Misha Crews

Stories from the heart. Books that feel like home.

Even during this year of social distancing, there is always too much to do around the holidays. So I’m just popping in to give you a quick virtual hug, and send wishes for a happy and blessed Thanksgiving. Wherever you are, whoever you are, and whether or not this is a holiday you celebrate: may you have a day full of love and wonder. ❤️

Well, my friends, here we are, on the cusp of another presidential election. (Is it just me, or are these things getting more and more contentious? Nah, probably just my imagination.) Anyway, it won’t be long before we know which candidate will lead this country through the next four years. And whatever the outcome of the election, we are all in this together. So it’s a good time to exercise the timeless wisdom of the great philosophers, Bill and Ted.

In September, my hubby took me to see the new Bill and Ted movie, Bill and Ted Face the Music. It was delightful. I had almost forgotten how charming and life-affirming the series is (not to mention silly beyond belief). And most of those wonderful qualities are due to Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson, the writers of the 1989 film Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. (Technically, I should credit them with the quote, but it’s more fun to just credit Bill and Ted.)

Yes, I know that the election is serious, and it should be taken seriously. But there’s only so much seriousness one can take, right? So let’s remember to have a little fun. And regardless of who wins, let’s be excellent to each other. And party on, dudes! ❤️

A few weeks ago on social media I posted pictures of this beautiful old house that’s for sale in a town near me. Because I’m a house junkie, I attended an Open House here in 2015 (pre-renovation) and then went to see it again when it was re-listed last month. If there was any way I could claim the house for my own, I would do it in a heartbeat; it has definitely taken my imagination captive. Don’t be surprised if the place shows up in one of my books some day!

Below are a few pictures of this exquisite home. You can see all sixty gorgeous photos, on Sager Real Estate’s website. And here is some fun historical information from the listing:

The Grandstaff House was originally built on May 26, 1886, and added on in 1907 by builder Wallace Murdock for his family. This home is a beautiful example of the early 20th Century Queen Anne style, featuring a beautiful curved staircase and other impressive woodwork. One of Mr. Murdock ‘s architectural trademarks is the small upstairs porch. In 1952, Hugh Grandstaff, a local veteran and, talented craftsman, purchased the property. Included on this property is a large barn (originally used to house neighboring horses), 1 1/2 story meat house, a greenhouse made from the original bubble glass windows, and the only preserved outhouse in town. This 3-bay Queen Anne style dwelling with hipped roof and front and side cross gables, louvered wooden shutters, two interior brick chimneys, 11 bay wraparound front porch with turned posts, beaded spindle work frieze in a figure 8 pattern, sawn brackets and den-tilled cornice, stain glass window. The interior includes beautiful feather painted doors, pocket door, wooden door knobs, oak flooring, transoms above many of the doors, original claw foot tub, an antique parlor stove, and too many more details to mention.

What does your dream house look like? Is it ornate and elegant like this one, or do you prefer something more modern?

Hugs and Happy Reading,