Moving Day Washington to California: Boo and Charlie Cats


“Is it time to go yet?” The cats said to their people in unison; they were done with this whole moving thing already. 

“First you pack up all the stuff and clean the whole place, you let all these strangers in and now this?!” They complained looking around the room that has been designated the ‘Cat Room’ for moving day. This area has everything they need but when will it be time to be let out already? 


Sir Charles, the male of the pair, sulks into the closet for some privacy. He throws himself down with a plop and begins to tear out the fur on his hind quarters. There is a hotspot on his hips where as a younger barn cat he got into a tussle with a raccoon and ended up with two broken legs. Somewhat crippled he tries to compensate or hide his pain from the others. 

Princess Boo Kitty is the most well adjusted. As a ragdoll Siamese cat she tends to have a more relaxed attitude in general. I wouldn’t say she is particularly thrilled but she hasn’t lost any sleep over the matter. Her eyes blink slowly and calmly as she lays out on the ground before her humans. 
“You better not forget us!” The cat says rolling onto her back like a kitten. 

Then every time I leave the room they get into position. Charles in the corner of the closet were he can get some secure shut eye and Boo in her crate. 

“I’m ready when you are.” She says each time you open the door. 

So far so good. Soon we will be on to other things guys. Just wait until you see the new house. 

-Dominique Barrentine 


Progress on the Moving Process Washington to California 

So things are coming along quite well. Not to say there haven’t been bumps along the way, there has been. Today our house in Washington closed, officially. Yay!

Packing is nearly done and we now have a U-Haul until Sunday. I’m hoping this week we will be attending church in Fairfield at Liberty Church for a second time. I really enjoyed the sermon and worship last time we went. The spirit was in the house.

Unfortunately I pinched a nerve in my neck but it seems to be healing some. Ouchy. What bad timing I always seem to have?! Perhaps it’s just stress. So I try to take a deep breath and slow down my heart.

Perhaps I’ll go draw some more. That always helps. I’ve been taking a bath everyday too since I hurt my neck. The warm water soothes the tension. Taking care of yourself is a very important part of moving!

I’ve made significant progress in the editing stage of my book. As far as spelling and grammar goes I do believe I am nearly there. I have sent out a few copies to friends and family for test reading already as well. The best word I could use to describe it is, “intense.” Looking forward I hope to receive some feedback on my work.

I captured this sequence over the course of my orchids bloom life. I love watching the circle of life unfolding before my eyes. If cared for properly this plant will continue to send up spikes of blooms for many years to come. I hope she survives the move. If they do all the plants will love the extra sunshine!

My neighbor guy gave me these beautiful lilacs. They smell so fragrantly! Maybe I will put a few flowers in my bath. I gifted him these bright sunny daffodils in return. I took pictures over the course of the bloom opening.

¬†Overall I have many mixed feelings about moving. As much as I’m scared and anxious I am also excited. It will be interesting to see what the next stage in life will bring. I pray to “Make new friends but keep the old ones. One is silver and the other is gold.” Also I pray that God will watch after us on our journey. I am so emotional today but I’m sure everything will be ok. Thankfully my hubby understands me so well, otherwise he might have decided to leave without me! Haha. Anyways, here is to new adventures! ūüćł

-Dominique Barrentine

Random Update on my Colorful Primroses 

I don’t know if you remember how small these plants were when I first got them but they sure have grown since then. These have been wonderful flowers and I plan on getting more but I will leave these primroses for the new owners of our house as a gift. So when the new owners of our house move in they will have beautiful primroses on the patios. 

-Dominique Barrentine 

My “Wandering Jew”¬†

This is my “Wandering Jew,” otherwise known as Tradescantia fluminensis, or small leaf spider plant.  

It seems to be stressed out about the move, and fairly tired of the dark gloomy days of the Pacific Northwest. The leaves are showing some serious damage. 

 I’m not sure exactly what is going on. I think these dead spots will be pruned out today. Then after the move I will propagate this mama plant into babies. 

I just read an excellent blog post about where this plant got its name.

 Plants are the Strangest People Blogspot

Not only does the author tell this hilarious (but totally fictional) story of Jesus cursing some Jewish  fellow to wander the earth until Chists return, but she also adds fun facts about this much beloved house plant. 

I would love to get some different varieties of this plant at some point. Looking at pictures I dedided the next one is going to be a Tradescantia Zebrina which has purple leaves and flowers more frequently. My little green Tradescantia has yet to bloom but believe it or not this plant is less than a year old!

