Saturday, July 1, 2017

Life, Death, and Clutter. What will you leave behind?


I have been thinking a lot about all the stuff I have accumulated over my adult life time. I was never good about letting go of things even as a child.

For some, it starts at a young age with the need to collect little things of no real value. For me it was colorful plastic picks that came in the center of my parents steak, you know the ones that say 'Well Done', 'Medium', 'Rare' etc. Or those toothpicks with the cute little curly ribbons on the end of them. Collecting things like that as a kid can be the beginning of a life of saving stuff you do not need.

It is all about balance. Save things that are useful or that have special significance. A ticket stub from your first date. A child's first drawing. Family heirlooms. Things like that. Items that only will take up a box and maybe a book filled with treasures.


I first wanted to clean things out of my own house after my grandparents died several years ago. Seeing all the tons of stuff left behind and the strain left on the family to go through it all.

I put it off and now it is hard to clean with my disabilities. I have to do it in small bursts on days I feel able too. And even at that rate I will be in extreme pain after cleaning a little bit. So do it now while you have more energy. Even if you lack time, do a little each week or month.

I want to be able to keep the things with the most special meaning. But for now I try to just focus on getting rid of the clutter to feel better and if something happened to me there would not be the amount of junk to go through for my surviving family. All that may sound morbid but I look at it as practical not not being morbid. We all die at some point. Some sooner than others. Nothing wrong with being prepared. This way they can find things they would like to have like family photos.

If you have things you need to part with when clearing out the clutter from your home. Please donate or recycle as much as you can to reduce what goes into the landfills. Many of those places give funds to charity. The one I go to helps people gets jobs.

I am fascinated by the tiny house movement. I am picky in the style I would want though. No lofts or a ton of stairs inside or out. And a garage would be a must.

I would love the talent and skills needed to design house plans for smaller homes for those that want their own place but a better and safer way to get around in them without it screaming out they are disabled or elderly making them a possible victim of thieves driving by. What does this have to do with my theme here? Downsizing. And not collecting any more junk. Passing on advice to those younger not to keep things they will never use nor find important later on. Keep things of sentiment. But not everything. Just the most special. Back up digital photos on multiple hard drives and keep one with a family member or a trusted friend that lives in another location, or in a bank deposit box.

Once again it is all about balance. Keep what you need or cherish, what you do not - find it a good home. And stop collecting stuff! Set a better example to those who are younger.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Are you a fan of baseball? Are you a fan of art?

Check out my baseball art. Available on canvas, acrylic, metal or framed prints. Some available on throw pillows. Click the image to view or for print and size options.

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My complete baseball art gallery

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Denied Disability Assistance. What Now?

In 2014 I lost my lifelong job of 34 years. I am now to disabled and physically unable to get another job. So I turned to the disability assistance program here in the US filling out mountains of information online as that is how they want you to apply these days. I had to go through days of help from a family member just to make sure all the information was filled out correctly. After that was completed they send you yet another set of hard copy papers to fill out, that was about September of 2014.

Waiting several months, I received a denial letter for disability assistance on Dec 23rd 2014. They never interviewed me, or sent me for a pain assessment test. They never even asked for records from two of my doctors. The state I live in will not go back and review the application paperwork, even for missing doctor's records. So I have to wait one year or more to get a hearing, and then who knows how long after that. I now have to pay for a lawyer help (and hopefully) get disability after that year plus. Thankfully they are only paid if they win your disability case. That fee comes out of back payments if they win your case so at least I am not out money upfront. You have 60 days from the date of a denial letter to request a hearing.

They include a phone number with the denial letter. And because of when I received the letter I had to wait once again since they were closed for the holidays. Once open, I ended up talking to a cranky person who treated me like I was not worthy of help since I was denied. She gave me a list of phone numbers. Most were for food banks and the other for a cot. One was for welfare.

At the welfare phone number I talked to a nice lady and she sent me paperwork to fill out (I had hoped that one would help me to survive financially after being denied) but she sent none for cash assistance so I called back and talked to someone higher up and they told me that the state I live in (Missouri) does not offer living assistance via cash grants unless one is blind or has little ones. I do not fall under either category for help so what now? With no real income I will lose my home and be out on the streets long before that year of waiting for just for a hearing there. I am, for the first time in my life, saddened to live in Missouri needing help desperately and not getting the help financially. I am desperate to save my home and that is why I am writing this blog post. I started a GoFundMe page to try to get help from those that want to and are able to help me. Please Help Save My Home Even if you can just promote my page on social media that would be a great help! Thank you!

