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Office Space

“Your soul – that inner quiet space – is yours to consult. It will always guid you in the right direction.” Wayne Dyer

This is my place where I go to get away from it all, and hear myself think. I enjoy a little alone time, and time to write with no interruptions. A little time to contemplate or read a book. IMG_9736

Antique items and art abound in my personal space. My super comfy chair, and my huge renaissance desk are where I pay the bills and get stuff done. I can even have visitors that can talk to me while I am at my desk, or they can visit in a more intimate spot.


My reception area has chairs, and a love seat where my visitors can sit and talk. I wanted to make sure I had plants that could clean the air and make my little area alive.


This is my little space that makes me happy! I love the days I’m in there working, but I also love it when my husband comes to get me, when he thinks I’ve been here too long.

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If man owns land,

If man owns land, the land owns him. Ralph Waldo Emerson

This is resounding to me! Owning property is work, and owning rental property is even more work and responsibility. My husband and I have owned and sold many pieces of property. It is a big job.

When you have renters you are responsible for the safety and comfort of your tenant. When they call at 3AM, and the air conditioner isn’t working, you have to answer the phone. It’s not easy, plus you are going to have to pay bills, repairs, and property taxes. As much as people want the rent to be cheap, you are going to have to figure out a profit margin that makes you happy. You’ll have to have money for an emergency, like a leaky roof, heater, or goddess forbid anything more serious.

Flipping each apartment complex was something that I never really imagined doing. I really enjoyed refurbishing the units. Finding the right tiles, carpet, appliances, light fixtures, and paint for each room was fun for me. I also liked interviewing the possible tenants.

One time, when we owned our complex in Oakland, a guy came in right before I had to pick up the kids. I was happy that he showed up for his appointment, but he was bananas. He told me that he was an ambassador of another country, and he even showed me his identification. He told me he loved the place and wanted to offer me cash above the asking rent. Are you kidding me? No, I told him, I have to check your references. He proceeded to get down on the carpet, and started making carpet angels. I asked him, What are you doing? He said…I love this place, I am not leaving. I told him…Sir, I am going to have to ask you to leave. I have an appointment that I need to get to really soon. If you don’t get up off the carpet, I am going to have to call the police. He finally got his butt up off the carpet, and headed out the door.

I have so many stories of from my property rental days. My advice to anyone that is wanting to start buying rental property is “Do your research, and understand that you are not operating a charity, there is a small profit margin if you do it right.”

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Harvesting Wrap Up

We finished with harvest, we have started shipping boxes and cases out to members. We got new products in before the holiday season too. Savannah Bee Company body butter both regular, and sensitive skin. We also have the softening hand soap, we sold out last time very quickly. Menagerie animal for spouts to aerate wine, and also to use for olive oil. We have so many other great gifts, so it’s worth it to come in and buy some items for the upcoming holidays.

Look at all our luscious grapes, before they become yummy wine. Roberto is modeling some of the bundles that were pulled off the vines.

Next up, we have our pick up party, and party plans for next year.

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George Barris and Dennis Mukai

Last year when I saw Marilyn Monroe piece that was done by George Barris and Dennis Mukai I had to have one. If I was going to have an image of Marilyn Monroe on my wall, I wanted something different. Not one of the same old images that are seemingly everywhere. There are some photos of Marilyn that are my favorites. I like the images of her reading. I read that she was an avid reader, and one of my favorite photos of her in the robe reading. This is one of the photos in the series of her reading. The bonus of this photo is that this one wasn’t released to the public by George Barris. Dennis and George teamed up to do something different, and they utilized photos that George did not show to the public.

I was a fan of Dennis in the 1980’s. I even had a border of ad’s from magazines. (I couldn’t afford art back in those days, so I made colleges). Here is the one I had in my bedroom. Photo Here is the one I own of Marylyn Monroe in my office. Marilyn Monroe


Photos of The Week

Goodie BagWe got a nice goodie bag from the Farm to Fork in Paso Robles. Distinctive Glassware of Paso Robles gave us each our own glass to take home. We got a small bottle of olive oil from our host, The Grove on 41, a little soap from Paso Soap, and chap stick.


My officeWhat it looks like from my chair in my office.

A neat photo with the moon in the tree…Moon in the treeMy favorite one from the series of photos I took of the moon…Moon Tree 2


Office Designing

My office is almost done. I found the perfect pieces to go into my office. I have the chandelier already hung, and the desk is waiting to go into the office. I have to call the antique dealer in the morning to get my last piece to finish off the look I want. Once the other pieces are in, I can then find the perfect round table to utilize as our conference spot. 

I enjoy buying antiques since they are parts of history being rescued, and they find a new life. My new piece of furniture…Image