24 September 2014

I was a child who grew up on the move.  We might not have traversed very long distances, but nor did we stay in one place for very long.  I share this personal tid bit not to brag, nor to complain, just as a matter of fact.  I know how to pack my own bag and get rid of junk, scour yard sales, and have one of my own.  If we had had a round wooden wagon we might have been gypsies.  My sister will tell you the same.  But from this aspect of life I think I took away three key lessons.  Perhaps there are more hidden in there, but just a few come to mind.  I thought I'd share with you these tips incase you, one day, also find yourself relocating.  

The first lesson I learned is, to clean.  And clean vigorously.  When you arrive at your new destination hesitate not a messes left by previous inhabitants, rid your new space of any shadow of others.  Buy rubber gloves.  Either you erase that past resident, or he will live with you forever.  Learn how to scrub, invest in a good mop.  Swiffers are crap.  Second, make it cozy.  You might be here a day, you might be here a lifetime, it matters not.  Add something green and growing, a candle to drive away bad spirits, carry with you light things, fabrics, pillow cases, something to make it your own.  This is to be your respite from the world.  When all around you is chaos, you need to come home to a home.  Lastly, stick to your budget.  Pottery Barn has beautiful things, but those beautiful things are heavy.  And probably overpriced.  If the winds of change soon blow you in a new direction, be prepared to start over again.  

Last weekend we worked on building some furniture for the casita.  Forget tranquility, the living room was a wreck!  But it is fun to share projects and with very few stores in our small city, this way we can get what we want and make the most of our space, and pesos.  A few more trips to the hardware store and we will get it pulled together.

I think the bedside tables turned out great!

Our neighbors have very furry horses!  I love to watch them come galloping up from the kitchen window.  Still have some work to do to convince Pablo that we need a pony...


  1. I love all those notes you have--where are those posted?

    1. Thanks sis, they are behind the door to the office :)

  2. I love the "construction zone" with power tools, pieces and parts, and of course an iron. That tickled my funny bone.

  3. I somehow missed this post. I taught you well. Always travel light, be ready to move, have some style, you learned from the original. OXO. M your space looks adorable.