Thursday, November 15, 2007

Moving the groove west

While my good friend Lavenderchick is planning to serve her Thanksgiving feast in her completed dining room and bathroom, due to ongoing construction projects on the farm, we're moving the groove west.

The familia is heading to Marathon, right in the middle of God's country, near Big Bend National Park. We'll be staying in a little house we have been renovating for the last few years. One day, I envision this home as a retreat house both for me, our friends and family, artists looking for sanctuary while exploring the Big Bend, and small groups looking for peace and spiritual reflection under the big sky of the Chihuahuan desert. As one of my favorite people, Art, told me, "this house has a good vibe."

So we're heading west to capture some of that good vibe for ourselves and we may or may not get some renovating done on this trip. Here's a "before"picture of our sanctuary:

Did I mention it was a diamond in the rough? So far, most of the renovation has been done on the inside: boring stuff like plumbing and electrical. Now we're getting to the good stuff, the jobs I like, such as painting and decorating. I'll be sure to show you more photos as it comes along. All the doors in the house are different, because the house was built in stages, starting in the early 1920s, when Marathon was still the wild west.

That's another "before" photo. You can tell by the ashtray.


Lavender Chick said...

I can't wait to get to visit the retreat again! I LOVE it there... Be sure and post new pics after you get back...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Enid said...

Have a safe trip y'all, and Happy Thanksgiving!!

Kari & Kijsa said...

Wow- sounds and looks like a good vibe place! Can't wait to hear about the move and evolution of the home!

kari & kijsa

Kari & Kijsa said...

Thanks so much for all your sweet comments...we love your stuff (especially that blue cabinet) yummy!

Have a very blessed day!

smiles, kari and kijsa

chocolate girl said...

i see it. and it's beautiful. i hope i can be included in one of the lovely artist retreats here. how wonderful that you are restoring this sweet house to it's true potential once again.

be blessed