PARTING SHOTS

Beautiful 1885 Victorian

Looking into bar which used to be laundry room..through to the kitchen through doorway we created
Looking into bar which used to be laundry room..through to the kitchen through doorway we created | Source
View from dining room w/Parkay flooring
View from dining room w/Parkay flooring | Source
Two doorways Al and I created to open the flow of the home. Thesse had previously been disrupted by earlier owners sheet rocking over these passages.
Two doorways Al and I created to open the flow of the home. Thesse had previously been disrupted by earlier owners sheet rocking over these passages. | Source
Updated but well done kitchen with solid knotty pine doors and cabinets, beautiful tile floor.
Updated but well done kitchen with solid knotty pine doors and cabinets, beautiful tile floor. | Source
The pass through bar which used to be a laundry room...we moved that to the basement so that the room could be better utilized for friends and parties.  Before, there was no way to circulate throughout the lower rooms
The pass through bar which used to be a laundry room...we moved that to the basement so that the room could be better utilized for friends and parties. Before, there was no way to circulate throughout the lower rooms | Source
Sun shining through the huge bay window onto the parkay floor in dining room.  This bay is actually in 3 parts; picture shows one
Sun shining through the huge bay window onto the parkay floor in dining room. This bay is actually in 3 parts; picture shows one | Source
North east part of living room with mantle Al and I installed
North east part of living room with mantle Al and I installed | Source
Large oversized double pocket doors leading from entry into living room
Large oversized double pocket doors leading from entry into living room | Source
another view of mantle and cute little side window with louvered window covwering
another view of mantle and cute little side window with louvered window covwering | Source
looking into entry way to staircase from living room
looking into entry way to staircase from living room | Source
Looking towards dining room through doorway we created
Looking towards dining room through doorway we created | Source
Beautiful Walnut and Pine staircase.  the area beneath the stairway actually opens wide for storage.
Beautiful Walnut and Pine staircase. the area beneath the stairway actually opens wide for storage. | Source
small pocket 1/3 bath for guests
small pocket 1/3 bath for guests | Source
Looking from entry way to dining room to kitchen
Looking from entry way to dining room to kitchen | Source
View from stairway into living room
View from stairway into living room | Source
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Upper front stairway landing..
Upper front stairway landing.. | Source
Looking down the grand staircse towards entry way
Looking down the grand staircse towards entry way | Source
Front landing leading into master bedroom and long room
Front landing leading into master bedroom and long room | Source
Two bathrooms are upstairs; this one has some of  the original fixtures...clawfoot tub.  The foot wide plank flooring was recalimed, refinished and installed by Al and me.
Two bathrooms are upstairs; this one has some of the original fixtures...clawfoot tub. The foot wide plank flooring was recalimed, refinished and installed by Al and me. | Source
East side of "long room" upstairs with back staircase behind the banisters
East side of "long room" upstairs with back staircase behind the banisters | Source
west side of "long room" upstairs
west side of "long room" upstairs | Source
back stairway leading to door which goes to another landing and then, several steps lower; the kitchen
back stairway leading to door which goes to another landing and then, several steps lower; the kitchen | Source
Another view of the 2nd floor "long room."
Another view of the 2nd floor "long room." | Source
Updated but fitting master bath using built in old chest of drawers as sink
Updated but fitting master bath using built in old chest of drawers as sink | Source
2nd floor landing looking into 'long room.'
2nd floor landing looking into 'long room.' | Source
Looking down to first grand stairway landing
Looking down to first grand stairway landing | Source
view of dining room entry and living room entry from entryway
view of dining room entry and living room entry from entryway | Source
Pretty old and original built in china cabinet in kitchen
Pretty old and original built in china cabinet in kitchen | Source

PARTING SHOTS

Driving past your elegant façade

Standing proudly from centuries past

Feeling remote, removed; odd

Knowing that this wouldn’t last


Beautiful home to many souls

From steeped roof, shadows are cast

Calling you mine, a worthy goal

One, I knew, would never last


No longer can I freely walk in

No longer my ship’s propelling mast

This is now, and that was then

A place called “home” that would not last


I placed you on the sales carousel

Knowing very well you’d be claimed fast


I knew for certain, I knew too well

Your ‘for sale’ status would not long last



This is a moment of deepest sorrow

For, I shall not enter your doors tomorrow

Such a beauty was mine

For a very short time

A memory to be cherished

A memory shall be cast

A memory that will linger

A memory that will last.


The last six months have been an incredible and amazing journey in my efforts to return to my home…the home I’ve had for a quarter of a century in Napa, California. Through so many excursions, experiments and trials…all with great expectations and fabulous results; along with deep disappointment and failed attempts; the time has come to head on home.

In this latest life’s journey, I’ve also created “home’ away from home. With many relationships, so many attachments and lives who have entered mine and given so much joy, this particular move is more difficult than those of the past.

I am woman who is easily drawn to and quickly attached to people, places and things. In this instance, it is multi level … my home, the animal sanctuary, so many wonderful friends, all the beautiful animals who have come to be my extended family; which make this “leaving” some behind...those who may need help in the future; those whom I've not yet met... that much harder and emotionally charged.

Yesterday, October 24th, 2011, was the closing date for the sale of my downtown Victorian, built in 1885...elegant and proud…such a pretty place.

