Part 2: Trees, Lakes, and Grandkids

“Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ever since I heard there was an Emerson Avenue in Minneapolis, I wanted to live there. But it was not to be. Or was it?

Yesterday I was ready to sign a lease on the small apartment painted “agreeable gray.” It would do.

Strolling around the Emerson Avenue neighborhood last week I came across the most attractive apartment building I’d seen. A woman, who turned out to be the caretaker, was watering flowering plants out front. Astounded by the large lawn on the side of the building, I asked her if there were any available apartments.

“No, people don’t leave these apartments. My husband and I have lived here for twenty-eight years,” she said. “We raised our kids here.”

The place was a green oasis in the middle of a bustling city.

“Well, let me leave my phone number just in case,” I said.

“Just in case” happened yesterday: “This is Patti, the caretaker you spoke to on Emerson Avenue last week. We’ll have an apartment available on October 1.”

I went. I saw. I fell in love. Gorgeous hardwood floors, arts & crafts design that felt like my house in Maine, lots of south-facing windows with shelves for oodles of plants, a den/study overlooking my ocean blue Prius, and trees, trees, trees.

I couldn’t believe it. And it was the same price as the agreeable gray apartment. This one was perfect.

See the shelf over the built-in bookcase? The kitchen has a butcher block shelf.
my new workspace, with a space for a Foss sleepover or guests

See what I mean? And the lawn. More plants and a small area for a vegetable garden next spring. And a community of ten apartments. Cookouts on the patio. A half-mile from Lake of the Isles.

Jefferson Global Elementary School across the street, the original site of the Emerson Greene apartment building, which was moved across the street to make way for the school.

See the benches to sit and talk with neighbors? I’ll be there.

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15 Responses to Part 2: Trees, Lakes, and Grandkids

  1. Sheila Lepley says:

    looks perfect. I’ll be you end up doing some volunteer work at the school: library or reading help.

    • sheilawill says:

      I’m thinking about it…especially during blizzards. Only have to walk across the street. But I already have a part-time job at the Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul, 10 miles away.

  2. Gwen says:

    What a great find! I read your earlier blog and the other place sounded good, but this one is gorgeous.Good thing you chatted up the caretaker and gave her your number, just in case. The fact that an apartment then opened up — well it was meant to be. I’m sure you’ll be very happy there.

  3. says:

    Fantastic! I’m happy for you, Sheila! It looks beautiful!


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  4. Marilee Marchese says:

    Wow. I actually thought the first photo was taken in your Manset living room, toward the porch. Just amazing! Very happy for you, Sheila.

  5. Phyl Brazee says:

    Couldn’t be more perfect Sheila! It was meant to be…and it DOES look so much like your home in Southwest!!! I’m so happy for you!!!

  6. Amazing. I agree with Marilee. This place is so reminiscent of your house in Mansett. Beautiful place! I can really envision you there.
    I think this is a good omen, that your move was meant to be.

  7. Marilyn Perrella says:

    Now this is more like it! Especially the floors ha!
    Good for you for being assertive!!

  8. Kate says:

    Hallelujah!!! The Divine does work in mysterious ways. Looks like the perfect place to write, reflect, and entertain grandchildren!


  9. sydvinflynn says:

    Gorgeous apartment. Obviously it was meant to be!Congratulations.S and V

  10. B’shert, for sure. You sound so happy 🙂 Write well, in your little nook, with a grandbaby or two cuddling nearby ❤

  11. Julie Ray says:

    Love how the universe aligned to give you exactly what you needed at the right time!! Beautiful synchronicity.

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