Last Waltz


Last Waltz Last week end the girls came home to celebrate a late Thanksgiving and an early Christmas. Louisa and Adah are not able to get the holidays off. I guess all those New Yorkers can’t live with out their java even on holidays. It was good timing as we signed a contract to sell our house just a couple of days before they all arrived. After they left Lee and I fell right into packing for the move. It was out last time together in the only home the girls have ever known for our family. We had a wonderful time going through things with them deciding what to keep and what to pack away for storage. It was hard to watch their faces as we pulled away Monday after having one last waffle breakfast together. Adah wept while Louisa just kept looking back. Zina was different as she will be here in the house with us for Christmas, spending the holiday packing up things and moving the four blocks to our new house.We listed the house last April and have had some time to get used to the idea of leaving it. Lee and I came to the idea of selling and moving on one day and it just felt like the thing to do. It is hard to say why but we both feel like it is the thing to do. It was that way when we came here, just an intuitive feeling that we followed and have never regretted.The new place is a house on 2.5 acres that Lee’s mother purchased ten years ago. We are buying it from her estate with the proceeds of our house sale. WE will have to build a studio and hay barn for Lee. Later when those projects are finished and paid for we will start building a permanent home on the place. The existing house will be a rental after that. We have purchased 70 tons of oolite limestone from a demolished school house in Gunnison. We will build the new house with it. Ann Larsen is the architect for that project.Amy Jorgensen came over Monday morning to document the meal we had. She is currently artist in residence at Snow College. Here are a few of the images Amy captured.

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There you have it the last time around for all of us in the old digs. It was kind of bittersweet but all good. We will always have the memories. It makes sense to us to down size at this point in life. The new place has roughly half the space as the house we are leaving.

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10 Responses to “Last Waltz”

  1. Britta Says:

    Sad to think of no more waffle breakfasts in that dining room. But it’ll be fun to have my mom design you a house - a stone house, no less. Sorry we already used all the willing volunteers to build ours. Love the pictures of you guys, I saved some. Much love, Britta

  2. Rob Bennion Says:

    It’ll be sad not to see the house anymore, but you guys will still be around!

    I’m going to order one of your honeymoon bowl sets for a friend that’s getting married, we still have ours and love them!

    Rob

  3. AlyssaWolf Says:

    Hi Joe, Lee, Louisa, Zina, and Adah,

    Well, the cyber gremlins ate my first reply. I’m trying again–but copying it once I’m done before I type “submit” this time so I can send it one way or another!

    Thanks, Joe, for sharing the last waltz. I’ve so enjoyed spending time with all of you at different times on your homestead/in your home. Many good memories. Thanks for being an inspiration and good friends–means a lot to me.

    Some of the best memories I have of being in your home revolve around food (and pottery, of course)! I remember one particular venison roast that was excellent, as were those special mashed potatoes you make over there, carrots from the garden, plum juice, etc.. The weekend waffles left their mark on my memory, too. And Lee’s pear custard pie stands supreme! I’ve made that pie on occasion and everyone always remarks, “that is the best pie I’ve ever had.” The recipe is always requested. Thanks for sharing time with my dad at the picnic table out back. And Herb loved staying in what will be your new home, too!

    Zina and Louisa–it is always great to share hugs when you come home to visit. Adah–you, too, now that you live afar. I will always remember the time we picked apricots together from the tree outside the kitchen when you were 10–(and going down the San Juan on the same raft trip). Both of those events were treats for me

    One of my favorite things has been going up to your gate and checking out what new dogs live in the yard! I really like your new little (soon to be BIG!) guy–his doggie coat is a fashion statement, to be sure. I know the dogs will greet me at the new home, too. Glad to know that some things don’t change.

    It has been like a good treasure hunt to stop by and find whoever is home . . . in the house . . . maybe in the barn . . . or feeding chickens . . . or out in the garden or studio!

    Thanks for letting me stay there 10 years ago when the flood occurred and I had been living in my tent up Canal Creek. I still remember Joe on the roof with his binoculars, trying to see what the water was going to do and if we’d have to leave or not.

    So many more things . . . too many to mention, but all of equally good quality in the memory department.

    All in all, I treasure the time I’ve spent with all of you. I am grateful that the spirit helped our paths to cross. Bless your new adventure . . . just a few blocks in a different direction!

    Love,

    Alyssa

  4. Haya Says:

    Dear Bennions

    Sounds and looks like you have all made the house so special, and I’m sure you’ll get the same feeling the next time you guys are all together in your new home. After all, you guys made the house a home, and all the wonderful memories with it….

    Thank you for sharing, and the photos are beautiful.

    Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year filled with lights, delights, laughter and love in the new home!

    -Haya

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