This is a time of reflection; remembering the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. When meeting new faces and forming lasting friendships; the Heartland is full of hope. While rescuing abandoned, abused, thrown away, discarded animals; America’s Midwest is a heart breaker. A dichotomous and conflicting day to day reality which has caused much concern and a feeling of not truly belonging. Because, as anyone who has read my hubs knows; animals are first and foremost in the list of items of importance to me. And, sadly, this is not the attitude nor is it the impetus for most denizens of this part of the country.

My friend Al and I have encountered an amazing array of unexpected and heart wrenching situations concerning animals in SE Kansas. And, we’ve received little, if any, help. Even among our most cherished and closest friends, we are held apart because of our love for animals and the lengths to which we’ve been willing to go in order to save a life or lives. This is foreign to most who have been raised in an agricultural, animal based industry where animals are seen/used as tools to serve people. This concept is foreign to me.

So, it is with much consideration that I have chosen to leave this area and return to, what I consider to be, a more enlightened part of this country; where gray areas are more often found; where “black and white” is not the rule du jour.

I am grieving at the departure from my beautiful home…this is something which has always been very difficult for me…to leave something which has so much of myself and Al entrenched into the very being and structure. So be it. Este es la vida!




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writer20 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

Great interesting piece about this beautiful house. Voted you up great lady


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Oh Kathy, what a shame, leaving your beautiful home, but happiness and being contented is the most important. Best wishes my friend...


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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

Moving is always sad, but then you need the extra space for your pets.


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Maren Morgan M-T 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

I know the pain of leaving a special house. at least you had the experience. Hugs.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Moving home is such an emotional time, I wish you future happiness, best wishes MM


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Teylina 5 years ago

It does not help, Kathy, but be glad you had it while you did and be glad we live in a day and age we can take beautiful photos to enhance our memories! Hang in there! Missing anything takes time to accept.


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Oh my dear Kathy,

You have always followed your heart and I remain so proud of you. May you always be at peace with yourself, knowing the beauty and home you give to so many precious kits and pups. Voted UP & AB and home is waiting, mar!


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hello my dears....Writer, Ruby, Flora, Maren Morgan, Movie Master, Teylina and Mar...thank you all for the kind words. I have 'gotten over it' now...because the move and change is so very necessary; the parting is sweet sorrow but sadness which is ok..."handleable." We had great fun redoing this home and have so many pictures that I can walk these halls and enter the rooms without all the expense and responsibility! All is well in the wacky world of wandering souls!


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

Lucky as your name implies, you are Lucky to have had the opportunity to live in such a turn of the century beauty and to share it with your furry friends. Another door always opens in our lives and I truly believe you will find as much joy once you get settled in at your new digs.

One thing I've noticed about you as we've shared in the hubs, you are a kind, considerate, loving and giving human being and that will follow you no matter what brick, wood or mortar you find yourself living within. Your angel is with you and your life will be blessed no matter where you go. Peace and blessings to you my dear friend, you deserve the best. Hugs.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Oh Saddlerider...you are so kind and understanding...and you are right....although I love that old house and all the work Al and I did...I am even more enamored with the home to which I am returning..which has, also, enjoyed the toil and hard work of our efforts. Attachment is a crazy thing....and I have to constantly remind myself tht things are things and can be replaced...that, though they appear to 'give;' in truth; the feelings stirred by such places and things are coming from within..not from without. I think!!! LO (sounds good, anyway..and is very useful given the situation!)

Since weeks have passed since the closing date; I am much less emotional over this change and am very very pleased and happy to be closer to my most fervent dream..which is to return HOME. (Sometimes, this is a crazy quilt thing in life because, each place in which we land quickly becomes 'home' in one way or the other)

Conflicted and ..and...well, yes.

Thank you my friend Saddlerider!


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Hi Kathy,

Beautiful pictures that you will have to cherish forever. I give you much credit for moving and the reasons that you have done so. No doubt, you will thrive wherever you are. Wish you the best always!

Sharyn


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

hey, Sharon! I'm 2000 miles away from this home as I type....the distance makes the parting that much easier. Because it was such a necessary thing to do; the loss isn't as painful as it may have been. What touches me most is that I've left the work that Al and I did...that was hard. I thank you so much for understanding this move..it IS very necessary. So glad to see you 'out and about' here on HP, my friend Sharyn.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

This is so beautiful. The photos are breathtaking--I love Victorian homes. I see why you had to leave, though. And I think that you are right in the agricultural part of the country having less respect for animals as we do. I'm grateful that you did what you did for that part of Kansas, and I'm sure you'll continue your mission where you are. Hugs!


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi Victoria....oh, we did so much work on this home, only to leave it so soon...such is life! It was such a lovely place but, for many reasons; I had to return to Ca. I still have the 10 acre sanctuary in SE Kansas...it will be a long time before I give it up...so much involved both there and here in N. Ca. So, we're actually still doing our animal rescue there; I plan to be there some time in the very near future for a few weeks. Al is there now; caring for everything while I'm doing the same, here. Its completely nuts but, it's where we are at present. Thank you for the wonderful comment and, no matter where we are; we'll always look after animals in need. Much high regards, Victoria, and congratulations on your year here at HP's

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