August 30, 2012

This is a progress update to the front of my tiny cottage!   I found some left-over exterior paint, and after checking with a representative from the DWP regarding any safety issues; decided to paint the unsightly metal meters on the side of the house.   After a coat of metal primer and 3 coats of exterior paint, the boxes are nicely camouflaged and I am very happy!!


Here’s a before and after picture!  You can also see how nice my plants are looking!

May 7, 2012

I was reflecting on all the positive people I  encountered this weekend;  and every day for that matter, and feeling really lucky.  I’ve listened to many of the popular self-help guru’s out there, and  agree with them for the most part– but ever since I took action and moved,  there’s been a kind of shift!    As if I’d turned a corner, and suddenly everything went from grey to color!

Friday I found a  small glass shop where they could cut replacements for the 2 slats of glass I  broke moving in.  ( It’s not a party until something breaks, right? )    Tiny Yolanda, cut my glass in all of 3 minutes for only 6$ each!!  Who  knew  glass was so easy to cut!

Then I met up with Martha, who had come to collect  my  “for free” listing on Craigslist ( you cant’s just take from the circle of life- you have to give as well!)  It was a box of beads, crafting supplies, and intentions that never manifested.  Martha does craft project with her daughter, and was so happy with my treasure trove of beads, she  gave me a big hug.    What a sweet lady!

Friday night I took a break, and went to see my beautiful and exquisitely talented friend Juliet in a play.   This is the 3rd  play I’ve seen her in, and each time am so impressed with her talent and versatility.  And not only is she a talented actress,  but also  an amazing soul,  and  an army  onto herself of productivity and organization.    Every time I see her, I’m inspired on so many levels.

Saturday, Remarkable Rita, a friend for many years,  came over to see my place and  brought me a 4 beautiful rose trees, lavender, and geraniums!   WOW!  We had a really nice visit and she even bought me lunch! How cool is that,  plants and lunch!

Sunday I met up with Ames and his wife, – a super  cute and positive couple with the best yard in Lareda Heights- and they gave me a huge papyrus tree, and beautiful pot and flower seeds!! WOW!

It was  a really  good week-end and I have enough plants to create a beautiful oasis!   Los Angeles is full of angels!  They’re everywhere!  You just have to  open your  eyes!

I feel  lucky!


Here are some pictures on the Rose trees and  Papyrus  tree!

May 1, 2012

My little cottage had been vacant for quite sometime before I moved in;  and apparently it’s porch had been a frequent pit-stop for transients and vagrants.   My second night here, I surprised one gentleman in the middle of loosening  his pants with,  “Please don’t pee on my porch”,  through the window!   He left pretty quickly, and I hoped that was the end of it, until  Sunday morning I woke up to find  trash and salsa all over my porch from someone’s feast… along with a trail of eager ants!

I was annoyed!    I wouldn’t make a mess on someone else’s steps!  Don’t make mess on mine!   After I cleaned it up,  I sat down with my morning coffee to check out the free section on Craig’s list, and once again the universe spoke directly to me through Craig’s list!!  ( Hey- some people see Jesus on a slice of toast!  So there’s nothing wrong with thinking the Universe is reaching out directly to me through Craig’s list!)   ” FREE PLANTS”, said the Universe!    “Yes”, I said, ”  I’m claiming my territory, and that’s just  what I need, lots of plants!”

I quickly raced out to meet Zeke at Avon truck rental- to unburden him from the assorted mass of neglected plants stranded in his parking lot!  Zeke has many sizes of plants,  as well as,  huge terra-cotta pots, palms, & plant stands!   Two of which were so large and heavy, we needed to use the fork lift to get them up into my car!   It was an entire SUV packed to the brim with plants– and for the 2nd day in a row that week end, I was doing a slow-crawl across town,  with hazards on  and obstructed visibility!

I got home and unloaded all but the two large ones.   I  needed some extra  muscle from the very friendly Edwardo and Nixon, who work at the tile store next door, to move those two!  And after much arranging and re-arranging–  my little  deserted porch is  amazingly transformed into somebody’s home!

(I’m not done yet– but it’s a good start!)


Here’s the before and after pictures!

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