The disability assistance process is broken when it seems everyone I talked to said 'Everyone gets denied the first time around'. Well if that is the way it is why let anyone sign up? Why not say 'Sorry you have been denied try again in a year. Get your lawyer, pay their fee, then maybe we will help you then.'

Due to being disabled and in pain all the time I can not even pursue my dream of becoming a full time photographer anymore. It hurts too bad to hold the camera to take photos. I can not walk very far or stand but a few minutes and even then I am in pain all the time and need to sit down. Sitting has it's own issues of pain as well. I have to use a walker in my own home to get around. And a I have a tall stool to sit on if I am cooking or doing dishes at the sink.

The Art I have on my POD site had been a side job to help pay bills. But after being denied disability, it is all I have. Sales have been way down. Not enough to live off of while I wait for a hearing. Please feel free to check out my online art galleries and see if anything would fit your decor or work as a gift. If you know any interior decorators looking for art please send them my link.
ANDEE DESIGN Offering Fine Art And Home Decor

Thank you for reading my blog and for any help you can do even if it is posting my blog or my GoFundMe link Please Help Save My Home on social media!

Andee

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Andee Design Art Now Available On Throw Pillows

Are you looking to decorate your living room, bedroom, or office? Are you looking for something new and exciting? Maybe even something to match the art on your wall?

Andee Design now offers fine art on designer throw pillows. They also matches print options of art in her online galleries in the following sizes:

14x1416x16, 18x18, 
20x20, 26x2620x14

You can see more of them at a glance following this link: Andee Design Throw Pillows 

You can also find individual throw pillows on each image page: Andee Design 


Andee Design art also makes the perfect gift. All with a 30 day money back guarantee.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Andee Design Cat Art

Cat art for that special someone. 
For my complete Cat Gallery selection Andee Design Cat Art

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<a href="http://pixels.com/art/all/cat/all" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">cat art</a>
<a href="http://pixels.com/art/all/cats/all" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">cats art</a>
<a href="http://pixels.com/art/all/food/all" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">food art</a>
<a href="http://pixels.com/art/all/foods/all" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">foods art</a>
<a href="http://pixels.com/art/all/maps/all" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">maps art</a>
<a href="http://pixels.com/art/all/map/all" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">map art</a>
<a href="http://pixels.com/art/all/world+maps/all" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">world maps art</a>
<a href="http://pixels.com/art/all/world+map/all" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">world map art</a>
<a href="http://pixels.com/art/all/rainbow/all" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">rainbow art</a>
<a href="http://pixels.com/art/all/rainbows/all" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">rainbows art</a>
<a href="http://pixels.com/art/all/chocolate/all" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">chocolate art</a>
<a href="http://fineartamerica.com/art/all/bacon/all" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">bacon art</a>
<a href="http://pixels.com/art/all/bacon/all" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">bacon art</a>
<a href="http://pixels.com/art/all/chocolates/all" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">chocolates art</a>

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Mixing Baseball And Fine Art Together

How about mixing Fine Art with baseball? Who would have thought the two would look fantastic together? I have tried it and I like it! I hope you and others will too. Share my link with your baseball friends who also love art!

For the entire Baseball gallery click here:
 Creative Baseball Series Collection Art

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For the entire Baseball gallery click here:
 Creative Baseball Series Collection Art

