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The house is not just for the eyes; it is a feast for all of the senses, the feel of the breezes when the right combination of windows are opened for cross ventilation, the smell of the wood and brick, the sounds of the birds and rustling leaves outside, the wood grain under the fingers, moving through the wonderfully choreographed circulation patterns.
I sent SDR a few photos to post with the furniture in situ. I am hooked! I count the days until we can return, hopefully August...
Here's to many more ejoyable stays for you in your new abode. and oh by the way, welcome to the great Midwest, the home to some of the friendliest people in this great country of ours. I'm sure you'll get to know the locals during your upcoming stays.
BTW, on one of your next visits be sure to visit one of the local culinary institutions, the Maid Rite sandwich shop, for a "loose meat" sandwich. It's not too far from your new place, and it will certainly be a dining experience that you cannot replicate on the left coast.
Thanks for the food tip. Where is the nearest Maid Rite? I don't recall seeing one in Oskaloosa. In fact, the sense of taste is the only one that I am not yet associating with the house, but when we get a little more settled, we hope to do some cooking. (Oskaloosa could use a little help with its restaurants...)
You are right about the folks in the Midwest. Everyone we encountered was courteous and helpful. We got to know our neighbors directly across the street, and they are fantastic, generous people.
Here is some info on the Maid Rite diner in Oskaloosa. Another new experience for you to explore in Iowa, so give it a try and let us know what you think. But above all else, have fun and enjoy your new digs!
By your comments it seems you noticed that the house causes you to be much more aware of the environment around you...you are not contained or sealed in the house. It is like living in a tent or pavillion. Wait until you stay there on a full moon night...particularly with snow...turn off all the electric lights and enjoy...
The triangular table really loves that living room and vice versa. Congratulations again.
Next come the dining tables, which will make the coffee table look downright conservative. (Maybe I'll break them in with a Maid Rite sandwich...) Benches with the red upholstered cushions will go along the long wall under the windows after we get rid of the mean gray baseboard heater, and the desk top and shelves will be brought back. Remove the carpet in the living area and see what the floor says. Resurrect the fireplace...
Slow and steady wins the race? Patience is not my strongest suit.
Snow with a full moon must be transcendental! The house as a multidimensional frame for experiencing nature...