Archive | August, 2013


26 Aug

We often think we need lots of friends.  In fact a few friends is all that you need to make your life complete.  i am one of those people who do not have many close friends, but the few that  i have, make me me complete as a person and a human being.

This past week, a few of those close friends visited me in Madison. They reinforced and validated my new life in Madison, a city that i had spent less than two weeks in my life, until this past October.  It is a city that i have begun to feel belonged to.  Part of that feeling of belonging comes from the friendly, accepting of me and my many ideas and the support,  that the Madison people have demonstrated.  Some of these new friends will be part of me as i move into the Madison phase of my life.  i will value these new friends as much as i have valued my friends from the first 70 years of my life.

To friendships – now and for ever

learning to live with a historic, 140 year old building

7 Aug

I loved the idea of buying an old house in a neighborhood where working class people once lived and was considered fashionable then.  I am talking about Williamson street in Madison, Wisconsin.  Owners over the years made do with minimum renovation to ensure the building  did not collapse.  They did not know my spouse who can not stand half done jobs and if its a historic building, then we should make right of others wrong.  So here are some images of the work being done.

The building is very charming. i am not sharing the picture of the facade as yet until its all ready. But I can share that the building was constructed in about 1895 and was a shoe sales and manufacturing business and the owner lived next door, which now is occupied by 10 students. The house behind the truck was the owners house then.  IMG_2287 IMG_2323 IMG_2352 IMG_2354 IMG_2357 IMG_2407

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