Thursday, December 03, 2009
Let's Play Post Office
Here is the post office from which I mailed our round robin Soulsisters book to Katie Jane. I thought she might like this photo as Katie works for the post office. Remember the game kids used to play called "post office." I never played it but it involved kissing.
Chesterfield's downtown, a very short strip of a few buildings, is so "New Englandy." Most of the town offices are made of this stone.
I was on my way to Northfield to look at a house for the second time. Second viewings often show the flaws. Exterior of the house needs a lot of work including new windows. Interior needs a lot of cosmetic work and maybe a complete bathroom redo (green tub etc). Still it is very cute and just the right size with woods on two sides. There is a gas fireplace in the knotty pine walled den. Fairly good closet space. A sweet, if untended, yard.
I walked around the Northfield Main Street and stopped in some stores. One was a cute, fairly new cafe with WIFI, which also sells used books. I do wonder how long they can keep afloat in this economy. The young couple, the owners, said they liked Northfield better than Shelburne Falls. Huh? They said real estate was cheaper and people were friendlier. Hmm. A general impression of the town was: conservative, quiet, staid. Now this may be an incorrect assumption of course, but I didnt pick up much in the way of the creative energy I feel in Putney, Vt or Brattleboro or on the Cape.
A stop in the library showed me that the new fiction and non-fiction books sections were small. The stacks ridiculously small. That means the town doesn't spend much money on new books. They did have a fairly good DVD and audio book section.
It is frustrating, for this house is manageable for me re: price and size. Condition and location are question marks, thought it is half an hour to Brattleboro, half an hour to Keene, NH and maybe 40 minutes to Amherst.
You all have given me good advice which I have taken to heart. Kim's recent comment struck me. She said "do you want 'tiny in the center of things' or 'a bit larger further out?" I would add the word expensive to the places in the center of things and less expensive to the places further out.
I just don't know the answer.
So the saga continues. A meld of exterior (what is available out there, where, cost, condition etc) and interior (my own screwed up head re: all this housing stuff).