Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Alma Avenue

Alma Avenue is a narrow, pocked road entrenched within Belmont's residential neighborhoods. Our home city of Belmont is only 5 miles from downtown Boston. The town is subdued, mostly families and retired couples and boasts the reputation of having no bars. The houses off the strip are tall and narrow, folded back into mature trees - most of the houses have been renovated and sold or rented out as condos, first floor and second floor. If you visit, you can tell which houses accommodate two households by the number of doors on the front of the house.

Our immediate neighbors have all been at least somewhat friendly. The man next door stopped Chris on the way home from one of his interviews to talk international finance, and a woman across the street enthusiastically informed us she was raised in Winona, MN. Greta has also made friends. Across the street is a burly chow mix and pretty, little collie.

The couple renting the top floor of our house is another story. Tom works for an environmental consulting agency, and Diane is a project manager for a software company. They are engaged and have been renting the top level for 3 months, giving them a proprietary edge to our interactions. (They took the good garage spot and plopped a birdfeeder in the backyard.) We share a common backyard, driveway and front door. They've both been very nice, helpful in many cases...but here's the issue: Diane is scared of dogs. She's so scared that when she looks into the backyard from the second story balcony (where she attempts to calm her nerves with a cigarette), she works herself into a panic attack just seeing Greta sniffing the dirt.

Tom asked us to move Greta to the side of the house and again further away from the stairs - we're trying to accomodate them, but any more requests and Greta will be barking at the birds in the backyard again.

Attached above are some pictures of our house and neighborhood. I also attached a picture of our new kitchen hutch (pre-1940's). Chris and I found it on craigslist and bought it from a lady in Attleboro which is very near Rhode Island.


Blogger The Charlebois said...

I miss you!!!

7:08 AM  
Anonymous HoosierDaddy said...

I like the looks of your new place! It seems warm and looks like the two of you live there.
Tell your upstairs neighbors that Greta becomes agitated when she smells cigarette smoke and that she seems to eat birds when she is agitated, which is preferrable to her other behavior of snapping off the smoker's cigarette-holding fingers.
I hope you are liking your new job. When do you start school? Kate starts school here Thursday. We miss you guys. See you in a month.

8:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Miss J. Love the pics, but I must say it is weird to see your awesome stuff in a different location. Oh, and God bless craigslist! Super cute hutch, missy. Will call you sometime next week. Our last call when you and I are both in the states.

11:01 AM  

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