a whole have gotten really complacent about what constitutes Criminal Behavior I suppose, since there are so many now doing the Five Finger Discount and thinking it's somehow justifiable or acceptable!!!  No, it's Theft and it's a Crime... and it victimizes and comes at a Cost to Honest folks so I have zero tolerance for it and is pisses me off regardless of who took the financial 'hit' from the Thief!

This is the 2nd expensive item that has disappeared in a Month, the other was an FAO Schwarz Lion that still hasn't turned up.   All had Security Tags on them, both were in line of sight of Security Cameras, you do what you can to deter low life types that Steal merchandise or vandalize it, but you can't always protect your stuff enough.   It kinda messed with my Head last Night, because I was so angry, I had it up high, with two Security loop Tags on it, and I have two more like it so I'm keeping an Eagle Watch on those now lest they grow legs too and walk off!!!   I'm kinda hopeful they will be located somewhere in the Mall ditched by a Customer that just changed their mind, or felt too nervous to boost them, but I'm not delusional, when Expensive items disappear, they're typically stolen and don't turn up.   And right now taking a couple hundred dollar hit in stolen merchandise is sticking in my craw since Sales are back to being Soft again.

I have Closed out my smaller Booth #502 and will be out by next Month, to help defer any potential losses if Sales tank during the Summertime?   I have enough merchandise to fill up all three spaces, but don't want to just be paying Rent, if I'm not making money I'm losing money and you just have to be practical about it even if you Love what you do.   I also would Love to be able to fill my Spaces with the better Quality merchandise all of the time, but not if it's going to be getting jacked all of the time... so I'm very conflicted too about what to Sell there or just Sell Privately to people I know and who are definitely Honest folks I can Trust not to rip me off?

I do know Retailers that have been 'hit' harder and so I feel fortunate that for me it's been not so bad in the seven years I've been doing this.   But I will say it's getting worse and I think that just reflects the overall condition of deterioration of morality and conscience slipping in Society at large.  It's a slippery slope, those who will Steal a little, will Steal a lot, it's just a matter of Opportunity for a Thief.   If a person is shady enough to rip anyone off, they cannot be Trusted, period.   Thieves and Liars are two Types I don't want anything to do with, if someone shows themselves to be either, or both, cut them loose and drop 'em like a Rock!

I kinda got over it by the end of my Shift, you just have to and move on... or it will eat you up and make you too angry and cynical.  So I just put a Gypsy Curse on whoever is ripping me off and let their Bad Karma come back on them... it always does and they will have deserved it.   Nope, don't have an ounce of Pity for those who victimize others and then get pay-back when Karma catches up with them... I'll Celebrate it in fact!   So... other than a slew of Medical Issues for the Family and getting ripped off lately, everything has been Swell... bwahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!

No, really, kidding aside, things have been pretty good overall and there has been more Positives than Negs and that's good Balance because we all like our Positive Vibes to predominate.   We know the Negs will come, and so you just have to adjust your reaction and attitude about when they do and keep your Sense of Humor.   Like when I'd just gotten The Man out of the VA Hospital after the Epic Speech his Doc had given him about better Dietary Choices when HE chooses meals and me being in complete Agreement with her... and then I take him out for Breakfast five minutes later and he tries to order Biscuits And Gravy!!!   *LMAO*  Yeah, HE DID... and I says to the Waitress, who knows us, NO, he's NOT having that... now pick a Healthier Choice that your Doc didn't forbid Dear... and he petulantly pouts and pulls a grimacing face and orders something Healthier and then only eats half of it coz it wasn't slathered in Gravy!!!  *Le Sigh*

Now I know he has Memory Care Issues still, but damn, we just told him about Biscuits & Gravy not being the BEST choice when he argued that he doesn't eat much and always orders the smaller portion of such things as that!  You know, to Justify his morbid obesity Issue not being entirely his fault... bwahahaha!   He can't exercise much due to other Health issues which are significant, so we have to rely upon the Dietary portion for most of the Weight Loss Goals.  He'd had his bad Knee X-Rayed while we were at the VA too so we'll likely be having more dialogue about the condition of his poor Legs again and Hoping to avoid more Surgeries!?  Since he's practically bionic now with all the hardware the VA already has put into him over the years to rebuild him after years of Combat and Service related injuries!!!

I need to keep him Ambulatory for a whole lot of Caregiver reasons, he's a big Man and lifting him when he was Wheelchair bound before, or fell, required The Son assisting me and he doesn't live on our property anymore!   The Young Prince isn't strong enough yet to help lift Grandpa and I don't need a back injury to sideline or cripple me Thank You very much!   We also addressed the Stubborn Issue of him being too Proud to want to utilize his Walkers or Canes consistently too so now I'm dogging him about that shit as well so he doesn't take more falls and break a hip or something!   I got him all of the Medical Equipment he should use daily, fought hard and long for it in fact, since just getting it because you NEED it is never enough when the Govt. is supplying it. There is always a convoluted Process and Battle involved in actually Receiving it!  So when he then won't use it, I want to set it all on Fire in front of him I tell ya!  *LOL*