The “Wandering Jew” is a hearty and fast growing houseplant. So far it seems very difficult to kill. I do think it will survive the trip nicely. 

I can only bring my house plants and 1 rose in the truck to California. They don’t allow outside plants with native soils and bugs for fear of contaminating the nation’s farmlands. Most of our food comes from California. I would hate to accidentally introduce apple maggots or something wild. 

I would love to hear your comments on the Tradescantia Flueminensis. Do you like the name “Wandering Jew?” Would you prefer a different variety? If you have one of these plants I’d love to see pictures. What varieties do you have? And does anyone know exactly what is going on with these leaves?  

-Dominique Barrentine 

Moving to California 

From the first time I visited California I have wanted to live there. My dear husband was raised in Redwood City, California and thinks San Francisco is the best city in the world. So when he had to opportunity to move to Fairfield we just had to go. We both knew immediately that it was the right thing to do. It was as if God opened a door and spoke clearly to us both. It is time to go.         I can’t tell you what the future holds for us. But I know it is going to be new and exciting. God has a plan on how we can serve him in the community of Fairfield. 


     When we went to Fairfield to pick out a house we visited Liberty Church. 

       This church was filled with the Holy Spirit. We could feel His presence the moment we entered the sanctuary. Jesus was near. God was in the house. I know I speak for us both when I say we were comfortable here.

     It happens to be a larger church then I am used to. Which may be a really good way to make new friends in the area. Being a multi-cultural church there was a wide variety of people there. 

     The sermon was bible based but sprinkled in tidbits of personal experience. Worship in this church was awesome. They have an excellent band, singers, and even worship dancers of all abilities. They do extensive outreach in the community and are currently looking for more volunteers. Count me in! 

      We still plan on staying in touch with the Gathering church here in Washington. I will be sending lesson sheets online to one of my helpers. Also several of the parents and teens have stepped up to help supervise on Sundays. Whenever we are in town I’m sure hubby and I will still be attending our beloved friends’ church The Gathering @ the Landing in Renton 
I was packing up some of my paintings the other day and came across this one. 

It is titled

Circular Insanity

Black charcoal and water on canvas


I couldn’t pack it properly because it’s so delicate and being a two foot square I don’t even have a large enough box if I did want to pack it. Does anyone wish to purchase it maybe?


Selling our House

We are selling our beautiful home. Today our house will go on the market to find its new owner. What a beautiful home it is!  
Last week I spent preparing the house for its big day. Today is that day. I think this house has never looked more beautiful. I am very proud to share these photos. The professional photos go online at 8am so this is just a peek.
        I have enjoyed living here the past two years with my wonderful husband. We spent a lot of time together doing the things we love here. He has owned this home since before we met having bought it shortly after it was built.

This house is a four bedroom house with two and a half bathrooms, two car garage, and wonderful yards. Situated on a corner lot tucked back in a private cul de sac this house would be perfect for a family. It also has a bonus loft room and both a living room and a family room. With high vaulted ceilings to help the house feel even bigger and a warm cozy fireplace.

I have a feeling it won’t be long before this home is sold. Our house is going to fly right off the market.

Thank you Jesus for leading us on this new adventure. The closer we get to moving day the more excited I am. My husband is so happy to be moving back to the Bay Area. I know God has big plans for us!

I am just so blessed and so grateful for everything. I can’t begin to explain how lucky I am to have the life that I do. Looking at these images of our beautiful house brings tears of gratitude to my eyes. I can’t say it enough.

-Dominique Barrentine 

Flower Power: Primroses 

What a beautiful flower the primrose?! 
It was a rainy Washington day when I decided to plant so cheery bright flowers for the house. I went to QFC and bought these delightful primroses and pansies. Such variety I found in the colors available this year.

I went with primroses when staging our house this spring for several reasons. Primroses are a very popular flower that many people plant every year. They last a long time if treated right. Also these brightly colored blooms just seem to make the whole house seem more cheery.   Front porch potted flowers

But if you plant primroses in front you must plant some in the back!

I found the little pansies just darling.

I think my favorite was the hot pink one with the yellow stamen.

Here is a close up of the violet. So beautiful.

Then I went inside the store and really bought some flowers!!! My favorite flowers of all are orchids. They are so elegant and expensive that they brighten up every space and command a smile. So when I saw this yellow and hot pink phaleonopsis

I just couldn’t resist!

  She is just lovely
 Lovely yellow and fuscia phaleonopsis orchid

I  hope  you enjoyed this post with many lovely flower photos.
-Dominique Barrentine