little purple house for you & me

photo challenge, day #5: a photo of your home. this is going to be heavy on the photos because i am infatuated with my house.

the view from the alley between connecticut st. & rhode island st.
the view from 8th st. ignore the old dude strolling along. i didn't see him when i was snapping the photo. but i saw him after & he side-eyed me like i had intentionally been taking a picture of him.
the view if you are walking up the alley. please note the adorable wooden garbage can holder. it is trellised with roses on the back so we can look out the window & see roses instead of trash cans.
snake wall! in the walking tour brochures for east lawrence, this wall, which is in our backyard, dividing the yard from the alley, is described as "a classic example of folk art from the 1920s".
the backyard--or part of it, anyway. it's mostly just a big garden. as you can imagine, it's a lot more exciting to look at in the summertime.
the mosaic detail on the back porch steps. there's even more of this in the yard, including a big plaza area designed to look like a frog.
my office-y corner.
the high-traffic hang-out zone.
the more infrequently used half of the living room. it features built-in bookshelves (filled to near-capacity) on every wall except one.
jared laying in bed, reading. the bedroom gets the most gorgeous light in the winter, it's hard to stay away. jared says, "we make the bed, like adults."
bathroom. i won't inflict a toilet shot on you (even though it, like the rest of our house, is always pretty clean).
pantry! the jar on the windowsill is full of water from the atlantic ocean. the buoy hanging above it from revere beach. so we have a little bit of the east coast even in kansas.
kitchen table & fridge. jared is making bread.
another view of the kitchen. chicken is defrosting so we can have chicken kiev for dinner tonight.

i love this house. after living in a series of horrific crapholes both before & after moving to lawrence, i sometimes think that we finally earned our right to live someplace so wonderful. you can’t tell from these photos, but another perk of living here is that it’s only a block & a half from downtown lawrence. we can walk to the indie movie theatre or our favorite coffeeshop or the public library or the best indian restaurant in kansas in under five minutes, literally. i’ve timed it. our rent is dirt cheap, & even though it’s a historic bungalow & you’d kind of expect those sorts of places to be drafty, it really doesn’t require that much energy to keep it warm in the winter & cool in the summer. we pay less than a third to heat this entire house than we did for the last apartment we had in boston.

given the choice, of course i’d prefer to move back to boston (or someplace else on the east coast). but the real dream would be to load the house on to a truck & take it with us whenever we leave lawrence. too bad our landlady would never allow it. she lives next door (she’s the one who maintains the yard) & she says it’s her dream to eventually live in this house herself. i’m not sure what’s stopping her, considering that she lives in her current house all by herself & it’s like twice the size of ours. it seems like she could live just as comfortably in our place (if we weren’t in it) & she could rent out her place for twice what we’re paying. not that i want that to happen. i want to stay in this house for as long as we are living in lawrence. so linda, if somehow you have stumbled across my blog, please don’t let what i’ve written give you any ideas! let us live here for another couple of years & then it’s all yours!

Published by Ciara

Ciara Xyerra wrote zines for the better part of two decades. She has a brilliant & adorable preschooler named Ramona & sews as much as she possibly can. She lives in Lawrence, Kansas with her boyfriend. She enjoys catching up on "The New Yorker", meatball subs, keeping it cranky, intersectional post-third wave feminism, dinosaurs, & monsters. If you have nothing nice to say, she recommends that you come sit here by her, so you can say not-nice things together.

2 thoughts on “little purple house for you & me

  1. Super covetous of various aspects of this house. I especially dig the huge built-in bookcase, the kitchen set-up (wide-open space with ample sunlight), & that pantry! The house looks like it gets a fair amount of sun, which I always love. Also, your office corner looks nice, although I generally prefer my desk area to feel more small & nook-like, since I spend so much goddamn time there. Nice house!

  2. i know, dude, i love my house so much! considering that it is surrounded by trees & greenery, it does get a fair amount of sun. (i held off on taking photos until yesterday, which was a nice sunny day.) before we moved into this place, jared & i had been living in an apartment with a lot of wide open space in the living room & bedroom but a teeny, tiny, minuscule kitchen. we could both fit into it at the same time, but not if either one of us actually wanted to do something, like open the refrigerator or pour a bowl of cereal. our last apartment in boston had a massive kitchen, probably over 100 square feet, but our kitchen here still seems huge compared to what we had been putting up with. i told jared we might have to move the table whenever i get pregnant because it kind of narrows the entryway where it is now & i don’t want to get stuck. (even though that would be hilarious.) but it works for now.

    the built-in bookcases are amazing. they go all the way up to the ceiling. if i actually owned this house, i would probably invest in one of those library ladders to reach the stuff on higher shelves. as it is, i have to stand on the arm of the the couch & then get on my tiptoes to reach stuff up there. jared just re-organized everything a few weeks ago so that my books are all down where i can reach them without climbing on anything. they turn that half of the living room into the cozy nook kind of space you are talking about. i let jared use it as an office because he has a working style that basically requires making an enormous mess with books & notebooks everywhere. the living room is divided in two by french doors, & the other half, where my desk is, is mostly mine. most evenings, we both end up on the couch in there, reading or hanging out or whatever, but for the most part, it’s just me. having the desk tucked into the corner between the windows makes it nook-y enough for me.

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