When we arrived, we were met with these views:
|Main street moving through the town center|
|Adjacent street dressed in fall colors|
|Neighborhood Starbucks--Lucky Me!|
I was reminded at once of the movie Pleasantville, and, at the same time, of my friend's husband's recent post concerning intentional communities (linked for your reading pleasure http://tcpermaculture.com/site/2013/09/24/my-plan-for-an-intentional-community/). Reading John's view of an intentional community made me want to rush out and get in on the ground floor of this concept, so I hope that he will not be offended by me connecting his academically researched plan for a community to our little town designed to include a store, among other deliberately chosen features, to meet every daily need of the members of the community allowing them to rarely have to leave town center if they so choose. We have a dry cleaner, library, Yogurtini, Jiffy Lube, bus "depot," hotel, post office, Mexican restaurant, 3 sushi establishments, a pub--to name a few examples--and my neighbor informed me that we are getting a grocery store within a short time. The streets are tree lined with the elementary school and childcare facility located alongside the homes, apartments and condos. Dogs are welcome additions and are companions to their owners who frequently walk, ride bikes or jog on the sidewalked streets. Our town is designed so that the houses back up to their own alley where the garbage is discreetly picked up, parks are dispersed throughout the community, and landscape at the front of each house is manicured for the most part by the city workers rather than home owners. Gray, beige, yellow, clay and blue are repeated colors of houses on any given street where inhabitants look down on their side yards from second floor windows or casually from the front porches of their deep, one-storied homes called ramblers.
The house we call home is a two-story with an open living, dining and kitchen area warmed by a fireplace while three bedrooms with two baths hover above. A garage and grassy side yard with hot tub completes our "little world." (For the sake of inquiring family members, pictures are included,) This house has wood floors that creak with every footfall and no bathroom on the first floor, but we embrace it as our home because it pulses with the love and energy of four hearts--Roy's, Huck's, Finn's, and mine!
|Our Northwest home|
|Living Area with my dad's recliner, couch and chair from Indiana and Canvas 1 repainted to match each home|
|Entryway with Mrs. Finnerty's secretary|
|Dining area and corner kitchen|
|Guest room with my Uncle Bob's cedar bedroom set and my great grandmother's quilt|
|Master bedroom with Canvas 2 painted to match its new home|
|Kings of the Side Yard|
WELCOME TO OUR HOME!