I think our home was designed by someone who never lived in a house! LOL! It has so many design flaws, ie., the kitchen pantry is app. 16" wide and probably 3 1/2 ' deep and there are shelves almost to the ceiling and all the way to the floor. My arms aren't long enough to really reach the back of the shelves and I have to actually lie down on the floor to access anything on the bottom shelves.
There is no space in either bathroom for dirty clothes hampers or anything to collect dirty clothes.
Some spaces are too big, others are too small - but we love it and have lived here over 35 years. There is practically no exterior maintenance and the tiny backyard I've fussed about for years is now just about all the space I need to piddle around with my gardening projects. We're fixing to have three trees pruned that I suspect will cost $1,500-$2,000.
Most of our friends seem to be downsizing and moving to smaller homes but I feel like we're O.K. - I hope so anyway!
Thanks for the compliments! Denise is such a total joy to us. She is a busy, happy soul - every day is a new adventure!
Sitting here typing, with your album slideshow visible, I'm once again impressed with how beautiful the roses are. Your new house is equally as beautiful - the beauty of nature is obviously important to you.
Our daughter, the pretty gypsy in my album with the faux-dragonfly tattoo, was married at The American Rose Center. I can't remember the year but a tornado struck this general area not long after we arrived for a Friday night rehearsal and everyone had to crowd into the little chapel - with no electricity.
I went to bed that night sure the next morning would be a royal disaster but the sky was beautiful, the sun was streaming through the damp air and everyone said it all seemed mystical. We were able to do everything as planned with the wedding and reception.
As exciting as this is, we know that we have a responsibility to do this thing correctly. After all, we want the farm to remain a place where the family can gather for another 80 years and beyond. This site was born out of these desires. Before we started this site, googling "shale' brought up little information. Certainly nothing that was useful as we negotiated a lease. Read More