A Short Photographic Tour of My Home: I Didn’t Clean

After six-and-a-half weeks in our new townhome, I feel settled. The only things missing are some larger wall hangings, our canoes, a few small pieces of furniture, and a maid. The maid may never show up.

Here are a few pictures of the main rooms. I neglected to share photos of the bedrooms because 1) they are small and difficult to photograph – which is just an excuse for reason number 2..which is..  2) they are messy.

pic#1 - My new sacred space - the deck

pic#1 – My new sacred space – the deck

The first photo (pic#1) is of my favorite spot in our land-less home: the deck. Not pictured is my new favorite housewarming gift – the smoker grill. I love it. And I am pretty sure the neighbors have their hands on their cell phones every time I use it, because it makes the deck look like it is on fire. You can see the tomato plants, flowers, pepper plants (which actually belong to the neighbor – long story involving us thinking they were a gift and basically stealing them), and some herb plants. It’s as much of a garden as we can have these days. Side note – Those evergreens will look great during the winter months.

(pic#2) The main floor and living space

pic#2 -The main floor and living space

This photo (pic#2) is of our living room – a highlight of the townhome. We are patiently awaiting the return of a large Taiwanese window to place over the fireplace. And after three years, we finally have a full, living room set.

pic#3 - Living space again and view of kitchen

pic#3 – Living space again and view of kitchen

Turn around and you can see our open kitchen (pic#3) (and our laundry). I love open kitchen concepts, because I love being in the kitchen, but I don’t like missing the action in the living or dining room area. Some people don’t like open kitchens because you have to keep the kitchen clean. But as you’ll see in the next photo, cleaning the kitchen must also fall under the non-existent maid’s job description.

pic#4 - kitchen

pic#4 – Kitchen

A couple of features we added to the kitchen (pic#4) were: the crimson red paint (thanks Uncle Matt and Toby), the washboard cabinet hanging on the wall to the back left (Toby’s mom’s), the small towel-hanging standing cabinet in the back (also Toby’s mom’s), and the hanging fruit and vegetable basket in the forefront (a must in every kitchen).

pic#5 - The dining room leading to the upstairs

pic#5 – The dining room leading to the upstairs

To the right of the kitchen (pic#5) is our dining room and china cabinet minus the china. This is another set that we have been missing for three years and it is nice to enjoy it again.

pic#6 - Upstairs, bedroom and bathroom pics purposely not included

pic#6 – Upstairs, bedroom and bathroom pics purposely not included

The three bedrooms and bath are located upstairs (pic#6). At the top of the stairs hangs a needlepoint favorite of mine: “hummingbirds and flowers” by my grandmother (mom-mom).

pic#7 - Downstairs room, kids pictured (can you even see them among the toys?)

pic#7 – Downstairs room, kids pictured (can you even see them among the toys?)

Downstairs (pic#7) is a small room dedicated to disorganization and noise. Most of the toys, a drum set and keyboard, and a guest bed and bathroom are squeezed into this walkout basement room.

Overall, we are pleased with our new home. It’s relatively small, but bigger than the seminary apartments. There’s no land to call our own except for a small 6ft. by 6ft. grassy patch in the front (watch your step – some neighbors don’t clean up after their dogs). So I can’t compost like I want to or garden or even play croquet, but we can’t complain.

The town we live in is a perfect meld of country, suburb, and small-town – no Walmarts allowed here. We are within walking distance of three grocery stores, the local library (they know us well), and only a bike-ride away from a free beach on a motor-less lake – a canteen, bathrooms, a playground, lifeguards, and boat rentals included. The best feeling of all, is that while we had a bit of a rough start those first few weeks, I really do feel like I’ve come home.

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12 responses to “A Short Photographic Tour of My Home: I Didn’t Clean

  1. Ginny Hyland

    It looks lovely. And the best part is that it feels like home. Blessings to you.

  2. ELIZABETH

    Don’t worry- I’ve been waiting for that maid for over 30 years! Love, Vladimir and Betty

  3. Sarah

    Beautiful home, beautifully written. Thank you for giving us a glimpse of your home – it makes you feel not so far away!

  4. Thank you for posting, friend! Its good to connect with you again. So glad you are settling in to a place that feels like home. Let us know if you’re ever in the San Diego area. I’d love to see you!

  5. Judy Ware

    Enjoy your new home. Remember that you are always welcome to come back to West Lafayette for a visit. We will always miss all of you.

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