Descriptions for heat levels in book list

------holding hands, perhaps a gentle kiss
♥♥ ---- more kisses but no tongue-- no foreplay
♥♥♥ ---kissing, tongue, caressing, foreplay & pillow talk
♥♥♥♥ --all of above, full sexual experience including climax
♥♥♥♥♥ -all of above including coarser language and sex more frequent

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Casa Espiritu

One of the fun things about having a second home, where you share it with occasional vacation renters, is trying to think what other people will enjoy, that we do also. Our Tucson house is called Casa Espiritu because it's about spirit, in particular the spirit of creativity. I have been in this house and written stories, painted paintings, and sculpted sculptures. The house is full of art, both mine and that we have purchased. It is aimed to be an environment of and for creativity.

Now this is not to say that our Oregon property is not also creatively oriented. Both Ranch Boss and I need space for creative work. In our homes he has a room for his computer, desk, research, etc. I have discovered that I prefer to have my creative space in the main living area. When it was sculpture and painting, it was one end of the kitchen. Today my desk, books and computer are in a corner of the living room. I've tried having it in a separate room, but it didn't work for me. I like being out where I am close to the kitchen, the doors outside and especially with windows to look out. 

For Tucson renters, we emphasize how the patio out back has an easel-- just bring your art supplies. Now, even better for a painter, it has a fence that protects paints, brushes and canvases if they are left out for a week or two. This year we used that space to change one of my earlier paintings into something that did a better job conveying the desired message. We got down here and I thought it just isn't doing it and realized why. It needed to be more impressionistic and it needed to speak to why it was here-- with pictographs on impressionistic rocks. With my recent bout with a stomach virus, Ranch Boss painted the petroglyphs with a far steadier hand. I am delighted with the result. We moved it into the dining area which makes it nice for kitchen or living room.

We decided this trip, after the big jobs were finished, that we were going to work on changing around the art. I especially wanted one new painting for the living room. After checking out the local artist co-ops, for work with a southwestern flavor, we went for a lithograph by an artist I have long admired but of his work, we could not remotely afford an original (we could barely afford the lithograph). The spot needed a Southwestern landscape, as so much of the art in Casa Espiritu is Native American inspired with a bit of impressionism. I wouldn't really buy a painting just to suit the colors of my home, but the colors of my home tend to be the colors I prefer in paintings.

I will hate leaving here when the time comes-- and it's only a week away. We will be in Oregon for Christmas. I love Tucson but winter at our little ranch is the time of heavy feeding and when Imbolc arrives, lambing. We also need to sell some stock. 

So we let others enjoy a winter in the sun, and it adds to my enjoyment to know someone is here and this beloved house isn't setting alone. Most who come here either end up buying their own home in Tucson or coming back to ours. Win/win either way :)


Tabor said...

You definitely make me want to consider a place like this!

Rain Trueax said...

I love the rental site that we use for renting ours or finding something when we are traveling. VRBO is rentals by owners. All they provide is the initial site and then the owners email or call and a discussion begins as to whether the home suits their needs. Since we allow pets, we get a lot of pet owners but this year only one family coming in has a dog.

It's fun just visiting the VRBO site and looking at other homes and what they offer. They have them around the world. No booking fees for travelers as the owners pay them a fee each year to have space on their site. It's fun to browse even places I won't be going.

They also have a place for past renters to say what they liked or did not about the houses. I think that is useful when deciding if an area is going to suit us.

We were fans before we put our home there in 2010. We did it then because we just weren't able to be here enough. This year we have been here twice (thanks to a January cancellation and the fact that the fall doesn't seem to be when snow birds want to come), but in 2013, we didn't get down at all. We do spend a lot of time on the house when here but nothing we could not hire done if we didn't want to do it ourselves. I don't know how many years we'll be able to keep it but I sure love my time here. I always think I will do more once I get here than I do. I end up enjoying being in the house so much that I have to make myself get out.

Rain Trueax said...

Incidentally if anyone wants to comment here, I got a word verification form when I went to post the above. I went back to check my settings. I do NOT have word verification here. So I hit publish on the comment and it went through without filling in the blank. I don't know what that was about.