Tuesday, January 25, 2011
The Land of 10,000 choices: Benjamin House
Honey, do you want to go to that auction in Shelbina for the Benjamin House? The first of many choices, and the answer was yes. For three years we had been looking at old homes in search of one that we could decorate and enjoy. For many reasons (or destiny), we found the Benjamin House to be exactly what we wanted. The fireplaces caught our eye immediately as well as the majestic mirrors in the parlor. Several pieces of original furniture were available to be purchased separately (choice 3) and a nice lady from the local historical society (Kathleen Wilham) provided a booklet with a brief history of the home. This could be the one! Questions # 4,5,6,& 7 were my wife's hand in the air and we were on our way. Shortly afterward, my wife's main question was where could she find a working bathroom in which to "toss her cookies". The excitement had begun as the water lines had frozen and burst in several places during the previous winter. That evening we reviewed photos that we had taken and ate ice cream to recover from "buyers remorse".