Lately we've been talking about how happy we are in our current downtown neighborhood. Even though we get to deal with some interesting predicaments of owning a really old house, even though there's a nearby train and a rooster that wake me up crazy early in the morning, even though it's borderline sketchy in some parts... we love the culture, the diversity, and the history. It just feels like the right place for us.
For me, the greatest part has probably been some new friendships. We love our neighbors and friends in this area. A perfect example is my friend Beth who is a sweet, generous, beautiful soul. She's the kind of person who drops by with thoughtful gifts, sends handwritten notes in the mail, or brings over amazing artisan bread made by her husband. She's also a really talented artist. When I went over to her house for lunch a few weeks ago, I walked in to see some new oil paintings covering her kitchen table and fell in love with the above painting (my favorite flowers). I was so excited when she agreed to sell it to me. Nothing beats having original art in the house, and it's even more meaningful because of who created it.
Visit her shop, Le Petit Cheval, for some great illustrations and prints (including a print of that very painting here - and another of my favorites I Like You, Like You).