Tuesday, March 20, 2012
A couple of weekends ago, we took a trip to Astoria to see friends of 40 years (not saying how old we were when we became friends so you won't be able to do any math to figure out how old we all are!). Vicki is originally from Astoria, then met Dave and moved to Portland, where they both lived for lots of years. Several years ago, the home that belonged to Vicki's grandparents when Vicki was a child, came on the market and Dave and Vicki scooped it up. Over the past few years, they have slowly been refurbishing and making it their own. It is now such a beautiful treasure, that I wanted to share photos of the house, the view, and Vicki's art studio.
I don't think I'll offer much narrative as you'll be able to figure it out enough by the photos. I'll just preface it all with these tidbits: There is a basement (no photos of that), main level, second floor, third floor. Three bedrooms on the second floor, two on the third, Vicki's studio is on the second floor, but she also has a work space on the main level. One room on the third floor is so cute, but I didn't take any photos because there had been a grandchild storm in there last week. I think you get the idea of what a warm, inviting space they have. Lots of beds. Lots of chairs. Lots of love.
Dave and Vicki's sweeping view:
Bye . . .
. . . until next time!
*Sisu is a Finnish term loosely translated into English as strength of will, determination, perseverance, and acting rationally in the face of adversity. However, the word is widely considered to lack a proper translation into any other language. Sisu has been described as being integral to understanding Finnish culture. The literal meaning is equivalent in English to "having guts", and the word derives from sisus, which means something inner or interior. However sisu is defined by a long-term element in it; it is not momentary courage, but the ability to sustain an action against the odds. Deciding on a course of action and then sticking to that decision against repeated failures is sisu. It is similar to equanimity, except the forbearance of sisu has a grimmer quality of stress management than the latter. The noun sisu is related to the adjective sisukas, one having the quality of sisu. (From Wikipedia)