Now, he is Aware he Married a Crazy Woman, so if I threaten to get the matches he knows I'm at saturation point of going into Battle for him to receive what he needs and then he won't use it.  You know, like the CPAP Machine that I spent Months battling the VA to receive for his Sleep Apnea and even had them give me a Private Class since the Mass Class was always held on an Evening I Work... and then he wore it once and swore it was suffocating him and we now get regular calls from the VA saying it's not transmitting data... yeah, WE KNOW!   We think he's probably now OK with dying in his Sleep... me too... dying in MY Sleep I mean *Winks*... since I don't wanna wake up to a Stiff lying beside me, wouldn't be a Good Morning!  *Bwahahahaha*

And becoz they don't know how things Roll here at The Villa Boheme' Asylum and don't always 'Get' my dry Dark Humor when I answer their Questions, sometimes they're just shocked by my responses... but I don't Care anymore.  It's not as if they're gonna send in the Cavalry and replace me, so, Deal with it as it is... and they do.  Since they know this shit would cost them way more if they had to find an Alternative Placement for him and see if their Posse could get him into better Compliance...  I would not be able to resist one of their favorite famous lines as I would tritely say... "Good luck with that and I Hope it all works out!?"  *Bwahahahahaha!*   The Caregivers among us will appreciate the Gallows Humor.

And you simply MUST have it, a Dark sense of Humor when you're Dealing with ridiculous shit, or you will simply NOT stay Sane my Friends... well, a semblance of Sanity anyway... some might Question whether I AM still Sane, me too!!?!?  *LMAO*   I do find however, that when Dealing with Agencies, Systems and the like, if they aren't really SURE you ARE still Sane, they are more apt to take you Seriously since they certainly don't wanna Risk you going off the Deep End on them and having a very Public Epic Meltdown.  Yep, whatever Works I Work It my Friends and Yep, I have had the Epic very Public Meltdown and without Shame or Inhibitions... I'll put on a Show worthy of Barnum and Bailey that you could Sell tickets for!   *Smiles*

And what about if they Call the Cops you might ask... well, don't threaten me with a Good Time... I'd be certain to tell them I have no problem going to Jail because it's looking more and more like a Vacay to me, since I haven't had one of those in an Eternity... and any Respite will do at this stage of The Game.  In fact, I might not want to come out and resume my Position and The System could then just Fund the whole shebang of Alternative Placement for them all! Which they surely don't wanna be burdened with the complexities and expense of, along with my incarceration expenses... very spendy for all four of us you know... so... probably won't happen after careful consideration by whoever might be holding the phone and getting ready to make THAT call?!?  *Winks*

Besides, my Epic Meltdowns don't threaten harm to anyone anyway, just loss of Career and shit like that which I'm serious as a Heart Attack about once I've been jerked around too much and they wanna Go Hard with me and go to the dirt about it and see who wins that showdown.  You can take the Gal out of the Hood but ya can't take da Hood outta the Gal, so if someone wants it to be On and go there with me, Hell, I'll Oblige.  I seriously doubt anyone wants to become my Obsession to take down and utterly destroy the Future of, because I have nothing to lose by the time I'm on THAT Mission lemme tell ya!  Have I ever ruined the Career of someone who wasn't up to their Job and it seriously Negatively impacted my Loved Ones, you betcha...   But so far, so good, haven't had to lob off any Heads lately and see them Roll... which is probably a Good Thing since I'm just not in the Mood... and Battles, even Won, are EXHAUSTING my Friends!  *Smiles*

And my Schedule is just too full to throw in a Battle or two anyway... you know how it is when you just have to choose your Battles Wisely.   Plus I prefer to just be a Nice Zen Person and Hope that others then respond in Kind so that I don't have to bring Dark Dawn out to Play.   She's not very Nice you know, nor Zen...  *Winks*   

Besides, this is what I'm Dealing with Today... ALL DAY... since it's out of School and re-styling it's Hair incessantly and has gone thru about half a dozen Hairstyles it then rips out in utter disgust and stomps off to re-style again... and again... and... well, you get it, she's rather on Edge Today and can't pick a Mood and just stick with it... any Mood!  *UH OH*   Here was the one that just reminded me of her Channeling Harley Quinn... never a Good Sign!  *LOL*   It goes from this Sweet Smiling Face to The Beast Princess Face which is rarely Smiling unless in a Maniacal way like The Joker as played by Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight and you all remember how benign that didn't look!  *Winks*

So she tore this hairstyle out before she even left the room... and stomped off yet again for hairstyle No. 937688209...   we'll be Glad when we have the Tooth extracted and all is right with her World again and her Anxiety subsides to where she's not Neurotic... Psychotic... and all the tics... *Winks*

And we'll end this Post with a pix of my new Old Persian Rug Runner I got at such a Bargain I can't even tell you... so it replaced the other Persian Runner in the Kitchen, which will be Sold Off now.  This one is older and a much better Quality and Pattern, with just the perfect amount of wear... Love it!


Blessings, Love and Light from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

A life touched by God always ends in touching others. - Erwin McManus

I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars. - Og Mandino (1923-1996)

For creativity to flourish one should try to look at everything as though it were being seen for the first or the last time. - Quote from "A Thousand Paths To Creativity" by David Baird

Is what I'm about to say an improvement on silence? ~ Galen Pearl