The playroom

We made good use of the bonus space under the eaves on the second story of Church Sweet Home.

On one side, I store office supplies and Christmas decorations.

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The entry door to the playhouse.

On the other side of the roof, Tyler created a little playhouse for our grandchildren. It’s about four feet wide, seven feet long and five feet tall and accessible from the guest bedroom.

Little Doors Closed
This is the window to the playhouse with the doors closed.

A window on the balcony side was the finishing touch on the playhouse. For the window frame, Tyler found a doored mirror at Ginger Blossom, one of our favorite local furniture stores. He removed the mirror, and in its place, the frame looks like a little wooden treasure box.

Little Doors Open
This is the window with the doors open.

Look how thick that wall is! That’s one of the original exterior walls of the old Methodist Church. It’s dark inside there because the little room still requires proper lighting and some nice comfy carpeting. But what’s inside there right now has a story, too.

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The current residents: Raggedy Andy and Raggedy Ann, though even at 40 years old, they hardly look ragged.

This couple was given to me by a dear woman, a new friend I knew not long enough. A talented sewing congregant at our church made Raggedy Anns & Andys for the annual bazaar, back when our church still had a women’s group and bazaars. (They were made from what must have been a widely circulated pattern because my own mother made me a vary similar pair– twice! Oh, how many times Raggedy Ann listened to my troubles!) My friend bought this particular pair for her son, when he son was still a little boy who might appreciate such things.

A couple weeks before our open house last fall, this friend called me up and invited me over because she “had something to give me.” I was honored to be granted an audience, let alone a gift, because my friend had long been battling a terminal illness and she was nearing the end. (When I first met her when I moved to town, I didn’t even realize she was ill, she carried herself with such optimism and grace.)

I paid her a visit, and she gave me these handmade treasures because she thought “they came from your church, so they belong there now.” I accepted them with gratitude and made a home for Raggedy Ann and Andy in the playhouse, to display during our open house. (By the way, Andy there is seated on another gift from another generous benefactor. That little chair, repainted to match my design scheme, was once a Sunday School chair at our church.)

Very sad for me (and anyone else who knew her), my friend died the day of our open house.

These dolls make me think of my friend Deanna, and whenever I think of her, I think of her fondly. She was wise and generous and very kind to think of me and support our home improvement project so enthusiastically.

“Life is a song. Sing it.
“Life is a game. Play it.
“Life is a challenge. Meet it.
“Life is a dream. Realize it.
“Life is a sacrifice. Offer it.
“Life is love. Enjoy it.”

                      ~ Sai Baba

 

6 thoughts on “The playroom

  1. Thank you Monica for the kind words about my Mom. The Raggedy Ann & Andy look so cute in the playroom! My Mom would love it!

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  2. Monica, Thank you for that lovely story.

    I also had a connection with the wonderful women at the church and always admired all the treasures they made for the church bazaar.

    My husband was appointed to Genoa City Methodist Church in 1972. The first day that we went to tour the church, the women were in the basement setting up for the bazaar. It was the first time we met any of the church women. They welcomed us so warmly, and during that visit they gave our daughter a hobby horse that they had made. She still has that gift!

    We have such fond memories Of the church and those beautiful women!

    My husband, Ed, and I were so glad that we were able to be at your open house. And we are thankful for all that you did to honor that building in transforming it into your home.

    And I enjoy reading your blog!

    In appreciation,

    Barb Foster

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    • Barb, Tyler and I were so happy and honored you and your husband came to the open house. And I’m glad you’ve been enjoying my blog! I love readers (and commenters). 🙂

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  3. Wonderful….I feel the blessings of the generations as I was reading this caption. That’s a lot of positive and nurturing energy for your little ones!

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