Strange Times, & a House

Inspired by my friend here in this blogosphere ‘Star On The Forehead’, who is curious about the house I live in! A place, where I’ve been ‘isolating’ myself from the world. I’ve finally gotten myself, to write a post…

I thank her in advance.

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– Star On The Forehead: ‘I always wanted to ask if that house in the picture was yours. Now I know 🙂

I am curious on the the history of it, perhaps you have written about it and I had missed it.

I love the look of it and keep imagining what is like inside, tall ceiling? exposed beams?’

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Prior to all this craziness, I used to joke to those who knew me: I can write (anyone) a manual, on ‘how to survive in complete solitude’.

However, now, I realize, if I am equipped to deal with this social distancing, others may not be!

Here’s my story:

6 years ago, my life drastically changed.

From running and managing a bustling café, where I was known to work 12 hour shifts… straight to the end! And where, I’d forget to eat, or even have a drink of water sometimes! Yes we were that busy! Lineups all the way to the door! We were go go go!

I worked my body to the grounds! And ended up in the hospital, severely dehydrated and just not well! And it was, scary.

I thought I was invincible! I guess I wasn’t?! The answer of course, none of us are! No matter how strong we may feel.

Add to this, my spouse at the time, grew tired of my long working hours! Then, one evening, the words were ‘Me! Or your business?! You choose! I’m done! I did not get married to spend my weekends alone in an empty house’.

So, I gave up.

I was so, tired. Of everything! My body was crumbling. The fights after I got home, were intensifying! So I finally decided.. ‘I give up’.

We moved to the forest right after. And I, had to say goodbye to the best job I’d ever had!

I loved my work. I loved my customers! And they have stuck with me even after I closed our doors, and moved to this secluded forest in the country 40 minutes away.

However, the solutitude? After all those years of constant interactions with the public, making amazing friends along the way, being a happy place to so many who used to drop by to interact with our amazing staff! Was hard on me.

I spent my first year in this quiet forest, wondering..‘what have I done?!!’

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Now, the story of how I found this house, that I live into now!

We were with our realtor at the time, entering this very strange…pyramid house.

Our realtor, apologetically, had declared ‘..The owner, wants to be in the house, to explain its features’.

We didn’t mind. Although, we did realize, some wouldn’t have been as thrilled with the idea!

Let’s say, it was a good sunny day, and my spouse and I, were…feeling accommodating!..I guess.

Ian, a tall older architect, and the original owner of the house, pensively yet while obviously (feeling very proud)..showed us around.

After a few minutes, I recognized the architectural design and style of the unique house! It resembled a public library in the city.

So, I addressed him as I was still looking around ‘I feel like I recognize this design! It reminds of *** Public Library!’

Ian, stopped, and for the first time since we entered, Ian cracked a wide smile..paused..then proudly responded ‘I designed that library’!

Imagine our shock!

And that was it. Ian decided, we should get the house. He didn’t care for other buyers.

Apparently, it turned out, he was growing tired of potential buyers, not appreciating the architectural uniqueness of the house.

And the rest is history.

So yah, it’s been over 5 years going on 6. And now?! I know, I know…what works! And I also know what doesn’t! In this 4 story ‘weird’ pyramid house, surrounded by forest.

Stay safe, and remember I’m here if anyone needs a (human), to say: Hey, you are not alone, period. I got you. In these strange times.

Be well everyone.

Author: Kat

I used to work as a graphic designer, until one day I was tragically and blissfully hit by two colliding meteors! One caused my falling in love with the world of coffee! And the other resulted in me falling out of love with the not so wonderful and nearly suffocating office culture! I left the glamour of the design world, and opened up my little café! Those were the best years of my life! I say ‘were’, because (wait! May be another time! But please do ask me if you ‘must’ know and can’t sleep tonight unless I tell you!) For the past three years, I have been living in a pyramid shape house in a middle of a green forest in the summer; a green forest buried underneath lots - I mean LOTS - of snow in the winter. I used to ‘think I still do ;)’ love the city! With its buzzing energy! I love to travel and seeing different food and coffee scenes...preferably alone! visiting ‘quirky and unusual’ places! I do not love visiting museums, hugely commercialized areas, malls and landmarks! I love old and full of heritage ‘anything’! I also love, to sit in a busy coffeeshop ‘reading quietly’ and not talking! Talking exhausts me most of the time! Watching the world unfold.. and thinking ...never does!

7 thoughts on “Strange Times, & a House”

  1. what a delightful house and I love how you got it! you have such an amazing situational awareness. I miss being in the outdoors. Have you enough coffee to get you through? Be safe and be well Kat. take good care of yourself

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