My House as a Life Chapter One


My house has been added on to so many times we have truly lost track of the square footage….probably close to 4000.

But she was just a one bedroom cabin in her youth. Born in 1908, she was picked up off her foundation and moved up the hill in the 1930’s because she was sinking due to the underground springs beneath her.

She is by far, the oldest house around for many miles. I bought her in 1975 for $40,000.

Now, she has 6 rooms upstairs (2 bedrooms, a bathroom, office, living room and kitchen) and 9 rooms downstairs (3 more bedrooms, 2 more bathrooms, another living room, a laundry room, a kitchenette, and a large Therapy Group room/office). There is also a music/workout room in process making it 10 rooms downstairs.

She has 32 windows. From 20 of those, you can see other windows in the house.

Just think about that for a minute.

She is seriously, quite a character.


From this window I can see…


this window


And many other windows provide visual connections throughout the house.

It is often how I find my cats. I just check their favorite windows….

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Thought a blog might help me develop better writing habits so I could finally finish my book, 16 years in the writing, but so far it's mostly photos and FUN!

18 thoughts on “My House as a Life Chapter One”

  1. I love reading the story of your house. I had no idea it started as a cabin. Fascinating.

    Your story makes me think about my own. As I recall, we bought it in 1973 for $18,000. They wanted $21,000 but since we bought it on a VA (Veteran’s Administration) loan, the cost was discounted. The house was built around 1923. I recently checked on the water pipes that come from the street and found out they were installed in 1908. I believe the area was an orchard at that time so they must have been pipes that were originally used for the orchard. That doesn’t make sense to me, but I’m not a plumber!

  2. It sounds amazing! And I bet you could tell a story about every room? I’ve spent years renting and imagine I don’t want to sit down and work out what I’ve spent as I might want to kill myself. (Not my joke, but borrowed) the older homes I’ve lived in do have more character. Cheers,H

  3. Thanks Kathie! This is a thought provoking post. I wonder how many windows (with cats), closets (ha!), and doors I would discover if I spent some time thinking about my own life as a house. This sounds like a fun self-exploration exercise!

    1. Oh DO THAT. I hadn’t thought f it but what a great idea. I used to give shells to clients I picked up off deserted beaches in Fiji. Their task was to describe what they had in common with their shell. Oh my mind is reeling about houses now! Thanks!

      1. Yeah! What a trip it is to think about what my life-house would look like if I drew it on a giant piece of butcher paper…

  4. So according to my maths you can have more cats? One per window? Or even two? It really looks lovely. You should be very proud.the great old dame has served you well. Cheers,H

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