I am aware that I am less than some people prefer me to be,
but most people are unaware that I am so much more than what they see.
— Douglas Pagels

Saturday, January 31, 2015

How Quickly Things Change

This has been one of the craziest weeks I've seen in a long time.

My uncle, whom I shared a house with, passed away. As I mentioned in a previous post, the homeowners were already planning to sell the property. I couldn't reach an actual human on the phone at Social Security, so I ended up sending them a certified letter to inform them of the change in living arrangements. I knew that Social Security would receive the letter on Monday, and that I would most likely hear from them about the issue.

Tuesday morning, I received a call from an apartment complex in Southern Alabama, offering me an apartment through HUD. I had been on their waiting list for quite some time. I filled out the paperwork on Tuesday, submitted necessary documents on Wednesday, and I signed the lease on Thursday. They gave me my key and said "Welcome Home!"

It happened that fast. I can't believe it.

I've already pulled a muscle in my back and neck trying to move stuff, so I'm down for the count until family can come over and do the moving for me. I'm going to at least try to get everything in boxes to make it easier on them, but I'm in excruciating pain with no way to treat it (meds are dangerous to my Muscular Dystrophy). So, I'm forced to suffer with it. Hoping it will heal quickly, somehow.

There is a playground, a couple of picnic tables, and tiny grills. There is also a break room with a couple of basic computers and a television with cable. There is even a small room with a treadmill, bike, and an elliptical machine that management refers to as "the devil". Hilarious. Most of the residents are retired, disabled, or low income families. My neighbor across the walkway is a 6 year old girl who started a conversation the minute she saw me. She said she wants to move to a big house with stairs someday, bless her. I don't blame her in spite of the reasonable size of our apartments. I'm impressed with the amount of space I have. I can hang at least 20 paintings and store the rest. I have several closets and a kitchen that is small but not claustrophobic by any means...it's just fine for me. I have a bedroom and enough space for a small sofa and dining room table. I'm not going to bother with a television, but I look forward to installing a couple of bookcases eventually. Best of all, I've always dreamed of turning a living room of my own into an art studio, and I can now do that.

What a huge answer to prayer. I'm pinching myself.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Artist Interview

I was recently interviewed by a high school student concerning my art career.

The Q&A can be found at Gulf Coast Art Studio.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

12 Random Facts About Me (shared from Facebook)

1. I am the only person in my immediate family not named after another person. I was named after a paper doll my mom had as a child.
2. I was a high jumper and a very fast runner in elementary school, often winning first or second place. I also played (tackle, not flag) football in my neighborhood. I was the second youngest and the only girl.
3. I studied names (onomastics) growing up and used to be able to tell you the origin and meaning of a name off the top of my head. I had a baby name website for a few years (on geocities, ha!) until it crashed in the mid 2000s.
4. Writing is my outlet, and I've been journaling since I was a young child. Once I obtained access to the world wide web, I began blogging and haven't stopped since.
5. I made a D in art in junior high school. I was sick and struggling with my motor skills, but the teacher didn't believe me for a long time and said I was lazy. I know he didn't know any better, and I admit my art was pretty terrible.
6. As a first-year student at the Pascagoula Vocational-Technical Center, I won a silver medal in VICA (now called Skills USA) state competition in Jackson, MS in the specialty of Commercial Printing. And I did it in a skirt!
7. I had every intention of taking art classes at MGCCC's JC campus in my youth. I enrolled at age 19 and again at 22, but both times I was too ill to attend. I used to visit the Fine Arts building and walk by the drawing and design studio, look in the window, and say "I'm supposed to be in that room. I will get there somehow, someday." Nearly killed myself doing so, but I finally made it happen 10 years later.
8. Traveling is my dream, but I've never been on a plane, train, or commercial ship.
9. I've never been to Disney World even though I've been to Orlando twice. I'm a Geography/World Culture/Food fanatic, so Epcot is on my bucket list.
10. I've taken care of quite a few children over the years, from newborn to age 12, but there won't ever be any Kelli-minions running around (so let me spoil all of your babies...thanks in advance). :)
11. I didn't date anymore as a teen than I have as an adult. It's never been the life for me. I've kissed a total of three people. The last person I was with was my ex-husband a dozen years ago. No, I'm not clinging to the past. Yes, I am abstinent. Yes, by choice.
12. I am non-partisan, anti-racist, non-denominational, culture-embracing, introverted, sleep-deprived, empathetic, passionate, stubborn, dorky, geeky, nerdy, blah blah blah if you want to know anything else you know where to find me, folks. I'm an open book (minus a few pages). ;)

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Kelli Nicole, meet Sadie Nicole!

Thank you God for letting me live to greet another precious niece into the world. Her name means princess of the victorious people, and I pray she has a healthy happy wonderful life.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

2014 Resolutions Review

It's that time again. Hard to believe 2014 is over (and can I just say, THANK GOD).

My 2014 Goals

* Get settled in a new place of my own, or at least be on a reliable waiting list.

On a few long waiting lists. I really hope one of them calls me soon.

* Either utilize my possessions, or sell/give away. This of course does not include anything of sentimental value, just stuff with a useful purpose.

I made a great deal of progress on this. I gave a ton of stuff away, sold a little bit, and I am more organized than I have been over the last several years. I still have work to do.

* Take updated photos of all art, complete everything in progress, and market my work.

I took a few updated photos, and I had an unexpected art exhibition in Moss Point that was lovely. My work is not currently on the market, but it will be soon.

* Have at least one short story from NaNoWriMo published, even if I have to publish it myself.

Done! One short story is out there and has had not quite 100 readers. It's not for everybody, being Psychology-based, but it's for somebody and I appreciate the positive feedback I've received.

Much more coming in the future, as I am 50% finished with the first drafts of two Historical-based novellas.

* Clean, backup, and reorganize my computer hard drives.

Oh boy. Had to reformat Bessie the Macbook, as my readers are probably aware. My readers are also probably aware that I name everything. :-)

Bessie now has a busted keyboard, and I've been working hard to retrieve my files and get them uploaded onto a tablet (which is now full) and online storage drives (which have been a lifesaver). I uploaded thousands of photos to Facebook in December alone, just so they'll be in a safe place before I take Bessie back to the Apple store for repair this year. So I guess you can say this is near-complete, and very much in progress.

* Build or renovate all blogs and webpages until they are what I want them to be.

No no no no no. So much no. Fail city. I have to make this a priority somehow. I'll be adding this to my 2015 goals (if I make a list...I'm sure I will when I feel like thinking about it).

I feel like I accomplished more than I planned, in spite of how horrible my year was emotionally and physically. Much more to do, though, so I expect the upcoming year to be just as busy.

I hope 2015 is the greatest year of your life, dear friends. Talk to you soon.