<a href="http://fineartamerica.com/art/photographs/food/all" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">food photos</a><a href="http://fineartamerica.com/art/all/food/canvas+prints" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">food canvas prints</a><a href="http://fineartamerica.com/art/all/food/prints" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">food prints</a><a href="http://fineartamerica.com/art/all/food/framed+prints" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">food framed prints</a><a href="http://fineartamerica.com/art/all/food/acrylic+prints" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">food acrylic prints</a><a href="http://fineartamerica.com/art/all/food/metal+prints" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">food metal prints</a><a href="http://fineartamerica.com/art/all/food/posters" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">food posters</a><a href="http://fineartamerica.com/art/all/food/posters" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">food posters</a><a href="http://fineartamerica.com/art/photographs/baseball/all" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">baseball photos</a><a href="http://fineartamerica.com/art/all/baseball/canvas+prints" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">baseball canvas prints</a><a href="http://fineartamerica.com/art/all/baseball/canvas+prints" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">baseball canvas prints</a><a href="http://fineartamerica.com/art/all/cameras/all" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">cameras art</a><a href="http://fineartamerica.com/art/all/camera/all" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">camera art</a><a href="http://fineartamerica.com/art/all/retro+camera/all" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">retro camera art</a><a href="http://fineartamerica.com/art/all/Retro+Cameras/all" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">retro cameras art</a><a href="http://fineartamerica.com/art/all/Brownie+Camera/all" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">brownie camera art</a><a href="http://fineartamerica.com/art/all/brownie+cameras/all" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">brownie cameras art</a><a href="http://fineartamerica.com/art/all/Brooklyn+Bridge/all" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">brooklyn bridge art</a><a href="http://fineartamerica.com/art/all/New+York/all" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">new york art</a><a href="http://fineartamerica.com/art/all/New+York+City/all" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">new york city art</a><a href="http://fineartamerica.com/art/all/twin+towers/all" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">twin towers art</a><a href="http://fineartamerica.com/art/all/World+Trade+center/all" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">world trade center art</a><a href="http://fineartamerica.com/art/all/Manhattan/all" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">manhattan art</a><a href="http://fineartamerica.com/art/all/bridge/all" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">bridge art</a><a href="http://fineartamerica.com/art/all/moon/all" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">moon art</a><a href="http://fineartamerica.com/art/all/moon/all" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">moon art</a>
<a href="http://fineartamerica.com/art/all/food+and+beverage/all" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">food and beverage art</a>
<a href="http://fineartamerica.com/art/all/fruits/all" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">fruits art</a>
<a href="http://fineartamerica.com/art/all/watermelon/all" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">watermelon art</a>
<a href="http://fineartamerica.com/art/all/vegetables/all" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">vegetables art</a><a href="http://fineartamerica.com/art/all/wine/all" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">wine art</a>
<a href="http://fineartamerica.com/art/all/beatles/all" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">beatles art</a>
<a href="http://fineartamerica.com/art/all/the+beatles/all" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">the beatles art</a>
<a href="http://fineartamerica.com/art/all/john+lennon/all" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">john lennon art</a>
<a href="http://fineartamerica.com/art/all/john/all" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">john art</a>
<a href="http://fineartamerica.com/art/all/paul+mccartney/all" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">paul mccartney art</a>
<a href="http://fineartamerica.com/art/all/paul/all" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">paul art</a>
<a href="http://fineartamerica.com/art/all/george+harrison/all" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">george harrison art</a>
<a href="http://fineartamerica.com/art/all/ringo+starr/all" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">ringo starr art</a>
<a href="http://fineartamerica.com/art/all/ringo/all" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">ringo art</a>
<a href="http://fineartamerica.com/art/all/typography/all" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">typography art</a><a href="http://fineartamerica.com/art/all/word/all" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">word art</a>
<a href="http://fineartamerica.com/art/all/radiant+orchid/all" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">radiant orchid art</a>
<a href="http://fineartamerica.com/art/all/jet+propeller/all" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">jet propeller art</a>

Saturday, July 6, 2013

There is a song in my heart. Now you can hang it upon your wall.


My latest creations of art are based on song titles. I must tell you I am having fun! Some are more detailed and I have to work a little more to get them just like I want. It is so exciting to see them come together. My current fave is my creation of Singing in the rain.
The entire gallery is located here and will grow over time: http://andee-photography.artistwebsites.com/galleries.html
Let me unveil the first few pieces in this series:
Art Prints
Photography Prints
Photography Prints
Photography Prints
Sell Art Online

<a href="http://fineartamerica.com/art/all/moon/all" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">moon art</a>
<a href="http://fineartamerica.com/art/all/guitar/all" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">guitar art</a>
<a href="http://pixels.com/art/all/guitars/all" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">guitars art</a>
<a href="http://fineartamerica.com/art/digital+art/love/all" style="font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;">love digital art</a>