What have I been Doing?

I say “It’s time”
You Say “For What?”
I say “To tell you what I’ve been doin.

First…I was asked to go to Florida by a client to prepare the contents of their house for moving . This meant packing all of their belongings in a 5000 square foot house in two weeks! Also interviewing several moving companies, arranging what furniture had to be stored and in which location and deciding what was to be donated or trashed. There was no time to do anything else but eat and sleep. However I did some binge watching before I rested my weary bones. packed boxes in FL “Outlander” is my new favorite show. By the end of fourteen days, I packed 120 boxes, picture/ mirror boxes and a variety of containers.

Second…I have been visiting and feeding two precious Siamese cats. Now this hasn’t been physically exhausting or mind consuming but a bounding experience with two very vocal and beautiful creatures.Indie relaxing
Sindri bathing One cat thought he was a bird and the other was perfectly content to act like a rabbit. Both very happy, which make me a very satisfied cat sitter.

Now that’s what I’ve been doing, on to my next venture.

Treasures Anyone?

When you have an event in your life that scares you, sometimes that’s an indication that things need to change. Maybe it’s time to organize, declutter, evaluate or downsize.

In my situation, I decided to empty the storage unit that I rented for many years. This unit was in a very nice climate controlled facility. However most of the treasures,furniture, memorabilia, photos, stuffed animals, other misc. items and just junk, didn’t belong to me. I became aware while opening boxes and containers and moving alot of furniture, that my two daughters and other family members had asked me to store an abundance of their stuff. Obviously, I had said “Yes”. So it was time to empty the space!

While my daughters and their families were visiting, we arranged, trashed, donated or relocated everything. We even sold a few things! I’m glad that we were able to get this project accomplished. Now someone else can fill it with their treasures.


santa and baby jesus

This is the reason for the season!

Wishing  my family and friends a loving and peaceful holiday.

A year filled with joy, good health and lots of wonderful memories that will last a lifetime.

May we all be blessed and enjoy the beauty that surrounds us.

A Happy House

Last week I had the pleasure of visiting wonderful friends in their new home. This couple recently moved to Florida after living in the same house in N.J. for almost fifty years. During my stay, I placed art on the walls, hung family pictures and rearranged furniture. I even helped with unpacking a few boxes. We also ate delicious food, relaxed while having pedicures and swam in the beautiful pool.  Oh, did I mention that we played a few games of pool in the club house billiard room.

We had a great time and we got a lot accomplished. I was delighted to help. Their new home is a testament to this couples love for each other, their family and friends. I hope they enjoy it for many years.Marie and Buddys house





Making a House a Home



This was a fun job. Exhausting, tiring but well worth the effort.  Not only were all the boxes and plastic containers unpacked but a large tree was cut down and lots of branches were trimmed from over grown bushes. All of this needed to be bundled then hauled to the curb for organic pick-up.

Next the unpacking and arranging of the family belongings started. Wall to wall bookcases in the living room were filled with everything from reading material for children to medical reference articles. The kitchen drawers and cabinets were stocked with all the items needed to feed a family of four and some guests. Even the dining room table was set. Towels, bed sheets and toiletries lined the shelves in the linen closet. The beds were made and the bedrooms were organized. The doll house in the little girls room was precious.

After several days the empty house was completely finished. It looked inviting and comfortable. I was pleased. The new homeowners arrived and were able to settle into their first home. They were very happy!empty dining roommaster bedroom containersTo see the unpacked and staged rooms, please look at the video.only a mattresspacked boxes in kitchen





Blake is Fetching Again!

To paint or not to paint

So I painted. I painted my apple green kitchen and dining area. Not too big or too tiny but enough wall space to cover with paint.
I preformed all the necessary steps prior to painting, I was determined to lighten my room with a coat of “Spring White”. A cool breezy color to brighten the walls in my rather dark cooking and eating area. Well, after three coats it still didn’t happen! The walls were blotchy and smeary… terrible. The green apple wapainting my kitchens absorbing the spring white like a sponge. Just like in a horror movie. This went on for five days.
After the fifth day, I decided to leave it and put everything back in its proper place. It’s “grite”, not green and not white. Eventually I’ll repaint it. Maybe yellow?

Go Fetch!


This is Blake. He is a 9 year old Cocker Spaniel and he loves to fetch. Anytime, anywhere and for as many times that I will throw the ball till my arm feels as if it will fall off my body. Blake is particular about only one thing. The ball must be a tennis ball. The condition of the ball doesn’t matter. It could be disintegrating to a measly few threads of rubber as long as it was formerly a bright yellow tennis ball. And there are no substitutions. If you begin the game with a certain ball, don’t try to sneak another ball into play because Blake will know it and will hunt for the original one.
Playing, walking and feeding your dog are some of the services that I offer with my business. Please contact Housewise by CAL if you need me to play fetch with your pet.

Staging Junky?

Is there such a thing? I don’t know but I think I qualify. I just can’t help myself! When I walk into someones home, I immediately scan the room and think about the changes I would make. Not necessarily to my taste but how the balance, color pallet, appearance and placement could be more pleasing.
Does this art need to hang on a different wall or should a certain piece of furniture be in another location? More to the right, on an angle or under a window. Are the accessories too symmetrical, too much clutter or is the space dark and dreary. Would new paint make the room seem spacious, warm and welcome.
Many of my friends have requested my opinion or advice when they have moved, remodeled or needed to update a tired room.cottage before stagging #2 I am flattered and really enjoy the chance to be of service. So give me your empty or not so empty space to beautify.

The Uninvited Visitor

A few weeks ago I noticed a visitor at my front door. First I saw the mess on my door step, but I couldn’t detect where it originated. Days passed, the mess continued and the visitor remained discreet- unannounced.
Then on a beautiful sunny morning, my dogs were barking at the front door.I peered out the window and jumped when a small brown bird fluttered away.Upon further investigation, I saw a nest tucked in the grape vine wreath hanging on my door.The nest held many eggs. This little creature made my house its home for a while anyway. I feel blessed and a little lucky.
Several weeks have passed, the bird is not bothered when my dogs are barking.I assume it knows that the dogs are behind the door and can not hurt or disturb the little brown animal and itsbird nest on the front door soon to be family. However if I get within three feet of the door, inside or out, the little four inch wren flies away. It always returns to care for its family. For now, I won’t be using my front door. I’m hopeful that these little eggs will hatch and the uninvited visitor and the baby birds will enjoy flying in the blue skies.

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