In early January of 2017, my father was critically injured in a car crash. I took immediate leave from my job and drove out with my dogs from Salt Lake City, Utah to Tulsa, Oklahoma. For two weeks I was staying in a La Quinta Hotel (very dog friendly!) and helping my father take care of business while he was convalescing, first in the hospital and later in a rehabilitation facility.
The reason my father was injured was fraught with tragedy. My stepmom had experienced several strokes, and the last one was the day before my father's accident. He was on his way to see her in the hospital when he was hit.
On my way back to Utah, I had days to think about what was important to me. I had been working a job for over 3 years that was going to end soon as it was paid off a grant that was ending. The day before I got home, I found out my landlord was going to have to sell my rental house, a really nice home that I wasn't in a position to buy.
This was the second time in two years that I was going to have to move because my landlord's circumstances changed. I felt strongly that I was getting signals that it was time for a major change in my life. After 23 years in Utah, I decided to go someplace my heart had always loved since I visited in the 1990s: Asheville!
Through Internet research, I was able to find a wonderful house that nearly matched the one I was living in in Utah. I knew it was meant to be mine. I applied and was approved to rent. All this was done electronically, so other than photos, it was a mystery house until I got here.
The dogs and I arrived on March 13, 2017 and my movers arrived a couple of hours later. Ten hours. 239 boxes, not counting furniture. Not one item was broken or injured, including the massive amount of art Allied Van Lines transported for me. I highly recommend them!
I am happy to say the house exceeded my expectations. I have great neighbors, a wonderful neighborhood, and Cooper and Sadie are loving our huge, park-like backyard.
My studio space is lovely and it's all coming together. I love it here and I look forward to sharing with you my experiences and my art!