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August 9, 2009

I got a lot of requests for pictures of our new house, so here they are…………..

This is our new little family of cats. They are so skinny and adorable that I just had to give them food and water. Don’t worry, they are not allowed in our house and the kids know not to pet them. In fact, Angel told me that I was not allowed to pet them. She knows me well. Flower asked me if I could take them to the vet and get them checked out so we could adopt them. That would be “no”. They are not exactly the kind of souvenir I am hoping to bring back from India.

You might wonder why I am showing the picture of these cats first. Well, besides the fact that it is the first one I have taken so it is the first in the queue, they are part of why I love this house so much more than the other one. We have a little outside space and these cats feel comfortable here. They lounge in our chair and hide in the shade of our plants. It makes our house feel more like home.



This is where we eat. In our old house it was also our entrance way and the center of the house. It is very nice to have a space kind of isolated away from the rest of the house for homework and family dinners. It’s a mess because – well because it’s a mess.


Next up, family room. See that window over there – awesome – the sunlight actually comes through it! Yahoo!


This is the center of the house – you go up a few stairs to the kitchen, dining room, and our room. Down a few stairs to the family room and office. Marvelouso!


Rooftop Patio. Loverly.


And, remember I love doors. This is ours. The best thing about this door is that it is not up a dark, narrow hallway and no one else uses it but us. Smile, smile.


This is the new home for our stray kitties front patio. It is so nice to be able to let the kids paint with chalk or jump rope or just bounce a ball.


Kitchen – self explanatory. It is so interesting that in India most kitchens do not serve as the center of the house. They are tucked away on the side usually with a door and guests do not gather in them. They are meant for the staff. This is where our driver and cook hang out when having a tea break. Bizarro. In America, guests gather in the kitchen.


This my little home away from home closet – yes we have storage space now.  And, yes, I know that most of these items are available in Delhi – but they are imported and outrageously expensive here. So, I loaded up. Some of these things are not available – triscuits for example and teddy grahams and combos.


And here is where it all happens. The nerve center – my writing oasis. My office.


I did not show you the bedrooms because I just do not know you well enough yet. 😎

15 Comments leave one →
  1. August 10, 2009 1:15 pm

    Those kitties are awfully thin looking, but it sort of looks “normal”, like maybe they are just built to look angular? Everything looks lovely, no wonder you’re so thrilled!

  2. Tottsmom permalink
    August 10, 2009 10:35 am

    I bet this makes your live there much less stressful. It looks like a wonderful home and I LOVE the patios. Give me a cup of tea and a good book and I could spend a lot of time on them. Glad you have a place you can stretch out in.

  3. August 10, 2009 9:32 am

    Very nice!

  4. lisa permalink
    August 10, 2009 8:58 am

    It looks even better than you described it – looks like plenty of room to visit 🙂

  5. August 10, 2009 7:58 am

    Woah! Super cool!

  6. Kristie permalink
    August 9, 2009 11:51 pm

    We’re on our way over….

  7. August 9, 2009 8:36 pm

    So enjoyed your tour. Thank you for sharing. Such an experience you are having!

  8. christy permalink
    August 9, 2009 2:52 pm

    I see the TV. Are there American channels avail?

    Thanks for the pics! Lovely place!

  9. August 9, 2009 10:40 am

    Please think about the possibility of having the cats “fixed” once they are tame enough to catch and take to the vet. I hear a number of vets are willing to do this for a reasonable cost to keep the wild animal population of Delhi at reasonable levels. This doesn’t make them a pet — it’s just good karma. When the vet says they’re healed you just redeposit them on the patio. But you avoid new kitties. Which you children will absolutely want to adopt.

  10. August 9, 2009 10:21 am

    Wow! Awesome house Reason2!

  11. August 9, 2009 10:19 am

    I love all the light that streams in! So happy for you and your family to have lots of room now. Enjoy!

  12. August 9, 2009 9:04 am

    Very nice! It must be so much easier to relax now that you’ve got enough space. You better watch out, though, or that whole patio might be filled with stray kitties looking for some food and giving birth to new hungry kitties. You’ll be the crazy cat lady of India 😉

  13. Sharmishtha permalink
    August 9, 2009 8:03 am

    Lovely pics! The Indian kitchen being in the corner only made sense once I moved out of India. In a cold country like the US, it makes sense to have the warmest room of the house be the centre of the house. In a very hot climate, can you imagine making the hottest room of the house the centre of the house?! Also, the foot traffic in western houses is far less than in Indian ones. In India, there are always relatives, friends and *their* relatives dropping in. There is always tea being made, food being cooked, snacks being fried. So you need people *out* of the kitchen, not inside, otherwise no cooking would get done. At least that’s what I observe.

  14. deewane permalink
    August 9, 2009 5:15 am

    The terrace is to die for!! Great new place, look at the number of potted plants!! I am properly impressed since I haven’t even been able to keep the tiny bamboo alive which my Mom (who, btw has a green thumb) bought me when she was visiting. As for the kitchen I think it is absolutely essential given the number of spices Indians use and how quickly it becomes embedded in EVERY frikkin room of the house, not to mention the clothes (Not that I needed a reason to not cook :P)!! The kitchen in an obscure corner coupled with a high power exhaust fan ensures that the house, from time to time, smell of something other than curry.

  15. August 9, 2009 2:55 am

    You sound absolutely delighted! Thx for sharing pics … I know how much a HOME is important … and how nice it is to be able to feel AT home and not cramped or claustrophobic. YAY you!

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